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#1 HSDEMONZ

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Posted 28 November 2002 - 12:34 AM

EDIT - Don't be shocked if you see the PICS disappearing soon. My Picture server has locked me out of my account. Too much bandwidth used... smile.gif

The Guide will be posted on XBOX-SCENE shortly.. and console-gods soon.. and a mirror or two.


With so many requests for ISO Burning info... and the lack of decent documentation, I present the text version of my Guide. Due to my temp host for the site being shittycities smile.gif I thought it was time to get the guide to the masses. Maybe it can get PINNED!

If the Pics don't load.. no worry. Guide was written as a a COMPLETE PLAIN TEXT GUIDE! smile.gif

also... you can try connecting to HSDEMONZ- Complete Guide to XBOX ISO Burning but it isn't always up.

EDIT: 1/31/03: Xantium has now posted a copy of this guide at http://www.xbox-scen...ackup-guide.php which we will try to keep up to date. It will get updated periodically.. and need arises. For the most up to date info.. keep an eye on this thread.

The Complete Guide to Producing , Extracting, and Burning XBOX ISO Image Files

By HSDEMONZ

Revision: 0.07 (01/04/03) Added New GDF Gui Info
Revision: 0.06 (12/12/02) Downsampling section added
Revision: 0.05 (12/11/02) Beta Modchip Patch section added.
Revision: 0.04 (12/10/02) Firmware section added
Revision: 0.03 (12/06/02) Added Bad Burns and Troubleshooting sections
Revision: 0.02 (12/01/02) Added 1:1 Backup your Backup section
Revision: 0.01 (11/21/02) Original Guide
Newest sections added (01/05/03)

Many additions have been added to this guide.. as info became available... be patient.. and read the entire thread before jumping in head first!

Disclaimer:

The author, and/or the Web Sites which Host this document in no way indorse or condone any type of software piracy or copyright infringement whatsoever. The guide was produced as an exercise of thought… and is only to be considered for educational purposes only. No warranty or guarantee is given or implied. The following is a consensus of thoughts and experiences by a group of individuals, who shall remain nameless. The purpose of this document is to help legitimate owners of XBOX games to back-up their investments.

DO NOT ASK FOR PROGRAMS LISTED THAT WERE DEVELOPED USING SDK/XDK. DO NOT ASK FOR THEM IN THE XBOX-SCENE FORUMS, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.

Summary:

This document, will detail with step-by-step instructions how to perform the following actions:

1) Produce a perfect working XBOX ISO Back-Up Image
1.1) Produce a perfect working XBOX ISO backup of a Burned ISO Backup 1:1
2) Produce a perfect working Burned Copy of the XBOX ISO Back-Up Image (All Media: CDR, CDRW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW
2.1) Exception #1 over-sized Games.
3) Explains How to Extract the Files and Directory Structure from an acquired XBOX ISO Back-Up Image.

4) BURN to CDR! Misconceptions Dispelled!

5) UDF Burning. (Pros and Cons!)

6)“BAD BURNS” They do happen! <NEW>
7) Trouble Shooting <NEW>
8) Firmware for DVD-Burners (hacked or otherwise <NEW>
9) Beta Modchip Patch <NEW>
10) Downsampling
<NEW>


For the sake of Argument, this Entire Guide is PC Based. For Win2000 / WinXP users. Linux Rocks! Just not in this Guide! smile.gif

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Posted 28 November 2002 - 01:05 AM

Hardware and Software Tools Required for this Guide:


-XBOX – Modded and Functional. Modchips can be found at the following Online Retailers: Easybuy2000, Genomods (author doesn’t endorse any of these sites.. and only makes the pointers available as an option.) and Developers / Manufacturers: Xodus-chip, X-ecuter (Team X-ecutor Rocks!)

-PC with DVD Burner (Dedicated CD works fine for smaller titles) Recommended Burners Include Pioneer A04 / 104 and the Sony DRU500A. Any DVD Burner will do.

