I have never been a big fan of consoles. I have alwasy been a pc guy simply because you can do more with a pc in relation to hacking it, modding it, and generally doing anything you want. Consoles have always been so strict. Pcs, let me breathe. This will be my first, and probably last foray into the world of Xbox modding
Well with my new big screen tv purchase, I decided I needed to have some way to watch movies/dvds/and play music in a fun and interactive way. Typically in the past I would build a pc, load up Windows Media Center on it, and be done with it. This time around I didnt want all the noise or hassle of loading up a complete operating system just to watch some of my pr0n collection.
I gathered up some ideas, bought a v1.0 from my local Gamestop, and preceded to mod away.
While the modding of the factory Xbox case was novel and widespread, it didnt appeal to me very much. I never really saw a Xbox case that I would like to have in my living room. While there are many nice ones and I got many ideas from all of you modding your cases, it wasnt the road I was going to take. I had a PC case I bought from a store a while ago. I intended on using the pc case to rebuild my home gateway server, but once i got to looking at it, I felt its new home would be under my DVR and TV serving as a Xbox.
WEll, long story short, here is my Xbox creation. I am leaning towards calling it a Xbox180, since it has so many more features then a standard Xbox, but isnt quite as high tech as the new overpriced Xbox360.
-XBMC as the default dash.
-Controls are entirely wireless. (2 gamepads, 1 keyboard/mouse/remote control)
-Integrated High Def/audio/cat5/power outputs.
-HD activity light
-LAN activity light
-Samsung sd-616t dvd
-SPI2par adapter for LCD display.
-XIR remote for on/off via universal remote.
-Assorted XBMC hacks (new backround pics, main screen info, etc)
-80 gig HD (yeah, I'm going to upgrade that SOON)
-ata133 rounded 36"cable
-rear mounted pushbutton eject
-games on HD, 20 gig of music and 40 gig of pr0n and movies on my home server via Samba.
-all the old school games emulated like pacman so the ladies love me.
-4 fans (tied into the variable speed plug. XBMC keeps the box nice and cool with 2-10% fanspeeds.
-EVERYTHING is soldered properly. No jumpers, loops, crams, hope-for-the-best nonsense here. When at all possible, wires are directly soldered to circuit boards instead of twist/solder/tape.
I will have a entire progress build article on my website in the next few days.
Project build time:
Probably 500 bucks. (I bought more fluff then I needed to really.)
96% (I have to adjust the remote pickup eye to gain a better spread, and I have to cut a peice of plastic out to fill the void below the fan in the rear of the case.)
Edited by [-dick], 09 October 2005 - 09:08 PM.