May 12 2003, 09:10 AM
This is weird.
I bought a Matrix chip right when it was released, and installed it to my Xbox. Had no problems at all during the 6 months that followed, no misalignments, nothing.
Then one day, it died.
I took my Xbox to a friends place by car, and when I came back it stopped working. Weird thing is, that the first time I booted my Xbox back at home, it seemed to work, but turning it off and on again resulted in flashing orange power led. And the way it behaved was strange : it seemed to turn on, then it turned off, on again, and off, and then stayed on with that flashing light, nothing on screen.
I took off the Matrix, switched back the original HD, and my Xbox worked again, although it had forgotten the time and date.
When I tried to flash the Matrix again with the programmer, it returned me with an error. Yes, I did try with a brand new battery, multiple bios-images, everything. Reflashing the chip proved to be impossible.
So, if someone has and idea of what might have caused this, please post...
May 12 2003, 09:20 AM
You sure you didn't just have an alignment problem...
Then you pulled out the chip to reflash and unable to coz you have a typical dodgy programmer...
That is all standard matrix dramas..
What was the error ??
Try to realign the chip probably all that went wrong...
Then fit a pin header mod to it... If that was the drama...
May 12 2003, 09:52 AM
just take off the chip and clean your LPC points with alcohol and re install the chip again.
the chip must have moved during the car trip (recommendation, use a longer screw if you have one)
May 12 2003, 04:27 PM
Definitely an alignment problem. If the D0 point is making a mediocre connection it will do just that. Turn on, then off, then on, then flash because since the D0 point is making a good enough connection to ground the Matrix chip some of the time it can't boot either BIOS (the Matrix light will be green but it really doesn't have a good enough connection to boot the BIOS). If you got 6 months of running without realigning the matrix that's good. I have to mess with mine about once a month.
May 12 2003, 04:33 PM
I double-triple-quadruple tested it for alignment problems. Took it off completely, realigned, etc.
And my programmer used to work just fine, I actually have two so I tested it with the other one as well. Won't flash. Error given is just "Error programming LPC".
I was thinking about hot switching the chip to a friends xbox and programming it with the evox flasher... If done correctly, would this work? And what things in particular should I take into consideration during such operation?
I know that probably the chip misaligned during the car ride, but is sure seems that it somehow also got fried. Haven't quite figured out how yet...
Anyways I ordered a new chip (this time solder) so I guess I'll survive :)
It's just that this new chip happens to be the Chameleon and knowing EB2k it'll probably take a while before I'll get it...
May 12 2003, 06:58 PM
This is strange. I have exactly the same pattern with my matrix when I move the box.
It starts up, then shut down after a few seconds, the whole process repeated three times... Then a red flashing ligth.
Usually I just have to reallign the chip, or in most cases, just ensure that the D0 point makes a correct connexion. It does that almost every time I move the box. Now I dont move the box without the special screw drivers and I can open, allign and close the box in less than 5 minutes.
I also just bought a chameleon and I intend to sold it the day I receive it
May 12 2003, 07:56 PM
your programming problem is easy to fix
go to settings and move the notch up 1 position and laso pinch the programmer while you are programming
May 12 2003, 08:23 PM
Yes, do the PINCH OF DEATH with the programmer. Mine wouldn't program brand new without squeezing it until I thought it would kill me. Squeeze it till you bleed, it should work. Cleaning everything at the contact points is also a good tip.
May 12 2003, 10:16 PM
Ive never had a problem with my matrix and ive had it since about january....
i did however have to pinch it when i flashed it the first time
and clean all points w/ alchol the first time ii installed it.
i used a longer screw with a flatter head and just skrewed taht thing like all the way down.....
i take it in my car and to friend's houses all the time and i have never had a problem....
May 12 2003, 10:22 PM
I used a screw from my NES to hold down my Matrix, after I stripped the screw hole with the original screw. I have knocked into my door with the Xbox and have transported it serveral times. I haven't had any problems since I used that NES screw.
May 13 2003, 02:49 AM
When I get the Red Green flashing light, all I do is turn it off, lift the left side of the XBox half an inch off the table, then drop it. Works for me every time.
Disclaimer: Don't try this at home, if you do, I'm not responsable.
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