-Blank Media (at least one of the following… CDR, CDRW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW. Some Retailers include: Rima.com, Meritline

-DVD Burning Software (for CDRW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW) Stomp Inc’s / Veritas Record Now Max / Prassi PrimoDVD and optionally Ahead’s Nero Burning ROM, elby CloneDVD

-CD Burning Software (for CDR) elby CloneCD 4, Fireburner and optionally CDRWin

-ISO Image Mounting Software. Daemon Tools, or most any program that will mount ISO Image formats.

-XBOX ISO Image Builder Software. GDFIMAGE and/or ISOMAKER 1.21. These are the recommended tools. No direct pointer will be given, as GDFIMAGE is a proprietary MS XBOX Iso Premastering tool, included in the XBOX SDK/XDK. ISOMAKER, is actually a Front-End + GDFIMAGE. You can find both on IRC and in the Newsgroups. IsoMaker’s Author can be contacted at CDRSKULL / X-FORUMS DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.

-XBOX ISO Image Extraction Software. XDFSExtract v0.5a or newer (Recommended) Developed and/or released by IPS/Team PS2Ownz. No pointer given.

-XBOX Replacement Dashboards. EVOLUTION X dashboard is the most useful, stable and feature complete replacement for the stock MS Dashboard. It is actually a requirement for many steps in this Guide. Produced with SDK/XDK by Team EVOX.

NEXGEN and XOS are not quite ready to be used as a RELIABLE dashboard... but with improvements, they soon will be. NEXGEN by TEAM GOTMOD/EXECUTOR has alot of potential, but still lack 100% reliable FTP services. No Pointers given. DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.


- FTP Programs. For older Versions of Evolution X, you’ll need F l a s h F X P, but never versions will let almost any FTP program connect. Some notables are : WS_FTP, FTP Voyager, CuteFTP, 3D-FTP.

- Some XBOX Specific Programs: XBCOPY, BOXplorer. DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.


*XISO 0.71 - 1.10 and newer and XBOX Iso Toolkit Release 1.1 and newer will be mentioned, and briefly detailed. However, NEITHER of these tools are recommended, as both are Buggy, and may produce Bad Images, or Bad File Extractions. Use at your own risk!

ISO – What is it? ISO is an file extension, used to denote a single Binary file primarily used to backup the entire contents of a Floppy Disk, HD, CD or DVD disk. Name after the Industry Standards Organization who was/is responsible for produce and maintaining specs on standards for industry. I will use it throughout to denote both proper and improper XBOX Image backup.

Edited by HSDEMONZ, 05 January 2003 - 09:15 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2002 - 01:38 AM

Section 1: Producing a perfect working XBOX ISO Back-Up Image.


Assuming you have acquired all of the tools necessary, producing a perfect working back-up image of almost any XBOX Game is easy. (Only exception is BURNING an Image that is over 4.7 GB, which will be covered later) However, you will need to do a little work upfront. You will need a copy of EVOLUTION X Dashboard Installed on the XBOX Hard Drive before we can continue. DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.

I won’t waste space here boring you with the install setup, especially when a perfectly good guide written by Xantium of Xbox-Scene can be found here: Evolution X DashBoard Setup. Basic networking is also needed… follow this guide to Connect the XBOX with your PC: Basic Networking Using EvolutionX if you are having problems. Getting Evolution X onto the XBOX assumes you have had at least some success using some method of burning to get a copy on a disk that would boot the XBOX. If you have a copy of Evolution X in ISO form, but don’t know how to burn it yet, jump ahead to BURNING! Then hope back here.!

With the Networking properly set up on Both the XBOX Evolution X Dashboard, and the PC, you are now ready to start backup-up! With Evolution X Pre-Installed on the XBOX HD already, boot (turn on) the XBOX with no DISC. Once you see the familiar EvoX Dashboard, place a RETAIL XBOX GAME or Previously Burned Backup in the drive. Wait for EvoX Dash to report “GAME”. (Default EvoX installs will show this… customized Skins may not)

Start your copy of FLASH FXP. For the sake of this Guide, FLASH will be the FTP Program of choice, however, almost any will do. You’ll need to either setup a SITE, or use the Quick Connection Options, to connect to the XBOX.

