This guide describes how to install old, obsolete font hacks! They can cause your Xbox to get into 6-hour loops and other nasty glitches. Try installing UXE or another newer XBE exploit before you just take this old thing...
This is how I succeeded in installing a software modification under an Xbox with the Splinter Cell exploit.
What you will need :
- Unmodded, unopened, under extended warranty Xbox :-D (that's mine - no wonder I didn't want to do a machine-open)
- Splinter Cell (Tested with a non-platinium)
- Memory Card (I used a MadCatz. meow.)
- A friend with a modded, or someone who made THAT/a hack and can lend you a card with the Splinter Cell hack/copy the savegame hack to your card.
- Home network (or anything, as long as you can FTP to your Xbox).
- Hack 1 : Splinter Cell Exploit (usual place)
- Hack 2 : Catfish fonts (again, Meow)
- Hack/App 3 : Phoenix BIOS Loader, alias PBL, preferrably already signed (usual place) - Acronym : S PBL.
- Restore 4 : Slayer's Auto-installer v2.5
Steps BEFORE exploiting your Xbox
Unpack every archive you downloaded. You should unpack them in different directories, but as subdirectories of the same directory.
Steps to get your savegame on a memory card.
1- Ask a friend to upload them to a clean/without-Splinter-Cell-saves memory Card
1- Ask a friend who has a memory card to copy the savegame to it (backuping his SC saves and deleting them before copying the exploited ones.
Steps AFTER you got a Memory Card with the savegame.
0- Before anything, double and triple-check that your Xbox is accurately plugged (power cord, audio-video output) and plug your Box on your private network.
1- Access your box's current dashboard, go in Memory>Hard Disk and delete any Splinter Cell savegame you currently have - the hack must be the ONLY Splinter Cell savegame present on your Xbox.
2- Still in the original dash, go in your memory card, and copy the two save slots (Linux Installer and the Splinter Cell Savegame) to your hard drive.
3- When you have sucessfully copied the two savegames (the Linux Installer should have a "Debian" logo, and maybe even the Splinter Cell Savegame), insert your "Splinter Cell" game like if you were going to play.
4- Get into the menu, choose "Play", then take the "Linux" profile, and select "Checkpoints" with the "A" or "Start" button of your control pad. Don't worry, there isn't supposed to be any checkpoint entry.
5- BAM! You have sucessfully loaded EvoX! Which means you now have a FTP server. Advice : take down your IP address. You can get it in "System Utils" > "Settings" > "IP" (the first one you see).
6- Now that you have loaded EvolutionX, get to the workstation on which you have the BigFonts, SPBL and the slayer x-iso.
6.1- Extract all the slayer x-iso anywhere on your computer, as long as you know where it is.
7- Load your favorite FTP client - aside from MS Internet Explorer. Get in the extracted Slayers folder, then in System>All>C. There will be a "Root" of a normal and unmodded Xbox C partition.
8- Get your favorite FTP client to connect to your Xbox (login and pass : xbox). Get in the C folder. Backup your Xbox C partition somewhere you know, and DELETE ALL OF ITS CONTENTS. DO NOT DELETE THE C FOLDER AT THE ROOT OF THE FTP (well, it shouldn't pemit you but i tell you anyways.) DO NOT REBOOT RIGHT AFTER THAT. I AM WARNING YOU. IF YOU REBOOT RIGHT AFTER ERASING THE C, THERE ARE HIGH PROBABILITIES THAT YOUR XBOX WILL NEVER. BOOT. AGAIN.
9- Right the milisecond after you scrapped your Xbox C partition, copy the contents of the folder I told you to go to in the 7- point into your Xbox C partition (FTP root, then the folder named "C").
10- You should now have a dashboard that is ASSURED to be NOT the latest and which DOESN'T have a font patch.
11- Get in the extracted folder of the BigFonts. You will see two .XTF files : bert and ernie. Copy both of them to the C partition of your Xbox, in the "fonts" folder. Just to be sure, rename the current Xbox.xtf and Xbox Book.xtf to Xbox.bak and Xbox Book.bak. AFTER that, rename "bert.xtf" to "Xbox Book.xtf", and "ernie.xtf" to "Xbox.xtf". You now have the font hack in place.
12- Get in the extracted folder of the SPBL you got. If you are lucky, you might even have had a homebrew-compatible BIOS within the archive you downloaded. Here is the contents you should have:
xboxrom.bin (1024 k/1 megabyte, you may or may not have it)
phoenix_project.nfo (you can delete if you like)
history.txt (you can delete if you like)
Source [directory] (delete it, it is not of any use for you - as long as you are not developing)
upload every and each one of the files "not marked for upload" directly into the C partition of your Xbox. When it is done... There is only one thing to do... REBOOT!
13- If you have not skipped any part of the tutorial, you should not have scrapped your Xbox. Now, you will have a Xbox which loads a BIOS Overrider, which itself will replace the original BIOS as long as you deem necessary.
Steps to remove the hack.
I don't know why you would do this, but if you want to restore your box to the original state (Ex. XBOX LIVE), I'll tell you how.
0- Find your Xbox C partition backup (you must have burned it somewhere...)
1- FTP to your Xbox by any dashboard.
2- Backup the current contents of your Xbox C partition - that way, if you want to restore the hack : FTP, Delete C contents, Upload Exploited Contents.
3- Delete the current contents of your Xbox C partition.
4- Upload the data of your backuped old Xbox C partition into your current Xbox C partition.
You should now have removed the hack. Keep the exploited save though. You'll need it if you want to restore the hack.
NOTE 1 : Double-check for compatibility with PBL and your Xbox. Old PBL builds do not support Focus video encoders.
NOTE 2 : If you get a clock loop, plug your Xbox on a local network. I did that, it did the trick.
Edited by RiceCake, 08 January 2005 - 06:12 PM.