Several Questions About My First Experiences
Posted 17 December 2003 - 11:53 AM
The following were all burned to 4x 80min Memorex CD-RW using a Lite-On 52x24x32 w/ the latest firmware.
First Disc - I extracted the cd using XDFS extract. There were no error messages. I then edited the .ini and created an image using the latest version of iso maker. I burned with Nero 6.0(2x, DAO, Finalize). I attempted to boot, but after 15 tries gave up.
Second Disc - I decided to try just burning Slayer's, but did so at 4x. It booted up on first try and has only failed once or twice after multiple boots.
Third Disc - So now I'm thinking that it must be my xbox doesn't like burns at 2x so I burned my modified Slayer's ISO at 4x and attempted to boot, but it wouldn't go after about 10 tries.
Fourth Disc - Now I'm certain that it must be a problem with the ISO I created so I decided to try to use SimpleX to extract and form the new ISO. However, SimpleX could not extract it correctly. After pointing it the iso and telling it to extract it immediately responded that the extraction was completed (althoughth the status bar was still at the beginning). After reviewing the directory I extracted to, it was clearly incomplete. So I extracted using XDFS extract again and then created the image via SimpleX. I was pleasantly surprised to see Evox load on my first attempt (burned at 4x). I did random reboots and found that it wasn't always booting. In fact, at one point it didn't boot three times in a row.
****trick here (I don't think I've noticed this in any of the tutorials I've read, but it may have already been pointed out)*****
I found that if turned on the xbox by pressing the eject button and then inserted the disc just as the second splash screen appears(the one that says xbox and has xecuter2 listed underneath) my successfully boots were greatly increased. Furthermore, I was able to get my third disc to boot using this method (I already broke my first disc in a fit of rage so I wasn't able to test that one).
So here are my questions:
1. Anyone know why SimpleX couldn't extract Slayer's image?
2. Anyone ever use the trick explained above?
3. Why is Slayer's ISO more reliable the the ones I created using ISO Maker and SimpleX? His is supposed to be an XDFS image as well?
Posted 17 December 2003 - 11:58 AM
2. It's not a trick - it's pure coincidence.
3. It's not more reliable. CD-RW is a COMPLETE toss-up with Thomsons. Sometimes they work, sometimes they won't.
Posted 17 December 2003 - 12:09 PM
I can certainly tell you that the "trick" is not merely coincidence on my machine. I can't get the third disc from my description to boot w/o doing it. I noticed that with all cd-rws that were making it in to the MS Dash and reporting invalid media would spin up do some processing and become idle just before the Xecuter2 logo apeared in the second flash screen, whereas the attempts that were successful were still spinning when the logo appeared. At least in my case, inserting the disc later ensures that the disc is still spinning when the logo appears.
Posted 18 December 2003 - 01:05 AM
The ISO is valid...use Qwix or xFER 2.02 or Craxtion 3.1 to extract it and you should be fine.
Posted 18 December 2003 - 04:11 PM
Posted 20 December 2003 - 12:33 AM
I installed all the extra files on the craxtion website so I don't need any files.
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