Q# Type Question (In no particular order)
1 Short Ans. What would happen if I opened my Xbox and hooked its DVD drive
up to the IDE connector on a PC? Would my PC be able to use it
as a regular DVD-ROM? Would it read game discs? Would a PC BIOS
even detect it? Can the power connector be adapted to work with a
4-pin PC power connector? Any recent developments in this area?
2 Yes/No Can a PC DVD drive serve as an Xbox DVD drive replacement?
3 Y/N If yes above, would it read game discs?
4 Y/N If I run a homebrew dash on my modded box, does it remain in memory
if I launch a game from it?
5 Y/N If I have EvoX and UnleashX installed, and repeatedly launch one
from the other, will my system's resources be consumed? (Extension
of the previous question)
6 Y/N I notice most of the replacement dashes provide the option to
adjust the fan speed, and that the retail Xbox seems to be set to
run at the lowest speed. Is it recommened that I turn up the fan
speed (or is this just provided as a novelty)?
7 Y/N 2-part Can a modded box w/hacked BIOS run the MS dash? If yes, does this
include the "Xbox Live" option in the main menu?
8 Y/N 2-part Can a retail BIOS be loaded on a modchip? If this was to happen,
can you recover (in the case of a multi-bank chip, assume there is
no other BIOS on it)?
9 Short Ans. I'm currently running the UDE softmod, but am considering a modchip.
Please provide a (short?) list of what additional benefits I could
expect (I'm running the X2 4981.67 BFM bios now, and can run backups
and homebrew apps. I also have a 160GB HDD).
10 Y/N 2-part Does "the usual places" keep its files current? Are there better
places to look for certain apps? (Everything seems outdated, and I'm
just wondering if the community has other resources and/or if I'd be
better off locating every app's dev. site for current d/l's)
11 Long Ans. Why can't we run backups on an unmodded box? Could we if we could
factor the Xbox's 617-digit public key? ::Really curious::
12 Y/N Is there or will there ever be an ISO (X-ISO, whatever) ripper for
the Xbox? (You know, an .xbe file independent of a PC)
13 Long Ans. Why can't a modded box access Live? (please don't say "cuz you'll
get banned") Do they immediately detect a hacked BIOS and ban you?
Can't a BIOS be made to look retail in Live's eyes? Please elaborate
on this as much as you can, it just fascinates me. I understand
marriage theory (mostly) but nearly all info on banning is outdated.
14 Y/N 2-part If you have a modchip (need not worry 'bout HD locking), can you
have an altogether different filesystem on you HD? I assume the
answer is no. Is it because of something on the motherboard that
is incompatible with, say, FAT32?
15 Y/N 2-part Is writing to the EEPROM dangerous? Does the MS dash ever write to
16 Short Ans. What do "TSOP" and "EEPROM" stand for? What is the purpose of the
[retail] TSOP chip? Are the BIOS, TSOP, & EEPROM all independent and
in their own little area of the motherboard? Do EEPROMs and TSOPs
exist outside the world of Xbox hardware?
17 Y/N Can a battery replace the capacitor that maintains the clock?
18 Y/N Is there an IR device/adapter/protocol/etc that can turn ON an Xbox?
19 Y/N 2-part When the Xbox360 arrives, are the modders going to put all of their
efforts into hacking it? Will the "Xbox 1" mod scene still thrive?
20 Up to you Are all modders college students? Is anyone else out there in their
30s? How would you describe yourself regarding hardware/software
experience? Do you know all there is to know about the Xbox? Are
you a "hardcore gamer?" Care to say anything else about yourself?
Thanks a bunch, guys--I think that's it. But ya know, as I was typing this out it occured to me that I might be writing an "Xbox Mod Quiz" of sorts. It also occured to me that some of you might like it, perhaps as a test of your knowledge? Anyway, if you'd like more questions similar to these, I'm sure I can come up with more. Maybe you'd like some harder ones? Of course, some questions I wouldn't even know how to ask--and some answers may never be known...