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#166 murphio

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 10:26 PM

Ok mate cheers again for the help - Im just going by the original post in this thread which says to use a combination of evtool and flash bios to build the hacked bios. Is there a different tutorial for using evox or is it the same programme? Little confused.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 02:34 AM

You don't need evtool or flashbios for what you need to accomplish. You just need to use the Evolution X dashboard to flash your chip with the 5035 bios, as Heimdall stated. That is all you need to do.

To do this, FTP to the xbox and install Evox in E:\Apps\Evox\, and put the 5035 bios in E:\Apps\Evox\Bios\. Run Evox from UnleashX's applications list, and flash the bios from within the Evox menu.

You may also be able to use an installer DVD like Slayers or Hexen to install Evox as an app if you are not sure how to FTP.

Edited by xboxmods2977, 08 April 2011 - 02:51 AM.


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Posted 08 April 2011 - 04:35 PM

QUOTE(xboxmods2977 @ Apr 8 2011, 02:34 AM) View Post

You don't need evtool or flashbios for what you need to accomplish. You just need to use the Evolution X dashboard to flash your chip with the 5035 bios, as Heimdall stated. That is all you need to do.

To do this, FTP to the xbox and install Evox in E:\Apps\Evox\, and put the 5035 bios in E:\Apps\Evox\Bios\. Run Evox from UnleashX's applications list, and flash the bios from within the Evox menu.

You may also be able to use an installer DVD like Slayers or Hexen to install Evox as an app if you are not sure how to FTP.

Brilliant mate, thanks very much, light dons on marble head and all becomes clear. biggrin.gif

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 04:13 AM

QUOTE(xboxmods2977 @ Apr 8 2011, 02:34 AM) View Post

You don't need evtool or flashbios for what you need to accomplish. You just need to use the Evolution X dashboard to flash your chip with the 5035 bios, as Heimdall stated. That is all you need to do.

To do this, FTP to the xbox and install Evox in E:\Apps\Evox\, and put the 5035 bios in E:\Apps\Evox\Bios\. Run Evox from UnleashX's applications list, and flash the bios from within the Evox menu.

You may also be able to use an installer DVD like Slayers or Hexen to install Evox as an app if you are not sure how to FTP.

Right I tried and I made a horlicks. I got the proper file from xbins. I installed the evox dash and created the bios folder with the bios file inside through ftp. I flashed the chip with evox but when I turned it on I get nothing, black screen and no video output. Was punching myself repeatedly in the face when the wife came in and asked me the problem. When I explained she said when I was going through it the other night she could have sworn the xbox said v.1.4 when I loaded the AID disk ohmy.gif Why was I certain it was 1.6! And could this be my problem - will the 5035 bios still work on v1.4? Its a crystal xbox btw.

So where do I go from here? Since I replaced the hard drive to the bigger one I am getting an error 13 when the chip is disabled. If I pop the original hard drive back in will it be possible to disable the chip, boot the original dash, soft mod with evox, turn the chip on and flash from inside the soft mod? Totally pissed off. Edit: Just to say I think the machine is working okay bar video and audio. I have no red led lights or anything and disks appear to be spinning up/loading etc etc.

Edited by murphio, 09 April 2011 - 05:08 AM.


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Posted 09 April 2011 - 06:16 AM

It may be as simple as a missing or incomplete dashboard, so try cold booting with AID.

If that doesn't work, switch to the other BIOS bank and boot with that (without AID) and report back.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:29 AM

QUOTE(Heimdall @ Apr 9 2011, 06:16 AM) View Post

It may be as simple as a missing or incomplete dashboard, so try cold booting with AID.

If that doesn't work, switch to the other BIOS bank and boot with that (without AID) and report back.

Hi mate, yeah I already tried all that unfortunately. Dont think it is a dash problem because even when I have had no dash whatsoever I still get the green XBOX logo and audio on boot. The only way I can get a video/audio output signal at all to my tv is by disabling the chip. With it enabled on either bank I get a 'no signal' message.

