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#1 mkjones

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 07:05 PM

!!!UPDATED!!!
Now with NEW features and more stable install smile.gif

Softmod Lite v0.5 - Memory Card & FTP Package
Audio + Fonts + 3 Dashboards
ph34r.gif mkjones - April/May 2004 ph34r.gif

Before you start
If you are a noob, and want to know what the 2 exploits ARE and how they work, read this:
What are the Font and Audio Exploits?
Its a little bit of text I wrote to get you started...
AND, take a look at:
Checklists For Fonts/audio Exploits
Another cool guide with some info so you dont mess up..

ALSO:

- You MUST have Dashboard 4920
- You MUST NOT have kernel 5530 or higher (PBL will not work)

This package contains the Catfish/MA fonts and the stable ST.DB audio hack from Catfish/Morden. It also has 3 selectable dashboards that and is fully configurable from a "Config Manager" system that allows you to:

- Change between Fonts or Audio hacks
- Change your default dashboard to either EvolutionX, MXM or UnleashX
- Add your OWN dashboard as the "MyDash" option (more on this later)
- Remove the package
- Browse your hard drive using the File Explorer


The package is built around a slightly modded version of UnleashX.

What will I need?
For the install you will need the following:

- Xbox Memory Card
- MechAssault (AKA - MA)
- Action Replay Device (or someway to get the MA gamesave onto your xbox HD)
- The mkjones-softmodlite-v05.zip file (from Xbins or other read this thread)


OR

- FTP Access to your xbox
- This can be achieved using either the 007 or Splinter Cell hacks
- You 'could' also hot swap your hard drive
- The mkjones-softmodlite-v05.zip file


What will this do?
It will install The Catfish-MA fonts AND the hacked ST.DB audio file on your xbox all from a memory card using MechAssault.

If you do not have MechAssault but do have a memory card you can still install this hack by getting FTP access to your xbox, full instructions are in the README.

HOWEVER, for ease and a fast install, I fully recommend using MA and a memory card.

Download
You can download this file from the usual places, also people sometimes post links on this thread to this file.

The Future
I still plan on making medium and phat versions of the package that will include more options and dashboards. These will be FTP ONLY instals however sad.gif

For now, enjoy!

Edited by mkjones, 08 July 2004 - 07:17 PM.


#2 mkjones

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 07:07 PM

The new Updated README.txt for you to read smile.gif

Warning! It is very LONG!

QUOTE
*******************************************************************************
Softmod Lite v0.5 - Memory Card & FTP Package
Audio + Fonts + 3 Dashboards
mkjones - April/May 2004
*******************************************************************************

This package contains the Catfish/MA fonts and the stable ST.DB audio hack
from Catfish/Morden.

It also has 3 selectable dashboards that and is fully configurable from
a "Config Manager" system that allows you to:

- Change between Fonts or Audio hacks
- Change your default dashboard to either EvolutionX, MXM or UnleashX
- Add your OWN dashboard as the "MyDash" option (more on this later)
- Remove the package
- Browse your hard drive using the File Explorer

The package is built around a slightly modded version of UnleashX.

*******************************************************************************
Before you start
*******************************************************************************

If you are a noob, and want to know what the 2 font and audio exploits ARE and
how they work, read this:

http://forums.xbox-s...T&f=45&t=195972

Its a little bit of text I wrote to get you started...

AND, take a look at:

http://forums.xbox-s...howtopic=171827

Another cool guide with some info so you don't mess up..

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

Changing the files on your Xbox hard drive is dangerous and in some cases could
lead to you totally messing up your games console, leaving you with a large
unattractive paperweight!! Make sure you know what you are doing before
attempting any of the following.

Ensure to back up your entire C drive as soon as you get FTP access to your
xbox.

Back it up to your PCs hard drive AND a CDROM just in case. You may need it
at some point to "re-virginize" your xbox

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What will I need?
*******************************************************************************

- Xbox Memory Card
- MechAssault (AKA - MA)
- Action Replay Device (or someway to get the MA gamesave onto your xbox HD)
- The mkjones-softmodlite-v05.zip file (from Xbins or other)

OR

- FTP Access to your xbox
- This can be achieved using either the 007 or Splinter Cell hacks
- You 'could' also hot swap your hard drive
- The mkjones-softmodlite-v05.zip file from the 'usual places' (Check xbox-scene)

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What will this do?
*******************************************************************************

It will install The Catfish-MA fonts AND the hacked ST.DB audio file on your
xbox all from a memory card using MechAssault.

If you do not have MechAssault but do have a memory card you can still install
this hack by getting FTP access to your xbox, full instructions of this will
follow.