Click on SITES, the SITE MANAGER (F4).

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From here, you can create a new SITE using the New Site Button at the bottom left. Enter MY XBOX or whatever you like…

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…enter the IP of the XBOX (you should know this from EvoX Dashboard setup), and setup the User Name: XBOX and Password: XBOX (assuming you haven’t changed either). Port 21 should be set (default). Click Apply. Next click the OPTIONS Tab, and ensure that “USE PASSIVE MODE” is left UNCHECKED.

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All other settings can be left at defaults, although changing them will have no adverse effects. Now click APPLY and CONNECT.

In FlashFxp, you will see 7 folders in the right panel. Marked C D E F X Y Z. The DVD Drive of the XBOX is Drive D.

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Double-Click on the D Folder. You will now see a Directory listing of the Game Title in that drive. The number of Files and Folders doesn’t matter.

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Some games have all of the files (sometimes hundreds) in the ROOT of the Disc, while others have a hierarchal organization using folders. Regardless, you will want set up a DIR on your PC to receive these files. I’d recommend x:XBOXGAME, where “x” is a Hard drive on your PC. We’ll use C:XBOXGAME as an example. In the left panel, select the C Drive

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Right-Click, and choose MAKE FOLDER.

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Name it XBOXGAME. Double-Click on the new folder called XBOXGAME.

It will appear empty. Now select DRAG” all of the files and folders from the XBOX “D” Folder to the PC “c:XBOXGAME” Folder. This is the DIRECT RIP method.

This may take 1-10 minutes depending on the speed of your PC Network card, and other issues like current load on the PC, other Network activities, etc. It isn’t uncommon to see speeds of 5000+ KBps or higher on larger files. When it is complete, you will have a complete FILE for FILE backup of all GAME FILES from the XBOX Game disc. (Note: FILE for FILE is currently the only working method of copying XBOX Game Discs, as the Original Retail Disks are only partially readable in the PC. If interested, check here on the XBOX DVD format, and current findings.)

Optional Verification (RECOMMENDED, ) but not necessarily required!

Optionally, you can verify the contents of c:XBOXGAME against the original manually, file for file. I prefer to do 2 more RIP methods, and compare the contents from all three. You can however skip this, and jump to CLOSE FLASHFXP. Still with me.. good. This is where the optional XBOX specific programs come in. Since you have the Disc in the XBOX still, run XBCOPY, and COPY the XBOX game to either E or F Folder on the XBOX. DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.

This will take 2-10 Minutes. Now, Find the XBCOPY00x Folder (“x” will be a digit, starting at 1 for each game you rip this way) on the XBOX. With FLASHFXP, “DRAG” this folder to your PC, to a new Directory… like c:XBOXGAM2.

RIP 3 use BOXxplorer. Use BOXplorer, select the D folder on the XBOX, then select HIGHLIGHT” all files and folder on the “D” Folder. (BIG EDIT HERE thanks to [SDK]Devilman) and copy them.. using BOXPLORER.. to a location on the XBOX HD. With the Files now in there location on the XBOX HD... use FlashFXP to place this third RIP on the PC, in a folder name c:XBOXGAM3

With 3 RIPS, you can use almost any FILE/FOLDER Binary Comparison Tool you can find. Check all 3 folders against each other, if one doesn’t fit, try RE-RIPPING that method. If it still out of whack do some detective work. In the end RIP 1 Method is best, the others are redundant backups.

If all is good… Continue.

