Xbox 360 ATX power supply

power supply

Reader Ran Mokady took a pretty big gamble with this project, but didn’t really have any other choice: his power supply was broken and he couldn’t get a replacement. He ended up replacing it with a standard ATX power supply. Follow along for all of the details.

For anyone who is having problems with their Xbox 360 power supply, or who (like me) have managed to end up with a burnt out PSU and can’t get a replacement, here’s how I managed to run the console off a standard ATX computer power supply.

The added advantage for me, living in a 220V country and having bought a 110V console from Japan is that I no longer need a huge stepdown transformer to run my console.

I have been running my console off a 250W computer PSU for a week now with no problems

Related: Xbox 360 Hacks, Xbox Hacks

Comments

  1. generalxsl says:

    someone above claimed to have the first water colled 360. when in fact the first water cooled system was sold on ebay. im not trying to be rude in this matter. the system they put out dose look much nicer, they did a great job. but to say your the first when your not, just dosnt seem right to me.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8243459780

  2. stace says:

    so do i need a 250v atx psu for it to power fully ??? pls help

  3. C187 says:

    Once you fix any bugs you might want to post this info on xbox-scene, manly because I’ve got offers to sell my psu for up to $400. And well a lot of people over there could really use this info.

  4. natexris says:

    Does anyone have the Pin-out for the power connector on the back of the Xbox 360 itself? I don’t have the original psu to splice the cable with.

  5. ltddevil says:

    Did ur X360 PSU make weird noises? If so, i have a problem…
    Because mine makes weird noises all the time…

  6. stace says:

    did anyone get this atx psu to work there xbox360 cos i follewed all the wireing and mine just lights up all red around teh ring so it doesnt even work can anyone verfiy apart from the poster that it works cos mine dont wont even open the dvd try….

  7. Disbeliever says:

    The red lights thing can be caused by not having your av lead in correctly.
    But I doubt the atx supply works as natexris has requested the pinouts and yet they don’t appear. How hard is it to meter a chopped cable!

  8. eyefullofstars says:

    I did exactly what you did and follow your instructions, and my XBOX 360 is now working perfectly. I got a reasonable price ATX power supply with a 14mm fan and on/off switch at the box, some shrink tube and spent 35 minutes desoldering and solder the new thing on. It is so much better than the old PSU. I put some silicon adhesive stopper at the bottom of the PSU and wa la! Thanks heaps.

  9. stace says:

    damm what am i doing wrong then ??? im using a 400 watt atx power supply unit all wired good and it just lights up ??? do i need to use a certain output lead from my atx unit or can i use anyone of the hard disk power points or the dvd 4 pin connecters ?? i also have my video lead in and it still doesnt do anything help pls ???

  10. Warrior says:

    To the guy who done this power supply hack…Could you please give me the pin layout of the xbox360 power connections as I need to make my own power supply and need to change the connector too….

  11. Warrior says:

    To the guy who done this power supply hack…Could you please give me the pin layout of the xbox360 power connections as I need to make my own power supply and need to change the connector too….

  12. David says:

    I’ve water cooled an xbox 360 and it’s lovely and silent. I can post pics if you like

  13. lee says:

    i got jap xbox 360 and just plugged it into the uk mains and it works fine, so no need for all that messing if you asked me,

  14. Warrior says:

    I have found out the pinouts myself so if anyone else wants to know have a look here….

    http://krisbox.free.fr/atxto360.GIF

  15. disbeliever says:

    Nice one warrior.

    Stace check the amps on your 12V line as atx supplies tend to range from 8a to 17a.
    I know 10a aint enough should really be aiming for 17a. Best Ive scrounged is 15a upto yet.
    Might try blowing up my 360 again the weekend!

  16. stace says:

    ok thxs prolly what ive done is used the wrong connection point like ive prolly used a 8amp instead of a 17 amp power connection point so ill wire my 300 watt atx power unit again tonight and just try all the connections on it ….is that agood idea cos i know i have done all the wires correct it just wont do anything i get power and dvd try opens but wont close and the rings of light all flash red i had my av cable in and still flashes all red ????? its a brand new xbox from canada and im in the uk i only played on it 2 times how bad is that haha anyone offer any help ???