HOWEVER, for ease and a fast install, I fully recommend using MA and a memory
card.

If you have a memory card and MA simply read on, if you do not and want to
install via FTP then read "mkjones - softmodlite - FTP INSTALL" further down.

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mkjones - softmodlite - MEMORY CARD INSTALL (recommended)
*******************************************************************************

Download and unzip the "mkjones-softmodlite-v05.zip" file, you will see a file
named "MA GameSave 0.5.zip" this is the gamesave file you need to get onto
your memory card, do NOT unzip it.

This file needs to be transfer to an xbox memory card using some kind of
"Action Reply" device, this is a device that lets your PC read Xbox memory
cards.

Here are some tutorials to help with creating an Action Reply device:
- http://forums.xbox-s...showtopic=79198
- http://www.llamma.co...usb_adapter.htm
- http://www.xbox-emul...oller-Mod.shtml

It can also be done with a "HOT SWAP" of your Xbox hard drive, basically
placing your Xbox HD on your PC for a shot time so you can copy the files.

Here are some Hot Swapping tutorials:
- http://forums.xbox-s...T&f=45&t=143288
- http://forums.xbox-s...ST&f=45&t=73720

In BOTH of these cases you will still need MechAssault.

Personally I made a USB-Xbox cable for my PC, it was simple. It allows me to
use my controller on my PC AND Copy gamesaves that I download.

Once the Gamesave is on your Xbox its as simple as:

- Loads MechAssault
- Select the "Run Linux" gamesave from the menu
- Config Manager will load!

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Memory Card - The Installation
*******************************************************************************

To install the package select "Softmod Setup" from the main menu, you should
see two options - "Install Package" and "Make ST.DB file"

"Install Package" will do exactly what it says, install the package.

The "Make ST.DB file" option will "make" a new ST.DB file for you in your xbox
"E:\TDATA\fffe0000\music" Folder. The installation NEEDS this file to be there
and if you have NEVER ripped any audio with your Xbox you may not have this
file.

If you think you are ok, select the "Install Package" option and you will have
on screen prompts to guide you through the install. Hopefully everything will
run smoothly, you will then be told that "Fonts are NOT ACTIVE, Audio Hack is
ACTIVE" and then the system will move on to the NEXT screen of the installation
where you can do all the good stuff.

Remember, at this stage the only hack enabled is the Audio hack! To change this
select the "Font/Audio Switch" menu option in the Config Manager.

Then, select a default dashboard from the options available. Once you re-boot
this dashboard start, you can change to another dash or turn on/off the
font/audio hacks by booting the "Softmod Config Manager" option from ANY of
the dashboards. The link is there, just look for it.

For more information on the "MyDash" dashboard option please "Using MyDash"
further down in this README.

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FTP Access - The Installation
*******************************************************************************

Xbins contains the files that will allow you to get FTP access to your xbox,
there are a few around and as long as you have either "MechAssault" -
"007: Agent Under Fire" or "Splinter Cell" you should be ok..

I recommend any simple hack that allows you to boot "Evox" such as
"MechassaultwithEvox" as these are normally quite small downloads and will
allow you to gain FTP access quickly and easily.

If you need to know MORE about how to get FTP access here are some tutorials:
- http://forums.xbox-s...howtopic=183856

You can FTP to your xbox using its IP address and "xbox" as username and
password.

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mkjones - softmodlite v0.5 - FTP INSTALL
*******************************************************************************

With FTP access to your Xbox unzip the "mkjones-softmodlite-v05.zip" file.

You should see a file called "MA GameSave.zip" unzip this.
Once unzipped you should have a folder called "UDATA"

This is a VERY important step:

Go to the "UDATA\4d530017\62d648ebf155\ConfigMan" and find the files
"newConfig.xml" and "Config.xml".

RENAME as such:

- "Config.xml" rename to "startConfig.xml"
- "newConfig.xml" rename to "Config.xml"

Now.

Browse this folder until you find the mkjones folder it should be in:

"UDATA\4d530017\62d648ebf155\mkjones"

Browse the folder it has 2 and 2 files inside folders inside:

The folder contains:

- C.zip
- E.zip
- Audio (folder)
- Fresh (folder)

Now, FTP connect to your xbox, I recommend using FlashFXP.

You now need to upload the "UDATA\4d530017" folder onto your xbox.

Go to your xbox E drive. You should see UDATA.

Open this folder. Now upload the "4d530017" folder from the UDATA folder
on your PC.

You have just uploaded the MA gamesave and Config Manager.

Stay Connected!

Now, on your PC unzip the zip files 'inside' the mkjones folder so you
have something like this:

The C folder:

- C.zip > "C" (folder)
- E.zip > "E" (folder)

Ignore the "Audio" and "Fresh" folders for now.

