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Posted 09 January 2004 - 04:27 AM

NEWS ARCHIVE FROM MAIN PAGE.


Update from Team Xecuter: Xecuter3 info and FlashX v1.1 issues
>> From Team Xecuter:
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* X3 is taking a long time due to real life issues, but it is getting there slowly but surely. (If we coded software full time and the hardware guys were full time this would have been released months ago heh) - So what we have done is made a little bios update for all X2 users, essentially to give you a little "teaser" of the kind of stuff we're looking at. Hopefully should be ready by the weekend but it will at least wet your appetites smile.gif

* We released FlashX v1.1 yesterday but it seems it still has the following issues:
-Detects mod as protected flash when its unprotected
-Very Slow Flashing
-Crash on Bank 4
Now whats strange is that this works perfect on the machines tested on - but these were v1.0 and v1.1. Maybe its an issue with v1.2 / v1.3 ? - We will get this sorted asap

Posted by:: XanTium
August 20 21:36 GMT+1

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News from Team Xecuter about X3
>> From Ubergeek (Team Xecuter) on forums.xbox-scene.com:
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I'm sure you are wondering why we havent released a new bios for v1.4 yet and why dont we talk about X3 or the new xbox case designs we revealed a while ago

Well here's a bit of news to wet the appetite:

First of all we had the choice of releasing a new bios for 1.4 or wait a while for the new X3 bios which has X3 hardware dependant features
Well, evox kinda made the decision for us so you simply use M7 for now - next bios from us will be X3 (as most of you now know Xecuter bios's are designed entirley differently to Evox bios which is based on implementing hacks to an official M$ bios - therefore making the "standard" hacks much easier and faster to implement)

X3 hardware is pretty much done - we're just packing as many features into it as physically possible. As soon as the new embedded XBE is done (no its not ftp ) then we will make an announcement of the new hardware as well as the new bios (which will of course be 1.4 / 1.5 compatible) plus the new XBE and PC apps that will be incorporated with it. We havent done this before now as its a bitch to announce a new mod then you wait 6 months to see it. X3 will be announced / released within a 2 week period.
Also expect X3 intergration and support from the main homebrew app guys (especially avalaunch, mxm, xbmp, xbmc and offerings from team assembly and others) We will be discussing various issues with this community in the very very near future.
USB Speed is a also priority on X3 and has been completely tested on all OS and all versions of xbox. We will make sure it has an optimal USB chipset (not decided on USB 1.1 or 2.0 yet - its a matter of cost vs function)

On a final note - we're concentrating all efforts now on finishing X3. Most of the time has been on spent on design ideas / implementation. We've been listening to what all of you wanted and what other mod makers have offered. We feel X3 will be the ultimate mod for your xbox giving you all the features you desire both functionally and "coolness".

We won't be showing any feature lists until its all done and finished. However we will offer the chance for you to offer suggestions and ideas for the FINAL version which will be the one that will hit the stores before Christmas.

About the xbox case: As soon as X3 is finished we will be investing in getting that finished too. A website will be hosted and we will be listening to all your ideas and suggestions which will ulimatley be a design that YOU asked for.

in the meantime enjoy what's available to you right now


News-Source/Discussion: forums.xbox-scene.com
Posted by:: XanTium
October 3 00:55 GMT+1

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Xecuter3 new prototype picture
>> Team Xecuter just released another image of their Xecuter3 prototype.
No design/layout image this time, but a synthetic picture of the Xecuter3 mainboard.
Keep in mind this is a DEVELOPMENT board (for debugging and software development) ... the final pcb will probably look completely different.


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Full size picture: http://www.teamxecuter.com/x3dev.htm

What I see from the picture (!nothing official!):
* 2 flash chips of unknown size (one clearly larger then the other). Just an extra fail-safe feature? or do they plan to do something special with 2 'bios' chips instead of one real big. Maybe one will be used to store an .xbe ...
* all solder install methods (wire connector, male(?) headerpin and I think on the top it's a X1-style alias 'quick-solder' install system)
* connectors for the external adaptor and (optional) expansion board you could see on the design/layout image
* 2 series of 6 pins ... no idea what that is ... this board isn't final though, so it might just be debug-stuff ... or might not wink.gif

Thanks to Harel for the link
Posted by:: XanTium
October 20 15:58 GMT+1

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New Xecuter website + new X3 picture and WIP Bios Manager/FlashBIOS v2.27
>> Lots of new stuff from from Team Xecuter.