  17. stace says:

    ran hi can you please send me a detailed photo section picture by picture on how and what correct wires to make this work with atx power supply pls send to my e mail thxs buddy

  18. stace says:

    WELL I FINALLY GAVE IN AND BOUGHT A NEW XBOX360 CORE SYSTEM FROM EBAY SO IM GONNA TAKE OUT THE POWER PACK AND KEEP FOR MYSELF AND JUST STORE OR SELL THE CONSOLE AND OTHER ITEMS WITH IT ANYONE INTRESTED IN THE CONSOLE DROP ME A LINE ITS BRAND NEW REGION 1 USA/CANADA WITH RECIPT FROM BESTBUY STACEHUGHES16@HOTMAIL.COM ILL BE SELLING IT FOR 150 DOLLERS OR 150 POUND UK

  19. stace says:

    WHOOPS I MEANT 150 UK POUNDS

  20. stace says:

    i know how to copy xbox360 games wahoooo totally by eroor…take the dvd drive and plugs from the main board in the xbox360 and insert the xbox360 dvd tray into a pc with the microsoft leads patch them up and volia it will read the xbox games to you hard drive using a well known program then burn onto dvd-9 dual layer disks complete cloned copy i cant tell program here but pls e mail me ill will tell u

  21. xp says:

    Hi, could someone give me the power supply specs of the japanese version of xbox360? my country uses 220v and i would like to know wat stepdown transformer should i get. thanks

  22. So anyone have a detailed diagram on how to do this yet because it seems there was some discretion over the first. Thanks.

  23. Gaurav says:

    Hi i have the same issue flashing red light and im using a 600 watt power supply, any help?

  24. Nissan patael says:

    Ran, if you’re from Israel please contact me: nissanp@zahav.net.il
    Thanx in advance, Nissan

  25. bluespice says:

    this is great! i fried my psu couple weeks ago because my wifey inputted to a 220v .. was about to buy the psu from ebay but tried ran’s blog. tx a many!

  26. jasinister says:

    I have done this twice now. Once for mine and once for a friend. Both were Japanese models. This Rocks. You should really be using 250w as minimum.
    As for the blue cable. It is not for sleep mode. As mine goes into sleep mode and I can turn it back on with the remote control. Who knows what the blue wire is for send an email to Billy G :).

  27. tecelecs says:

    i have tried 4 different ATX power supplys and all make my 360 flash red i now put a 550 watt new fancy power pack on all wired and joined blue to 12v- and all is working spot on ???
    can someone with more knowledge confirm the blue wire please..

  28. bluespice says:

    ok as my post # 75.. too early to say… my powersupply of 350watt atx just died on me…

  29. sgteversmann says:

    O dude this is a great hack man and it works i tried it just cause i got a little too bored anyways man thanks for the help

  30. RAMESH says:

    i recently purchased a xbox 360 from US and went back to India to use it, I screwed up by using a cheap 230 to 110 v converter, it burnt up, Lucky for me – I had not connected the xbox while attempting this,

    I decided to open this unit and found a come some components burnt within.- may be capicitors-

    Here I am stuck, and checked with this blog, I am going to try this out.. atleast there is an alternative-

    Thx

  31. RAMESH says:

    Hi All,

    I finally fixed my microsoft psu, I had to replace a few compnoents which were burnt up, and it works cool, will give the exact details of components replaced.

  32. ariyatape says:

    My PSU is fails because something mistake from 220V convert to 110V. Now i use this solution ATX PSU but the xbox show three flashlight.
    I not sure about the problem.

    Pls tell me for it. (I use ATX2 PSU)

  33. jimmy says:

    Good on ya keep up the mods…

    This kinda stuff is great for the ppl who get imported consoles that have different PSU’s (lol like me being too pov to buy a 360 here so i got a jap one)

    Damn imports are cheap lol

  34. Kiran says:

    Hi Everyone.
    I bought a Jap XBOX 360 and i think i blew the psu. I live in India and had to use a voltage converter, which i think blew my psu.
    Has anyone tried opening the psu and tried to fix it? If so can you please let me know.
    Would really appreciate any reply.

