Because we're having alot of people installing their X2lite themselfs and not every install is going perfect alot of people are asking help on their solder job. Because we do not want the forum to become overcrouwded with -=HELP with X2lite install=- topics I decided to put a little FAQ/troubleshooting guide together with a few answers to help you evaluate your solder job yourself.
Q 1. In short, how do I know my mod is installed properly?
A 1. After the boot animation, when the xbox hits the logo screen, the word MS should be replaced with the word Xecutor2
Q 2. Well, I guess my install didn't go properly, my xbox doesn't even boot up and gives me a red/green flashing error code, what to do now?
A 2. Open up your xbox again in case you already closed it again and check if you connected everything. I don't care if this sounds stupid but you might have forgotten a cable or something in the thrill to install your just bought modchip. Check the IDE cable, the yellow wires cable to the DVD-drive, the fan connectors, the USB connectors the powercable to the motherboard, just everything. Your xbox will start flashing red/green on the slightest mistake so it's nessesary to eliminate all possibilities one by one. After double checking, boot up your xbox again. If it boots the hacked bios you're fine, if it doesn't and is still flashing red/green, go to question 3.
Q 3. I double checked all the cables and stuff inside and everything seems correct, but my xbox is still flashing red/green, how come?
A 3. Locate the biosjumper on the modchip and check if it's set the right way. Jumper on for v1.0 and jumper off for v1.1. Boot your xbox again.
if your xbox is booting fine now and you're seeing the 'xecutor2 logo screen' you're done. If that didn't solve your problem, go to question 4.
Q 4. I double checked the biosjumper, but I'm still having a red/green disco, what now?
A 4. Locate the on/off jumper on the modchip and remove it. If your xbox is booting fine again go to question 5. If your xbox still doesn't boot, go to question 6.
Q 5. I removed the on/off jumper and my xbox is booting again. What happend and how can I get the mod to work?
A 5. Well, your D0 solderpoint seems to be fine otherwise your xbox would boot with the chip on but without loading the xecutor2 bios. So it seems you'll have to recheck the wires/pins soldered to the LPC header. After fixing any mistakes go back to question 4 and keep repeating these steps if your xbox is still not booting with the hacked bios.
Q 6. Turning the modchip on or off doesn't matter, my xbox doesn't boot up anyway. What should I do?
A 6. It seems you haven't been carefull enough while soldering and you're causing a short somewhere. Investigate your solderpoints and check if you didn't spill any solder of accidently have to stripped ends of wires touching eachother etcetra. If you found the problem, go back to question 4. If you can't find the problem and can't get your xbox to boot again without the mod, go to a good modinstaller and make him try to fix it for you. Better pay about $50 then lose $200+.
Q 7. I'm getting another flashing error code when the mod is enabled, when it's dissabled my xbox boots normal, what should I do?
A 7. If you're getting another error flash, take a carefull look at your solderpoints. I had another error code once (don't remember what the flashing was, sorry) that was caused because I made a short between the upper D0 and a trace next to it to the right. Grab a magnifying glass and have a close look at your solder job to fix it. You should be almost there.
After installing a few X2lites myself I came across some little things:
- Installing a X2 in a v1.0 should be done using the wires. Just make sure you 'tinned' (dutch translation, so dunno if it's correct english
) the wires and everthing should be fine.
- Installing a X2 in a v1.1 should be done using the pin header. Just make sure you use enough, and then I mean enough solder on the pins. If not the pins will not be connected to the motherboard and when you put the modchip on you're push some pins back through the holes causing the problem discribed in question 5.
- Using the alternative D0 is alot easier then the normal one. If you're using the pin header, just make the grey wire go through one of the unused holes. If you're using the wires, just expand the wire so you can reach the alternative D0. I'm my opinion the primary D0 is only for the profs. Not impossible to solder, just harder then the alternative one.
Hope this clears some things up for people and gives the mods a break for not having to mod that many topics anymore
If there's already a guide/page whatever like this I'm sorry I 'double posted' this. I couldn't find one myself on my short search around some boards and I thought this might be usefull for other people.
If you feel free to add extra questions, or if I left things out that should be included or if I made spelling mistakes (I'm dutch after all
) please feel free to mail me or post a reply.
Gotta grab a breakfast now