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chadtower
Joined: 5/21/2003
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Posted 9/1/2006 10:18:25 AM , Finally got an Xbox
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Woman on a local mailing list offered one up, new condition, with a couple games for $60.  The games turned out to be MLB 2005 and Hoyle's Casino (or some title like that, tried it, no fun).

Started reading up on what Xbox mods can do for you.  Seems useful.  Great for emulation.  I can use Media Center for a couple of things.  It's not an expensive thing to do.

I read up on how it is done.  I am a good solderer with a lot of PCB repair experience.  Manufacture date is 2004 so it's probably a rev1.6 motherboard.  Looks like I need to rebuild the LPC port (used to be a debug connector, maybe?) with 4-5 short wire jumpers, install a dual row of header pins, drop in the chip, and run one more jumper from the chip to the d0 line.  Not sure what the d0 line actually is yet.  From there it's all software.

I still have to decide if I should upgrade the drive... I have a good 20G sitting around but nothing bigger than that on hand.  250-300g can be had now for around $60 at retail now but do I want to sink that much more cash... that would be $60 for the system, plus $50 or so for the modchip, plus $60-80 for the drive...

Just some thoughts.  If anyone has any advice or feedback, feel free to chuck it at me.  I'm new to Xboxes.

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Skelix
Joined: 9/3/2003
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Posted: 9/2/2006 3:39:56 PM ,
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Cool, good luck with that. I have a solder-less chip myself. I've heard modding the Xbox keeps you off Xbox live, not sure if you care about that or not but just a thought.

One of these days I'm thinking of ripping out the Harddrive, putting a bigger one in and figuring out how to load my games directly on it. Been a task that keeps getting knocked down on the list.

Lot of really good xbox mod sites just google it.


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chadtower
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Posted 9/5/2006 10:11:24 AM ,
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A modded Xbox doesn't keep you off Live, connecting to Live while running a modded BIOS does.  Current gen chips can hold and boot to multiple BIOS files so if you set it up right you should always be able to boot to the retail kernel and connect to Live without an issue.
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chadtower
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Posted: 12/18/2006 2:25:53 PM ,
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Forgot about this thread... the Xbox did get fully modded, XBMC installed, still the stock drive.  The mod wasn't all that hard given my level of soldering experience.  I had more issues with the flimsy construction of the mod PCB than I did anything else.

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