Thanks, this information will come in handy for me (anorhter Xbox newbie) as well. I've ordered my SmartXX v2 modchip Friday night, and I should receive it on Wednesday or so. Can't wait...
So I take it the SmartXX package (I ordered it from BMMODS) does not include wires for the LPC rebuild? I've heard several people mention using an old IDE cable. Is that the best option (I definitely have a few old IDE cables that I could spare), or would I be better off hitting Radio Shack for some wires?
The link to the post-install guide is great, too. I still have a few questions, though:
1. The instructions describe performing the installation (flashing the BIOS, etc.) using the web interface that comes with the Smart OS. If my short-term goal is to just get the Xbox running with the SmartXX (i.e. initially I don't care too much about additional software like the media center stuff), would you recommend following these manual installation steps, or would I be better off using an auto-installer such as Slayer's or Firefucker's?
On the one hand, the manual installation would probably be useful in order to understand what goes on behind the scenes. On the other hand, it would be nice to save some time and quickly get everything up and running.
2. I would like to upgrade my HD eventually, but initially I would like to just get my modchip working with the existing HD. Is this approach fine, or would I be much better off performing the HD upgrade at the same time?