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Old June 24th, 2015, 12:18 PM   #1
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Red face Attention Original Xbox owners - Remove the Time Capacitor before it's too late!

For you original Xbox owners out there.

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I have watched this yesterday that was telling of the dangers of leaving Xbox's time capacitor unattended for too long.

* If you have Xbox version below 1.6, you can safely remove the capacitor, however if your Xbox is 1.6 or higher the Xbox will not function without the capacitor, so you would need to replace it instead. An easy way to see if your Xbox is 1.6 or not is to check the manufacturing date on the sticking underneath the Xbox. If it's before 2004 then it's OK, if not, it's probably 1.6.
* Xbox time capacitor, as in the thing that keeps your time rolling while Xbox is off, is prone to leaking
* The leakage can cause corrosion and ultimately motherboard failure of the Xbox
* The capacitor can be safely removed from the motherboard without affecting any functionality aside from internal clock resetting every time you power the thing off
* It doesn't matter whether the Xbox is unplugged or turned off

So, I went and dug out my old Xbox from the closet, phew it was dusty. I opened it up, checked the capacitor in question and lo and behold the little munchkin was all puffed up and going sort of browny in places (I should have taken a picture). I took it out and there was a little bit of leakage just below it which I cleaned up afterwards. I turned it on again and it seemed to be working fine.

The moral of the story is, if you want to keep your Xbox in working order, you better remove or replace the time capacitor as those particular ones tend to blow up!

Hopefully someone will find this info useful.

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=857527
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Old June 26th, 2015, 05:16 PM   #2
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Interesting... I have a launch Xbox, so it looks like I'm safe. I'll have to pass word along, to a few people I know.

EDIT: I think I miss-read. Looks like it affects all of them, but if you have v. 1.6 or lower you can just pull the capacitor and not have to replace it, in order for it to work? I guess I'll have to inspect mine.
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...thanks for the heads up.
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The same with the TurboDuo. I don't know how true this is, but apparently the caps on it all need to be changed.
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The same with the TurboDuo. I don't know how true this is, but apparently the caps on it all need to be changed.
It's true. A couple months ago I was looking into upgrading a PC Engine unit and came across a lot of information on that. Seems as if the safest NEC systems are the Duo-R and Duo-RX. The other units (Turbo Duo, Turbo Express, etc.) will eventually need their caps and/or other parts replaced.

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