Microsoft’s Xbox One is one of the most popular consoles on the market, with over 46 million units sold across the world.
But, as the law of averages would suggest, some of Microsoft’s consoles have a shorter shelf life than others. Fortunately, knowing what to do in case of a broken Xbox can help you get back to gaming in no time.
Keep reading for our tips on how to fix a broken Xbox One!
Before You Fix Your Broken Xbox
You’ll need to take a few important steps before you start the repairs process, beginning with a few easy troubleshooting steps you can take. bit of simple info collection.
Start by checking the console’s cables to ensure it’s getting proper power. Ensure that your power cable isn’t loose. Don’t forget to check the power supply (if applicable) to see if it’s receiving power.
If everything seems fine with your power supply, it’s time to perform a soft reset. To do this, power on the console, then hold the Xbox button on your controller for about five seconds. Then, choose ‘Restart Console’ to reboot.
Make sure to document the make of your Xbox (first-gen, One S, One X, etc.), as well as the model number. With this info, you can head to the support page on Microsoft’s website to see if your console is still under warranty.
Ideally, you’ll want to have your console repaired by Microsoft directly if your console is still under warranty.
A DIY repair, while sometimes faster, does void your warranty meaning that if something goes wrong in the process, it’s up to you to front the cost of a new console.
Check for Dust
It’s recommended that you give your console plenty of ventilation space. However, even if you do your console will eventually collect dust.
If you’re not in the habit of cleaning your console regularly, that dust can get sucked into your fan, causing mechanical issues.
The good news is that fixing a dusty fan is super easy!
First, make sure your console is unplugged. Next, you’ll need either:
- A can of compressed air
- A small vacuum
- A microfiber cloth
The combo of compressed air and a microfiber cloth generate the best results and pose the least risk to your console, making it the best choice.
You’ll want to clean your console once every few weeks to expand its lifecycle.
Shop for Console Parts
If none of the above worked and your console is out of warranty, it’s time to get crafty. You’ll want to have a microfiber cloth and either a T8 or T6 screwdriver on hand.
As for supplying the parts themselves, you shouldn’t have any issue finding a great deal online, whether you’re looking for a hard drive, disk drive, fan, or motherboard. You can read on here to learn more about finding replacement parts.
It’s also worth noting that most replacement parts come with a warranty, so you’re covered in a worst-case scenario.
Game Over? Not Anymore!
Think you can’t fix your broken Xbox? Think again!
With these troubleshooting and repair tips, you have all the info you need to get back to gaming ASAP! And don’t forget, we have plenty of other guides, too!Make sure to check back with our blog for more great content.