BY MESSING UP THE WIRING ON THIS MOD YOU COULD SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR XBOX!!! POSSIBLY EVEN DESTROY IT!!!
In this instructable i will show you how to place led's under the jewel of your xbox. It adds a litle flare to the otherwise bland system, making it go from an xbox to an XBOX.
With the arival of the XBOX 360 a lot of kids are begging their parrents to cough up the 400 bucks to buy them the new game only to play a few songs or homebrew games or a long list of things that can be done by a hacked Original XBOX.
I have already seen an instructable on here on how to hack the xbox so you can add Xbox Media center onto it. BY doing that softmod you will be able to do almost all the cool stuff the 360 does, cept for maybe play the newest games. but that is just a trade off you will have to take.
So you decide you want to hack your xbox but realise that the XBOX still doenst have the flare that the xbox 360 does. That is where my mod comes in.
After you do this mod you can paint the case white, download the MC360 skin for xbox media center that makes it look just like an xbox 360, and you have a present that not only is a dang sight cheaper than an XBOX 360 but it also is a one off that no one else has.
The kid will be happy he/she has something so cool, you are happy because you only have to buy an xbox, and some lights and paint, so you save about 250 bucks or more depending on where you get your xbox, and the wifey is happy cause you were able to buy her that diamond earing set she wanted that you couldnt originally afford because you had to shell out 400 bucks for a 360. Only one not happy is Bill Gates but he can live off the other gazillion dollars he has and waite for your 400 bucks till Halo 3 comes out.
I decided on this mod as the one to do because it was the hardest that handnt already been done here. The rest of the mods like painting and eveything else are relatively simple and straight forward. Mine is not painted yet but I was going to save that for another instructable later.
this mod has a lot of steps but I tried to document all the important stuff. It may look scary but its not that bad. You will need to void your Xbox warenty to do this but isnt that really what this is all about. well it is to me at least. Oh well on with the fun....
Step 1: Items Needed
Soldering Iron = For Soldering mine is just a dual heat one from radio shack
flux and solder = I find the thinner stuff is better and easier to work with but its all about preference i guess
q-tip = for applying flux
Butter knife = For removing the jewel
Hair Dryer = For removing the jewel
hole saw = For Cutting the plastic under the jewel. size should be slightly smaller than outside edge of jewel. when you are finished there will have to be a lip to glue the jewel to . again it is all about preference and how much you want to be showing under jewel.
Exacto Knife = for marking the areas you need to cut
straight edge = for marking the areas you need to cut
car window tinting = To cover the jewel, any color you want but do not get a color that is too dark because it will ruin the effect of the light. this is actually optional but I like the effect it gives.
LED's = 5mm or 3mm The higher the mcd rating the better. I used eight 3mm but youcould just as easilly use six 5mm
Hot glue gun = For attaching the lights and wire
Paint Reducer = for removing the green paint on the jewel
tape = for making a handle and other things
credit card = For applying the tint
napkin = for applying the tint
soapy water = for applying the tint
Wire cutters or nail clippers = For cutting the wires when needed.
Molex Connector = Either a "Pass Through" with fan connection or A "Y" splitter or a regular "Pass Through" will work
Wire = I find solid works better than stranded and i find the smaller wire works better
continuity = tester to make sure you didn't screw up
resistor = So we don't blow our bulbs up. Value depends on the Value and amount of the bulbs
aluminum foil = for making a reflector
cd jewel case = for making a reflector
heat shrink = Used to cover the connections after finished to prevent shorts.
i know its a long list but most of the stuff you can salvage from other projects like I did and it wont cost you much at all. i think i actually spent about 5 bucks out of pocket on the whole project.
Step 2: Remove the Lid
Step 3: Remove the Heat Shield
You remove this by bending the tabs around the posts until the metal shield is easily removed
Step 4: Remove the Jewel
Once the jewel is hot flip over the lid and using a butter knife, gently pry the jewel up and away from the lid. Be careful not to put to much pressure on the jewel or you will crack it.
Step 5: Prepping the Jewel for Green Removal
While the jewel is still warm remove as much of the double sided tape off the back that you can. The more you get off now the easier the next step will be.
Step 6: De-Greenify the Jewel
if you do this step correctly and are patient when you are done you will have removed the green but left the chrome that "XBOX" is spelled out with.
Step 7: Pollish the Jewel
Step 8: Apply Window Tinting to Underside of Jewel.
Now place the tinting on the flat part of the jewel sticky side down. because of the soapy water you should be able to move it around real easy get it situated in position the way you want it.
Step 9: De-Bubble the Tint and Finish It Up
Step 10: Mark the Center of the Lid for the Hole
Once you have found center, use your soldering iron to make a pilot for your drill bit to sit in. This will keep it from slipping off the center point and screwing up your lid. If it is not centered correctly your hole will look wrong. It can be off by a little but not much.
