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#1 Tsurani

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 04:26 PM

This Tutorial is for the ppl who have had a DOG of a time trying to get this exploit to work (i know i did). It dosent require a mega-x key or 007 or mech assualt in fact all you need is your xbox, PC with the internet and some spare time.

If the ADMIN FINDS that this is a good tutorial PLEASE sticky it.

I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU SCREW UP YOUR XBOX BY DOING THIS OR. OR ANY DAMAGES ASCOSIATED WITH THIS TUTORIAL!

Things Used:
A PC
the font exploit - contains the fonts and a default.xbe etc.. (look on the net_
a new dashboard (YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE A NON UPDATED ONE... IM NOT SURE)
the program called HDD_DRIVER.zip (its on the console section of www.megagames.com)

Version-XBOX V1.1
DASH 4920 (you can get this dash by updating with a xbox live enabled game)
Kernel 4817

im pretty sure this exploit should work with ALL xbox's but just to be sure update your dashboard via xbox live atleast.

go on update your dashboard (i used "splinter cell" to do this)


Ok now your first step is going to be to take the XBOX casing off and remove the Hard Drive (if you dont know how to do that check this out http://www.xbox-scen...cles/open1.php)

make sure your xbox is plugged in also (BUT DONT TOUCH ANY PART OF THE XBOX POWER SUPPLY)

Ok so now you have your XBOX casing taken off. now take out the hard drive (HDD) and unplug the power plug from it (LEAVE THE IDE CABLE IN FOR THE MOMENT). Make sure that you have your PC case open and your xbox right next to it (plugged into the tv aswell to make things easier). Now get a Hard drive power cable from your PC and plug it into the XBOX hard Drive. You should now have the XBOX HDD IDE cable plugged in from the xbox HDD to the XBOX itself and The Power cable from your PC running to the XBOX HDD).

<<<<NOTE!!! Make sure that you are using the SECOND IDE CABLE with nothing plugged into it (no cd-drives or hdd's) it has to be totally free of any other IDE device using that same cable>>>

Ok now Boot Up your PC. Wait for it to get to the point just before where it says "verifying Pool Data...." and press the pause/break key.

Ok now turn on your xbox and wait fo it to load up to the dashboard (make sure you dont have any cd's in the xbox).
Once Loaded unplug the IDE cable connecting your XBOX HDD to the XBOX then plug in your IDE cable from the PC to the XBOX hard drive. then press the "enter" key on your keyboard to continue booting the PC. You have now just completed a "HOT SWAP".

Ok wait for the PC to load into Windows. wait another 1-2 mins (this is usally needed to let windows detect the drive.
Now Open Up the Program "Called HDD Driver" (Yes the one you downloaded before attempting this).

Ok now if you have problems starting the program eg... "cant find Msvcirtd.dll" goto http://www.google.com and look for that file name. Download it and put it into the directory where the "driver.exe" is located (YES the HDD driver). It is also a good idea to update your MS Visual runtime files with the latest version located at http://www.M$.com

Ok so up comes the window and it SHOULD tell you that its found the XBOX Hard Disk. (if not try the hot swap AGAIN!)
click the ok button and usally a few errors will pop up ("invalid file size") ignore these and keep hitting "OK" until it gives you access to the drive (i only get about 5-10 errors).

<<<<VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!>>>>>
If you dont do this you will be very sorry!!!
ok goto the "tools" menu and click Backup HDD.
Make sure you have atleast 11-12GB's on your normal windows partition for this.
ok proceed with the backup (this takes about 30-45 mins BUT DONT SKIP THIS OR YOU WILL BE F*****)

30 mins later....


Ok so now you have a backup. GOOD (wasnt that worth waiting for?)
the next thing to do is to extract the font exploit you downloaded previously. (can be found all over the place)

Now re-open the HDD Driver (it usally closes itself) and expand the "system" partition on the left. Ok there should be a whole heap of files in here (dont worry if it all looks corrupted its NOT) now you should see a "fonts" folder here (providing you have a newer XBOX version or you updated the dashboard using a XBOX live enabled game).

expand the "fonts" directory. there should be 2 files in there named "Xbox.xtf" and "Xbox Book.xtf". Ok now right click these files in the LEFT window (one at a time DUH!) and choose "properties" now chage the extension on each file from ".xtf" to ".old" DO NOT LEAVE THE .XTF EXTENSION ON THESE FILES!
I also found that those files were located in the main directory so i just renamed them aswell.

