i hooked up my hitachi 78k to my MSI montherboard's (VIA 8237) SATA and did the mode b stuff using salx 2.1 and windows did not detect a new DVD drive. HOWEVER, in device manager - i had a SATA drive which had the yellow excalamtion mark. All i did was right click and go to properties and update driver. Choose automtic location and widnows should automaitcally install it for you (no need to be connected to the net). From then on my 78FK drive is avaiable in windows.
I have been able to dump my original firwmare and use smart patch to create a hacked firmware - however my PC either kills the power or hangs in windows explorer when i try to see the difference between original and hacked firmware. This could be because i have not grounded correctly... both chasis' are touching each other physically. Im going to get some croc clips today.. hope that helps..
So i read this whole thread and it looks like there are mixed reports concerning the VIA 8237 chipset. I also have this (MSI montherboard). My problem was that the power kept cutting of when it tried to connect to the hitachi drive temprementally. I re-read all the posts in this thread and found that 4 some ppl, it worked once they updated thier bios, chipset, sata raid controllers, etc to the latest version. I did this and then made sure that the 360 chassis was physically touching the PC chassis (could not find crocodile clips in the shops). I then tried again, and this time it worked perfectly. I now have a modified 78K drive. Thanks to maximus and everyone in this thread for thier input. Also a big thanks to Textbook for his step by step tutorial (360mods) - it is the b0llox!
I have ordered a SAMSUNG SH-D162C DVD drive from Pixmania for 12.99 GBP. I intend to flash with Kreon 0.81 and then backup my 360 games using this drive and Xbox Backup Creator 2.3. I have now put my 360 back together again and look forward to NOT opening it ever again (unless maximus releases a 1.7 update).
Donating to maximus now.