Newbie Requesting Softmod Help - May Have Botched It!
Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:13 PM
I have an old XBox (got it at launch) and decided to softmod it finally. My Dash version was correct for the SID installer (used Halo 2 a long time ago to update it!). I grabbed the SID 5.10 pack and the Splinter Cell savegame for the exploit method, and transferred these files to a Microsoft standard memory unit using an XBox controller --> USB cable and Action Replay. The transfers went fine. Afterward, I transferred these files to my XBox HDD, and launched Splinter Cell. After loading the savegame, I was able to get into the SID installer without issue.
Once there, I backed up everything I could (Eeprom, C drive, MS), and then proceeded to the Dual Boot installations. I chose the Hacked Dash / MS Dash install option, and choose the RGB option (as I was outputting over RGB cable to a VGA monitor). The installation went without error.
When the installation finished, I was greeted with a message about how I needed to "Shut down the system, remove any DVD, then restart the system", or something to that effect. I may have botched things here - I pushed the eject button to remove Splinter Cell from the tray. Immediately after ejecting halfway, the tray retracted and the system rebooted itself.
After this, I was only able to load a black screen. Powering off the machine and then using the power button to turn it on gives me the blank screen again. Using the eject button to power on the XBox lets me boot to the retail dashboard as normal, and operation seems fine there.
I thought I would re-use the savegame exploit to get back to the softmod installer, run an uninstallation, and try again. Unfortunately, every time I try to launch the Splinter Cell Exploit, the SID installer will not run. Instead, the game loads a level, but doesn't output video. I get a blank screen, but I can still hear and control Splinter Cell. Attempting the savegame exploit with Mech Assault instead of Splinter Cell didn't fair much better - it just reboots the game when trying to load the exploit, and the colors are messed up.
Could outputting over VGA be in any way an issue here? I'm not sure.
At this point I'm wondering (A) where I screwed things up, and (B ) how and if it's possible to recover and try to softmod again. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Again, sorry for the noob topic, but thanks very much for reading!
Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:43 PM
Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:50 PM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 12:03 AM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 12:09 AM
Sorry! That's my mistake, and I apologize.
EDIT: I found an old review of it here. It's the X2VGA adapter from Neoya.
Edited by Daring_Doo, 21 February 2012 - 12:13 AM.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 12:57 AM
Now, if you're lucky your Xbox is modded, and the fix is easy. Get hold of HeXEn (Google Heimdall's Xbox Engineering Disc). Burn it to DVD-R at 4x or slower. Cold boot the Xbox with HeXEn in the DVD drive. The LED should turn red, wait 40 seconds then the menu should appear.
If it does, select one of the softmod install options - Krayzie 1.1.1 is probably sensible if you have Splinter Cell. Follow the instructions to install a clean softmod.
Edited by Heimdall, 21 February 2012 - 12:58 AM.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:25 AM
Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:37 PM
Presumably it is a Component to VGA converter and so when RGB output from the Xbox was selected it was, obviously, the wrong signal type and/or the wrong Xbox output pins were enabled. Hence blank screen.
I'm interested in two things: why the MS dash on tray out does display - some sort of built in failsafe? What resolution settings have been checked for the MS dash ie. 480p/720p/1080i? Whatever is set I wouldn't touch them until you get this matter sorted.
Secondly why didn't the Splinter Cell exploit work again.? Surely as long as he was using it correctly (Checkpoints, Linux) Daring_Doo should have been able to get to the installer if both exploit/installer game saves are still present.
I don't recall that RGB output option in AID. A retail ie. unmodded PAL Xbox gives you RGB 480i/60Hz or 576i/50Hz when you use a (RGB) SCART cable with an appropriate RGB enabled SCART socket on the TV of course. When you use a Component lead you get 480i/60Hz or 576i/50Hz Component out.
No setting changes are available or necessary to enable either RGB or Component, the cable type being used is all that is required. Same applies to a modded PAL (NTSC or PAL region changed) Xbox to. So why is that apparently not happening here?
Edited by fallenangle, 21 February 2012 - 04:40 PM.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:54 PM
Thank you very, very much for the help! This is pretty awesome. I should've softmodded this thing years ago instead of letting it collect dust!
Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:46 PM
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