You can Close FLASHFXP. Now that we have a known GOOD Rip of the game (you verified right?) we can now proceed to the production of the Perfect ISO for burning. (note: Don’t call it xiso’s… it causes confusion, simply call it ISO, or GDF’ed ISO, or XDFS ISO)

Now you will need GDFIMAGE. DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.
Run your copy of GDFIMAGE, execute it from the command line. You’ll see the following:

To produce the Proper XDFS ISO, what I call a GDF’ed ISO, we’ll use the following syntax:

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GDFimage c:XBOXGAME c:XBOXGDF.ISO

Alternatively, and preferably, you can use a popular Front-End for GDFimage call ISOMAKER 1.1 or 1.21. It uses a nice simple Windows GUI to point to the “sourceroot” and “targetfile” options. It will help prevent mistakes. (New section added later in this guide... )

Click on ISOMAKER.EXE. In the Window that opens, choose the “First” Window, and point it to the location of your RIPPED files… c:XBOXGAME. In the “Second” Window, select where you want the GDF’ed ISO to go. In our case “C”.

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In the blank at the bottom, enter in the name you want to call it. Type XBOXGDF.ISO and click MAKE. It will then launch the Command Line Util GDFimage, and you will see it building the folder and file structure. When it “disappears” it is done!

This will produce a file, called XBOXGDF.ISO, in the root of your PC’s “C” Drive. As always.. this will take from 2-10 minutes. See… pretty easy. You are now the Proud Owner of a perfect working GDF’ed ISO for Burning to CDRW, and all the DVD Types of blanks. CDR Covered later

*NOTE: Errors runnning GDFIMAGE or ISOMAKER…

GDFimage gives - GDFimage.exe files is linked to missing export kernal32.dll getfilesezeEx

Isomaker gives - runtime error 5 invalid procedure call or argument


This occurs because GDFIMAGE is expecting to see some VB runtimes files on your system that it requires. They are included in WIN2000 and WinXP installations. Generally, you will need one of these versions of Windows to do most anything with the XBOX. Exception is LINUX, covered in other Guides!

If you really can’t find GDFIMAGE or ISOMAKER.. and want to use XISO to BUILD an ISO (not recommended) use this older but excellent XISO Build ISO Guide

Edited by HSDEMONZ, 01 September 2003 - 11:31 PM.


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Posted 28 November 2002 - 01:57 AM

Section 2. Produce a perfect working Burned Copy of the XBOX ISO Back-Up Image
(All Media: CDRW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW)


So… now that you have a perfect working GDF’ed ISO, you want to Burn it to CDRW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, and DVD+RW. This part is Pretty Easy, and chances are the software came with your burner.

Open RecordNowMax. Disable the Start-Up Wizard. We won’t use that method. Click on the IMAGE button.

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Click on the ADD FILE button. In the Window that appears, Navigate to the location of your GDF’ed ISO

In our example c:\ . In File Type, Scroll from Global-Image to Image [*.iso], and select your ISO file. Then click OPEN.

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You are bounced back to the main Windows again. In the Drive Window Panel to the left, Double-Click on your Burner. This will place a RED arrow pointing to that drive indicating Burner Selected.

The Window on the right has some options… set copies for 1 (or more), Speed at 1x or higher for DVD types (preferably 1x to start). Set any speed for CDRW.

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Click on the Options Button, the DISC IMAGE OPTIONS window will pop up.

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Make sure the RECORDING TYPE is set to Disc at Once (DAO), Closed, and that MODE is set to CD MODE1 (Blocking 2048) – DVD. Optionally, place a check on the POST-GAP option. Click OK to return to main window. Click the RED Button to start Recording.

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RecordNow gives an optional 5 second count-down gives you time to abort if necessary. Time to burn is determined by the X speed of the Blanks and the Burner, plus the current load while burning. Try to let DVD burning run dedicated.

When Finished, Close STOMP’s RecordNow Max, and Enjoy your XBOX Backup in the XBOX.

*Note… if RecordNow Max complains about the Post – Gap setting, just change it. This time it will burn fine.