The strange thing is that the led light stays green and 'appears' to cold boot the AID disk (I say appears because without video and audio I cant tell for sure). I tried leaving it for a few minutes and ftp'ing to the box on the same ip as before with evox with no success. Gutted. If I go the softmod route will evox try to flash the bios already loaded into memory (ie the softmod bios)? Or, is it possible to disable the chip, boot with a softmod, re-enable the chip and reflash with evox?

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 10:39 AM

QUOTE(murphio @ Apr 9 2011, 09:29 AM) View Post

Hi mate, yeah I already tried all that unfortunately. Dont think it is a dash problem because even when I have had no dash whatsoever I still get the green XBOX logo and audio on boot. The only way I can get a video/audio output signal at all to my tv is by disabling the chip. With it enabled on either bank I get a 'no signal' message.

The strange thing is that the led light stays green and 'appears' to cold boot the AID disk (I say appears because without video and audio I cant tell for sure). I tried leaving it for a few minutes and ftp'ing to the box on the same ip as before with evox with no success. Gutted. If I go the softmod route will evox try to flash the bios already loaded into memory (ie the softmod bios)? Or, is it possible to disable the chip, boot with a softmod, re-enable the chip and reflash with evox?

Thanks for your help.

I have given this some thought and I am fairly sure that at least one of the dashboards told me I was running version 1.6. In fact I am certain. The AID disk may have given conflicting information when it told me I was running version 1.4. If the xbox is 1.4 then I flashed with the wrong bios. I wont be too dismayed If I can put in the original hard drive and softmod - I wont have use of the chip and it will be a smaller drive but it is better than nothing. But obviously Id prefer if there was some way of pulling this from the fire uhh.gif

Edited by murphio, 09 April 2011 - 10:40 AM.


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Posted 09 April 2011 - 07:08 PM

QUOTE(murphio @ Apr 9 2011, 09:29 AM) View Post
If I go the softmod route will evox try to flash the bios already loaded into memory (ie the softmod bios)?
Softmods don't flash any BIOS, they patch the in-memory copy of the BIOS at runtime.

QUOTE(murphio @ Apr 9 2011, 09:29 AM) View Post
Or, is it possible to disable the chip, boot with a softmod, re-enable the chip and reflash with evox?
Depends. In general you can only flash the BIOS source you booted from, so if you boot from the stock BIOS (on the motherboard) and run a softmod then the only thing you can flash is the TSOP on the motherboard. HOWEVER, if your Xbox is a 1.6 then what you described will work - boot a softmod then enable the chip and flash it.

You really need to open up your Xbox and work out which version it is before you decide what to do next.

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 04:01 AM

QUOTE(Heimdall @ Apr 10 2011, 02:08 AM) View Post

In general you can only flash the BIOS source you booted from, so if you boot from the stock BIOS (on the motherboard) and run a softmod then the only thing you can flash is the TSOP on the motherboard. HOWEVER, if your Xbox is a 1.6 then what you described will work - boot a softmod then enable the chip and flash it.

This is not intended to confuse the OP, but there is one specific case where you can boot from modchip bios and flash the tsop and it's intended as a last-resort rescue procedure. But the general principle still holds true - you can only flash the bios that you booted from.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:08 AM

QUOTE(ubernewb @ Feb 3 2005, 02:31 PM) View Post

First things first.. i was going to turn this into a 2.6 install/flashing tutorial, but there are plenty of great install tutorials out there and regurgitating the same stuff over and over again gets a tad repetitive. For this tutorial, we will be sticking with what seems to be the biggest problem that people are having.. how to flash a proper bios.
For starters, you're going to need to gather a few programs.

1. EVTool ... used to modfiy the bios to your liking. Get the program here.
*note: depending on what bios you'll be using, you might need to grab the older version 1.0.8 (1.0.9 being current at the time this is being written) .. this will be explained later
2. X2BM v2.3 ... used to build the bios file. Get the program here.
3. Dummy File Creator ... used to fatten up the bios disc's size a bit. Get the program here.

Now that you've got the basic tools, you just need the bios files.