The next step is simple. Upload  folders in the E folder (PBL, Dashboards)
to the E drive on your xbox.

You xbox should now have the Dashboards and PBL folders on E. It should
look something like:

Xbox:

Dashboards
PBL
UDATA
TDATA

Now, the fonts.

Go to the C drive on your xbox. Open the fonts folder.

The unzipped C folder on your PC should contain "bert.bak" and
"ernie.bak" inside a "fonts" folder upload these to your xbox fonts
folder on the C drive.

That's the hacked fonts on your xbox.

Now, the Audio hack.

On your xbox open the "TDATA" folder and find the "fffe0000" folder
(its at the bottom).

Open it, it should have a folder inside called "music" open this.

Inside this folder is a file named "ST.DB" rename this to "ST.or"

If you do not have an ST.DB file here, you have never ripped an audio CD.
To make a new and clean ST.DB file, simply Rip some audio. OR use the one
in the "Fresh" folder.

Next upload the "ST.DB" file in the "Audio" folder in the "mkjones" folder
on your PC. You have just  uploaded the audio hack.

Now, you are almost done! We just need to boot the Config Manager to
finish up.

Reboot your xbox.

At this point the Audio hack is active, but the font hack is not. So,
on reboot go to the MUSIC option on your xbox dashboard, you should see
a blank option select it then press:

A-DOWN-A-Right-Right-A-A-A

This will attempt to "copy" the hacked audio file and start the Config
Manager.

The Config Manager will now boot.

First you need to do now is decide if you want to "turn ON" the fonts
or keep the Audio hack?

If you turn the fonts on, the hack will be started by selecting "PHOENIX"
from the M$ Dashboard, if not, you can boot the audio hack in the same
was as you just did by selecting MUSIC and then:

"Down-A-DOWN-A-Right-Right-A-A-A".

Now, select a default dashboard from the options available. Once you
re-boot this dashboard start, you can change to another dash or turn
on/off the font/audio hacks by booting the "Softmod Config Manager"
option from ANY of the dashboards. The link is there, just look for
it.

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Using the "Config Manager"
*******************************************************************************

Each dashboard that is included should contain a link back to the
"Config Manager" Look on the main menu for it.

Boot into this if you need to:

- Change between Fonts or Audio hacks
- Change your default dashboard to either EvolutionX, MXM or UnleashX
- Add your OWN dashboard as the "MyDash" option
- Remove the package
- Browse your hard drive using the File Explorer

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Using "MyDash"
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The MyDash option allows you to upload a new dashboard to your system (via FTP)
for use with the package.

First of all select a dashboard you wish to use as your default dash and have it
ready to upload.

ENSURE that the main .xbe file of the dashboard is called "default.xbe"
IF NOT RENAME IT SO! DO NOT!! MISS!! THIS!! STEP!!

Then, connect to your Xbox via FTP and browse to:

E:\Dashboards\MyDash\

Upload the dashboard files to here.

Now, boot the config manager, go to "Select Default Dash" and select the "MyDash"
option. Reboot and whatever dash you placed in the MyDash folder will load.

UNFORTUNATELY! You will not easily be able to boot the Config manager from your
new Dash, so if you wish to change the font/audio hacks or swap dashboards you will
have to load MA.

Another option is to have a link in your "NEW" dash to one of the "OLD" dashboards
(such as EvolutionX) in the package, you can the access the Config Manager from that.

*******************************************************************************
And we are DONE!
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Well done!

If you want to take your Xbox on holiday, i.e. it will be "without power"
for a good few hours, then ENABLE the audio hack until you arrive and have
power again.

No more worries about the clock loop.
You can use ripped music
Less tired fingers for gaming

Hope this helped some people. If it didn't, sorry

Edited by mkjones, 27 April 2004 - 01:22 PM.


#3 mkjones

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 07:51 PM

And one last thing, a big up to all the testers and people who came up with some of the ideas! smile.gif you know who you are wink.gif

A special thanx to Morden and Catfish whithout whome this would not be possible, also the UnleashX team for their amazing dash!

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 08:54 PM

mirror located here biggrin.gif

mkjones-softmodlite.zip

Edited by CHRONOSTORM, 19 April 2004 - 08:55 PM.


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Posted 19 April 2004 - 10:29 PM

Here are a few questions I'm sure people are going to have.

1) Will this work with Live 2.0 or do people need to revert it to 1.0?

2) Will this work with the latest XBOXes with the Focus chip?

3) Will this work on any version XBOX and any Kernal? Or are there limitations?

Thanks in advance and I can't want to try it out.