If you got this far, but didn’t use a GDF’ed ISO image as source, but instead used an XISO or XBOXIsoTool produced ISO, or a downloaded ISO from the Internet / IRC / Newsgroups, you may still have a successful burn. However, RecordNow Max is more or less burning the image blind, and will report a successful burn regardless. You may only find out about potential image problems once you start playing. Or Worse.. on that day when you need to make another backup from the backup.

If you Don’t have RecordNow Max, and must use NERO, follow Xantium’s Guide to Burning Iso's with NERO

Edited by HSDEMONZ, 05 January 2003 - 09:51 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2002 - 02:00 AM

Section 2.1 Exception #1 over-sized Games.


Some XBOX Games can NOT be backed up as is to a single disk. You have a few options though.

1) You can take the files, and spread them across 2 disks! The games will usually not be playable using this method, but you will be able to use XBCOPY (DO NOT ASK FOR THESE PROGRAMS IN THE FORUMS, ON XBOX-SCENE, and DO NOT PM ME, or ANY MEMBER OR MODERATOR ON THIS SITE FOR THESE FILES.) to read both Disk to the XBOX HD, where you can rebuild the directory tree, and play the title just fine! (Currently, SHENMU2 and Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance fall into this category. The 2 disks can be burned using GDF’ed ISO format, or UDF. It doesn’t matter cause in the end this is only an archive.. and not a playable set of disks.

Alternatively.. you can use a new FLIP SIDED 9.2GB DVD-R disk.. which is essentially just a DVD-R that allows recording to BOTH sides of the disk. Only caveat here is that the XBOX can't read both sides at the same time! You will need to FLIP the disk to use what is on the other side. (these are quite costly)

2) You can Max Compress the Source Image, in which case it will be USUALLY small enough to fit on a single DVD blank. This works, but you will need a PC to decompress the Archive, and then FTP back to the XBOX.. UDF may be preferred for this situation.

3) Tearing out files (commonly called RIPPING or RAPING) like DEMOES, Downsampling Movies and Audio, and removing XBOX Online Directory. What you will be left with is hopefully playable from the burned disk. This method will likely require Trial and Error to get a working copy. UDF / GDF both acceptable..

Edited by HSDEMONZ, 05 January 2003 - 09:56 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2002 - 02:09 AM

Section 3. Explains How to Extract the Files and Directory Structure from an acquired XBOX ISO Back-Up Image


So… someone has given you an ISO. Or you felt adventurous, and found out how to find XBOX games on the Internet / IRC / Newsgroups. So you have this ISO (likely it was RAR compressed) For a Quick Primer on Newsgroup based XBOX Backup, read Lumbrax’ Post HERE. We’ll call our example iso NOTGDF.ISO.

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Well… here is your first problem.. you have no idea what the other guy used to produce the ISO files. He could have used XISO, XBOXIsoTool, WinRar, Adaptec Creator, WinIso, IsoBuster, etc. They all produce ISO files. Some better than others.. but NONE of them do so in the same manner as GDFImage or Isomaker! What you will need to do, is use XDFS Extractor v0.5a or newer, to pull the Files and Directories out of the acquired ISO.

I’ll steal some instructions now from IPS/Team PS2Ownz who developed XDFSExtract.

Usage: XDFSExtract <iso file> [extract path]

Notes: Don't put spaces in the filename or extract path. Extract path is optional. If it isn't there it'll use the current running directory.

So… we’ll make a folder/Directory to dump it to. C:\OPENISO

We’ll need to open a command prompt, so we can use XDFSExtractor. Click START, Run, and type CMD (win2000/XP) or COMMAND (Most others) Our command, to properly extract the downloaded NOTGDF.ISO to C:\OPENISO would be…

XDFSExtract NOTGDF.ISO c:\OPENISO

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After a few minutes, you will have the best possible version of extracted files from this source ISO. However, because of the unknown original Tool used to produce this acquired ISO, you won’t know it it’ll ever be 100% reliable!

By using XDFSExtractor, you have done your best in a bad situation.