First of all a new color picture of the Xecuter3 prototype has been released:

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I'm sure many of you are wondering about the forthcoming Xecuter 3 - or "X3" as we tend to call it these days. Well development is going strong and to give you a glimpse of what we're up to - here is a picture of our debugging and dev hardware (and before you ask no this isn't what the mod will look like heh)


A new version of the X-ecuter2 Bios Manager(info) will be released soon:
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The very popular and much used Xecuter Bios Manager has received a facelift. A few bugs have been ironed out along with a couple of new features including much improved Xecuter Modchip detection (It can auto detect if you have a Lite or Pro fitted). Also included is an online bios.ini updater so you can keep up to date with the latest MD5 database. We expect it to be finished in the next few days - however hre's a screen shot of our current beta.

Check out the preview screenshot
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Also a new Flashbios (based on cromwell 2.27) will be released soon with added support for Xbox v1.4 and v1.5:
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The current version of FlashBIOS is based on the Cromwell(info) v1.8 code which as most of you know is quite buggy. The new Cromwell v2.27 fixes many problems and is so much more stable including support for the new Focus video encoder (v1.4 / v1.5 Xbox's) We're doing some final testing so you can expect it to be in our downloads section in the next few hours.


They also launched their new website:
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After gallons of coffee and a years supply of pro plus, we are very pleased to reveal our new support site. It's still a work in progress so you may see many changes day to day - especially to the tutorials section. Please feel free to sign up and take advantage of whats on offer.


And there's some news about the Xecuter FlashX(info) v1.2 that was released some days ago already.

Official Site: http://www.teamxecuter.com
Posted by:: XanTium
October 22 02:54 GMT+1
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Xecuter3 features announced
>> From TeamXecuter.com:

We thought we'd offer Xbox mod fans an early Christmas present and give you an insight into Xecuter3.

For some time we've been thinking of what could we possibly add to an Xbox mod, as for most of you it already does everything you need. Well the answer was simple - the features to add would purely be from a fun and ease of use perspective, so that's exactly how we approached it. Here's what's coming in 2004.....

2MB Flash Rom With 15 Bios Storage Options
256K Backup Rom with Cromwell(info) FlashBIOS v2.2.7
i2c Bus for X3 Config LIVE!
USB Programming Controller (Perfect if your flash is damaged and for easy Windows config of app)
Flash Rom Upgrade Module (Larger flash roms)
Flash Protection Control
Mod Disable - Quick Press of Power or Eject (External LED will indicate RED)
Hold Power+Eject >1 second to boot from 256k Backup Rom (External LED will indicate YELLOW)
Hold Power >1 second to boot from 2Mb Flash Rom (256k Bios bank 0) (External LED will indicate GREEN)
HDD Activity LED
LAN Activity LED
LPC/D0 Alignment LED
D0/A15 Control to flash onboard bios (TSOP)
Wire Install Option
Pin Header Install Option
No-Solder Pogo Pin Install Option (new Design pogo's for easier install) **
No-Solder None-Pogo Install Option (new bespoke design for easier install) **
Compatible with all current bios's
X3 Debug output for future development
External controller for USB & Mod Control
Supplied with all adapters & wires

Bank Modes:
256k/256k/256k/256k/256k/256k/256k/256k/
512k/512k/512k/512k/
1024k/1024k
2048k
4096k (Optional)

X3 Config LIVE!
All X3 Config Live! features are displayed on screen - also currently in the middle of developing an affordable LCD module for external display of various functions.

