QUOTE(The-Harbinger @ Jun 7 2012, 07:41 PM)
I picked up a used, beat-up original (1st gen) 360 at a thrift store. Its outer case was cracked in several places and the end panels were missing. I do not have a hard drive for it. I popped off the front faceplate and the M$ sticker was untouched, so I knew it hadn't been messed with. When I powered it up I found it had the RRoD.
I got a Team-Xecuter RRoD fix kit and installed it. It now works. I also found a person at work who fixes them and he provided me with some missing case parts as well as a dead 2nd Gen motherboard that I could rob the improved heatsinks and fan shroud off of. I've now gotten all of that installed. The included DVD drive is a Samsung/Toshiba TS-H943, which I disassembled, cleaned, lubed, and treated the tray belt with rubber rejuvenator. It loads a loaner game disc just fine.
Now, this unit appears to have dashboard version 2.0.6683.0. I've been doing a lot of reading on how best to proceed hacking the unit but am seeing some conflicting information. I want to be able to play backup discs.
I know I'm supposed to wait to flash the drive's firmware until I upgrade to the newest dashboard (or I guess now, the Xbox 'Experience'). But I thought I'd read the original 360 couldn't be upgraded to the newest dashboard because there wasn't enough internal memory. Someone into modding told me that wasn't true. When I do load the newest dash I'm unsure how hackable the unit will still be.
Could someone shed a little light and advice on this situation for me?
At that dashboard the Xbox is still jtaggable (quite rare these days). This means you can play games from a hard drive and do many other cool things (except play online).
If you want to play online, flashing the drive is a better option. You'd need to update to the latest dashboard first (you need a storage device first, and since the dashboard thats on there didnt support usb drives yet, youll need to borrow a standard 360 hard drive from someone in order to get it updated. Once it's updated, you're in luck. You have the easiest drive to flash in your Xbox. Its pretty much plug in, flash. And the best part is that the drive does not do AP2.5 checks like the other types of drives. What this means is that you don't need a special DVD burner to burn the games! You can safely play "truncated" copies online.
One last thing: Please consider having the Xbox repaired by a professional before that "RROD fix kit" damages the 360 beyond repair. It is a bandaid. That kit can put too much, or uneven pressure on the chips, causing solder balls to crush and chips to crack. It can also flex the board so that the chips stop touching all their contacts, this is hard to correct. For a long lasting fix, you will want to reflow or reball the Xbox's GPU (assuming that's the chip that caused the issue). All the fix kit does is put pressure on the GPU so that the cracked solder joint touches just enough that electricity can flow through the solder ball. It will not last forever. It may not even last a month.
Good luck with that thing and happy gaming.