If… you find that XDFS cannot pull files out.. and gives an Error… you will be left with no choice but to use one of the other Tools like <gulp> XISO, XBOXIsoTool, WinRar, Adaptec Creator, WinIso, IsoBuster, etc.

An Extraction error can also occur, if you are using Fat32 or older fats. This is more of a problem with BUILDING ISO than with EXTRACTING from and ISO.

If you are unable to find XDFSExtractor, and must use XISO (not recommended) use the Xantium's XISO Extraction Guide.

Edited by HSDEMONZ, 05 January 2003 - 10:01 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2002 - 02:34 AM

Section 4. Burning to CDR: Misconceptions Dispelled!

POST MARKER: BURNTOCDR

In the scene, it is either widely accepted that XBOX cannot read CDR at all, or does so unreliably. Many make broad statements like “All Thompson Drives can’t Read CDR, and only a rare handful of Phillips can read CDR, but CDR is still a bad idea because it is likely too slow, or unstable and error-prone

That is NOT my experience. 70% of all units I have come in contact with CAN and DO read CDR burns fine, regardless of DRIVE Installed. Is the XBOX DVD Drive picky? YUP! Will it Run all Media from all Manufacturers.. NOPE! However, many units will read a Properly Burned CDR, they just need to be burned in a different method than that used for ALL other media.

The following Method for Burning working CDR, is loosely based on the guide produced by Mark “gAm3 Fr3aQu3” of PrecisionMods.com. His Guide found here promises to work on all XBOX with Phillips Drives installed. I make no such promise. I’ll summarize his method, then show you mine! Both Work.. but I prefer mine! Also, he makes the assumption that you have mastered burning to CDRW, and that you now want to burn CDRW to CDR. I assume you just want to burn straight to CDR.

Marks Method: Load CDRW in in PC, use CDRWIN with specific settings, and it creates a BIN/CUE file combination. Load Fireburner, burn BIN/CUE using specific settings. Enjoy!

HSDEMONZ Method:

I’ll assume you’ve now mastered SECTION 1: Section 1: Producing a perfect working XBOX ISO Back-Up Image. Well… we will now take that image (one small enough to fit on an 74-99 Minute CDR) and produce a new CDR Burning Image. You will need to have already installed DAEMON-TOOLS, or another quality IMAGE Mounting tool. Mount your XBOXGDF.ISO image using Daemon.

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(Do not be surprised if MY COMPUTER doesn’t show it mounted, or give you access to it, as long as DAEMON says it is loaded you are fine!)

Once it is Mounted with Daemon, you will need a recent version of CLONE CD, preferably v4.

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With CLONE CD, Click on the READ TO IMAGE FILE button. Select your CD Reader (in this case the DAEMON drive).

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Click Next, then Click Data CD,

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…then click Next.

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Posted 28 November 2002 - 02:35 AM

Section 4. Burning to CDR: Misconceptions Dispelled! Post 2


Then, make sure you have Create “CUE-SHEET” checked.

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Click OK or Next. Now sit and wait….

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…while it produces the new CDR Image Files.

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When complete, you will have 4 new files, XBOXGDF.CCD, XBOXGDF.SUB, XBOXGDF.IMG, and XBOXGDF.CUE.

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Double-Click on XBOXGDF.CUE. If Fireburner is already installed, it will open, showing FIREBURNER – STATUS…

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Click OK.

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You will see that it is loaded as TRACK#1, MODE1/2352. Check the Total Time… as long as it shows a time here that will fit on the CDR you are using, you will have no problems.

Click on the Options Menu

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Select your Burning Device by scrolling down.

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Then select the Recording Options TAB. Under Recording Method, only have DISK-AT-ONCE 96 checked. Under Mutli-session, only have CLOSE CD checked. Under OTHER… make sure AUTOCORRECT SUB-CHANNEL and AUTOCORRECT EDC/ECC is checked. You may want to enable BurnProof if you have it! Click OK, and return to the main Fireburner Window.

