Softmodded Xbox Loads Into Ms Dash - How Do I Boot Into Unleashx?
Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:45 AM
I haven't used it for a few weeks, now it only loads up into the MS dash. I seem to remember that when I loaded it before with the tray empty it would load MS dash, and with the AID disc in the tray it would load up UnleashX.
Is that what normally happens?
If I try loading up with a game it just loads the game, do I need another copy of AID to load up UnleashX? When I look into the memory using the MS dash I can see the Splinter Cell save exploit, an SID save, an UnleashX save and even a save for XSNESbox, but from there the only option I have is to delete the file, I can't load anything.
Any help would be much appreciated, I'm trying to upgrade the HD so I need to access Chimp which I had installed.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 03:37 PM
I'd recommend HeXEn rather than AID, because it's better for noobs, is designed specifically to reinstall and repair softmods, and has tools to simplify hard drive upgrades. Just Google "Heimdall's Xbox Engineering Disc" to find a copy, and burn it to DVD-R at 4x or slower. There is a chance that your Xbox is no longer softmodded, but we'll only find that out after you've tried booting with HeXEn.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 06:29 PM
Posted 16 December 2011 - 07:08 PM
Edited by xboxmods2977, 16 December 2011 - 07:09 PM.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 07:28 PM
Once I get the disc up and running what options am I looking at trying to test out the softmod?
Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:28 PM
Once it's loaded you should use one of the one-click softmod install options.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:24 PM
I'm wondering why the original problem occurred if it was working before. There should have been no trouble if the original SID/AID one-click softmod install dual boot option was used correctly. It is difficult to think of any way to mess that up accidentally so it was working OK (for how long?) and then two weeks later now only boots to the MS dash.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 09:05 PM
I downloaded or tried to at least the Hexen disc, it stopped at 94% and IE closed down, tried again same thing at 94%, tried a third time, it stalled at 94% but then went to 95% before it stated copying to desktop. After copying it said unexpected error, the file was corrupt and it gave the same message after I tried to extract with Winrar. That was from the download from Xboxisozone, next I tried a torrent, again after trying to extract at the end it said the file was corrupt. I'm not sure if this was because it stalled at 94% and there's a bad copy on my laptop so I'm currently downloading on another laptop.
Just to check if CD RW's can be read by my Xbox I put an MP3 cd in the tray and booted it up today and .... UnleashX! It seems if a disc like the AID installer or an MP3 cd is in the tray UnleashX loads up, anything else and it goes to the MS dash.
Now, is there anything I can do while I'm in UnleashX, or should I use the Hexen cd once it downloads, assuming it can read it off a CD RW? I'm trying to upgrade the HD using Chimp which I can do at the moment, I'm just wondering if I should use the Hexen cd first, no point copying over a corrupted softmod?
Posted 18 December 2011 - 01:57 AM
You can use HeXEn to build your new hard drive, and yes, it is illogical to clone a broken softmod.
Posted 18 December 2011 - 06:24 AM
I don't like to suggest this alternative but maybe it's even just that Eddie1 is starting the Xbox by using the eject button rather than the power button.
Posted 18 December 2011 - 11:21 PM
I finally managed to get Hexen burned and the Xbox read it fine, now am I looking to repair the softmod or install from scratch, if that would even be possible?
Oh, I extensively tried turning the Xbox on using the power or eject button prior to starting this thread, it made no difference.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 12:53 AM
You could be right about the power being off having caused the 'problem'.
I may be mistaken about this but isn't there an option somewhere in the menus that if selected sends you to the MS dash if the clock isn't set? This would of course be case if the Xbox had been off for that length of time.
Still risky to clone a possibly dodgy softmod but if it's working OK now - good news.
Edited by fallenangle, 19 December 2011 - 01:02 AM.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 05:47 PM
It would be prudent to use Hexen just to make sure it's now ok, should I use the repair option or install? Also, there's 2 softmod's, which one is the "best"? If I'm repairing, how do I check which softmod I already have so that I know which to repair?
Many thanks again for all your responses and help.
Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:44 AM
I've certainly not had anything similar occur with either of the SID/AID versions I've used
If there is some on/off option for reverting to the MS dash when resetting the clock it'll be in the UnleashX system settings somewhere. It would be interesting to see if powering off the Xbox for 12 -24hrs now, that usually drains the capacitor concerned with maintaining the clock settings, produces the same 'problem' again.
Maybe risky under the circumstances so just stick to the advice Heimdall gave/gives you and you should be OK.
Posted 22 December 2011 - 12:15 AM
Non-retail bios feature perhaps?
Edited by fallenangle, 22 December 2011 - 12:33 AM.
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