* All works direct from new X3 on any new install !
* Select which bios bank to boot from on-the-fly
* Select which bios bank to program
* Display / Edit bios names from each bank
* Customize all features of the bios on-the-fly
* LBA48 Live Control (Select Partition 6 or 6+7)
* IGR Live Control (Enable or Disable)
* Hot Button Feature (select different features to be executed with gamepad combos)
* Customize startup animation colors on-the-fly
* Customize startup flubber colors on-the-fly
* Password your XBOX for extra security
* Change your power LED color on the fly
* Set your Internal Fan Speed on-the-fly
* Eject Trick Live Control
* Boot to original MS Dash
* Boot to original MS Bios
* Load Bios from HDD C and Flash
* Load Bios from DVD-ROM and Flash
* Load Bios from HDD E and Flash
* Select Bank(s) for Flashing
* Format HDD
* Lock HDD
* Unlock HDD
* Set / Display Video Mode
* Progressive Scan Control (480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i)
* Set / Display Game Region
* Set / Display DVD Region
* Display HDD Password
* Save EEPROM to X3
* Restore EEPROM from X3
* Save Settings to EEPROM
* Set default dashboard
* Setup custom dashboard selection
* Future integration into Avalaunch(info) & MediaXMenu(info)
* Many new features to be added with free updates

** No solder options and bespoke designs not finalized or agreed on just yet.

Post all questions / comments / feedback / wishlist to this thread.

This is where we currently are. A few features still need fixing due to minor bugs but it's simply a time issue as opposed to difficulty. There are more features too but we haven't addressed them just yet. Bear in mind all new X3 Config Live! features to this mod will be a simple free update. If we were to guess I'd say that its about 85% completed. I can also confirm that the new case design has just begun its final development phase so we're hoping to have that ready in the first Q of 2004 also.

Please note this is not a final feature list. There will obviously be changes when it goes gold, it all depends on timescale. However if anything is left out it will be added as a free update - this also goes for features not listed, there may be even more wink.gif

We'd just like to give props to all those who have had a major input into this new design. It's taken a lot of hard work to get this far and it's been a huge group effort - thanks guys !

Not forgetting xbox-scene.com, worldxbox.co.uk and maxconsole.com for their support in collating members ideas and suggestions on what they would like to see in a new mod.

December 5 22:57 CEST

Edited by Chancer, 23 July 2006 - 10:22 AM.


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Posted 09 January 2004 - 04:29 AM

Xecuter3 Update
>> From teamxecuter.com:

After a long development process and the first announcement of features on December 5th we are pleased to tell you that the X3 project is nearing completion. The first beta versions of the mod are now in hand with final testing taking place. In the next week or so we will be shipping the beta mod to a selected few to help with final adjusments to the design ready for a "final" beta and the big launch.

As you can see from the feature list on the previous news post this is a massive advancement in the way current mods work giving you features not available on any other mod for the Xbox.

Four weeks from feature announcement to final beta stage - not bad at all smile.gif

We hope to have some pictures for you in the next day or so - we're just in the middle of optimizing the PCB design.

Have a great new year !

PS we notice Windows CE is now running with limited capability on the Xbox. Thats great news - now all we need is fully functional networking so you can hook up the Xbox to the Gamecubes BBA - now thats irony wink.gif

December 30 23:06 CEST

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Posted 09 January 2004 - 04:32 AM

Xecuter3 Final Beta - Pictures *updated*
>> Team Xecuter released pictures of the X3 Final Beta.

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The X3 with cables, external controller and update flash module


More pictures: X3 next to X2.3b PRO
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The "Gold" design will be even smaller due to development ports being removed.

Official Site: http://www.teamxecuter.com
Posted by:: XanTium
December 31 04:12 CES

Edited by Chancer, 23 July 2006 - 10:22 AM.


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Posted 09 January 2004 - 04:40 AM

Team Xecuter makes own comparison chart
>> From Team Xecuter on the Xecuter3 forum:
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As we move into 2004, the next generation of Xbox modchip is about to hit the stores. There is Xecuter3 of course and also the new Xenium from Ozxodus.
Xodus felt the need to make a comparison chart against our X2 against their new mod not too long ago (even though X2 had been out since February 2003) - so we thought we'd do our own against this Xenium that we've been playing with.

Both very good mods and each would take pride in anyones Xbox - it's all down to choice.

