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#12490962 GameStick $17/$20 (in store/online) at Gamestop

Posted by nm3th on 12 February 2015 - 05:53 AM

I think I might do your mod, how has it been working so far after the mod? Thanks! :)

It's been working great. I don't leave the unit on all the time, but I do use it 3-4 hours a day and it hasn't overheated once yet. From about 7ft away and the tv on, I can't even hear the fan anymore. I'm really happy with it.

#12435691 GameStick $17/$20 (in store/online) at Gamestop

Posted by nm3th on 23 January 2015 - 03:22 PM

Is there something you need to do to turn on the fan? Pretty sure mine isn't working or is broke... :-/ 

You don't have to do anything on an unmodified dock.  The fan should turn on by itself once the sensor detects enough heat. 


A quick way to check without opening the dock is to turn on the dock without the gamestick inserted. Refer to the picture from my tutorial to locate the thermalcouple (sensor) and use a hair dryer to heat up that area (don't melt the plastic, just hot to the touch).  If everything is ok, the fan will come on automatically.


If that doesn't work, I can help you troubleshoot the exact problem, but it will involve opening the dock and probing voltages.

#12433326 GameStick $17/$20 (in store/online) at Gamestop

Posted by nm3th on 22 January 2015 - 07:20 PM

So I've modified the dock to run the internal fan silently (or close to it). Watched a few shows and everything worked fine. I couldn't find my thermalcouple attachment for my multimeter, so I couldn't monitor the temperature in realtime.

Background: The stock cooling setup is pretty basic. There is a sensor (thermalcouple) in the dock underneath where the stick is inserted. When it gets hot enough, the fan will kick on full blast for exactly 2 minutes and turn back off until the temperature goes up again. The fan itself runs at 12V and 200mA, thus if the voltage is lowered, it will run at a lower rpm. Lucky for us, there are plenty of 5V sources in the dock (usb ports, wireless controller charger, etc).

For this mod, I chose to run the fan constantly and connected it directly to wireless controller charger portion of the board. The fan runs at a soft whir (about the same level as my dvr) and keeps the stick cool enough that the signal to normally turn on the fan never activated. No more annoyingly loud fan noise to ruin a movie.

I'm on mobile right now, but can post a tutorial later if there is enough interest. Note that soldering is involved.

#12427962 GameStick $17/$20 (in store/online) at Gamestop

Posted by nm3th on 21 January 2015 - 01:59 AM

I don't think zebular was trying to pass anyone's work off as his own.

Much like thousands of other people who post Youtube tutorials, he was simply trying to assist those who may not otherwise put in the effort to figure out a CFW install.

I appreciate what you're trying to do nm3th, but I'm vicariously offended that you would accuse him as such. Look at how many posts the poor guy has replied to over the past 42 pages.


He clearly credited shanti in the video, it's not his fault you missed that. Give him a break.

I've already edited my post.  Again, I apologize to zebular.  I should have brought it up in pm instead.  I never bothered with the video because I got the files from the other site instead.  Like I said earlier, a mention in the op (in writing) would have prevented this.  It's pretty customary (like on xda) to give credit to others in the first post of the thread.


Back on topic, has anyone tried to modify the fan in the dock to make it quieter?  It's pretty load when it kicks in as others have mentioned.  I might have some time later this weekend and will try to open it up.  If I'm successful, I'll post a write-up.


Again, thank you zebular for posting about deal.