I softmodded my xbox using the xbhdm tutorial stickied here and I had screwed up. I was sure that all of my xboxes had been updated to dash version 5960, but apparently I was wrong and it was on 4034. Now whenever it boots it goes immediately into the 'return your xbox for service' screen and apparently wont unlock to let me restore a backup via xbhdm.
I tried unplugging the DVD drive power/audio cable to no avail.
I did read about a suggested method of unlocking by flashing a new HDD firmware. Do any of you know if this unlocks the drive on a temporary or a permanent basis?
More to the point, is there any way of restoring the drive without hardmodding the console?
Any help is appreciated.