Opinions Or Advice
Posted 28 June 2007 - 03:01 PM
I can't figure out if I should just get any old XBOX and start in on it? There's so much info out there, which dvd drive is best (seems like back in the day it was samsung), which dash, IR mods, best mod chips (any that I need to stay away from? I'd prefer solderless but if I need to solder I will. I also won't be moving the XBOX around much so will solderless be ok). Is modding the cooling really necessary? I just don't know if I should get the newest version 1.6 with the new hardware or stay away from a certain version like the Thomson? Should I spend $20 and get one that needs a new dvd drive?
I keep reading stuff but it seems like it's all from 2004 and when I find newer discussion it's like it's all between people that have been doing it for years and feel like it's over my head.
I guess I'd like to hear some of your guys more recent favorites and briefly why.
Posted 28 June 2007 - 03:21 PM
+i would recomend an xbox ver 1.0-1.5, 1.6 is not as easy to mod (i have a 1.0 and 1.4)
+sammys are the best drive but is you need to to cd work that you cant do in FTP you can rig up a regular cd drive in case of emergencies.
+you can use XBMC as a dash actually, many people do, but i use avalaunch, the choice is yours(evox is big also)
+the chip i use is a xecuter 2.6 lite and solderless xapter i think i got them together for about $40 USD, works fine
+cooling, its really simple to do, what i did is i put in an 80 mm fan(requires some cutting but its simple),and i cut a window in the back of the HDD tray to suck more air out, with that it runs fine in temps up to about 100 degrees F
+the drive thing is up to you
+ you will probibly want a bigger HDD too...
Edited by vide0bug13, 28 June 2007 - 03:23 PM.
Posted 28 June 2007 - 05:48 PM
In my experience, earlier models run at a higher temperature.. Cooling will depend on your room/setup.. Not crucial right away, and most dashboards have temp readouts..
Chips actually hold no advantage unless you want the peripheral attachments like IR/LCD, wish to upgrade your ram, or use insanely large hdds (over 500GB perhaps).. And except for the chip addons, a tsop flash supports the rest..
Before you decide, look into the XBE Exploits, and TSOP forums..
Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:35 PM
Posted 04 July 2007 - 05:47 AM
Whenever I try and search this forum I get an error and saying no matching criteria. So if you guys have any good links, tuts or suggestion I'd be very happy (my eyes hurt, I've been looking around all night for info and now I feel like being lazy and asking the pros). I'd just like something that's I can put a big hard drive in and run xbmc (for my movies and some home vids) for now. Eventually Linux and emulators. I'll probably never use live.
Posted 04 July 2007 - 07:02 AM
mate my v1.6 has a modchip (x3ce xecuter) theres a bit more soldering to do with a v1.6 but were you got the info about v1.6 can,t be chiped well!
Posted 04 July 2007 - 03:16 PM
If you don't access to an exploitable game and mem-card, then you'll have to hotswap (which isn't nearly as risky as laying a soldering iron to the MB in my opinion).. From there, there are packages that autoinstall everything you need.. XBE Exploits forum has tuts complete with pics and all..
Posted 04 July 2007 - 06:00 PM
I'm about to head over to the XBE and try to get it going!
BTW keep hitting me with more info if anyone has more comments.
Posted 05 July 2007 - 04:37 AM
Your best bet is to simply read all the tutorials, and read some more. The information maybe outdated since 2004, but remember the fact that the Manufacturing dates for the consoles ended around that time, so there have been no newer original Xbox models coming out.
So you need to consider the information written is up-to-date as it's gonna be in terms that the Xbox IS a last generation console several years old.
Here is some useful information for what I recommend, since I was once in the same boat as you, not knowing from chip to flash to softmod to hardmod, It was all alien until I read up on those tutorials and gave myself a education to understand what exactly I am going to be doing to my console and know exactly what I am getting in the end.
XBMC is also what was the final convincing for me to really push and get my console modded.
Here is are my first recommendations as a prep-to-do before you mod your console.
1) BACK UP THE EEPROM!! AND C: Directory
The eeprom is the a key that registers the Xbox stock drive to the motherboard in a form of "marriage" Meaning the stock drive that comes with the Xbox is married to stock motherboard it comes with due to the bios assigning itself to it. The eeprom.bin is very useful for that when you install a larger hard drive it will be a simpler process...I cannot stress enough how important this is. As I have read many a topic where someone screwed up something on thier Xbox and needing to revert to stock settings and not having the Eeprom make the process much much more difficult.
Backing up your C: Directory ensures that you have a backup of the original M$ Dashboard.
If something goes wrong and you need to revert to the original Dashboard to fix something such as setting the system clock due one of the many number errors. Or needing to set the screen format to NTSC or PAL if your system accidentally changes it's native setting and you can't undo it for some reason.
2) get one of the PC FATX naming utilities here = http://www.xbox-scen...p?page=managers
These will allow you to get your files in the proper naming format. So when you copy any files to your Xbox after you mod it, they won't be rejected by your copying program.
3) get a Xbox File manager. Such as XCommander, BoXplorer, And / Or DVD2Xbox.
If you install XBMC OR another program in the wrong directory, well that is what these tools are useful for.
Also DVD2Xbox allows you to copy your original Xbox games to your HDD to be played directly from the system itself, allowing you to preserve your original DVDs to prevent scratching and wear from extended use.
If anything else comes to mind, I will be sure to add it.
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