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 10:39 PM

QUOTE (Broadband @ Apr 19 2004, 06:29 PM)
Here are a few questions I'm sure people are going to have.

1) Will this work with Live 2.0 or do people need to revert it to 1.0?

2) Will this work with the latest XBOXes with the Focus chip?

3) Will this work on any version XBOX and any Kernal? Or are there limitations?

Thanks in advance and I can't want to try it out.

1. You need dashboard 4920 for the audio hack. Please downgrade.
2. Yes... just make sure you have bios that support that chip and a version of PBL that runs well with it (If needed)
3. I don't think it will install properly on the new Xboxes (Kernel 57xx). They don't allow you to downgrade...

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Posted 19 April 2004 - 11:02 PM

is there a way to make a FATX img of this and write it with ozxmemory on a standar usb flash drive?

edit : Sorry I just found a very easy way : use my modded xbox and transfer the save via FTP, and then use the msdash to transfer the save to my USB memory biggrin.gif

Edited by zorxd, 19 April 2004 - 11:04 PM.


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Posted 20 April 2004 - 01:16 AM

Cool. Once I tweak it to hide/disable the LIVE tab while the audio is active, I'll be set. Good job, mkjones!

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 01:53 AM

havin issues.i can only get this thing to run w/ a chip in. otherwise i get a call service w/no error in the corner. then i couldnt get anything to install right. kept saying deleting bios faled error 0. everything fails. it copied the fonts ok. but didnt rename them when i tried to activate them.

dash is a freshly installed version from slayers 2.5. now

i loaded slayers formated the hd copied apps tp e:. left c: intact. all was good. ftp'd the save to teh box. flipped the d0 off. loaded got error. turned chip on and it worked. may be possible that i have the newer mech assult. i have 3 of em and loaned 2 out. of course i get stuck w/ new ver.

then i get it to load and nothing works.
i wanted to get it back to start. from the beggining where u can make the stadio db. but i cant make it back to the original way. what log files are there? i tried deleteing stuff and now it hangs at the pbl 1.4.1 focus support screen.

this is in no way a diss. just tryin to figure out where i fucked up. and dude this looks sweet. this is by fat the BEST package ever made. reccomend u submit this news on the scene once u know there isnt any bugs. i think i just have thye newer mech assult.

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:12 AM

k well reformated.

it runs but i got

"an error occured while unzipping 'C'.

error code 0

didnt install the audio fonts.
didnt do anything really.

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 02:45 AM

Well, I am having a problem too, when I run it, the screen flashes, some text appears for a few seconds then I get a blank black screen, nothing pops up, no options nothing.

My box is:
K: 5530
D: 4920

So i dunno, I followed as you said, haven't had a chance to try FTP install, kinda late for me to try now, prolly give that a go here in a day or two and see what happens. I went with the memory card install as i have MA.

Any ideas???

thanks
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 03:04 AM

Your kernel version will not work.

Retail kernel
3944
4034
4817
5101
5530 *
5713 *

Retail dashboard
4034
4817
4920
5659 **

* PBL will not work
** Unexploitable

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 05:58 AM

QUOTE (CHRONOSTORM @ Apr 20 2004, 04:12 AM)
k well reformated.

it runs but i got

"an error occured while unzipping 'C'.

error code 0

didnt install the audio fonts.
didnt do anything really.

Yes I got thie error from time to time during testing, unfortuanatly it seems to be a bug with UnleashX.

None of the beta testers got this error however? It seems to only happen at certain times, if I could work out when then maybe I could add some code to stop it.

Try again and make sure you have an ST.DB file in your music folder and none of the files exsist from the previus failed install. Notably the bert and ernie fonts on the C drive and the PBL and Dashboards folders on E.

If all else fails the solution is simple, instal using the FTP guide I know its a pain but for some people who get errors this could be the only way sad.gif

The package was tested to oblivion for a whole week on my xbox, if the errors persist for other users then I will have a look at the code and start testing again, but the last time I tried it, the package installed fine? And I have it running great!

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 01:02 PM

actually i dont neeed to softmod this. im just testing ur app. it seems it hanges either before or during the pbl extraction. a list of files that change could help though. maybe i am overlooking something.

i get a different error all the time tongue.gif batch procees failed. couldnt rename virgin st.db

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 01:09 PM

ok i started fresh again. and ftp'd in to watch what it does. it just finish uncompressing the files but they arent sitting in Z there in MKJONES in the game save.

it says error while unzipping e:\ but e was already unzipped? into /E/UDATA/4d530017/62d648ebf155/mkjones/E/

EDIT: doesnt look like pbl is extracting at all.

Edited by CHRONOSTORM, 20 April 2004 - 01:14 PM.





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