Place a BLANK CDR in the Burner… wait for it to settle. Click the CREATE CD MENU, a confirmation box appear, click Yes. The Burn process has started. CDR burning will take from 3-45 minutes for a full CDR, depending on the Burner X rating. (On my Plextor 24x… a 700MB CDR take 3.5 minutes) When Done, click OK, close FIREBURNER, and ENJOY your CDR BACKUP in your XBOX.

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Posted 28 November 2002 - 02:44 AM

Section 5. UDF Burning. (Pros and Cons!)


UDF – What is it? A specification that describes the Universal Disk Format, a file system defined by OSTA. This specification, fully compliant with the ISO 13346 standard, is intended for developers who intend to implement UDF to enable file interchange among different operating systems. Specs available here. For the Purpose of this Guide, UDF will be used to discuss an alternative to ISO burning.

UDF Burning can be an excellent method of Burning DVD media. The Disk that results from UDF Data Burning is Readable on almost all modern computers and OS’s, including PC’s, MACs, and Alternative OS’s like Linux. UDF is also a readable option for XBOX Burning, and a viable alternative. UDF however, has some pros and cons which should be considered before opting to burn with it.

Pros: It’s Simple! Easy! Quick! And almost all DVD burning software can Burn it. (Should be all.. as OSTA DVD is written in native UDF format). You can also take your XBOX UDF Burn, and do future 1:1 copies using only a PC equipped with a DVD Burner. This alone makes it valuable as an Archival Backup Format.

Cons: UDF has a number of drawbacks… most notably it is slower to boot than a properly prepared GDF’ed ISO Burn. The Physical layout of files and directories differs enough that some games don’t just Boot slower, they has seek issues as well. Movies may skip, the drive may thrash expecting files to be in one place, and having to look elsewhere. Best example is Game Titles released by SEGA, having far too many files in the root. SEGA title in UDF Burn exhibit some of the worst load times, especially when compared to properly prepared GDF’ed ISO Burns.

A recent users experience:

Mad_Catz Posted: Nov 21 2002, 03:28 AM (DVD/CD Burning)

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“I also just noticed that in "HUNTER: The Reckoning", the games audio and video aren't synced when I burned the game at 2X and UDF, I will try it again as an ISO this time... I am going to have to go back and reburn all my games from UDF to ISO I think. What they call "Thrashing" on here is probably killing my X-box DVD drive... Some games like Burnout do it so much that I hear a clicking/grinding noise... I also noticed that Outlaw Golf loads about (literally) 10 times faster since I reburnt it as an ISO instead of the UDF format...”


This is an EXTREME case of UDF’s drawbacks. Others swear by it though!

Still want to Burn with UDF… Here is a simple Primer.
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You will need an Extracted Image, preferably one extracted with XDFSExtractor. Open RecordNow Max, and Click on the DATA button at the top. Now Drag the files and folders from your Extraction Directory into the DATA Window of RecordNow Max.

Once that is complete, click on the OPTIONS Button.

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Set PRE-MASTERING CACHE and FILE DATA and TIME to whatever you like. Larger Cache wouldn’t hurt systems with more than 256MB of RAM. Larger RAM Cache may help your burner to avoid using it’s BurnProof or JustLink or other similar technologies.

For CDRW Burns set RECORDING TYPE to Disk at Once (DAO), Closed. Mode1, with FILE SYSTEM TYPE set to “UDF – Up to 128 in Filename Length, any char, plus 8+3 Bridge

For DVD Blank Media types set RECORDING TYPE to Track at Once (TAO), Closed or Disk at Once(DAO) Closed Depending on Burner used. FILE SYSTEM TYPE set to “UDF – Up to 128 in Filename Length, any char, plus 8+3 Bridge

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That’s it… you can fill in other fields… with no adverse effects. Click OK to continue. I’d recommend setting Burn Speed to 1x, but if you have faster media… try it. Worse thing that can happen is you produce a shiny new coaster. Select a Recorder by Double-Clicking on a Device in the Left window. Then Click the RED Record Button, sit back.. and enjoy a Beer!

