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Posted 20 February 2004 - 02:45 PM

SmartXX sample
>> We received a sample of the SmartXX modchip yesterday. Here's a picture already ... a review will follow later.

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Posted 20 February 2004 - 06:08 PM

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 04:19 AM

Message from SmartXX Team
>> From smartxx.com:
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SmartXX Team NEVER released any Video Clips.
Zanga = Elses is NO MEMBER of the SmartXX Team. He is just one of the Beta-Testers.

We thougt choosing a impartial Forum is a good idea, because we can΄t delete any posting ! Our own Forum will be online next week, with full support !!! No kids smile.gif

Regarding the ungoing discussing about the MCPX LPC Chip detection and the missunderstanding of the public of the real danger behind and thinking this is a joke at all, SmartXX Team has decided to invite two respected members of the xbox-scene. These two members will see the impact which it will have on the modchips and afterwards they will be sure agree with us that we should not release this at public.


We also received some images of Xbox with LCD screen installed (optional addon for SmartXX). Here it shows for example which BIOS you are using.
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Posted 22 February 2004 - 08:08 PM

SmartXX-OS 3202
>> A new build of the SmartXX-OS(info) has been released.
I found no changelog. I tried it and I don't see any major new features - so it's probably mostly fixes/updates.

Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
Download: http://dwl.xbox-scen...update_3202.zip
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Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:42 PM

Official SmartXX Forum
>> From smartxx.com:
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Ladies and gentleman,
The Official SmartXX forum is now online.


Official SmartXX Forum: http://www.smartxx.com/forum/
(February 25 21:43 GMT+1)

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 11:57 PM

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 LPC 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


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Posted 26 February 2004 - 02:39 PM

SmartXX LCD support in XboxMediaCenter
>> From xboxmediacenter.de:
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You probably all heard about 4th generation of modchips now coming out. One outstanding feature these chips have is the option of a nice 20x2 or 20x4 LCD display and I'm glad to announce that we already started adding LCD display support to XBMC. An LCD display could be made to show all details about the current playing song or movie, at the moment we have only added support for the SmartXX modchip+LCD but support for additional modchips+LCD will hopefully follow soon with some help from the mod manufacturers.

Currently playing music/movie SmartXX LCD-display shows:
"My Music": "My Videos":
- Current playtime - Current playtime
- Total time - Total time
- Pause, FF/RW status - Pause, FF/RW status
- Song-name/Title - Movie file-name/Title
- Artists - Genre
- Year of album - Year

PS! If a line is longer that 20 characters then it starts scrolling, and if you're not playing a movie or song XBMC will show you the current date/time or when using a the navigation mode it allows you to control XBMC with your TV turned OFF, (all navigation is then done with the help of the LCD).

XBMC Forum discussion: LCD support in XBMC http://www.xboxmedia...t=ST;f=1;t=2000

(February 26 16:03 GMT+1

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Posted 26 February 2004 - 05:21 PM

SmartXX-OS Build 3241
>> A new build of the SmartXX-OS(info) has been released. What's new/fixed:
* fixed config area converting
* Added HDD lock status and HDD info
* Fixed code in Linux boot
* Fixed Ejecting DVD drive on Focus 1.4/1.5 Boxes
* Added Support for 2MB bioses (sorry, Web-upload was corrupt)
* Added Support for Embedded Linux
* Added Additional Recovery Menue
* Some small things, users wrote to our whishlist

Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
Download: http://dwl.xbox-scen...update_3241.zip
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Posted 26 February 2004 - 11:52 PM

SmartXX LCD and XBMC pictures/video
>> Pike on the SmartXX forums posted some pictures (taken from the video below) of the SmartXX LCD in action with XboxMediaCenter(info)'s lastest CVS code.

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MrMario64 also posted a video of the SmartXX LCD in action on the XboxMediaCenter forums:
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Ok, ozxodus has posted a movie of what xbmc could look like on an LCD. This was not the code used thats in current CVS so we thought about making a vid with current code in action on a smartxx. This should also work on Xenium once code has been put into place as stated by ozxodus. The display is not built in yet as you can see wink.gif

You can download the video http://www.xbox-scen...xx/Xbmc-LCD.rar
(February 26 22:30 GMT+1)

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Posted 28 February 2004 - 08:55 PM

SmartXX review
>> I received a sample of the SmartXX last week ... here's the review of this new modchip:

Official SmartXX website:
http://www.smartxx.com


What's in the package:
* The SmartXX modchip
* A headerpin
* Packed in static bag


Pictures (final design):

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http://www.xbox-scen...rtxx/xs02_b.jpg
http://www.xbox-scen...rtxx/xs03_b.jpg

Install the Modchip:
The SmartXX modchip can be installed with all known LPC solder install methods: with headerpin, with wires (connected to the quicksolder pads) and quicksolder (alias X1-style). The SmartXX has solderpads for alternative 5v /3.3v and ground for Xbox v1.5.
The SmartXX also comes with a ‘jumper’ so you can easily solder the d0-wire (and eject-wire if you need it) on the back of the board if you use the headerpin install. Make sure to remove/desolder this ‘jumper’ (very easy) if you install using the quicksolder install … to make sure it doesn’t touch any motherboard components.
The eject-wire is optional. This is only required if you want to be able to boot the onboard bios or HW-default-bios. To use the ‘quickboot’ feature in SmartXX-OS(info) the eject-wire should NOT be soldered. More info about this later.
I will not go deeper into each install method. All known/popular install methods are available, so everyone should be happy :-)
At this moment there’s no solderless solution of the SmartXX. But SmartXX has plans to release an addon in the future.


