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#1 HSDEMONZ

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 03:38 PM

This archive will hold any NEWS posts from the main page regarding new and upcoming Alternative chips.

Only posts from Jan 1 2004 and up will be included.. as all older chips are already well documented.

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New modchip: SmartXX
>> We received this picture of the 'SmartXX' modchip from the people behind the PC-BioXX and NitroXX.
We did not receive any (technical) information about this new modchip yet. But from the picture we can already see 1 new feature ... it will be possible to link a LDC screen with the modchip. I can imagine it will be possible to use the screen for the modchip features (see selected bios, see bank-mode, ...), but maybe it'll be able to do more. (using screen in homebrew apps ?)

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

Posted by:: XanTium
January 15 2004 01:33 GMT+1

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 03:41 PM

More news about the SmartXX
>> More news about the new SmartXX has been released
Some new pictures showing the features:


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Picture of the SmartXX LDC screen:
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Pictures of the SmartXX OS:

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The SmartXX will also have an OS on the modchip. We received this feature list from SlaYer that got it from his contacts at chiptech.de:
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Below are the initial features directly integrated in the new SmartXX mod (no HDD or other changes will be needed, simply install the mod and you've got all the features on the spot)
- HDD lock
- HDD unlock
- Complete HDD copy (from the original hdd to a hdd temporarily connected to the plug of the DVD drive)
- Game Region Switch
- DVD Region Switch
- PAL/NTSC Switch
- Follow boot up from different banks
- Compatible with NitroXX IR MOD for switching banks/bioses with remote control.
- Space for up to 8 bios banks (advanced/pro version will have as much as 8MB or RAM!!!)
- Option to install an mp3 player directly in the mod flash memory
- Connector pads for hooking up a small LCD display as seen in the previous news release (for bios management, mp3 player and further use)
- Connector pads for buttons to control MP3 player and menu using the buttons installed on the Xbox front (like Play, Stop, Pause ...)
- Direct support for 128MB under a follow boot up in Linux
- Everything is menu controlled (with joypad, Xbox remote or USB keyboard)
- and many more features ...


They also launched the website: http://www.smartxx.com
Posted by:: XanTium
January 15 2004 17:56 GMT+1

NOTE: UNOFFICIAL FEATURE SET. THIS MAY CHANGE IN THE FUTURE.

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 09:37 PM

About the SmartXX & Xenium Story
From LabMaster/Elses on SmartXX forums (translated from german to english - thx to ******* and Nuendo):

The Current SmartXX was originally as OZXCHIP II planned and like the name already points out that it was a development of the guys over at OZX with us.
Sadly while in development of the modchip we had our differences. Due to that fact, we seperated and the developers toke the decision to either get a new partner or do the marketing on their own. But usually developers are bad sellers, so they tried to get a new partner, which they did.
Stupidly did they overlook that the guys of OZX still had access to old Sources (luckily buggy ones) had.
The development itself has gone further within this time and the modchip has been extremely changed from back then, where at the same time OZX thought what they could do with the old sources. As you can see, the result is the Jointventure of OZX and Team Xodus, whom are now using the old sources to create a new modchip called "Xenium"

Overall:
There will be now 2 modchips, where both are from the same basis from the Developers of BioXX/NitroXX.
We can only hope for Xenium that they found capable people which were able to enhance from the old outdated sources. But as it seems from screenshots, it isn't the case. Because those screenshots (except the background) are 1:1 identical, and that was our development status from October 2003.

To the Start of SmartXX we have to say that will be the blow in the modchip scene, i'm really awaiting it.

Here's another Statement why we released the information so late:
The main reason can be read above
1. We had to search for a new partner
2. After we discovered that the Guys over at OZX used our development parts, we had to change the hardware and made it secure. So it couldn't happen that Xenium would run the same Software as SmartXX.
3. At the moment is the Flashram market almost dead, the pirces climbed to the 5 or 6 times compared to back then in October 2003. And at the moment is it almost impossible to acquire flashes of 4 or 8MB, and if you get one it will be with delivering delay of 8weeks or longer.

I hope this clears the whole Situation.

Source : http://www.smartxx.com/ Jan 15th 2004



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Posted 21 January 2004 - 10:20 PM

SmartXX update
>> The SmartXX website ( http://www.smartxx.com/ ) has been update with lots of new info about this modchip.

First of all we found an expected release date for the modchip on the site:
February 2004

Also the feature list (not complete yet):
* Ultra Highspeed SysCon
* Language Select (English/German/French/Spanish)
* 4 MB BIOS support (max. 8MB)
* up to 40 differnt Bankconfigs
* Bank singel erase
* Load Flashes from HD and DVD-Drive
* AutoFitting of BIOS
* Auto Detect of BIOS Names
* Quickstart Buttons
* Backup EEprom
* Disaster EEprom
* Video mode change
* Game Region change
* DVD region
* Display HDD PW
* Unlock HDD
* Lock HDD
* Default BIOS Boot
* Auto Shutdown
* 128 MB Linux Auto-switch Support
* X-Display Support
* Dimmable Background Light
* Dimmable screen background
* Screensave function inside BIOS for not killing Plasma TV's
* Support of all Video-Modes and cables (even FULL! Conexant and Focus)
* Works on any XBox
* Live Detection Prevention with Crypt-Stealth Technology
* Customable Menue system

They also opened their IRC Channel:
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Today we launched the official SmartXX Support channel. To reach it you need an IRC client (mIRC or Trillian).
Channel Name: #smartXX
Network: Quakenet

Link to recommended IRC clients: Mirc: http://www.mirc.com/ and Trillian: http://ceruleanstudios.com/


And they launched the so-called 'fightclub' where they compare the SmartXX versus "Prototype". You can find it under "specs" > "fightclub" ... or use this direct link (normally a framed window).

Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
Official Forums: http://www.gamesx.de
(Posted by:: XanTium)
(January 21 17:35 GMT+1)
Direct Link to Article: http://www.xbox-scen...ApuNLlCKMgt.php

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Posted 30 January 2004 - 04:34 PM

SmartXX full feature list
>> Zanga (SmartXX Team) posted the full feature list of the upcoming SmartXX modchip on Forums.xbox-scene.com:
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Hardware
• Ultra Highspeed SysCon
• 4 MB BIOS support (max. 8MB)
• Quicksolder Install
• PIN-Header Install
• GND / 3.3 & 5 Volt solderpads
• LED (green/red) for Status / Programmable
• Direct Bootup Config (Emergency Recovery)
• External Switch Connector Port
• X-Display Support
• X-Display contrast control
• Highspeed Transporter IO BUS 4 Port !
• Live Detection Prevention with Crypt-Stealth Technology
• Works on any XBox

Software
• Language Select (English/German/French/Spanish)
• SmartXX-OS UPDATE ABLE
• up to 40 differnt Bankconfigs
• Bank singel erase
• Load Flashes from HDD C/E and DVD-Drive
• Flashable via LAN ! NO USB OR LPT NEEDED !!!
• Works on ever Client (linux, windows, mac ...)
• DHCP support !
• AutoFitting of BIOS
• Auto Detect of BIOS Names
• Quickstart Buttons
• Backup EEprom
• Disaster EEprom
• Video Mode change
• Game Region change
• DVD Region
• Hardware Info
• Display HDD PW
• Lock / Unlock HDD
• Clone HDD 1:1
• Format C/E/F/ secret partitions
• Diskcopy
• complete HDD copy
• Default BIOS Boot
• Auto Shutdown
• 128 MB Linux Auto-switch Support
• Dimmable Background Light (X-Display)
• Screensave function inside BIOS for not killing Plasma TV's
• Support of all Video-Modes and cables (even FULL! Conexant and Focus)
• Customable Menue system
all is menu (onscreen menu) controlled with joypad, XBox remote or USB keyboard etc.


Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
Thanks to Pobbe for the news.
(January 30 18:44 GMT+1)

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Posted 31 January 2004 - 02:31 PM

SMARTXX posted alot of new pics...

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Posted 31 January 2004 - 02:32 PM

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and the screensaver one... ?!?
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Anyways...

LINKS...
http://smartxx.com/specs_2.php

and their SMARTXX vs Xenium Table...
http://smartxx.com/specs_4.php

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 02:47 AM

They posted (on the SmartXX forums) a video showing the (optional) SmartXX LCD in action.
You can download the video VIDEO HERE

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Here's also a new picture of the SmartXX with LCD installed in a custom case


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Posted 12 February 2004 - 03:59 PM

SmartXX releasedate confirmed
>> The previously announced releasedate for the SmartXX modchip has now been confirmed. The modchip should be available at the resellers on february 20, 2004.
They also added a countdown counter on their website.

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

(February 12 01:49 GMT+1)

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Posted 16 February 2004 - 12:41 AM

New SmartXX pictures
>> Zanga and Bestplayer posted some pictures of the SmartXX final on forums.xbox-scene.com. (I'll add them to the next post in this thread)


An installed SmartXX modchip
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The SmartXX OS also has a http-server. It allows for example to flash your bios banks from your PC via a webbrowser!
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More pictures and screenshots on forums.xbox-scene.com.

Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
(February 16 03:01 GMT+1)

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Posted 16 February 2004 - 12:45 AM

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 10:03 AM

SmartXX production pictures and more
>> The SmartXX Team released new pictures showing the SmartXX modchip is currently in production.

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PRODUCTION MOVIE : .AVI format

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 10:11 AM

Also some screenshots of the web interface of the SmartXX OS we showed here earlier already has been posted on http://www.smartxx.com/specs_5.php

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Also..

the last build (first public) of the SmartXX OS is posted on http://www.smartxx.com/download_1.php.

Update the SMARTXX OS (3152): http://www.smartxx.c...update_3152.bin
Update The SMARTXX OS (3176): http://www.smartxx.c...update_3176.bin

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 06:59 PM

SmartXX quick installation manual + video
>> From smartxx.com:
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We added the first installation manual in the manual section.
It΄s only a quick installation manual for the beginning.
More will follow soon !!!


Quick installation manual: view jpg

We also received a video from Stephan at elses.de showing the SmartXX OS in action. The OS boots up in about 3secs.
Download video: AVI File(4MB) (DivX 5.1.1)
(February 18 19:02 GMT+1)

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Posted 20 February 2004 - 02:41 PM

SmartXX-OS build 3197
>> A new build of the SmartXX-OS(info) has been released.
What's new/fixed:
* On Some Display Options and Configs, the Display crashed
* HDD unlock / lock was buggy on some hdd's

Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
Download: http://dwl.xbox-scen...update_3197.zip
(February 20 16:52 GMT+1)




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