Well after some help from another thread in this section of the board (thanks) I've found that modding my xbox without using a chip is becoming increasingly difficult.
I have tried the MA load save hack but I get a "Service required. Call Customer Support." error when attempting to load the save. Then I tried the hot-swap trick only to learn I lack a 2nd IDE cable with no devices attached to do it, according to the guide I used.
I'm basically looking for a testimonial of someone who has chipless modded a 1.5 xbox or a guide that has been proven to work without soldering. Or a confirmation that it just can't be accomplished. I've searched through the tutorials more times then I'd like to have done, so saying "Look through the message board and/or tutorials" will be of no help.
I will be attampting the save game hack with 007 in the mean time in case its just some fluke only MA won't work.