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http://www.teamxecuter.com/4thgen.htm

Posted by:: XanTium
January 9 03:34 CEST

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Posted 13 January 2004 - 10:14 PM

FlashBIOS (Cromwell) is a customized version of the Cromwell bios for distribution with the Xecuter2 modchip, it has been changed to incorporate a modchip flashing feature that requires a CD with BIOS.BIN to be inserted in the XBOX's DVD-ROM drive. Once a CD is inserted into the drive the bios looks for a BIOS.BIN file and if it is found it will flash this onto the modchip (provided it has flash support in the bios for the modchip type).

We have also included an erase / programming progress bar for you to monitorthe success of the flashing.

The BIOS is packed as 512k for those that follow our optimal CDRW/DVD install tutorial - although it is a 2x256k image.

v2.28 Update
Now has limited Focus Video support (640 x 480 - Standard AV Pack)

Download here


Source: http://teamxecuter.com/

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 02:11 AM

Not exactly X3 news.. but...

Team Xecuter opens official IRC support channel
>> From teamxecuter.com: http://www.teamxecut...m...opic&t=8785
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The official TeamXecuter IRC support channel is now open on EFnet. Assistance regarding all Xecuter products, installs and flashing can be handled more directly now with aid from one of the OPs or some of our other dedicated Xecuter fans. Your presence is welcomed so feel free to drop by!

Network: EFnet
Channel: #teamxecuter

(January 23 04:38 GMT+1)

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Posted 23 January 2004 - 07:18 PM

Xecuter3 Final
>> From teamxecuter.com:
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After much fine tuning the X3 hardware is done. Its now the same size as the X2 Pro series. It may be possible to shrink further - but we'll look at that later. Working on finishing some other stuff - no rush wink.gif

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 01:37 AM

News from Team Xecuter
>> From teamxecuter.com:
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Many rumours we were dead heh smile.gif - We're still here and still working on new stuff. Obviousley not as fast as expected but RL issues kinda overtake mod stuff sometimes. X3 stuff: there are a couple of bugs with USB and some software issues that need resolving - we want to make sure the Bios release is final and not needing a dozen fixes. We're also in the middle of setting up tooling for a cool Xbox Case style clip on device for the external controller. Also been playing with the X2 bios - some bug fixes and a couple of features that were tinkered with over a couple of doobies at the weekend. May release it over next week or so if we get time. Will try to keep the scene updated with new stuff if its relevant - now off to hook up my trusty G5 smile.gif

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Posted 05 April 2004 - 08:13 PM

Xecuter3 (X3) update
>> From teamxecuter.com:
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We first announced the features of the mod in December and now its April. Yes we know this sucks and we know it's become long overdue so thanks to the usual haters who continue to gloat as they bring this up in forums time and time again.

The fact is the project isn't going as smoothly as we hoped. The only thing we can promise is that we are working very hard to get this finished. We have no excuses for the delays, however the only people who seem to comment are the gloaters and fanboys who revel in repeating time and time again that we are indeed delayed and by doing so have lied and cheated everybody ???

It is wrong to compare the development with other so called "4th Generation" mods. This is not a simple mod design with a modified Cromwell(info) OS (sources?) It's a highly advanced hardware project that has to be absolutely accurate in its operation. The bios is the biggest thing we've ever done with more features than anything ever released before and we are sure you'll be satisfied.

We don't normally discuss current development issues but here are what's being worked on as we speak:

> Bios compression algorithm requires heavy debug
> Adding more features to X3 Config Live than originally documented
> Need to resolve issues with internal flashing controls
> Debugging webserver support
> Development of newly designed External controller
> Adding support for Backup Rom programming via PC
> Development of extra Cromwell function (source codes to be released)
> Development of new FlashX(info) Tool
> Development of new X3 Bios Manager with Web Server Support

Bottom line is we have no release date. If the delays have upset you then we apologize. If the haters feel the need to bash us or invent more silly conspiracy theories then go right ahead. We are still here and we are still working. We feel absolutely sure X3 will be worth the wait. Thank you to the scene in general for your ongoing support.

