Starting From Scatch (i Guess)
Posted 17 July 2006 - 09:51 PM
Started out with the problem "service required code 07" type screen when trying to start any of my bios. RED/GREEN Flashing (also the DVD draw does not open)
Searches told me I had a HDD timeout problem or possibly loose cables. Cables are fine. Called my son(computer science engineer with many Mods for family under his belt, including mine) After much discussion we determined that solder connections must be ok and we do not have a chip problem because the Smartxx screen show up fine. I removed the Samsung 160MB HDD from the Xbox and tried a diagnostic to see if HDD was broke. It did not pass the test. Inconclusive is more like it. Anyway, I had a brand new WD 160 MB HDD that we decided to use instead.
I was successful in making the swap and did a clone. Trying to start up using the new WD HDD produced the same results. So, I came to the conclusion that maybe I have bad data etc on the HDD. I also put the old Samsung in my PC and formatted it and it works just fine as a slave on my PC. Guess there is no Mechanical problem with it.
So our plan is as follows. My son is in another state and has possession of my (and several other) original XBOX HDD's. Which one is mine is not known at this time. So trying to start over as if this is an initial mod according to the tutorials, using my original, I find is not an option. I have a complete copy of the C: and E: files from my son's XBOX already backed up on my PC. The only copies of mine available are the suspected bogus ones on the new WD HDD recently installed in my XBOX. We plan to transfer the C: & E: files from my PC to the new WD HDD. Is this likely to work? I guess I would like to start from scratch and get the latest SmartXX OS and bios. My current version of Smartxx is 3331. Not sure what the bios is. How do I check? I use FlashFXP. I have Smartxx Remote Flasher. I am sure my son has a pretty good idea of how to direct me through this, but we are doing this over the phone and chat lines and he has a job. I am getting a little impatient to get my system back up and running as we do most of our entertainment while networking with our PC and XBOX. BTW, I network through a hard-wired router.
Any thoughts or advice or slaps upside my head would be appreciated. Thank you
Posted 17 July 2006 - 10:02 PM
But b4 you do that try rebuilding the drive with the C: and E: files you were talking about.
I cant see a brand new hard drive being dead..and thats what makes me think its either a bad IDE or bad files but im leaning more towards the IDE. But trying the easiest firsyt makes sence.
Let Us know how it goes after the rebuild.
Posted 20 July 2006 - 02:06 AM
One thing that I have noticed is that when we get the penguin screen, the info window at the lower right of the screen is just a grey box. I know for sure that a few days ago when we searching thru menu choices, that this screen had info in it and it also shows up on my son's box. During my search of these forums (here and smartxx) I seem to remember coming across someone else mentioning their screen was blank. But I can't seem to find the posts or the replies and don't remember much as I glossed over it at the time.
Maybe this is related to my problem. Anyway, can't seem to continue if we can't get the FTP to connect.
Also remember at the beginning of my initial post, I mentioned that I thought I had a DVD drive problem. I seem to remember someone saying that the bios searchs for DVD during the boot also and there are even ways to bypass this. Maybe this is the root of my original problem. Regardless I am stuck now. Not sure whether to get a new DVD first. And don't know why my penguin screen shows a blank grey window.
Thanks for your help
Posted 20 July 2006 - 06:03 PM
You could do with borrowing a dvd drive to rule it out first
Posted 20 July 2006 - 07:28 PM
Not sure where I can find a DVD to borrow. Can I still have a problem with the IDE controller if I have been successful in using it to clone the HDD. In other words, does the controller "work or not work" or can it have some functions good and some bad?
Posted 20 July 2006 - 07:52 PM
Edited by Chancer, 20 July 2006 - 07:52 PM.
Posted 21 July 2006 - 02:24 AM
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