Attention Original Xbox owners - Remove the Time Capacitor before it's too late!

Feb 20, 2013
Hey, owners of this "little" beauty.

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.

What's the revision number of my Xbox!?

You can use one final check to verify the Xbox revision that you own (or are considering buying): Look at the BIOS kernel version and dashboard version numbers. To view these numbers, boot the Xbox in dashboard mode (by powering up without a disc in the DVD-ROM drive). Go to Settings and then System Info. A disclaimer will scroll down and will eventually show you two version numbers: a K: value for the kernel and a D: value for the dashboard. You can perform an unscientific check of the revision using Table 3.5.
Xbox Revision 1.0 - Kernel version 3944,4034,4036,4627
Xbox Revision 1.1 - Kernel version 4817,4972
Xbox Revision 1.2 - 1.5 - Kernel version 5101,5713
Xbox Revision 1.6 - Kernel version 5838
Likes: Mr White
Dec 16, 2013
I'll have to keep this in mind whenever I repurchase an original Xbox again.

I kept seeing this video in my suggestions (I'm a subscriber of lukemorse1), but never bothered to watch the video to see what he was talking about. Glad you posted this thread!
Feb 20, 2013
"Timed" capacitor, well that's a good one. Glad to see that this info is being useful.

Taking your Xbox apart is surprisingly easy, as long as you got those torx screwdrivers. You can just break the capacitor legs off, no need to unsolder it.
Jan 22, 2010

sidebar –

looking back at the OG Xbox, the One is really not so different in design. Not joking about the size but just referring to the general aesthetic. The 360 is the weirdo of the 3.
Dec 15, 2008
NW Suburbs, IL
Interesting, I'll have to look into this.
My launch XBOX stopped working a while back but I'm not sure if this was the cause (it was getting a red ring at startup, IIRC).

I have 3 other OG XBOXes lying around (bought a replacement for mine at Goodwill a while back and a friend randomly gave me 2 more) so I'll check them out at well.
Jan 21, 2013
Lucina didn't punch the dragon hard enough in the dick, doc told her damnit.

Serious and ontopic

Are there any other consoles with leaky bits like that? That cause major issues and such.


Nov 15, 2006
I did this to my Xbox a while ago, which looked like it was beginning to leak, and everything still works fine.

A friend of mine that still has one since release already leaked pretty far, and was the cause of his power/eject buttons not responding, and randomly turning on/off his system, because of it somehow spreading to the powerboard in the faceplate.

I did a thorough cleaning on his. Those buttons work perfectly again, and his system doesn't turn on and off at random. DEFINITELY do this if you still have one, especially with the older models.
This is exactly what my OG Xbox does. I hope I can save mine too.
Oct 6, 2012
Unsolder it and replace it, no need to put up with the hassle of having to set the time over and over. I replaced one of the capacitors on my motherboard when my PC randomly shut off while i was using it.
Feb 20, 2013
Unsolder it and replace it, no need to put up with the hassle of having to set the time over and over. I replaced one of the capacitors on my motherboard when my PC randomly shut off while i was using it.
Obviously, it's the proper solution but you don't need to set the time over and over again. It'll be automatically set to whatever the default is.