QUOTE(SPARTEN II @ Feb 21 2007, 09:18 PM)
So if I successfully softmod with hotswapping, it will be just as good as having a mod chip? Will I still be able to upgrade the HDD (like to a 160GB drive)?
I'm pretty sure the answer to this question is no.......but if I softmod with hotswapping, will I still be able to play on Xbox Live?
If I do decide to get a mod chip instead of softmodding....why wouldn't you recommend the solderless modchips? (I was planning on getting a solderless)
Once you have hotswapped and are successfully running the softmod there isn't much that a chip can do that you can't. Upgrading the HDD in a softmod is a lil harder than a chipped box, but not too much or better put, not enough to warrant buying a chip to upgrade the HDD. Once you have the softmod running you need to backup the eeprom then FTP in and put a copy of it on your PC. Then build your new HDD with XBOXHDM. Searching and reading tutorials will explain that and how to do it.
About Live: Depends if you have been on Live already. If you have already been on Live with that XBOX the eeprom and HDD info has been recorded and if you sign in with a different HDD you will be banned. If you have never used Live on that box then your fine to start now. If you have used Live before then you need to get a new eeprom before signing in. Search "marriage theory" for more info on the marrying of the eeprom and HDD.
Solderless chips are nowhere near as reliable as a soldered chip. They tend to come loose alot and you have to open the box up and refit the chip to get going again. Much better to just pay someone to solder it in or learn to solder and do it yourself (I didn't know anything about soldering before xbox modding).