I give my people a cd-r with xbox-hdm and their info for a free rebuild in this kind of situation but the guy lost the disc. He is unable to locate the disc so I do not have the hard disc key nor his eeprom. His xbox is a version 2 and was done with Softmod Installer Deluxe, the mod is about a year old.
I have been reading this will require a chip to fix but tonight I stumbled upon some info on hotswapping, I would search these forums more but the search feature is down. The hotswap methods I have read involve booting the xbox without the dvd drive attached and moving it over to a PC while its unlocked, rebuilding with xbox-hdm and the default xbox dash, and moving it back to the xbox. None of the tutorials I found stated which type of mod this works on. I know I also have the potential to destroy the hard drive but that doesnt matter because I think I will have to replace the hard drive when chipped since I do not know the key. My main concern her is do I have any chance of damaging my pc or any other components of the xbox in question? Also, how does the hard drive get re-locked, the only thing I can think of here is to leave the xbox on the error screen while its in the pc and then reboot once the drive has been placed back into the pc.
If a chip is the only way to go, what is a good one for someone with limited soldering skills? I have never soldered before but I am a quick learner when it comes to electronics and have found a ton of information on how to solder. I have done alot of research on chips and been looking at either an Aladdin or Duo chip. I am looking for either the easiest chip to work or something with only a couple of points, and keeping it under $30. I have read about the solderles chips and almost went with a Spider but decided I want a good solid fix and not something that is going to come back to me with a problem a few months down the road.
I would appreciate any helpful info on this. Ive had nothing but headaches since this problem came to me. I charge $10 for my time to do the intial work and have now dumped over a month into this and I am paying for the chip out of my own pocket. I have spent hours apon hours researching the different chips, how to solder, and fighting with the CC company to get my money back for a chip I ordered from modwhiz.com for him right after the problem started (that was 40+ hours and modwhiz blows big time). If my reputation didnt matter I wouldve just told the guy tough sh*t but I have bent over backwards trying to get this taken care of. I am looking for the easiest way possible to get this month and a half long burden off my back. Thanks in advance
Edited by practal, 08 January 2006 - 07:45 AM.