hey i used to be just as confused so let me help(lol ignore my spelling mistakes)
yes the bois and the modchip are 2 separate things. you proberly decided to do modchip instead of a softmod or tosp right.....the last 2 are free but are more technical(tosp...losts of soldering and dont work on new xbox's) and complicated(softmod....plus not as reliable as modchip)....plus modchip is proberly ure best bet for xbox live
ok let me break it down
1) get a xbox
2) get a chip (any "gen4" will go........go here http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?showtopic=399085)
3)install the chip, solderless and solder solutions have there pros and cos.....get solder if u know how (follow manufactures guides) there cheeper and more reliabe
4)flash the chip with a bois using the chips OS (os runs the chip)....thw bois is basically just like the orginal with all the neet stuff (hacks) turned on...i cant give u a link because its illigal... the only legal 1's are for LINUX (like a dashbored but is a full OS (an OS is like windows for ure PC)). The legal bois's WONT let u do all the cool stuff liek backup ure games.
the folloing step can be done using slayers auto installer (its illegal use xbins....same for the bois) i think slayers also has bios's with it.....u need to burn slayers on a disk
5) put a dashbored on your hard drive (a new 1 is better!....slayers can easily set that up for u....follow the turtorials on this website)......the dashbored is like a OS (os is like windows on ure pc) it lets u do cool stuff like back up games.....watch dvds........play old school games and loads more.......i recomend XBMC as your dash
6) thats it really have fun........
tell me is u have any trouble and take ure time K!!
edit) 2 play on xbox live with a mod chip u need 2 do the following
played on xbox live before mod) oohhh ure out of luck u need a new unbanded eprom(?- mods can fill this bit in) change ure eprom and get a new hard drive........DONT just get a new hard drive they BOTH have 2 be new... when ure abt to go n xbox live u need to turn of the chip (and boot into the orginal ms dash) and play with the ORIGINAL game only....this should work
first time playing xbox live AFTER mod) no problem just turn of chip, boot into ms dash and ure ready (with an ORIGINAL game only!!!)
lol if u cant be bother with all the life stuff then there are other options....like a tunneling program. basically u need at least 1 pc on aswell as ure xbox...get some thing called xlink or xbc. they trick ure xobox thinking its playing a link game with other link xobox's half way across the world!!!....like i said u need a pc on. xlink is better becuase it has support in XBMC and less lag
lol ignoe any stupid mistakes (spelling) and for the ppl who have more experiance dont flame me if messed anything up thanks......lol edit cant help meThis post has been edited by Area_Codes: Jul 3 2005, 06:03 PM