Welcome to my first tutorial! Today I will be showing you guys how to open an Xbox 360. Once it's open you'll be able to flash custom firmware to play backups, fix errors, perform case mods, and so much more!
Microsoft decided to go with a "screwless" assembly on their console, so it's a little tricky to open. I happen to have a spare RRoD console (that I will be fixing in another tutorial) to demonstrate the process of cracking one of these open.
I went to the dollar store and bought a set of precision screwdrivers for (you guessed it) one dollar. The one we're interested in is the 3/64" slotted (flat head) screwdriver. I'm sure a smaller or slightly larger one will work fine, but I like this one.
Now that those are off, turn your Xbox around so you're looking at the back. You're going to want to use that same screwdriver to poke more tabs on the back while gently pulling it apart with you're other hand.
It won't seem like they're coming apart until they're all disconnected.
Remove the DVD drive.
You can now take the power and SATA cables from the motherboard, as well as the big white plastic fan shroud. Remove the screws from the front of the power button's board and pull it away.
The motherboard should now be able to be lifted from the metal housing. Hold onto the CPU heatsink (the larger one) and pull it away from the housing.
Turing the motherboard upside down will reveal 2 X shaped clamps holding the heat sinks to the board.
Using a large slotted screwdriver to remove these. What I like to do is insert it right where the x-clamps hang onto the screws and rotate it towards the middle of the X (in this case, counter clockwise).
Be sure to check back soon as I explain the Red Ring of Death, secondary error codes, and attempt to fix this Xbox 360!