Hello. This is my first post here. Since I registered yesterday morning, I have tried my best to search as doggedly as possible, read tutorials that looked promising as carefully as possible, and rifle through the FAQ and newbie chat forums with as much attention and determination as possible. I still have yet to find a specific combination of information that can definitively answer my questions.
I have read the rules, and have tried my best to search prior to posting even a single post here. I also have to say that much of what I've seen while carrying out this search has made me sort of intimidated to post at all. I understand the annoyance and frustration that new posters who are unwilling to search at all or do any research can cause. However, I also feel that there has to be some point at which questions get answered in a reasonable and polite fashion, and that that point shouldn't have to be when someone's question is super-specific or technical in nature, because that means it's not a newbie question. Everything should be considered in context (in my opinion).
I also know that what I'm about to ask is something someone should idealy ask once they are already familiar with a moded system, or with how to mod their system. I just don't want to spend money or waste energy towards an unachievable goal, that's all. Hence my asking before I begin.
So, with that said, I ask that you consider my questions without biting my head off, jumping down my throat, or otherwise getting on my case, because I have read the rules and have done as instructed in an effort to do what I'm supposed to do, yet I still don't feel any closer to the answers I'm seeking. So, if anyone thinks this is a needless or redundant post, then I do apologize, but please keep in mind that I did my best to find alternative sources of information before posting. Thank-you.
What I've gleamed from my reading/searching so far:
I know from having looked at them quite a bit today, that if I use the tutorials here (and elsewhere) and read up enough before getting started, that I can figure out how to mod my system in the fashion appropriate to what I'm hoping to do. I know that if I then have any problems or remaining questions or if something is still unclear, then I have this great resource/community to turn to, which is awesome. I have also gleamed from my searching and reading that it's possible to softmod the Xbox to run a Linux dist. and that while there are ways to run some Windows apps on the Xbox, the performance would be pretty awful depending upon what the app is. I know I can backup games to, and play games from, a hard drive. I know there are specific ways to mod the system which, especially where softmod vs. hardware mod are concerned, will determine whether or not I can still play my retail Xbox games from the drive after getting Linux to run if I choose to use Linux. I know it is possible to have some redundant functionality, i.e. having more than one BIOS to choose from, having more than one dashboard to select, etc. I know I can network my Xbox with my PC.
I feel that those are all sub-newbie questions that one should research before posting. I feel that anything more complicated than that which isn't explained in a FAQ or by searching (to the researcher's satisfaction, that is) should be fair game for posting in the newbie forum. I apologize in advance to those who don't share that view, and ask that they not read any farther. So here goes nothing...
What I don't know/What I'm actually asking:
I am one of those people who comes up with weird ideas, and then obsesses over them. Case in point: After playing and loving Lego Star Wars: The Video Game on my PS2, I made it my life goal to collect every real life Lego minifigure featured in the game (atleast, all those that actually exist) and make a Dex's Diner identical to that in the game using the Lego Digital Designer program, and then build that in real life with real Legos. I'm pursuing that as we speak, and I am crazy enough to do it lol.
So too it is of my new interest in moding. I am obsessed - obsessed! - with Doom. All Dooms. Old School Doom, Doom 64, Doom 3, TCs, WADs, etc. I love Doom. So, I dream of a "DoomboX." A DoomboX would be an Xbox with which can backup my retail copy of Doom 3: CE (which also includes Ultimate Doom and Doom 2 as you probably know) onto the hard drive, play that game from that hard drive, yet also run Linux and something like Wine that would enable me to run Final Doom, and perhaps even the Doom 64 TC that Doom Depot made (though that required DirectX 9, so I seriously doubt it).
So, all of this longwindedness comes down to two simple questions that probably have complicated answers.
1) Is this, either through softmoding, or by using an external HDD (as I saw someone suggest during my search), or by using multiple (or atleast specific) BIOSes or dashboards, even REMOTELY possible?
2) Likewise, are the original Dooms old enough to run even passably well with such a setup? Has anyone attempted that? If so, what was your experience like?
Much thanks to those who (if there's anybody who did lol) read through all this with patience. I apologize for the length of this post. I just wanted to be clear, and I wanted to make it understood that I am not just posting without having searched at all. I made sure I couldn't find the answer first.
For those who think I should have searched more before posting, then sorry, but it seemed unlikely that I would find a combo of information that could answer this in a definitive way. I don't know what else to tell those people. I stand by my post.
Edited by FearlessYeti, 15 April 2005 - 07:00 AM.