Powerbrick humming

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#1 Posted by CrimsonBrute (24032 posts) -

A few weeks ago I started to notice that my non-slim elite power brick thing started to hum somewhat loudly. it kinda sounds like a florecent lightbulb that doesn't work well anymore. Would it be wise to open it up and clean it or should I buy a new one? I'd like to avoid the latter if at all possible.

#2 Posted by x-2tha-z (8904 posts) -
I'd phone Microsoft and tell them about it. You might get lucky and they might send you a new one out. If you don't have any joy with Microsoft, you should just buy a new one. I wouldn't go opening the power brick. That doesn't sound safe at all.
#3 Posted by Rattlesnake_8 (18416 posts) -
As above, don't open it if you don't know what your doing. It isn't safe. Contact MS or buy a new one.
#4 Posted by CrimsonBrute (24032 posts) -
It sounds as though you guys think I would open it while still connected to the outlet.

*sigh* Knowing my luck, I'm probably going to buy one.

#5 Posted by MaddenBowler10 (8857 posts) -
Tweet the issue to Microsoft and see if they respond. Maybe you don't have to call to get the issue resolved.
#6 Posted by Agent_Kaliaver (4722 posts) -

Tilt it while it is on and see if that changes it. I titled, well shook quite violently, mine and it did finally become quite. The humming is the fan and it isn't a good sign. The best bet is to just get a new one, but I am lazy and don't want to. And opening the power brick if far safer to open than the 360 is. If you do open it you will be amazed and how empty the inside really is and if you are planning on getting a new one then why not open it and see what you can do with it anyway.

#7 Posted by HilbillyRokstar (3236 posts) -

I wouldn't worry that much about it. According to an MS tech I spoke to years ago they have built in safety precautions and will simply shut down if they overheat. I would NOT, however, shake it, violently or otherwise as the person before me suggested.

#8 Posted by Lulekani (2151 posts) -
Ive got the same problem, so. . . . How do I open it up, do I need a hammer ?
#9 Posted by Business_Fun (2282 posts) -

Maybe it just doesn't know the words.

#10 Posted by Agent_Kaliaver (4722 posts) -

I wouldn't worry that much about it. According to an MS tech I spoke to years ago they have built in safety precautions and will simply shut down if they overheat. I would NOT, however, shake it, violently or otherwise as the person before me suggested.

HilbillyRokstar

Hey, when you are counting it as dead and intending to get a new one why not do whatever with it. I never even thought it would stop the humming I was just having fun with it before getting a new one. Now that the humming is gone I am incredibly surprised and still using it although with a very, very watchful eye.

Also I never said to shake it violently. What I said was to tilt it side to side. What I did was shake it violently, but I never advocated doing it. Along with that I also said it is best to just get a new one.

Ive got the same problem, so. . . . How do I open it up, do I need a hammer ?Lulekani

Nope, just the internet and a screwdriver.

#11 Posted by Lulekani (2151 posts) -

[QUOTE="HilbillyRokstar"]

I wouldn't worry that much about it. According to an MS tech I spoke to years ago they have built in safety precautions and will simply shut down if they overheat. I would NOT, however, shake it, violently or otherwise as the person before me suggested.

Agent_Kaliaver

Hey, when you are counting it as dead and intending to get a new one why not do whatever with it. I never even thought it would stop the humming I was just having fun with it before getting a new one. Now that the humming is gone I am incredibly surprised and still using it although with a very, very watchful eye.

Also I never said to shake it violently. What I said was to tilt it side to side. What I did was shake it violently, but I never advocated doing it. Along with that I also said it is best to just get a new one.

Ive got the same problem, so. . . . How do I open it up, do I need a hammer ?Lulekani

Nope, just the internet and a screwdriver.

Screw Driver ? I didnt notice any screws. You're not pulling my leg are ya ? Because my leg means alot to me.