First I started by of course reading. and reading and reading. (My Xbobx is an V1.0) So I figured I'd start with a Softmod. I used this guide http://www.maxconsole.com/?mode=tutorials&...id=87#PART2OPT3 to walk me thru the steps. All went well until I edited the xboxdash.xbe file for unicode Latin strings of XTF. the problem wasn't finding them it was that once I saved this file and signed it as noted the Xbox wouldn't go into any dashboard? Everything worked great up until this point. I even upgraded the HD to a 20gig HD. Which works GREAT!!!!
I attempted to use the Easy Phoenix install V1.0 which installed everything without any problems but once again when I reboot or power cycle the dashboard doesn't come up, just the your box is broken error????? (would like to try the V3 if there is a windows compiled version of it. ???)
So I reasearched the homebrew modchip.. http://www.xbox-scene.com/articles/homemademod.php Sounded like fun and made sense. I restored my Xbox to near virgin status. and found a 32 pin winbond 29c102 eeprom. (which Iam assuming is eeprom, not sure what the diffrence is between eprom and flashrom, I tried the wiring for both types as shown) I flashed it in my system with Evox's bios also tried my own bios after editing it to 256kbs prgrammed fine. soldered the wires on everything looked great. I had a friend come over to verify all 29 solder points. but when I turn it on, it turns off and on 2 times then stay's on on the third time but with either green and red flashing or red and orange.
The tutorial ( http://www.xbox-scene.com/modchips/ownmod_diagrams.html ) pic says to soldier that one unnumbered point to 32 (LINK TO POINT 32 [MB]) so I assumed that it was point 32 on the mother board !!! but when thats on I get problems turns off then on 3 times. If I remove it the system boots fine. So the chip doesn't seem to work. I even installed evox's dashboard?
Any enlightenment would help. or comments..
p.s. I really don't want to buy a modchip...