1. Hacked Bios ... unfortunately, we have a small issue here. Due to the fact that hacked bios files are illegal, i can't tell you where they are or how to get them. The best i can do is point you to another tutorial, but it should be pretty self-explanitory. Find that tutorial here.
*note: as for which bios to get, it depends on your version of xbox. If you own a v1.0-v1.5 you have tons of different options. I suggest looking around in the bios forum on this site which can be found here. However, if you own a v1.6 or v1.6b there is only one recommended bios for you to use. For v1.6 you need EvoX's M8_v1.6 bios. For v1.6b you need EvoX's M8plus_v1.6 bios.
2. Flashbios ... we want this on there in case you want to reflash later with a different bios without having to purchase a programmer. Get this one if you have a v1.6 box. Get this one if you have v1.0-1.5 or v1.6b.

Now that we've got those, let's get to making that bios!

The first thing you're gonna want to do is unpack your newly aquired bios files from their handy-dandy rar files. You don't need to unpack the whole thing, just the 256k file that you want to use. You should do this for both your hacked bios and your flashbios. Make sure, however, that you pay attention to where you unpacked them to. I created a bios folder on my pc just for this stuff and i recommend you do the same... keeping things tidy makes life a lot easier. Once you've got your unpacked files, it's time to get to work.

First, open up EVTool. (This is where version comes into play. If you're using M8_v1.6 you need to use the older 1.0.8 version. Everything else should be fine with 1.0.9. ) You should see something like this..

IPB Image

From this point, simply click the open button and find your hacked bios. Once it's opened up, you can adjust things like fan speed and logo colors. You also use this to edit the LBA48 options (for hdd's over 137gb). It should look something like this..

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Once you get everything how you want it, just save it and exit.

The next thing we want to do is to setup the bios file that will be burned to your new chip. Here's where most people have issues. Due to the design of the 2.6 chip, she's really picky about how the bios needs to set up for her to work properly. While Flashbios can be used from either bank, the hacked bios MUST BE PLACED ON BANK 2 TO WORK. Sorry for yelling, but this can not be stressed enough. If you flash your hacked bios to bank 1 you will have problems.. i can almost guarentee it.

This is where X2BM v2.3 comes in.. it allows you to setup your bios with the right files in the right banks. So go ahead and open it up, should look like this ..

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Notice the 4 boxes on the right? They represent the banks of the chip. Boxes 1 and 2 represent bank 1 (two 256k files = one 512k bank), and boxes 3 and 4 represent bank 2. Setting this thing up is super easy and should only take a few seconds. Right click on the first box and select open. Then find the Flashbios file you unpacked earlier and click OK. Do the same for the second box. For the third and fourth boxes, use the hacked bios you modifed with EVTool. Once that's done, it should look something like this ..

IPB Image

If so, click on the Save icon in the 'Image Options' section and name the file BIOS.BIN

Congratulations, you've just successfully created your working bios file! jester.gif

Now you just need to get it onto your box.

This is where i now set you free. There are several different ways of getting your new bios onto your chip, and you need to choose the method that will work best for you.

1. If you purchased a programmer along with your chip, then follow the instructions it came with to flash it.

2. If your pre-installed Flashbios gives you the option to 'Flash via Http' , then follow the instructions for doing so which can be found here.
*note: i used this method to flash my brother's 2.6lite and i have to say it was the easiest thing i've ever done. I definately recommend it if the option is given.

3. Another option is to create a disc that the xbox can pull the BIOS.BIN from. This can be a little more complicated due to various issues with certain drives only liking certain types of media. Some like dvd-r's, some like cd-r's, and still others prefer cd-rw's. Your best bet is to do a search on the xbox-scene forums for media compatibility with your specific drive type.. something simple like 'media for samsung' or 'thompson media' should yield a few decent results.

If you are going to go this route, there's one more step you have to take. If you inserted a disc into your xbox with only the 1mb bios file on it, the xbox would be unable to read it. You need to put more info on the disc. This is where the Dummy File Creator program comes in. This program will generate a file of 'junk' just to fill up disc space so the xbox will be able to read it.

Go ahead and open it up. You should see a window that looks like this ..

IPB Image

Using this couldn't be any easier.. just select the size of the desired file and click 'Create'. Doesn't sound too tough now does it? For this project a 100mb file will do quite nicely. Go ahead and fill in the appropriate info and let her rip. When it's done (only takes a second or two) you should see this ..

