There are numerous topics going on about "how to flash a samsung". First of all, your sata chipset(can be onboard or pci card) must be compatible with samsung MS25 drives.Not all the sata chipsets are compatible with that drive.If you want to be %100 sure ,you can buy a via 6421 pci sata card.There are many ways to read the key and copy&paste but the way i do has never caused me any trouble.
To flash a samsung drive you need the following applications:
--Xtreme Boot Maker V.0.3.6 Click to Download
--Maximus Firmware Toolbox 2.0 Click to Download
--Xtreme Firmware Find it in the usual place.
Here we go :
We need to setup Xtreme Boot Maker.You can find it in the Start Menu>X-Projects.Run the program.
1-- Open your xtreme firmware(here i used 3.3 .The latest one is extreme 5.0 but i find v3.3 is good enough)
2-- Click "Use Custom Mtkflash and choose your sata controller.
3-- Hit "Detect ID -I/O"
4-- Click "Ms28 Bad Flash Compatibility" and "Apply Boke's Patch For Ms28 Drives"
5-- Choose your usb memory stick or floppy ( I recommend USB stick since floppy is not so stable everytime.It may come up with a bad sector and that may cause a bad flash.USB Stick is much less riskier)
6-- Click "Format and Make Bootable"
7-- Hit "Prepare Drive" .In about 10 seconds your usb stick or floppy is ready.
When you check your usb stick or floppy, you will see your hacked firmware in the "samsung" folder as "xtreme.bin".This binary is not ready to be flashed since we don't have our orig.bin to get the key.
Now,it's time to boot your PC from floppy or usb stick(for usb stick you need to set "boot from usb hard drive" in the bios menu.) .Plug your Xbox 360's Sata Cable to Pc's Sata Card or Onboard Sata Controller and leave it TURNED OFF".Reboot your PC and you will be in DOS Command Prompt.You can turn Xbox 360 on now.Type:
You will see some options.Choose your sata card and this will dump your original firmware as orig.bin. Now,take floppy or usb stick out and boot into Windows.
This time we will use Maximus Firmware Toolbox 2.0
Open Firmware Toolbox 2.0 and put your floppy or usb stick in the floppy drive or usb.
1--Open your orig.bin
2--Copy the key.Be sure you copy the whole key by right clicking and copy.
Close the Firmware Toolbox 2.0 and Reopen it.This time open floppy or usb stick\samsung\xtreme.bin and paste the key.You can hit "replace the key". To make sure, close and open firmware toolbox and xtreme.bin and see if your key is there.Simply put your xtreme.bin to the root of usb stick or floppy where mtkflash is located. Reboot PC. Boot into DOS and turn your 360 on. Type:
and hit enter.Choose your sata card again and finished. Don't forget to put 360's sata cable back to Samsung Drive.Check if everything went fine.
To Flash a ms28 is almost same.The only difference is to turn off 360 before choosing your sata card (right after mtkflash command) and wait for 10 sec(which is known as 10 sec trick ,turn it on. Timing is important and you may try for a couple of times for right timing.You need a via 6421 sata card for ms28.
This is the easiest way i do all the time.I never used sam...exe or kdx .Simply these 2 applications makes me sure i have the
correct key and correct mtkflash chosen. If you find easier way don't hesitate to post.
I do not take any responsibility. Do it on your own risk.
Edited by myfranco, 25 December 2006 - 04:34 AM.