QUOTE(Madhatta @ Jan 31 2011, 10:37 PM)
TK: Why is it recommended to update first then? It seems like it's a case of "I know someone who's mother's brother's uncle tried to isntall freeboot onto a dash that was not 7371 and it wouldn't work"
Of course I believed this when I did my first box but now seeing how the process works it shouldn't make one bit of difference. I am still wondering why it's the recommended way to go though. I know people say it's that freeboot is based off of 7371 but the way freeboot is built, it just does not seem like it has anything to do with your base original image. It seems to create absolutely everything it can.
I can't speak for dashboard versions 4xxx or below, as i've only brought Falcon's/ Jaspers with the exception of a Zephyr for it's Halo 3 case. For freeBoot you copy 11 files extracted from your original Nand dump, and I imagine those are specific to the console rather than the dashboard version. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to use a NXE NAND as the original, and also a Blades NAND as the original. As I recall, your Zephyr Nand was missing 2 of those files, which was interesting... and so I used files from my own Zephyr.
It could just be people covering their backs, and there are situations where updating to 7371 can be advantagous. There's also a lot of misinformation. Over on 7S, a moderator posted a guide that stated the JTAG cutoff point is 01/06/2009. People read that, and posted that themselves in later posts. As a result, everyone on the site thinks that is the cut off point. On here it's either 16-06-2009 or 18-06-2009 depending on the post. I have a JTAG'ed Jasper from 19-06-2009 right in front of me...This post has been edited by tk_saturn: Feb 1 2011, 01:10 AM