Gta:sa Dirty Disc Errors On Retail Copy
Posted 28 July 2005 - 02:27 PM
I've tried seaching the forums, but after an hour of looking thru posts where everyone is playing GTA:SA from either a burned copy or from their hdd, I gave up on trying to find someone with problems with the actual retail disc.
anyway, I have a Japanese Xbox, Sampsung drive, older Matrix (xodus) modchip (the one with the pogo pins...bolted the chip down), with Evox 2.5 colormod, no dashboard...just browse using boXplorer. I'm guessing that this is an outdated setup, but I really only have the chip on there to be able to play North American games on teh Japanese Xbox. I am perfectly happy & have had no issues with this setup for well over a year....well, until today.
I havent had any problems with playing any of the NA games (all official retail discs mind you...gasp !!) I've imported until just now, but just received Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and for the first time ever, this game (and this game only out of 30+ NA xbox games that I have) is giving me the dirty disc error. I only get the error with this game. The disc is pristine & plays in my buddys NA Xbox (unmodded) fine, and my buddys original copy also gives me the DDE, so I am assuming this has to have something to do with the modchip and / or the BIOS I am using being older.
Anyone with a similar setup having the same issues, or anyone with (preferably simple ) fixes that I can make to my current setup that will correct the problem? Any help would be great . thx !!
Posted 01 August 2005 - 07:24 AM
Is there anyone who is successfully playing the North American retail disc copy of Grand Theft Auto : San Andreas on a modded Xbox (matrix mode chip)? Not a backup disc & not playing form the HDD, but using the official retail game disc?
If so, is your Xbox console also a North American console or other?
If you are able to play the retail game successfully, would you mind telling me your XBox setup (Bios, dash, settings, modchip disable or enabled)?
This info may help me get closer to finding out where the problem with my system & setup lies.
Posted 27 August 2005 - 06:42 PM
1) Update your Bios. Your bios is like crazy old. Go out and grab either EvoX M8 Plus or X2 4981 since the Matrix is only 256k. You can then use XBtool (X2 Bioses) or EVTool (EvoX M8) to edit the bios the way you want it.
2) It might help if you grab a dashboard. I recommend UnleashX. Its got serval nice features such as a File Explorer, Game Saves Manager, a SAFE EEPROM changer, and other nice goodies.
3) Grab DVD2Xbox. This can help copy your games much easier than boXplorer can and it can patch certin HDD copy protections.
4) Grab Xored ETM Launcher (optional) This can load EvoX's ETM trainers for those tough to beat games like GTA San Andreas and Ghost Recon 2, without having to EvoX to load the trainers.
Hopefully this should help you out in the long run with running some of the more recent games like GTA SA.
Posted 29 August 2005 - 02:09 AM
I have tried so many combinations of what everyone else with similar issues have reccomended as far as disabling TSR & IGR, setting the region to NTSC, Japan, Auto, setting the clock, deleting the SA game save in the M$ dash, clearing the cache files, I used DVD2Xbox & tried playing the game from the HDD, used the default .xbe from the SA game, and even the other day someone suggested using the standard AV cables instad of the Hi-def pack & that didnt work either.
Every single time I try to play the game from the HDD or the original disc, the screen goes dark like the game is starting to load & then I am immediately booted back to the EvoX main menu with no type of error message or anything.
I was also reccomended to go to applications to Enigmah Videomode Switchdisc & change the video mode from ntsc to pal & back a couple times then stop on my region (Japan) & then reboot the xbox. I havent tried this yet, but will give it a shot tonite.
The only other thing I havent tried is applying a patch I found on this thread:
The patch doesnt seem to change anything except the TSR, IGR, & time settings however, so I doubt that it will work. Supposedly, you apply the patch to the default.xbe using your PC & then FTP it back to the SA game folder on the Xbox. I've never done any FTP'ing, tho and am haveing major problems getting my Xbox to communicate with the PC uising my router. Just some more studying to be done on my part, I guess.
However, after trying so many differnt things that have worked for other people & still having zero luck, I am getting the odd feeling that I am having these issues because I have a Japanese Xbox. I don't know why this would make things any different for me, as it is modded & even Japanese boxes are standard NTSC .....& also the PAL folks are still having success in getting the game to run.
Still, I am almost out of ideas and getting pretty frustrated after all the hours I am putting into getting this one single game to work & still having no luck at all....
Posted 31 August 2005 - 10:44 PM
Posted 01 September 2005 - 06:15 AM
Do you agreee that I should disable TSR & IGR?
Should I be launching the game from Evox or Avalaunch?
When booting from the HDD , which default.xbe should I try using (copying the one from retail disc vs. using the one installed after using DVD2XBOX)?
Do the cache files on E: & the game save files that the XBOX creates under the M$ dash need to be erased EVERY time I try this (as SA automatically seems to create these files every time I attempt to run it)?
Is there really a difference between using the hi-definition pack vs. the standard AV cables?
Do you think it is worth my time to FTP the files to my PC & add that patch that I linked? I've tried connecting the box with the PC a number of times in the pst with no luck.... don't want to waste the time trying if it doesnt actually change anything that I havet already tried...
Any other ideas on what to do? What exactly do you have all your settings on & what are you using to launch SA? Are you having luck booting from both HDD & retail disc?
Im getting pretty frustrated on this one.... its been over a month that Ive been at this & still no closer than day one. Thanks again for all your help , tho... I really appreciate the advice !
Posted 05 September 2005 - 05:11 AM
Posted 23 September 2005 - 04:21 AM
Posted 10 October 2005 - 05:42 PM
Anyone have any luck running GTA:SA on a Japanese xbox?
Posted 10 October 2005 - 11:27 PM
Posted 22 February 2006 - 12:58 AM
Posted 22 February 2006 - 01:13 AM
Posted 23 February 2006 - 10:45 AM
No, they did not. PS1 chips were ok'd in Australia. Get your facts right.
Posted 23 February 2006 - 08:05 PM
I'm at the end of my rope here... been trying to get this game to work for a week now.
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