When Finished.. you have a brand new UDF Burned XBOX Backup. Now go play that puppy in your XBOX!

Edited by HSDEMONZ, 05 January 2003 - 10:15 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2002 - 02:48 AM

Greets and Appreciation


There are a lot of people I’d like to thank, because without you guys we wouldn’t be here today enjoying the fruits of our collective labours.

Bunnie! Your MIT research opened the Door a crack.. just enough to let the light in.

Project X – Your Massive Flood took the scene by storm… hell.. without the original 50 PX releases…no one would have bother making the modchip in the first place.

And speaking of Modchips… ENIGMAH, XTender, Team X-ecutor. Without which none of this could happen.

EVOLUTION X Dashboard Team / Team X-ecutor: Dashboards.. BIOS cracks… Utils like In Game Reset. You guys ROCK!

XBOXHACKER, XBOX-SCENE, XBOXMOD08 and too many others who spread the word.

SiliconIce, Xantium, BenJeremy, NOObvin, CDRSkull and others too numerous to list here.

… and last but not least all of the un-named souls who tried the different methods of CDR, and provided Valuable feedback in the development of the CDR portion of this Guide.

The Plain Text version of this Guide will hopefully be hosted on www.GOTMOD.com... While the full HTML version will be hosted by Xantium on XBOX-SCENE.com.

Edited by HSDEMONZ, 05 January 2003 - 10:17 AM.


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Posted 28 November 2002 - 02:52 AM

That's it.

Original is here... HSDEMONZ- Complete Guide to XBOX ISO Burning <--- Usually Outdated.. Read THIS Thread for additions and updates!

I'll do some editing tonight...

In the days to follow...I'll add...

Multi-Game Disk Making (multiple methods.. including BenJeremy's) smile.gif
XISO complete Guide.. (yes... I'm almost done)
XBOXISOTOOL complete guide

and more.

This WILL be the Complete Guide to Burning for XBOX! Just give me a little time. smile.gif

Edited by HSDEMONZ, 05 January 2003 - 10:18 AM.


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Posted 29 November 2002 - 05:13 PM

Awesome guide... should be a "must read"!!!

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Posted 30 November 2002 - 03:51 AM

Thanks NOOBVIN... more to come shortly...

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Posted 30 November 2002 - 06:05 AM

Troubleshooting:

Make sure the disc is "bad" by characterizing the quality of the disc....

Can you navigate to the disc using Boxplorer or Xbox Commander? Can you see it via FTP? Does Evo-X see it as a game disc?

If you see the contents from Boxplorer or Commander, try to launch the default.xbe


The disc boots to the dashboard
1) The disc may have been created incorrectly. Is there a default.xbe in the root? Was it created in XDFS or UDF formats?

2) the disc may have been a "bad burn" - most likely the media is poor quality and can't be read by the Xbox, even if it CAN be read in a PC.

The disc appears to boot, but gets a 'dirty disc' error or locks up in a black or other game screen
1) Most of the time, this is a bad burn. See "Bad Burns" below.

2) There are missing files. Double check to make sure the backup was complete.



Bad Burns

Try to reburn the disc. If you have had great success with the media, another reburn should fix the problem. If it is new 'untested' media, you may continue to have problems. Different Xboxes have problems with different media. Sometimes a pot tweak (mostly with old Thomson drives) will help this situation out....



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Posted 30 November 2002 - 07:12 AM

Excellent...

I love everything but the POT TWEAK!.

Consider POT TWEAK an EXTREME solution! One that could end up ruining a perfectly good RETAIL DVD reader!

Investigate using BenJeremy's Troubleshooter above! smile.gif

BENJ... when you get the time.. think you can cross-post your MEDIAX and MENUX Guide into this topic? It would defintely add to it's completeness!





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