Testing:
First I would like to say reviewing the new generation of modchips is not always easy as the most important part isn't the hardware anymore, but the software. Software can be upgraded at any time with new and better features ... so this review is only valid for the day it has been written.
The SmartXX I had was a production final model. I used SmartXX-OS build 3202, xbox v1.1 and headerpin install for this review.

The SmartXX modchip has 6 hardware dip-switches on the modchip. You can solder wires to make some or all of these switches external. 1 switch is used to choose headerpin or quicksolder/wires install. The other 5 switches are used to indicate a specific bank and thus select the "HW-default-bios" (2 modes are special: one for the SmartXX-OS (all OFF), the other for the backup/recovery mode (you can use that if your original SmartXX-OS is corrupted)).
If you solder the optional eject-wire, the xbox will boot the "HW-default-bios" (selected by 5 switches) if you press the power button and the onboard bios (modchip desactivated) if you press the eject-button.
If you don't solder the eject-wire ... the Xbox will always boot the "HW-default-bios". Thus if all switches are on "OFF" it will boot the SmartXX-OS for both power and eject-button unless you select a "quickboot" bios (will be explained later), that will still allow you to 'directly' boot another bios using the eject-button.

The SmartXX is a 4th generation modchip, meaning it has its own Operation System, called SmartXX-OS, that allows to control your modchip and several xbox features.
So let's take a look at the features it has:

* Network support: the SmartXX-OS has network support (with given fix IP or DHCP). At this time it allows you to access a webbased interface with several of the modchips features now accesible on your PC. (PC must be correctly connected with Xbox of course). But network support could also allow FTP, SSH and more in the future

*Booting selected bios or boot to linux: there are a lot of ways to do this
- select from menu in SmartXX-OS
- select from menu in webbased interface on your PC
- auto-boot from SmartXX-OS a chosen default bios (can be changed) after a given timeout (can be changed)
- direct boot to selected bios (using swictches on modchip) using the power-button.
- If eject-wire is soldered you can boot to onboard bios (modchip disabled) with the eject-button.
- quickboot with selected bios (can be chosen in the SmartXX-OS settings menu) using the eject-button (eject-wire must NOT be soldered). This feature is not 100% the same as the direct boot above ... it will start booting up the SmartXX-OS but it will detect you pressed eject and directly boot the default-quickboot bios (you won't even notice SmartXS-OS is booting).

* EEprom tools: you can change your video-mode, game region mode and reset the DVD region. It can also display your HW password. They have also reserved some space on the flashchip to keep a backup of your EEprom and you can ofcourse restore from that backup if needed.The EEprom settings can also be viewed via the webserver.

* There's a menu for LCD settings. I could not try it as I don't have an LCD screen yet. The options are: on/off, Blacklight-level, LinesCharacters and delay time Factor.

* Bios/Bank menu: It allows you to flash/erase bioses and select the multi-bios mode
- The bios-mode menus are protected so you can't flash them accidentally. You have to hold the L+R trigger if you want to be able to select this menu. The bios-mode are divided in 2x2MB (called "Low 2MB" and "Mid 2MB" ... "High" is probably reserved if an addon memory would ever be required). On the "Low 2MB" 512KB is unavailable because it's reserved for the SmartXX-OS.
Options for the "Low 2MB": 6*256KB, 3*512KB, 2*512KB/2*256KB, 1*512KB/4*256KB, 1*1024KB/1*512KB, 1*1024KB/2*256KB, 2*256KB/1MB Linux
Options for the "Mid 2MB": 4*512KB, 1*1024KB/2*512KB, 2*512KB/1*1024KB, 2*1024KB, 1*2048, 2MB Linux
- Each bank can be erased separately
- Each bank can be flashed separately ... directly on xbox from HDD or CD/DVD or via a webbased interface on your PC (if your xbox is network-connected with PC). Most of the bioses will automaticly get named, if SmartXX-OS doesn't know the bios you flashed you can always manually (re)name the bios.
- To update the SmartXX-OS just select ANY bios bank and update it with the SmartXX-OS update file. It will detect it's an update and ask for confirmation if it should update your current OS.

* HDD tools: the hdd menu includes some really nice features (this menu is also protected, you have to press L+R to be able to access it):
- Clone HDD 1:1 allows you to clone a HDD directly. Just connect a 2nd HDD on the ID-cable (instead of the DVD-ROM) and clone your HDD.
- You can also format F, E and the cache drives (no support for a G-drive/part7 yet ... but I guess it could be added).
- Copy C-partition separately.
- You can also easily lock and unlock your drive here.

