Intake Fan on Your XBox.

Introduction: Intake Fan on Your XBox.

I run a softmodded box, and when using XBMC, it gets quite hot. Running the fan at 100% is very noisy, This is my solution to the cooling problem - An intake fan!

I haven't seen any how to's for this and I have been through many sites for xbox mods.So I have decided to do one of my own.

I will be assuming that you know how to open your xbox, and remove the mainboard from the case.

This instructable will show you how to do it yourself and keep your xbox quiet and cool.


Opening your Xbox console voids the Factory Warranty!

I assume no responsibility for any damages or harm that may come to you, your xbox console, or any other persons or material items caused by the following of this instructable!

Do this at your own risk!

Step 1: Supplies...

You will need the following items to do this.
  • 1, 3-Pin Case Fan (No larger than  40mm x 80mm x 10mm)
  • 1, 3-Pin Header (see photo)
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Soldering Iron (15-30 watt  Range)
  • Rosin or Resin core 60/40 Solder
  • Solder Wick/ Solder Sucker (Optional)
  • Wire snips
  • Torx Screwdrivers (T20,and T10 Respectively)
  • Utility Knife/Exacto Knife

Finally and most importantly you will need some patience and soldering skills!

Step 2: ...Installing the Pins...

Be very careful so you don't damage your mainboard!

Turn your mainboard over, and find the pin out holes shown(photo 2).  Mine were pre-tinned and so I had to heat the solder to get the pin header through the holes.

If you have solder wick or a solder sucker, proceed to remove the solder from the pin holes.    and start  soldering the pins in.

If not find something to hold the mainboard (safely),  Vertical is best so you can see both sides of the board while you work.

After you have it secured, grab your pin header with a pair of pliers and position it so you can push it through while heating the solder at the same time. This is where some patience will pay off.

 Put a bit of fresh solder on each pin joint to make sure you have a good sturdy connection!

 When you're finished, put the mainboard back in and reconnect all the wires.

Step 3: ...Modifying the Case...

This step is to allow room for the fan inside the case.

Here is where your wire snips and utility knife will come in use!

You will need to remove the tin from the area shown by snipping out the thin pieces and removing the vent piece.

Also, you will need to remove plastic from the inside of the top case, there are raised bits of the vents on the inside of the case. (Photo 2)
Remove the first 5 of these from the left side of the case (front to back). This can be done easily with the wire snips. Once you have them roughly removed you can bring in your utility knife to clean it up a bit.

Last step is to remove the lip from the left side of DVD tray. (Photo 3)

Once you have all this done you can install your fan.

Step 4: ...Installing the Fan...

This is the easiest step, 4 screws and you're done!

I chose to use a Sunon MagLev Dual 40MM Case Fan KDE1204PFV2 because I happened to have it lying around...

Allign your fan with the part of the case where you removed the plastic from the inside,put it up against the 6th piece of plastic which you did not remove. Stickers facing inwards.

Allign the screw holes with the vents to make things simple just put the screws into the vent holes, or if you're feeling ambitious you can drill your own.

Step 5: ...Put It All Back...

Reinstall your hard drive tray, dvd tray and reconnect all the cables.

Once you have finished, connect your fan to your new fan header, run the wire along side the dvd tray and put the top back on. (The top should go back on smoothly no forcing.)

Reconnect to your Television and make sure everything still works! (Photo 2)

Enjoy your new quiet xbox!

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    Tip 1 year ago on Step 5

    I did this as well but with two 60mm fans on both sides. Also a dremel 2000 makes the plastic sanding a breeze. As for my cuts I used gate cutters. Waiting on my molex to 3pin splitter from Amazon then imma put it all together


    1 year ago

    Does this work with all versions of the OG xbox?


    Reply 1 year ago

    I am not sure, only way to know is to open it up and look. I gave this xbox to my brother a couple years ago so I can't look to get the version #.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    I did this with two fans on either side of the case - pretty much in the same area you have yours. I used a 4 pin molex adapter tog et power from the hard drive power connector. Nice job on the header though.