It's been a very long time since I was in the scene. In fact, back then all mods were simply BIOS replacements that could be done on the original flash. Now they seem to have so many features which I don't even understand it's mindboggling!
So here's the situation: Long ago, I attempted (with partial success) the 32-wire mod with dual EEPROMs and an external switch with enable/disable & BIOS bank LEDs. Unfortunately, my wires were too long (a serious problem back then). I opened it back up to shorten them and the whole thing blew up in my face when a trace was lifted. I had a pic up long ago either here or at XBOX-HACKER.com and was told that it was a test point that could be easily circumvented with an LPC mod but that it would make the mod permanent and the XBOX unable to be used with Live. Now, is there any way I can save my TSOP's EEPROM to a switchable mod chip with a seperate switchable bank for a modded BIOS to regain Live support? I don't have the expensive test clips and such Bunny was using back then. Is that even necessary (ie, unique ban-able data is stored elsewhere)? Will a copy of a v1.0's BIOS get me back on Live?
So I have two options: Mod permanently with a cheapmod and lose Live support or buy an LPC mod that will restore Live support. As long as there is no "must have" feature in the latest generation chips, both of these will suit me just fine, right? I'm mostly just asking if there is any new development or reason NOT to use a cheapmod these days (ie, dashboard updates in some games detecting/disabling them and such). Can software detect the use of the LPC bus? I'm about to purchase an Icedcube case and some tools from Divineo and before I order I'd like to get the cheapest flashable XBOX mod they have added to my cart (Unless you guys are visciously against me getting an Aladdin XT for $ 11.99).