Xbox 360 slim fan not working

MrCheapskate

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So i bought these Xbox 360 slim from my friend and when i test it, i notice that the fan is not spinning and also the console is full of dust. Do u think that's the cause of the problem?
 

purbeast0

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Probably. Just open it up and check it out. Turn it on while it's case is off and just verify it's not spinning. If it's not, buy a replacement. You should spray some air in there while it's open too.
 

Oyeve

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Probably. Just open it up and check it out. Turn it on while it's case is off and just verify it's not spinning. If it's not, buy a replacement. You should spray some air in there while it's open too.
Vacuuming is probably better. Lord knows what 10yr old bacterium is in that Xbox! :)
 

Aikouka

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Vacuuming is probably better. Lord knows what 10yr old bacterium is in that Xbox! :)
Whenever I watch LTT and they're cleaning out a device, they seem to avoid vacuuming with electronics there. (A bare case wouldn't matter.) I haven't really looked into it much, but I don't know if there's a suggestion that vacuuming can create static or something? I'll look into it a bit more....
 

purbeast0

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The grossest console I ever saw was this Xbox someone gave me to mod. It had an odd smell to it.

When I opened it up, that thing was FULL of dead roaches. It was disgusting. I told the dude nah I'm not modding this shit. Then he told me he'd pay me double and I did it.

Uggggh, wish I had pics of it still.
 

quikah

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Whenever I watch LTT and they're cleaning out a device, they seem to avoid vacuuming with electronics there. (A bare case wouldn't matter.) I haven't really looked into it much, but I don't know if there's a suggestion that vacuuming can create static or something? I'll look into it a bit more....
Yeah, the dust traveling along the hose can cause a static charge to build up. I have never seen it though. If you make sure that the hose is discharged before use I think you would probably be fine with vacuuming out 1 thing. They sell ESD safe vacuums if you need something for a professional setting.
 

Aikouka

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The grossest console I ever saw was this Xbox someone gave me to mod. It had an odd smell to it.

When I opened it up, that thing was FULL of dead roaches. It was disgusting. I told the dude nah I'm not modding this shit. Then he told me he'd pay me double and I did it.

Uggggh, wish I had pics of it still.
I recall watching a few SpawnWave videos where he said that finding a roach in a repair console made it an immediate no-go due to wanting to avoid any sort of infestation.

Yeah, the dust traveling along the hose can cause a static charge to build up. I have never seen it though. If you make sure that the hose is discharged before use I think you would probably be fine with vacuuming out 1 thing. They sell ESD safe vacuums if you need something for a professional setting.
Thank you for that; it's good to know! I usually clean cases and such out with vacuums and use my air compressor for things like consoles. Albeit, mine usually aren't that dirty to begin with. I actually have an Xbox 360 that I'm getting ready to prep for sale, but first... I need to take pictures of all the games working. Ugh... that's going to take a while. I also don't trust 360 games nearly as much as PS3 games. I know my copy of N3 Ninety Nine Nights doesn't work as it froze up way back when I was trying to play it.
 

Oyeve

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Whenever I watch LTT and they're cleaning out a device, they seem to avoid vacuuming with electronics there. (A bare case wouldn't matter.) I haven't really looked into it much, but I don't know if there's a suggestion that vacuuming can create static or something? I'll look into it a bit more....
I've been vacuuming electronics nearly everyday since 1988 and never have I ever had an issue with static electricity zapping a component. The only time I ever zapped something was back in 1987 when I bought a whopping 512K of SIPPS memory for an Intel Above board and I touch a SIPP with my bare fingers. Yes, I am aging myself.
 

Aikouka

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I've been vacuuming electronics nearly everyday since 1988 and never have I ever had an issue with static electricity zapping a component. The only time I ever zapped something was back in 1987 when I bought a whopping 512K of SIPPS memory for an Intel Above board and I touch a SIPP with my bare fingers. Yes, I am aging myself.
I do think that people tend to be overly cautious about ESD. I don't wear the wrist straps when working on computers, but I do avoid obvious things. For example, I don't wear socks if I'm working on a computer in a room with carpet. I also avoid clothes that may be overly... "fluffy"(?). For example, you won't see me wearing a fuzzy robe while working on a computer! If I think I might have some static, I'll just touch something that's grounded first.
 

KentState

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I have never fried anything with a vacuum, but have seen hair and dust stick to the nozzle many times due to static electricity. I typically go outside to spray stuff out to avoid the cloud of dust going everywhere.
 

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