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#16 kingroach

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 01:06 AM

woow.. ldots.. am I dreaming?... beerchug.gif

well.. I "borrowed" and modified some codes from your xboxhd script. I tried to compile a new 2.4.29 linux kernel but somehow I always fails compiling in teh half way..

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fix for the linux fatx driver so that nkpatcher with shadow C: could be made automatic.


The current xboxhdm works fine.. I used "dd" to dump a 1:1 copy of C drive after seeing "driveimageutilities" does teh same thing..

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A statically linked nasm compiler was another project on the todo list, to enable xboxhdm to compile fonts and nkpatcher.


I was thinking of teh same thing ( look a few posts up..).. may be dadyj was working on the same project.. I will indulge on that too if I get enough time..


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#17 DaddyJ

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 01:27 AM

LDOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Great to see you around still smile.gif

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#18 Keo-Keo

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 02:32 AM

QUOTE(ldots @ Mar 6 2005, 05:55 PM)
Hi,

Just checking in after months of abscense. Nice to see that somebody makes good use of the "xboxhdm environment"  biggrin.gif
I had a huge todo list for xboxhdm and the ltools package, but as I'm hung up at work at the moment I welcome all contributions.
One thing 'someone' should add was a fix for the linux fatx driver so that nkpatcher with shadow C: could be made automatic.
A statically linked nasm compiler was another project on the todo list, to enable xboxhdm to compile fonts and nkpatcher.

The list goes on...

Hope to be an "active" xbox-scene member again soon  beerchug.gif

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NICE!!! love.gif If you need anyhelp i'd love to!! Kingroach and i was talkin gabout adding a xwindows system.. If we use cloop it could really really compress it down.. Then use a plug in system for adding to tools to it..

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 02:01 PM

QUOTE(kingroach @ Mar 7 2005, 12:12 AM)
I tried to compile a new 2.4.29 linux kernel but somehow I always fails compiling in teh half way..

I would check up on the latest xbox-linux kernel patches and see if the 2.6 kernel tree has reached a mature state. When I was last active here on the scene the fatx driver for the 2.6 kernel wasn't working too well. A 2.6 kernel would remove the need to have both the "Boot to linux with hd locking utils" and "... without hd locking utils" options of xboxhdm.
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The current xboxhdm works fine.. I used "dd" to dump a 1:1 copy of C drive after seeing "driveimageutilities" does teh same thing..

Sure, you can always make an image. But I would like to be able to create a blank image file (dd if=/dev/null of=shadow.img bs=? count=?) and then format it to fatx, so that the shadow C: wouldn't have to be 300MB and could be build from what the user includes on the xboxhdm CD.

Edit : Another thing to work on is getting (Ultra)-DMA enabled in the kernel. I believe the lack of DMA must be the reason why some people experience slow HD transfer and especially slow cloning in xboxhdm.

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#20 kingroach

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 02:45 PM

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But I would like to be able to create a blank image file (dd if=/dev/null of=shadow.img bs=? count=?) and then format it to fatx, so that the shadow C: wouldn't have to be 300MB and could be build from what the user includes on the xboxhdm CD.


I was thinking creating a shadowc.img from fatx.raw:

dd if=fatx.raw of=/shadowc.img bs=512k seek=x

then loop it and copy files from cd.. this creates a 145mb of shadowc.img.. but I never tried that though..

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 06:50 PM

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 07:08 PM

The small fatx.raw file I included in the xboxhdm package doesn't really do anything, except putting the word "FATX" at the needed position on the HDD to enable the linux kernel to recognize the partitions as suited for an xbox.
Regardless of whether you dump the fatx.raw file a certain amount of times to a file or build an image full of zeroes (from /dev/null) you will have to create a fatx filesystem for nkpatcher to use it as a shadow C:
The problem is however that the current fatx driver has a bug (I believe Rmenhal mentioned this in a thread a long time ago) which means writing to a file on the shadow C: can fail. This is also the reason some people have had problems with using the E-drive created by xboxhdm...
Therefore the fatx driver should be fixed (probably already has been in the CVS tree of xbox-linux kernel patches) and a new kernel should be build for xboxhdm.
This would allow a nice setup of showdow C: from xboxhdm (and also Ltools) for nkpatcher to use.

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 07:34 PM

I had actually planned a remaster of XboxHDM for this exact purpose, all-though my workload doesnt allow me to get to play with it, as much as I like.

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 09:05 PM

The current CVS for linux kernel is 2.4.29 ( last time I checked).. I tried to build teh damn thing like 10 times but dont understand why this fails compiling at the half way.. I had no problem compiling stock source though..

one workaround I have in my mind for smaller size shadowc.img.. dry.gif create a 150mb blank fatx partition using xboxhdm and then gigazip the file which will be around 1-2kb..then that will be included with the xboxhdm / uxe/ltools/ude pack..that file then can be extracted and mounted using xboxhdm and copy C drive files from cd or xbox C drive..

sound possible?.. dry.gif unsure.gif

#25 ldots

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 09:59 PM

Possible yes - but making an updated kernel with a fatx-driver fix sounds better to me. Then xboxhdm could create all the fatx images you want, AND eliminate the problems some people are having with E-drives created by xboxhdm.

I'll see if I can find the time, but like you DaddyJ, that's not easy dry.gif

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 11:18 AM

QUOTE(DaddyJ @ Mar 6 2005, 11:18 PM)
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I've been reading xcox-scene for a few weeks now

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Where is that at?

Yes UXE works on all kernals, no matter whut dash is in place.
Download UXE Complete v0.2.x where x is the highest # you can find.

Set it up according to its intructions, and then hotswap it over. Read my hotswapping faq's for more help.

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OK, it worked! One little question, just for my curiousity...

I hotswapped, ran xbrowser, backed up C: to E:, then ran softmod and chose option 1. I did that twice, and both times after a reboot I just got "Contact customer service" instead of a dashboard.

the third time, i tried option 2 from your softmod (I have no idea what the differencee is yet tongue.gif , and then I copied the new evox dashboard and renamed it default.xbe. I can't remember where I read that you should do this, but i read it here on some post that it was important to do that, so i thought i'd just give it a try (no harm in doing it anyway). I have no idea if it was option 2, or making a default.xbe that made it work, but it did work. Maybe you would know? Does the bios look for a default.xbe?

Anyway, thanks a million! This softmod, the hotswapping FAQ here by you, and the xboxhd distro all are fantastic tools. A 1.6 xbox, latest kernel and dash, modded in 20 minutes with nothing other than a PC and a bit of messing around!

Thanks a lot, this is a great forum and very supportive. Keep it up!

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Posted 08 March 2005 - 05:59 PM

@biotech

yes it was the renaming that did the job

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Posted 28 March 2005 - 05:30 PM

i have 1.6 pal xbox.
When i do option 2 of this uxe installer it says on part 3 : "cannot remove /xbox/C/xboxdash.xbe: no such file or directory".. other parts go ok..
why?

Edited by jakino, 28 March 2005 - 05:31 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2005 - 08:53 AM

when i unplug the hdd, the dash freezes, is this normal.

i tried it a few times, after loading hdm i type in UDE but it says no hdd on primary master drive.

i have a virgin 1.6. i also plan to put a larger hdd in this later. how would i go about doing that after i install ude on the stock. i just get the eeprom file right and then lock it after preparing the files

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 07:48 PM

I guess your HD is still locked.. see dadyj's hotswap tutorial.. and out the harddrive on primary master.




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