I spent the weekend attempting to flash my Hitachi 59DJ DVD drive using my Dell PowerEdge SC420 (Intel E7221 board, ICH5 I think).
My first attempt was to use the standard directions provided by textbook's tutorial. This meant booting to the Slax2.0 alpha 1 disc. I found that I could not boot the CD when the DVD drive was attached. I assume this is because the MB will try to boot the SATA drive when attached instead of the IDE drive (there is no differentiation between SATA and IDE in the BIOS boot order, its just Floppy, CD-ROM and HDD.) I tried delaying the startup of the 360, but when Slax would boot, the DVD drive would not be recognized and thus, ModeB would not be enabled. I tried using Slax 2.1, with the same result.
I then found instructions on getting Slax to boot off a USB drive. This involves running the make_disk.bat <drive:> where drive is the letter of the USB drive. Once complete, modify the cfg file in the root of the USB drive and change 4444 to 16384. This worked to get the drive into ModeB (though I couldn't boot the USB from a cold boot, I had to Ctrl+Alt+Del at least once at the post screen.)
Once in ModeB, I could not for the life of me get the system to boot into Windows. My primary HDD is connected to the primary SATA port. The DVD drive attached to the secondary SATA port. The system would simply hang at the post screen, and after 4 restarts, it would return an error. I tried installing XP on an IDE drive, and removing the primary SATA HDD, but still no luck. I also tried getting XP installed on a USB drive, but even a USB drive would not boot with the 360 DVD attached. (For reference, I used Bart PE, but even the Slax USB drive would not boot.)
It was clear that after spending the entire weekend with the components on hand, this was not going to happen. I began looking into alternatives, and it seems there is very little documentation or instruction on using SATA to USB adapters, but that they do work for this drive, as well as older Hitachi drives.
This raises the question, how do I proceed once I get the SATA to USB adapter? More specifically, can I attach the 360 DVD drive after Windows boots using such an adapter? (For reference, I ordered the Vantec adapter from newegg
(As you can see from my sig, I have some experience with the oXbox. I'm new to the 360 modding, through.)This post has been edited by Nailbunny: Apr 28 2008, 05:42 PM