Now extract that Xploit file you downloaded earlier.
Now using the LEFT pane of the window go back to the "fonts" directory and right click it.
select the option "insert file". select the "Bert.xtf" (yes the one we downloaded and extracted) and insert it into the directory. do the same with the "ernie.xtf".

now browse back to the main folder (the parent directory for "fonts") and insert the file that we downloaded in our exploit pack "default.xbe".

Ok now shut down the PC and remove the hard drive. Put it back into your XBOX and boot it up without any cd's. it should Now come up with the evolution-X dashboard here you can now do lotsa cool stuff.

Ok now if youve buggered it up and you cant get back to your normal dashboard dont worry. i screwed mine up last night and was unable to "unlock" the HD for hot swap because i couldnt get into the dashboard. Ok all you have to do is boot up your console with a game disk when doing the HOT SWAP and just wait for it to load into the game. now your HD is unlocked.. PHEW!
there is ALSO another problem when it screws up once you go back to the HDD driver you will be bombarded with error messages but dont worry just ignore the errors and click the "tools" menu and select the Hard Disk Restore Option. this will make it so that your xbox is back to normal and so that you can try the process again as it wont give you infinite error messages next time you load the HDD driver.

Okies well i hope this has been helpfull for you ppl that have had as much trouble as i have had and didnt want to go out and buy 007 and a mega key or anything like that.
There are some AWFUL tutorials out there for doing this exploit so i decided to write one that WORKS!

please tell me if you have any problems with the tutorial.





#2 d0ugb

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 04:48 PM

finally someone takes the time to care about the community and post a descent tutorial.

thnx alot! Now to see if this works for me.

#3 STKD

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 04:49 PM

Wow... HDD swap part amazingly close to the simpler half-guess guide I wrote a few pages ago, aside from the fact that you don't really need to swap the Xbox HDD power cable for a PC one, as long as you keep the Xbox switched on while doing the swap trick.

Edit: Y'know if you swapped the HDD swap part of this for my 10-step guide, which is easier to follow, this would be the ultimate guide to using this method. Just an idea. smile.gif

Edited by STKD, 07 July 2003 - 04:51 PM.


#4 Tsurani

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 04:55 PM

im glad you guys like the tutorial. its torture trying to read the really dodgy guides so since i found most of what i needed to find on this forum i decided to take the time to write up a guide for the community so they wouldnt have to tear there hair out aswell lol

now if anyone can do the tutorial and tell me how it goes that would be great

P.S im from Australia biggrin.gif

#5 STKD

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 04:57 PM

QUOTE (Tsurani @ Jul 7 2003, 06:55 PM)
im glad you guys like the tutorial. its torture trying to read the really dodgy guides so since i found most of what i needed to find on this forum i decided to take the time to write up a guide for the community so they wouldnt have to tear there hair out aswell lol

now if anyone can do the tutorial and tell me how it goes that would be great

P.S im from Australia biggrin.gif

Sounds virtually perfect to me. Considering the lack of info on the HDD swap topic I'm pretty impressed. Might try writing up a simplified, cleaned-up step by step version of this soon. wink.gif


#6 james_row

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 05:00 PM

QUOTE (STKD @ Jul 7 2003, 05:49 PM)
Wow... HDD swap part amazingly close to the simpler half-guess guide I wrote a few pages ago, aside from the fact that you don't really need to swap the Xbox HDD power cable for a PC one, as long as you keep the Xbox switched on while doing the swap trick.

Edit: Y'know if you swapped the HDD swap part of this for my 10-step guide, which is easier to follow, this would be the ultimate guide to using this method. Just an idea. smile.gif

You wrote the guide about HDD swap? Man, I must have been living in a parallel world, 'coz AFAIK, the HDD hotswap guide has been in existence for the longest time and the detail is exactly the same dry.gif

#7 samzor

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 05:05 PM

i've lost the time on my xbox and now it wont let me boot into evox anymore.. and it wont boot any dvd either.. using this method do you think it would enable me to fix everything on the hd like it was before ?

