QUOTE(Jakious @ Aug 16 2009, 07:11 AM)
This is really an excellent job. As a newbie to the forum, I have some questions that I hope will not be too naive. I have just bought a PC ITX case to smarten up my softmodded XMBC Xbox and would appreciate your comments on the following.
1. What happened to the DVD drive? I understand that the Xbox will not boot without the DVD drive connected. I do not need the drive so if there is a simple way to bypass the check, I would like to know.
2. Can you tell us what fans you used and how you connected them? I expect that they are chained into the HDD power, but confirmation would be good.
3. Did you need to do anything with the Xbox PSU? From the pics, you seem to have placed it on top of the m'board but I am sure that there is more to it than that.
Thanks in anticipation.
1. Most (if not all) alternative BIOS' allow you to skip the DVD drive check. You can get the Xbox running an alternative BIOS either by installing a mod chip or flashing the TSOP (you can't flash the TSOP on a version 1.6 Xbox). I decided to go with iND-BIOS 5003.06, but the latest X2 BIOS is also a pretty common favorite. If you want to stick with a softmod, you can make the stock BIOS think that the DVD drive is connected by gutting the drive, removing the mainboard, and just hooking the mainboard up.
2. Iceberq 4 Pro graphics card coolers (fan/heatsink combo). You could use the HDD power, but I just used the original CPU power header (in my case, the connector had to be removed and the wires soldered directly to the motherboard due to height issues) and soldered the GPU fan power to where the GPU fan header would be if it were an earlier revision Xbox.
3. I used a modified ATX DC-DC PSU: http://www.mini-box....mp;category=981
. Any ATX PSU that can handle the current draw (absolute minimum is 60 watts) can be modified to work. However the v1.6 Xboxes draw like 4 amps on the standby line which make them very difficult to get working with an ATX PSU. There was a tutorial for v1.0 (or 1.1) Xboxes.
The search function should help you find some more in-depth answers. Also, looking through the faq/tutorials section should help.