Warning: Corrosion Inside the Original Xbox!

Warning: Corrosion Inside the Original Xbox!

Hello everyone!

For the past couple of days I’ve been playing one of my favorite games from my childhood. Burnout Revenge on the original Xbox will always hold a special place in my heart. I was feeling rather nostalgic and I decided to dig the game out and play it. Excited, I flipped the rocker switch to the “on” position on the power strip behind my TV. (some devices can take as much as 90% of their total power consumption in standby). Then I turned on the console, and everything kicked back to life just as I had remembered.

I soon realized that my Xbox had forgotten the system time. Which made sense given that the machine had been without power for the last 6 years. I set the time and relived my childhood for a blissful 5 hours. When I was done, I flipped the switch on the surge protector, removing standby power from the machine once again.

The next day, not quite getting my fill of Burnout Revenge I decided to play it again. After flipping on the rocker switch on the surge protector again and booting up the Xbox. I was once again greeted with the screen to set the system time. I found this quite odd since the machine was only unplugged for a few hours. The CMOS battery should keep the correct time. I quickly concluded that the CMOS battery must be dead. But I decided not to do anything about it as I didn’t want to open my Xbox.

I was fine with just letting it sit there (I don’t mind having to reset the time). However I was curious if the original Xbox ever had a CMOS battery to begin with. I didn’t remember if I had to set the time when I unplugged it when I was a child. So I did some Googling and I came to find that the original Xbox doesn’t have a CMOS battery per-say but a CMOS capacitor. And it turns out that in some models of the original Xbox this capacitor can leak causing damage to your Xbox! As shown in this video:


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