Hey folks. I just installed an Xchip with a "universal solderless adapter" on a v1.5 Xbox. I plugged in the chip and it booted to the Cromwell screen. Shut down the box and, being paranoid, powered it back up...FRAG. Huh. Powered down, waited a few minutes, then powered on...Cromwell screen. So I flashed a new BIOS (x2_4983.67) to the chip and put it back in the box. FRAG. Took chip and solderless out, checked pogos (they were all "springy" and clean) and cleaned contacts. Reinstalled solderless, then chip then powered on. Flubber then Xecuter2. Nice. Powered down then turned Xbox back on...FRAG. Waited a few, turned on, then presto! it worked again. Thought might be looking for something on the hard drive, so I made a Slayerz disk, booted it up (it worked first time) and made a backup of my EEPROM to C:/ then copied it via FlashFXP to my computer. Installed new hard drive (320GB) with Slayerz disk, followed the instructions then rebooted without Slayerz in the drive...booted up perfectly. Tooled around changing the options to suit myself, put in the correct time, etc, then turned off the Xbox to reboot with Slayerz to lock the HDD. FRAG. Tried 3 times and on the 3rd it booted up in Slayerz. Locked the hard drive successfully, powered down then tried to start again. FRAG.
Since it's consistently FRAGing, I am assuming that the D0 is solidly connected. However, the lack of consistency to the successful boots has me stumped. It seems to me (noob) that there's a bad connection, but when it works, it works fine, which leads me to believe that all of the connections are okay. Is there something that I'm missing (and I hope there is)?
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. This is Xbox #2, btw...bricked the first v1.6 trying to do a solder install (the LPC port kicked my arse), so I'd prefer, if possible, to stay away from solder if it can be helped.
Thanks in advance folks.