IPB Image

When that's done, burn them (BIOS.BIN and the 100mb dummy file) onto your blank media using nero. There are other programs that work, but i've always used it with zero problems.

Once your disc is done, pop her in your xbox and flash away.. just make sure your bank switch is on bank 1 (it'll write to both banks from there) and your flash protect is disabled.

Once flashing is completed, make sure to turn flash protect back on and switch to bank 2 on the chip. Bank 1 will only be used if you want to flash another bios later.
All-righty, that's all I have for you for now.. Feel free to post any helpful additions you might have, as well as any comments you might have about the whole thing. You're also welcome to post questions here and I'll do my best to help you out.

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 10:10 AM

QUOTE(OUTLAWuk @ Feb 22 2005, 12:43 AM) View Post

HI, Im new to this but have worked out to get bios for x2.6. But when i try to open it on evtool it says error kernel extraction faild.
any ideas biggrin.gif . THANKS, JACK


Hi Jack, did you sort out your issue with Evtool? It's just that i had the same problem when I tried to open bios for any x2_xxx.xxbin bios and i tried all versions of Evtool. The Evtool was fine with all the M8plus bios but my xbox is not 1.6v. Any advice?

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 06:26 AM

EVTool was written for the M8 bios. It is normal to have issues when trying to edit other bioses. Use XBTool for other bioses.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 10:44 AM

xb v1.2-1.3, X2.6 CE Lite
Thanks for advice, my flashing was successful (B1=303 & B2=5035). What do I do next? I tried to get into x2 live config by pressing the white button but after the x2 logo it just goes to the green fulber thing. What software do I load now and how?

I do have another xbox (modchip X2.6 CE Lite) bought premodded, which has the same bios (x2 4983.67) on both banks but xbox works fine. Since it does not have flasbios on any of it's bank, how do I use Flashx_1.2 to put flashbios 303 in the first bank? My aim is to update the bios image once flashbios 303 is placed in bank 1.

Thanks

Edited by Ramaxx, 01 June 2011 - 11:07 AM.


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Posted 01 June 2011 - 11:29 AM

There is no X2 Config live. There is X3 Config live, if you have an X3 chip and an X3 BIOS - which you don't. For X2.5035 you edit the BIOS behaviour by editing x2config.ini, and placing it in the root of E:\

You now build your hard drive with a boot/rescue/install disc. Grab HeXEn (Heimdall's Xbox Engineering disc), burn it to DVD-R. Cold boot with it in your DVD drive. The LED will turn red, and the menu will appear after around 40 seconds, although it may take a little longer depending on your DVD drive.

Select Option 3.5.3. New Disk, NTSC Xbox or 3.5.4. New Disk, PAL Xbox depending on your Xbox region (the passcode for both is AYBX). Then select option 4.1. Install XBMC to E. Manually overwrite the XBMC installation at E:\Apps\XBMC with the latest version (delete the current version first, then replace with the latest version). Reboot and make sure that XBMC works when you run it as an application from the dashboard.

Once it does use the dashboard switching tool (either run from the default UnleashX dash or from HeXEn - Option 5.1.4.3. Switch to XBMC on E) to change the default dash to XBMC.

For your other chip, plug it in, boot with HeXEn, and use the flashing option (3,2) to flash a new BIOS to one of the chip banks. If you want to put FlashBIOS on there as well then you have to do that manually from Evox on the hard drive. (Put FlashbIOS in E:\Dashboard\Evox\BIOS\, run Evox, select the flashing option.)

Edited by Heimdall, 01 June 2011 - 11:31 AM.


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Posted 01 June 2011 - 08:19 PM

Thanks for replying and I appreciate your patients with my ignorance.

I understand what you say about the x2 live config. To keep things simple, can I just leave it out. What I am thinking, is that there will be some sort of x2config.ini in the root of E:\, just not the edited one by me right ? When i understand things better i'll mess with it.

Re:HeXEn, I went to the usual place. Looked in various areas in xbox / console /....., but was just going in circles. If you are able to give directions it would be most helpful. Once I get hold of it and follow your instructions i should be fine.

As for the other chip again i understand what you say. So is there any point in keeping flash-bios in any of the banks? I thought their soul purpose was to allow re-flashing of the chip at a latter date.




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