I was hoping to get some opinions on what I should try to do... I bought a used v1.6 and a Xecuter 2.6, tried doing a pin header install, but unfortunately the wires were too short or something and it wouldn't reach, plus I think I might have jacked the LPC rebuild kit anyhow (not very experienced solderer). So I somehow managed to remove the pin header after soldering the sucker in there and decided to try a Xapt3r.
I seated the Xapt3r in, got 5 multicolored lights all lit up nicely, placed the chip in and got it all good to go. Now when I power on the xbox, it powers up, dies, powers up, dies, and then powers up with a flashing green/red light, but nothing comes on the TV and no LEDs light up on the chip's toggle board thingy. I did some research on the forums which turned up a post stating that this "Christmas Light" phenomena is usually related to an improper installation or broken traces. I tried disabling the chip and the xbox works fine, so I was sure it had to do with the solder that was left behind from the botched pin header install, but further research on the forums says that the solder left in the lpc holes shouldn't be a problem.
Is it more likely that I damaged the mobo or that I should try reseating the xapt3r? Or maybe it's just jacked altogether?