You guys said you wanted ideas to improve Avalaunch, so here's one for you...Here's something you could add...an option to configure each App/Game to the videomode the user selects.
Now I say this as I have a Jap XBox with SmartXX installed, and I have games from all Regions. Now I've left SmartXX set to Jap mode all the time because the XBox is a Jap model & it makes the XBox faster than if it was in PAL mode...correct me if I'm wrong but this is the great 50/60HZ reason ?
Anyway, I?ve found that when running some games in Jap mode they run much faster than their own native Region version, e.g. I have a PAL version of FIFA 2004, but when u leave SmartXX configured in Jap mode instead of changing it to the games PAL mode, boy the game runs quicker and plays better !!
Likewise Indycar Series won't run unless I have changed SmartXX to PAL mode as it's a PAL Mode only game. This is a complete pain in the *rse !! Therefore to get round this, I've had to install UnleashX on the Xbox, and then I run UnleashX WITHIN Avalaunch so I can run Indycar Series without having to change SmartXX's videomode all the time.
You apparently once had the option to change videomode?s, but apparently you removed it for fear of damaging the Eeprom. How about doing something like EvoX & UnleashX whereby you can have the option to "Auto Switch" videomode...but what I'm suggesting is slightly fiddlier for you guys, but I think it would make it very easy for everyone in the long run.
I've noticed that in Avalaunch you can select the "Properties" for an App/Game title and in there it tells you which Region the programme should run. How about letting the Region property there be selectable, so we can change it to PAL/NTSC-M/NTSC-J and therefore let us choose the speed & compatibility of the App/Game we run? On screen you could show the App/Game title with the Region it has currently been set e.g. IndyCar Series (J) or FIFA 2004 (P) or NFS Underground (M). This option to show the videomode at the end of the App/Game title could then be switched On/Off via the SYSTEM UTILS - SETTINGS - HARDWARE INFO section. Just add a VIDEOMODE SELECTOR section in there. That way if people don't like seeing the (P)/(J)/(M) on the end of each title, they can still have it running in which ever videomode they want, but without the additional info showing on the title name.
The other option I thought about is doing exactly the same as UnleashX which generates an "Items.xml" file when it starts up, which contains all the titles it's found and also adds the Region to which the programme is run ? This "Items.xml" file is editable via a PC connection, but if there was a way you could show that database listing of Apps/Games on screen and there let us change the videomode we want to run it in, then that would be just as good ! How about showing it in SYSTEM UTILS - SETTINGS - APPS/GAME DATABASE ? What would be brilliant would be that if Avalaunch on it's initial scan of the preset directories configured in "Avalaunch.xml" had found that a game had been deleted off the Hard Disk, and the game still showed on the "Region Database", then it just removed that App/Game entry from the "Region Database" without the user having to do any maintenance, and therefore reducing the chances of a noobie fowling up his/her Xbox ?
I know this sounds complicated and it may possibly be very complicated for you guys to add, and I know u've been asked before, but it would be a good idea in the long run and make Avalaunch the number one dashboard.
Just out of curiosity how come EvoX & UnleashX can have their videomode "Auto Switch" running without mucking up the Eeprom, but you guys couldn't ? Can't u just BORROW their code and incorporate it into Avalaunch ???
Hope you can help, but if u want to tell me to *uck off if you don't like the idea, then feel free too...