  35. Kiran says:

    Hi Everyone.
    I bought a Jap XBOX 360 and i think i blew the psu. I live in India and had to use a voltage converter, which i think blew my psu.
    Has anyone tried opening the psu and tried to fix it? If so can you please let me know.
    Would really appreciate any reply.

  36. Kiran says:

    Hi Everyone.
    I bought a Jap XBOX 360 and i think i blew the psu. I live in India and had to use a voltage converter, which i think blew my psu.
    Has anyone tried opening the psu and tried to fix it? If so can you please let me know.
    Would really appreciate any reply.

  37. Kiran says:

    Hi Everyone.
    I bought a Jap XBOX 360 and i think i blew the psu. I live in India and had to use a voltage converter, which i think blew my psu.
    Has anyone tried opening the psu and tried to fix it? If so can you please let me know.
    Would really appreciate any reply.

  38. Range06 says:

    Unfortunatly my bro connected the 110v psu directly without convertor to our commecial 220v power, and since then the xbox never powered on of course.

    What to do now? there are no psu avilable here?

  39. Zeev Glozman says:

    I actually did the 220 gig connection myself, I kind of feel like an ideot, question is did the screw up the xbox what does the exp say ?

  40. Patrick says:

    Stationed in Europe but I have a 110 Xbox. A friend plugged it in to 220 and fried it. Would it be safe to say all I need is a new power supply in the Xbox and all should be fine? The power surge wouldn’t have touched the board and the mod chip, would it? Just checking before I buy a new power supply. If I need more, I want to buy all at one time. Thanks… Patrick.Quenga@us.army.mil please send comments there…easier to get them…cya!

  41. HOW I PLACE A SOURCE ATX IN MY XBOX 360? THE TUTORIAL ONE OF THE SITE IS MISSED? IT APPEARS 3 RED LIGHTS WITH INSTALLED SOURCE ATX

  42. kunaal j says:

    i used a power converter for my 360 that went from 110 to 220 . the converter blew up after 1/2 hour but nothing happened to my brick . are ther any good converters that i can use so it feels like im playing on a 110 outlet so it dosnt switch off? swantonbomber@gmail.com

  43. frak says:

    I used the transformer that i used for the original xbox and it blew up after 20 minutes,the best one that i could find{as i live in pakistan}was the X-b360 by PantherLord,it gives you 2 hours of play and then it heats up,just let it cool down for 30 minutes or so and play again.

    any suggestions for transformers that can take the load of the 360 and play atleast for 5-7 horus without heating up

  44. demon says:

    i did all this staff, but i have my xbox360 flashing red light.
    i don’t know what’s wrong on it. Although all the connection is right.
    notice that i used 400w

  45. James says:

    I have bought a Japanese xbox 360 and live in Australia(240V). I was wondering are all xbox 360s internally the same with just the power supply box being different or are the 110V models different to the 240V models.

  46. MATT says:

    Ok, my power supply went out YESTERDAY, so I rolled the dice and tried to do this and, IT WORKS!!! I mean I have the thing up and running and looks pretty much exactly like how you have it in the picture there. Here’s my question though:

    Is this safe? I mean do I really not have anything to worry about in terms of the power supply overheating, 360 being ruined in some way, or of course the worst case scenario, starting an electrical fire because of the psu being modified?

    I tend to think that since it’s done, and it works, it should be ok. I’m really not worried about it, one reason why I’m really not worried is because I’m not a hardcore 5 hour straight type player. I play for an hour or 2 at most consecutively so I really don’t think overheating should be an issue.

    I just wanted to write though and see what everyone thinks about the “safety” factor in doing this. I feel really good about the fact that it’s actually up and running, I guess I just need a little reassurance in the safety part of it. Thanks for any input!

  47. kratosh says:

    great hack…but what about heating issues ??

  48. nikhil says:

    I tried the hack but i cant seem to get it to work…

    now the xbox is lighting up but im gettin 3 red lights all the time i have tried all the various things mentioned in the posts

    any help ?

  49. nikhil says:

    do u connect to one black from the molex or both ?

  50. Chris says:

    great mod, risky,but if it works i dont question it. anyone know how to take the psu apart for the 360 cause then you could try to replace the psu with the atx inside the 360 psu case

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