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 08:39 PM

Xecuter3 demo video
>> Team Xecuter released a sneak peak video to us of the 'Xecuter3 OS'. It's the first look at the X3 graphics system. The video shows how you can edit the bios features/settings on-the-fly.

From Team Xecuter:
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It's a small glimpse into the bios config - toggling startup anim on / off - its strictly beta and the menu design is of course far from final.
But it's a quick look on how quick and easy config on the fly is going to be.


Download video (1.3MB): http://dwl2.xbox-sce...deo/x3_demo.wmv
(April 8 21:37 GMT+1)

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:38 AM

Team Xecuter opens official X3 forum
>> From teamxecuter.com:
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We have opened up the Xecuter 3 forum for serious discussion. Make sure you read the FAQ Section before posting any questions - this will help to reduce repeated posts.

Check on a regular basis for news and updates and other info.

(April 13 03:03 GMT+1)

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:44 AM

More Xecuter3 News
>> From TeamXecuter.com:
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Due to popular demand here is another sneak peak at some of the X3 Config Live features. This video shows the new color picker system that we have integrated so you can easily change all your flubber and X logo colors. All sources have been coded to accept RGB values. Please also note the camera angle selector. You can choose between 15 different camera angles for the flubber animation - or you can set it as random smile.gif

The new FTP server (both static and DHCP with Boost mode) and the new webserver have also been included and tested successfully.
Download the Video Here (4Mb)  http://dwl2.xbox-sce...o/X3Flubber.wmv

Also in advanced production is the new X3 PC System (replacing X2BM). Using many new methods you will also be able to completely control the X3 mod and Config Live features from your PC - we are also giving you more advanced bios setup options than ever seen before and also our own new ISO building functions. Many more features are being included which "competition" forbids us to reveal at this stage - However you have seen the 4th Generation mods that control your Mod and Your Xbox - however we feel X3 is a new 5th Generation - as we also completely control the Bios from the Xbox AND from the PC - on the fly !

Development is now at a fast pace as all of the bugs mentioned last week have been resolved - fun times ahead !


Thanks to Jive for telling me about the news.
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Posted 04 May 2004 - 09:23 PM

X3 Switch Prototype out of factory
>> From TeamXecuter.com:
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We are always committed to quality at Xecuter. No flimsy PCB and poor quality manufacturing, no solder your own wires to the mod, no having to make your own adapters etc

We posted a while ago ( http://www.teamxecut...m...pic&t=12047 ) our prototype design for the external switch module. Well it came off the production line today and here are the first exclusive photographs.

Please note the adapter will be an optional extra due to its cost (of course the X3 will be complete with a generic switch as per X2 series - we figured we'd make something that much more professional for those that wanted it)

Final design will include infra red sensor and also LCD outputs.

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For the full set of pictures please visit this forum thread. (
http://www.teamxecut...m...pic&t=12874
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Posted 13 May 2004 - 12:49 AM

Team Xecuter: Backups on 1.6 - No Solder Solution Possible
>> From teamxecuter.com:
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Not sure if we made it clear in the last news post but the X2.3 mod worked just fine on the v1.6 Xbox. Original test was with the 5838 MS Bios. New update is that we have now also tested with a crudly patched Bios to boot unsigned code however we are currently reverse engineering the Xcalibur code to implement into the X2 / X3 sources which will take some time.

We're trying to get our hands on older version of X2 (its been a while heh) to test if they still work due to the re-emergance of LFRAME. Will also be interesting to test out the cheapmod method - will grab some SST's later today from the workshop and do some more testing for those that have been requesting - however i'm sure many of you can test this stuff yourselves. Our coders have now received their 1.6 Boxes so they are splitting their time between X3 work and 1.6 work, be assured we are working on it.

Also looking at an easier 1.6 fix and a pretty cool no solder solution (!) - watch this space.

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Posted 18 May 2004 - 12:26 AM

New Xecuter3 screenshots
>> Team Xecuter released new screenshots from a beta version of the Xecuter3 (X3) software that was being tested out. It shows already some of the features the X3 will have.



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Official Site: http://www.teamxecuter.com
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