changing a color on the xbox light ring
What you will need for this tutorial...
this tutorial will teach you how to change a color on the front light ring of an xbox
to learn how to take apart an xbox, click HERE
first, mark your contact points like i did. align the negative mark to the tip of the existing LED. we will use this to align our new LED's.
(R+) are red LED positive, (G+) are green LED positive, and (-) is the common ground.
take this moment to become familiar with the connector and the testing points.
the blue point is your common ground, the red points are your positive.
once you've decided which color you are replacing, move on to the next picture.
start on the left side. clip the LED leg of the unwanted color as close to the LED as possible.
then, bend it to the side, but keep it above the PCB, like shown in the picture below.
also, bend the remaining legs to the side, aligning the LED just to the side of your (-) mark.
do it on the other side as well.
make sure you are clipping the correct leg. double check you marks.
you will need to tin your contact points for the new LED (shown above).
you want your LED to aim straight at the button in the middle. the longer leg (+) of the led goes on the outside, and the shorter leg (-) shares a ground with the other LED.
tack-solder one leg to secure and adjust, then solder into place.
don't use too much heat, or you'll burn out the LED.
clip off the ends of the LED legs flush with your solder joint.
and it should look something like the picture above.
on the other side the process is the same, but you have less room to work. i suggest tinning your points, then taping the LED into place for soldering.
don't forget to test your new color before you install it.
i also suggest testing the original color to make sure you didn't fuck up the original LED's.
before you can install, you must clip these things to make a little extra room.
now you are ready to install your new button PCB.
to learn how to put the xbox back together, click HERE
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