Old Xbox 360 power supply making a whining noise

Discus and support Old Xbox 360 power supply making a whining noise in XBoX on Consoles to solve the problem; Hi everyone, I recently came across two very old Xenon xbox 360s (16.5A, 12V) one was made in 05 and the other 06. I bought them because they were... Discussion in 'XBoX on Consoles' started by iFlyingPrawn, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. iFlyingPrawn
    iFlyingPrawn Guest

    Old Xbox 360 power supply making a whining noise


    Hi everyone,

    I recently came across two very old Xenon xbox 360s (16.5A, 12V) one was made in 05 and the other 06. I bought them because they were really cheap and one was said to have the "no display error/4 red lights" I figured maybe a new A/V cable would fix it.
    When I got the proper power supply(used condition) the amount of dust buildup was insane, air flow in and out was very minimal and the vents were just full of it. I carefully used compressed air to move all the dust in the intake vent towards the front of
    it and then pulled it out. That vent is now very clean.

    Unfortunately now after a little use it has began to develop a high pitched whining sound, not from the fan however. When the supply is plugged into the wall but not the console, no whining is present. When the supply is plugged into the console and the
    wall but the console is not powered on a high pitched but very quiet sound begins to emit. When the console is powered on I can still hear the whine over the fan, the console still functions normally however.

    I've completely unplugged the supply and let it sit for about 30 minutes to discharge and cool everything, this helped to slightly reduce the sound but it is still present

    is the power supply a hazard/defective now? I've found more of its types on ebay so I can easily order a new one if this one is bad.

    I was going to ask this in support but I don't believe Microsoft carries this type of supply anymore if this one does have an issue

    The sound seems to be coming from the middle of it as I can hear it almost equally on both sides, it sounds like a really high pitched whistle

    I also bought these consoles because I consider them historic as they are no longer made and were never opened, these consoles will simply be used as a backup if my primary ever goes out. They will not be "tricked" (I have
    no interest or reason in doing that)

    :)
     
    iFlyingPrawn, Feb 28, 2015
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  2. Will my Xbox 360 die soon?

    Check your power supply unit. Last time I got three red rings my power supply had died on me and I had to get another one. If it's making a whistling, whining noise then it's on its way out. Make sure it's free from dust aswell so that it's not over heating.
     
    Unreal Warfare, Feb 28, 2015
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  3. NICKM1A1
    NICKM1A1 Guest
    360 Power Supply - Excessive Noise

    My 360 power supply is making excessive noise that's quite annoying. Is there a way to fix?
     
    NICKM1A1, Feb 28, 2015
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  4. Old Xbox 360 power supply making a whining noise

    What you're getting is probably inductor coil whine/noise. When the power supply is plugged into an outlet and the 360 it sends a small amount of power to the console all the time. This is so it can wait for a controller to turn it on or charge devices connected
    to it. Thing is most inductors are meant for when a power supply is supplying the max amount of current the power supply is meant to output. So in low power it can start to resonate and you get a high pitch noise.

    Anyways about the only thing I can think of is find a replacement or fix it yourself since it should still be fine for use probably longer than the console will. Simplest methods for dampening an inductor coil is usually non-conductive epoxy. Hot glue or
    a small piece of foam can also work if it doesn't heat up to much. If you do decide to try and fix it be really careful and give the unit plenty of time to discharge.

    Could also just unplug the power supply or plug it into a surge protector you can turn off when it's not being used. You'll lose a couple features I mentioned, but won't hurt the console or power supply.
     
    Smiling Cat-FAB725BA-E75F-400C-9250-ECD9955C9C75, Feb 28, 2015
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  5. Smiling Cat-FAB725BA Win User

    Old Xbox 360 power supply making a whining noise

    What you're getting is probably inductor coil whine/noise. When the power supply is plugged into an outlet and the 360 it sends a small amount of power to the console all the time. This is so it can wait for a controller to turn it on or charge devices connected
    to it. Thing is most inductors are meant for when a power supply is supplying the max amount of current the power supply is meant to output. So in low power it can start to resonate and you get a high pitch noise.

    Anyways about the only thing I can think of is find a replacement or fix it yourself since it should still be fine for use probably longer than the console will. Simplest methods for dampening an inductor coil is usually non-conductive epoxy. Hot glue or
    a small piece of foam can also work if it doesn't heat up to much. If you do decide to try and fix it be really careful and give the unit plenty of time to discharge.

    Could also just unplug the power supply or plug it into a surge protector you can turn off when it's not being used. You'll lose a couple features I mentioned, but won't hurt the console or power supply.
  6. CaRailRoadDude Win User

    Xbox One Netzteil macht Geräusche

    Translated-

    Is it normal for my Xbox One Power Supply to be making noises? The one from my 360 makes no sound.
  7. Unreal Warfare Win User

    Will my Xbox 360 die soon?

    Check your power supply unit. Last time I got three red rings my power supply had died on me and I had to get another one. If it's making a whistling, whining noise then it's on its way out. Make sure it's free from dust aswell so that it's not over heating.
  8. westonlast Win User

    Xbox One S making humming noise while Off, normal?

    Yes, my Xbox One S with the internal Power Supply Unit, right after being plugged into anything, also makes a whining noise for a few seconds and then a constant ticking sound. Obnoxious. None of my Sony devices have this problem - go figure.
  9. HeyThatsMYBeer Win User

    Power supply brick makes strange noises

    support.xbox.com/.../power-supply

    Power supply placement, temperature, and noise

    To provide sufficient cooling, the Xbox 360 external power supply uses a built-in fan to blow air through the PSU. When you press the power button to start your Xbox 360 console, the PSU fan starts. Typically, the PSU fan makes a "whirring" noise. When your
    Xbox 360 console is in standby mode or when the console is disconnected from the PSU, the fan does not operate. The speed of the fan increases or decreases when the temperature of the PSU changes. If the fan speed changes, the "whirring" noise that the fan
    produces increases or decreases.

    To help the power supply operate efficiently and safely, follow these precautions:

    Don't block any ventilation openings on the power supply.

    Don't put the power supply on a bed, a sofa, or any other soft surface that might block the ventilation openings.

    Don't put the power supply in a confined space, such as a bookcase, a rack, or a stereo cabinet, unless that space is well-ventilated.

    Don't put the power supply near any heat source, such as a radiator, a heat register, a stove, or an amplifier.

    Don't stack other electronic devices on top of the power supply.

    Make sure that the power supply is positioned horizontally and lays flat on the four rubber pads on its base.

    If the power supply is making excessive noise, you might have a power strip or surge protector that is overloaded. Plug your power supply directly in to a wall outlet and see if the problem persists.
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