Alternate Method 1 to attach the Power and Eject lines to the Xbox without soldering:
Use the pic below as a guide. Locate the front panel wiring harness (a connector holding 9 yellow wires). You can see that Pin 1 is indicated by a small triangle on the motherboard. Using Pin 1 as a reference point, Pin 2 (Power button line) is opposite Pin 1. Pin 4 (Eject button line) is next to Pin 2 (diagonal from Pin 1).
EDIT I decided to take a better picture of this connector:
If you want to tap into these lines without soldering, you can simply insert a wire into the wiring harness next to the corresponding yellow wire. The pic below tries to illustrate what I'm talking about. It's easiest to do this with the connector unplugged. Note that the wire in the pic is not fully inserted. This is just to illustrate where to insert the wire. When you're done, you don't want this much exposed wire hanging out. You only need to strip about 2mm of wire to insert into the plug. Do this for points 2 and 4, and you're set. This method does not provide the ultimate in secure connections, but is very easy. For a more secure connection, use the Method 2 below.
Alternate Method 2 to attach Power and Eject lines to the Xbox (in my opinion, the best method):
I unfortunately don't have access to a digital camera right now, but I'll update with a pic when I can. For now, just use your imagination
On the underside of the motherboard, locate where the front panel connector plug (from the 1st pic above) is soldered. Then simply solder the P and E wires to the corresponding pins on the underside of the motherboard. Once I get a pic, I'll illustrate exactly where the points are, but I hope you can see what I mean.
EDIT I finally got around to taking a pic of the points on the underside of a v1.0 Xbox. Here it is:
These points are quite easy to solder, and in my opinion much safer than the points recommended in the manual.
Edited by dzv, 05 June 2003 - 05:18 PM.