Edited by samzor, 07 July 2003 - 05:06 PM.


#8 STKD

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 05:10 PM

QUOTE (james_row @ Jul 7 2003, 07:00 PM)
QUOTE (STKD @ Jul 7 2003, 05:49 PM)
Wow... HDD swap part amazingly close to the simpler half-guess guide I wrote a few pages ago, aside from the fact that you don't really need to swap the Xbox HDD power cable for a PC one, as long as you keep the Xbox switched on while doing the swap trick.

Edit: Y'know if you swapped the HDD swap part of this for my 10-step guide, which is easier to follow, this would be the ultimate guide to using this method. Just an idea. smile.gif

You wrote the guide about HDD swap? Man, I must have been living in a parallel world, 'coz AFAIK, the HDD hotswap guide has been in existence for the longest time and the detail is exactly the same dry.gif

You've misread that. I meant it as that I put together a much simplified guide (i.e. easier to follow) on the HDD swap trick under Windows by combining the little information there is on doing it without any modifications to the Xbox, and posted it for people to try.
I never claimed it was an original, I was just trying to give people the easiest possible step by step guide to doing it. I was working on `best guess` information, which was why I was pleased I got it right according to the above tutorial. I think I can rewrite this as a workable "idiot-proof" step by step proper tutorial that would be easy for the vast majority of people to follow. I'm hoping to be helpful while I'm here, as I've tried to be so far.
Apologies for any confusion, credit due to the various people who originally worked out that trick naturally. I just think we can improve the documentation on doing so which I don't think anyone would complain about right now. wink.gif

Edited by STKD, 07 July 2003 - 05:19 PM.


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Posted 07 July 2003 - 05:12 PM

QUOTE (STKD @ Jul 7 2003, 06:10 PM)
You've misread that. I said I put together a simplified guide on the HDD swap trick under Windows by combining the little information there is on doing it without any modifications, and posted it for people to try. I never claimed it was an original, I was just trying to give people the easiest possible step by step guide to doing it.

That's much much better. Have an ice-cold beer beerchug.gif , on me.

#10 Basic2

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 05:33 PM

if anyone has problems with hdd driver (i'm sure there are loads of them) i suggest you use xlinux and burn the necesary files on a cd the mount both units (the xbox one with hot swap and the cdrom as usual) then copy the files on the cd to the xbox drive and renaming the fonts, to rename them you can use the command mv -a oldarchive newarchive

#11 dafoomie

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 05:47 PM

Are you saying that if i backup and restore, it will eliminate the invalid filename size errors? Because I get so many of those that it crashes the program when I keep clicking ok. Also, I know that it doesn't let you add folders like the bert cheating on ernie exploit requires. Is there one that doesn't that either allows you to ftp over to the xbox, or has something that can make directories? I've been having a hell of a time with this.

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 05:48 PM

you didn't say which font exploit, as there are several now...

#13 dafoomie

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 05:51 PM

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if anyone has problems with hdd driver (i'm sure there are loads of them) i suggest you use xlinux and burn the necesary files on a cd the mount both units (the xbox one with hot swap and the cdrom as usual) then copy the files on the cd to the xbox drive and renaming the fonts, to rename them you can use the command mv -a oldarchive newarchive


How do you do this? Can you boot into xlinux without putting anything on your hard drive first? If you could do that, it would be infinitely easier. Do you mean boot the xbox with xlinux or boot the pc with it?

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 07:52 PM

[EDIT]

oh!! sorry sorry sorry

i did not read the update! blink.gif

btw: whats this HDD loader program for thing? I onley find px HDD loader and that file is a .ISO

Edited by GSOmega, 07 July 2003 - 07:57 PM.


#15 STKD

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Posted 07 July 2003 - 08:17 PM

See "Xbox Hot Swap Evox/install Guide - Updated!" for a better version. This uses either the audio exploit or the font exploit.




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