(I know Im gonna recieve flack for this one but its just plastic. You just have to clean the Iron when you are done. if it bothers you that much just heat up a nail with a torch or something.)
Step 11: Cut the Hole
If done right when your done you should have a relatively clean hole cut
Use the Exacto knife to cut away any stragglers being careful not to nick the remaining plastic.
Step 12: Mark the Lid Where You Want the LED's to Go
Then once those look spaced correctly fill in the Northeast and Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.
Once we have the layout figured out we want to mark the case where the lights need to go. usually I just slide the blade of my knife under the light and make a mark.
Step 13: Glue the LED's in Place
Step 14: Wire the Positives Together
Next we want to take 2 long pieces of wire and strip them completely bare. The wire should be long enough to go completely around the circle with wire to spare. lay it around the whole ring of lights (Leave yourself about 2 or 3 inches before the first light) making sure to lay it on top of the positive legs of the lights. . (If you followed the instructions correctly they are the longer legs and should all be on the bottom. If they are not stop and fix them)
Step 15: Solder All the Positive Legs Together
Step 16: Now Do the Negatives and Check for Continuity
Step 17: Check Check and Recheck
Once you are satisfied with the ring, Use the continuity tester once again to test for a connection between the upper and lower wire, and then check each bulb to make sure it has a connection to the wire. If it does not re solder it so that it has a connection.
Step 18: Cover the Wire With Hot Glue As an Insulation
Once the glue has dried check for continuity between the two wires one last time. If thee is continuity STOP AND FIX IT!!!
Step 19: Make Your Molex Connector
Step 20: Choose a Resistor
Be sure the connection is secure then solder the other side of the resistor to the positive twisted pair of the ring. (should be the bottom one) Now put a piece of heat shrink over the black wire then solder the black wire to the negative twisted pair of the ring.
Step 21: Test Your Connection
Once everything is ok slide the piece of heat shrink over the positive connection and heat the tube up until it shrinks around the resistor and seals the wires from exposure. Slide the heat shrink over the solder joint of the negative connection and heat it until it shrinks around the wire. Now you can look over the ring and make sure there are no wires exposed. If there are make sure to cover the wire with hot glue. Tack down any wires you want to to the lid to pretty it up a bit.
Step 22: Finish Prepping the Jewel
Step 23: Make the Reflector
Take the clear side of a CD Jewel case and cut the sides off. so all you have left is a flat piece of clear plastic
Fold a piece of aluminum foil to about the size of the jewel case. If you want it highly reflective like a mirror (this is the way I wanted it) fold it nice and crisp like, however if you want it to really refract light crinkle it a bit. do it both ways and hold it in place while you turn the lights on to see which way you like best.
Tape the aluminum foil to the jewel case.
Step 24: Glue Your Reflector in Place
Step 25: Put It Back Together
Place the lid back onto the XBOX.. Now you can re affix the jewel. Put a few unnoticeable dabs of glue around the lip of the lid and place the jewel in place. The glue cools fast so make sure you have it where you want it before you set it down because you Probably wont get another chance. Try to make sure the XBOX logo is straight or it will be really noticeable.
Step 26: Now You Have an Xbox Like No One Else on Your Block
When the XBOX is off you will see just the tint from the tinting on the back of the jewel becasue there is no light inside to counter it so make sure the color you choose is the color you want to see when the XBOX isnt being played. Once the lights come on if you chose a good tint, you wont even see it.
I chose to use orange LED's on my mod becase it went with a whole theme i was doing. because it is a hacked xbox i was able to change the flubber screen is orange too. I also changed the jewels on the controlers to orange as well. I also put a power button on the controller so i could turn it on and off without getting up. if you look at the picture in the dark you can see that my chip is on as well ( i hardware modded mine instead of doig the softmod shown in the other instructable, but it doesnt really change much.) that is where the other orange light is from. Also if you look at the picture the box is about an inch taller to accomadate a second hard drive. I run both a stock hard drive and a modded one so i can still go on live, (you cant go on live with a chip installed like i haave so i shut off the chip and swap drives) there are also a red and green light on the front to warn me when i am using the stock hard drive or the hacked one so i dont try to get on live and nuke my eprom. and the last mod i did was to change the ring to orange to match everything elsebut that was done after the pictures were taken.
But those are all instructables of a different color so to speak.
in retrospect, if it weasnt for the theme i probly would have went with a nice blue or red.
Once you have done all of these things package it up and set it under the tree and waite for the shock and awe you wife gives you when she gets the diamond, oh i meen the kids get there new and improved xbox.
Well that is my instructable. I hope you like it and I hope you can use it. I know it was long winded but i wanted to make sure it was done right. because of the fact you are messing with the inside i didnt want others to screw up their box because i left a step out.