Newbies Guide to EvoX Boot Discs and Testing MediaNOTE: This is a troubleshooting tutorial and is designed to provide basic pointers and tests to help you through the process. It is not meant to be a guide to creating a boot disc - I assume you have read that tutorial and have had an issue or want to avoid possible issues. If you haven't read that first then check the Newb Guide to Everything and the tutorials linked inside it HERE
There are a lot of variables in creating an Evox boot disc and simultaneously figuring out compatible media. I recommend using a premade boot disc that is a known proper XISO (Slayers or others). So many people have burned countless hours testing CDRW media only to realize they never properly flashed their bios or weren't creating and burning an XISO properly.First Confirm Bios
1) Flash your bios with a bios that is visibly different than the stock MS one (either colors or use an Xecuter bios that says Xecuter in the logo on boot). If you enable your chip and still see the standard MS bios, your install is faulty. D0 point is your first spot to check since it isn't being properly grounded if you see the stock bios.Next Burn the Image
2) Obtain Slayers or similar and burn it to a CDRW using the burn image command in Nero (do not burn a data CD with the ISO file on it - if your computer can read the burnt CD and you see a file on it you know you screwed up).Then Test the Media
3) Have several types of media on hand (Maxell and Memorex 650MB seem to be the CDRWs that work most often in trouble drives). Burn the image at the slowest speed and try to boot the Xbox with it. Reboot up to 30 times with the disc in the drive before rejecting it. Maybe check your burn and do it again just in case. If no luck - move on to another media.Finally - Customize for your Setup
4) Remember that you can't change the network settings on an Evox boot disc so once you find the proper media you may need to alter the evox ini file for your network/ftp, recreate the XISO, and reburn the image.
Once you get a good boot, either use the CDRW or create your own boot disc on the same media - you should always have a proper boot disc configured for your FTP or network settings on hand. It is guaranteed that if you do not have one you will certainly end up needing one (same goes for backing up C and E drives). Better to troubleshoot this ahead of time than be left trying to find media for an unbooting box. This post has been edited by ChrisF: May 23 2004, 01:03 AM