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#1 [-dick]

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 08:57 PM

(sorry if this goes under "show off your Xbox". Others posted their mods in this section as well so I thought it would be ok. Please move me if I was incorrect.)

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.

Hello Xbox-Scene.

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.

Feature list.
-XBMC as the default dash.
-Controls are entirely wireless. (2 gamepads, 1 keyboard/mouse/remote control)
-Integrated High Def/audio/cat5/power outputs.
-Xenium modchip
-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:
2 months.
Project expense:
Probably 500 bucks. (I bought more fluff then I needed to really.)
Overall completion:
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.)

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Edited by [-dick], 09 October 2005 - 09:08 PM.


#2 The_Hushed_Casket

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 09:12 PM

Awesome, great job. I'm not a huge fan of keeping the XBOX bezel, but I guess that kinda shows people that it is an Xbox.
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Posted 09 October 2005 - 09:16 PM

In retrospect I probably coulda pulled the lettering off and done something that way, but I think the black Xbox matches the black of the case pulling it all together.

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 09:23 PM

i cant tell you how much i love it....its beautiful. nice setup as well!

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 09:26 PM

i cant tell you how much i love it....its beautiful. nice setup as well!

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:19 PM

Wow...gorgeous work...keep it up!

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:39 PM

dude that is sooooo slick, you did a really good job on that!

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:50 PM

looks awesome

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 02:46 AM

Im a big fan of media center xbox's. One of the best i have seen. Congrats beerchug.gif

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 03:09 AM

friggin' awesome.......

#11 kdx80boy

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 03:36 AM

How did you get a LCD to work with the Xenium Modchip?

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 03:40 AM

LCD with Xenium:

Go here, purchase LCD and SPI2par, and be merry.

Edited by [-dick], 10 October 2005 - 03:41 AM.


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Posted 10 October 2005 - 03:46 AM

You did an excellent job on that box.

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 03:55 AM

The annoying part is all the artifacts and defects on the dvd drive cover were there when I bought the case. I paid 20 bucks for it off a bargain table.

The front panel is aluminum. IN some pics it appears wavy or screwed up, in reality its not. IT looks butter in real life. Cameras sure do play with light.

AAAh what the hell. More pics to placate my ego.

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Edited by [-dick], 10 October 2005 - 03:57 AM.


#15 repoman45805

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 04:03 AM

Off subject but I see you have the SA 8300 hd DVR! I have the same unit. Have you looked into any upgrades for this unit, like bigger HDD or others? I have been searching google but can't get any clear answers.

btw: sweet box!!

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