* Settings menu:
- 128MB ram support can be enabled in SmartXX-OS for Linux users.
- Extended Memoty Tester: this feature will allow you to test each of the 16MB chips you soldered to add an extra 64MB in the Xbox. If there's a problem you can know exactly which chip has the problem.
- Default bios: the bios that will by default be selected in the bios menu and also the bios that will auto-boot after the time-out.
- Quickboot: the bios that will boot if you boot your Xbox with the eject-button and eject-wire isnt't soldered.
- Timeout boot: time after which the SmartXX-OS will boot default bios if no button is pressed (0= never auto-boot).
- Shutdown Time: time after which SmartXX-OS will shut down the Xbox if no activity is detected (0= never shut down).
- Language: language of SmartXX-OS ... can be english and german, more languages will be added later.
- WrapAround: ON/OFF

The SmartXX has also a multicolor status led that can help the user while installating the modchip. I don't have an exact meaning for each status yet ... but I guess it will be included once the full manuals are released.

The SmartXX also has several possible port extentions with 4 x multipurpose I/Os and 7 multipurpose outputs pads. The advantage is that it can use different standards/systems (SPI, I2C, parallel or other bus systems), the disadvantage is that these are solderpads and no easy plug/connector.
These ports could for example allow to connect an extra flash or a LCD screen. XBMC is adding support for the SmartXX LCD screen right now. I could not try this as I don't have sush a LCD screen yet.

The retail price is around 50 EUR (~62USD at time of writing). Not the cheapest modchip on the market, but you get a huge 4mb flashchip and it includes the SmartXX-OS software and all future upgrades.


POSITIVE:
+ Legal software control
+ Huge 4MB bioschip
+ Network support
+ You can flash all your banks separately directly in SmartXX-OS (HD/CD/DVD) or even via a webbased interface.
+ EEPROM control/backup in SmartXX-OS
+ Cool HDD features (lock, unlock, clone 1:1, format)
+ Muti-bios with lots of possibilities to split the 3.5MB available space
+ SmartXX-OS can easily be upgraded, new features can easily be added
+ Failsafe, you can always boot to SmartXX-OS to reflash your bios (there’s a recovery boot)
+ Lots of ways to select the bios you want to boot.
+ All solder install methods are available
+ With the dipswicthes on the modchip you can always hardboot the bios/bank you want to boot.
+ Several communication ports standards are possible for future HW upgrades.


NEGATIVE:
- No english manuals (yet) about how to use SmartXX-OS or explaining its features ... they are working on this though.
- No solderless install method at this moment
- Expansion ports are solderpads, no plug.
- Big official resellers outside germany?


You can always find this review back on http://www.xbox-scen...are/smartxx.php
(February 27 23:31 GMT+1)

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 01:44 AM

SmartXX Software Developer Datasheet
>> From smartxx.com:
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For all developer we offer our first Datasheet in the Download section, the Demo Sourcecodes will follow soon.


Download the SmartXX Software Developer Datasheet http://dwl.xbox-scen...rtXX_public.zip
(March 2 17:17 GMT+1)

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 12:52 PM

SmartXX-OS build 3245
>> A new version of the SmartXX-OS(info) has been released.
What's new/fixed:
* Compatible with ED @ Chip
* Fixes a critical Bug (thx Bomberman)
* Fixed HDD Copy bug
* Fixes a Video mode
* Support for Snap IR Dongles
* Added Xbox Info Download in Xbox Info

Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
Download: http://dwl.xbox-scen...update_3245.zip
(March 10 13:02 GMT+1)

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Posted 26 March 2004 - 10:56 PM

SmartXX: 2 boards, both ORIGINAL
>> SmartXX posted a pictures of 2 SmartXX modchips that look a bit different, but both are ORIGINAL (made by SmartXX). There are no fake SmartXX modchips out as far as we know.

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Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
(March 26 17:05 GMT+1)

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Posted 29 March 2004 - 09:03 PM

SmartXX-OS Build 3259
>> SmartXX released a new version of the SmartXX-OS(info).
What's new/fixed:
Features
* Additional Characters for Naming
* Display at Quickboot
* First Line Custom Text
* Automated Dead Clock Time Correction
* Expanded EEprom Video to PAL / NTSC-M / NTSC-J
* EEprom menues shows all existing "backups" and you can download the eeprom.bin file to PC HDD
Updates / Fixes
* EEprom Crash fixes when doing eeprom Recovery
* Fixed Some Displays, more Display Options

Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
Download: http://dwl.xbox-scen...update_3259.zip
(March 29 15:46 GMT+1)

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Posted 31 March 2004 - 04:34 PM

SmartXX-OS build 3261
>> SmartXX Team released a new version of SmartXX-OS(info).
What's new/fixed:
Features
- Auto EEPROM backup function

Official Site: http://www.smartxx.com
Download: http://dwl.xbox-scen...update_3261.zip
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