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#1 bassquake

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 11:55 PM

Thought Id post a tutorial for adding coaxial digital out to the hd pack. Ive put it on this forum in case the original site ever goes down. I cant take the credit for the idea, that belongs to Matt Staroscik at his site. Hes got a tutorial for adding coax to the AV Pack too.

Ive just done mine slightly different tongue.gif

Its very easy to do.

What you need:
  • Microsoft HD Pack (can be found on ebay every now and again)
  • Soldering iron
  • Smallish phillips screwdriver
  • Drill and 6.5mm drillbit
  • Gold female phono socket (I use the inner colour of black, orange is also sometimes used to denote a digital input, its up to you. Bought from Maplin)
  • Some wire smile.gif

STEP 1: Unplug the HD Pack from the xbox. Poke a smallish phillips screwdriver through the Microsoft sticker on the HD Pack and unscrew. You could probably use a hairdryer to peel off the sticker to make it even better but I dont have one.

STEP 2: Take the sockets, wires etc out of the case so youre left with an empty case. Now put the empty case together and use a 6.5mm drillbit and drill where youd like the phono socket to go. I put mine opposite the stereo sockets as I found the gap between the stereo and component slightly too close together. I drilled at the split point so you should have a half circle cut out on each half of the case.

STEP 3 : Solder the wires as shown. Make sure they correspond correctly. Even if you do it wrong, Ive been told it shouldnt harm the xbox. It'll probably just make a nasty noise.

STEP 4: Slot the phono socket onto one half of the case, screw the nut on the phono, not too tight though otherwise the other half of the case wont fit on. Bend the "tag" on the phono socket although not absolutely neccessary. It would be a good idea to put a blob of hot-glue to the nut and body of the case to ensure it wont wriggle free.

STEP 5: Put it all together and voila! You now have digital coax out! Remember to set the audio hardware output to digital in XBMC.

See pic for clarity.

Enjoy digital bliss smile.gif

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#2 ichigo3223

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 04:06 AM

Nice job. Nice clean pictures of the pack and the connector.

#3 Foe-hammer

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Posted 13 October 2008 - 07:51 AM

very nice.

I already added coax to the xbox itself (wired to mobo), but would have done it this way had i known.

#4 SphtKr76

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Posted 15 October 2008 - 01:59 AM

Very nice tut and great pics. Should make a nice little project for a cold winter evening (the only time of year I have time to do this kind of stuff).




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