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#1 Team Xlink

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 09:29 PM

I'm acquiring an Xbox and have plans for modding it but I have a dilemma, I want to be able to run two bios on the Xbox and be able to select which one on boot.

My bios related goals are as folows:

Bypass locked hard drive check
Bypass Dvd Drive Check
Switchable Bios
Auto Power On
If X time has passed at the bios screen automatically boot a specified bios

Thank you.

#2 Heimdall

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Posted 19 September 2010 - 11:22 PM

Why? What are you trying to achieve?

QUOTE(Team Xlink @ Sep 19 2010, 09:29 PM) View Post
Auto Power On
How do you imagine this would work? The Xbox sits there doing nothing, then turns on at a predetermined time? Dream on!

#3 Team Xlink

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 01:12 AM

QUOTE(Heimdall @ Sep 19 2010, 06:22 PM) View Post

Why? What are you trying to achieve?

How do you imagine this would work? The Xbox sits there doing nothing, then turns on at a predetermined time? Dream on!


Auto power on as in when its plugged in it turns on.

I could do this by directly connecting it instead of passing it through a button/switch but it would be nice to retain functionality.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 01:28 AM

That's a hardware function, not a BIOS function. The BIOS isn't running until the Xbox is powered on. To achieve that you need to do some soldering.

Why do you want to be able to run two BIOSes?

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 08:29 PM

QUOTE(Heimdall @ Sep 19 2010, 08:28 PM) View Post

That's a hardware function, not a BIOS function. The BIOS isn't running until the Xbox is powered on. To achieve that you need to do some soldering.

Why do you want to be able to run two BIOSes?


To be able to switch between cromwell for hosting s server with linux and being able to actually use my Xbox if I ever need or want to again.

I recently acquired another Xbox and I'll be soft modding it with XboxHDM V1.9.

In case something ever happens I want to tsop flash the bios.

My goals are:

Remove the locked hd check
Removed the dvd drive check

Is there a bios that makes this possible?

Thank you.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 08:58 AM

If you hardwire together the two wires that go to the power switch, it'll turn on as soon as power is applied, and stay on until you unplug it.

If you want to run dual bioses, you need a full modchip with dual bios functionality. A TSOP flash will only boot one bios at a time. You'd have to re-flash to get another bios.

You can't remove the hdd check or DVD check with a softmod. Those are done in the bios, so you'll need to flash a custom bios for that fuctionality.

I believe that all custom bioses remove the hdd check, and most have the option to skip the DVD check. I suggest iND-BIOS 5003 if you're not sure which you want, and you still want to play xbox games.

Lastly, I heavily recommend that you do a lot of research. The info on all this is scattered around, very difficult to find, and has evolved a lot over the years. Without doing a lot of research, it's almost certain that you will screw something up and turn your xbox into a paperweight.

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 09:11 PM

QUOTE(SnappyCrunch @ Sep 25 2010, 03:58 AM) View Post

If you hardwire together the two wires that go to the power switch, it'll turn on as soon as power is applied, and stay on until you unplug it.

If you want to run dual bioses, you need a full modchip with dual bios functionality. A TSOP flash will only boot one bios at a time. You'd have to re-flash to get another bios.

You can't remove the hdd check or DVD check with a softmod. Those are done in the bios, so you'll need to flash a custom bios for that fuctionality.

I believe that all custom bioses remove the hdd check, and most have the option to skip the DVD check. I suggest iND-BIOS 5003 if you're not sure which you want, and you still want to play xbox games.

Lastly, I heavily recommend that you do a lot of research. The info on all this is scattered around, very difficult to find, and has evolved a lot over the years. Without doing a lot of research, it's almost certain that you will screw something up and turn your xbox into a paperweight.


Thank you!

I have successfully flashed my Xbox with iND-BIOS 5003, but I have a problem.

My Xbox was soft modded and now when it boots, it goes to a black screen I can still boot games and I have ftp access with one of my Mechassault saves, how do I go about fixing this?

I plan on installing an 80gb hard drive (Thats the largest I have, and it doesn't need to be locked.

Should I just create a new hard drive?

If so, what files do I put on there?

I know next to nothing about how mod chips and bios work, I'm unsure what I need to do, before I always have used soft mods.

Thank you.

I figured it out!

Thank you.

Edited by Team Xlink, 30 September 2010 - 09:48 PM.


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Posted 30 September 2010 - 09:53 PM

You have to edit ind-bios.cfg to point to where you want your dash to be, then put ind-bios.cfg on C:\ and your preferred dash in the location you specified in ind-bios.cfg. You can set ind-bios.cfg up to look for multiple dashes if you want.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 12:18 AM

QUOTE(Heimdall @ Sep 30 2010, 04:53 PM) View Post

You have to edit ind-bios.cfg to point to where you want your dash to be, then put ind-bios.cfg on C:\ and your preferred dash in the location you specified in ind-bios.cfg. You can set ind-bios.cfg up to look for multiple dashes if you want.


Yeah, I got it all set up.

I'm installing a larger hard drive, is Xbox hdm the best way to go?

Also, is there any way I can use this xbox to TSOP flash another xbox?



Thank you.

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 12:21 AM

No. You have a flashed Xbox, so you can just drop in a new disk, boot with Slayers and use it to set up the new disk, use FTP to install ind-bios.cfg on C:\ and your dash on E:\, then use XBPartitioner 1.1 to format the F/G partitions. That's the big advantage of chipped / flashed Xboxes.

No.

Edited by Heimdall, 01 October 2010 - 12:22 AM.


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Posted 02 October 2010 - 04:43 AM

With almost every custom BIOS, you don't need to worry about whether the hard drive is locked. You can just put the hard drive in fresh out of the box, boot from a disc like the Auto-Installer Disc (AID), and prep everything that way.




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