Mod This Old Xbox
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Mod This Old Xbox - Using the “softmod” method - By: Squidly1 (http://haksys.schleppingsquid.net/) Updated: 06 February 2007 Intro: I am Squidly1 – I'm a gamer and all around g33k. I have modded and upgraded several original Xboxen and have not YET hit a box that could not be liberated. ; P The focus of this doc is to help you breathe some extra years of life into that tired old Xbox you have laying around. I will show you how to use the soft mod method to make the initial hack and then how to swap your tiny hard drive with a monstrously huge beast. Obligatory Warnings: Only modify an Xbox you have no interest in EVER connecting to Xbox Live with. Once your machine has been soft modded any XBL account used on that Xbox will be banned, period – no exceptions! I, myself, only play with my virginal Xbox 360 on XBL – and use my old modded Xbox for all other entertainment uses. ; ) Also, if you fry your Xbox or computer OR do the 60 Hz shuffle it's not my issue – you goofed up. Remember, always follow smart safety rules when dealing with electronics. NEVER plug or unplug anything when your Xbox and/or computer are on and plugged into the wall. Keep your grubby hands CLEAN, don't eat or drink while working on your equipment, be mindful of static electricity, etc, etc, etc... If you REALLY need to, you can read up online about common concerns when repairing or modifying circuits – even though you will only be swapping a hard drive... Lastly, if you ever want to trade your modified Xbox in you need to know that all of the game shops will NOT give you extra for your hawt little box – in fact, many will not take a modified Xbox at all. At the very end I will tell you how to un-mod your Xbox, for just such odd reasons (like they check them anyway, really). Tutorial Sections: How to get the softmod save games 2 All done, now what? x Games to use 2-3 Appendix A: USB Drives x Items needed for initial softmod 3 Appendix B: Optional Extras x Items needed for the HD upgrade 3 Appendix C: Good Sites & Sources x How to transfer softmod save game 3 Appendix D: Factory Restoration x Performing the softmod 3-9 Appendix E: Good To Know & Upgrading the hard drive x Troubleshooting x How To Get The Softmod Save Games: Unfortunately, there are no stable locations I can cite for downloading the game saves you need. You can sometimes find them as a Bit Torrent share, and RARELY you can find them in Xbox-related newsgroups. The reasoning given is that they are somehow illegal to post. Guess M$ got all uppity that someone did something far better with their box than they did... Anyway, you *can* find them in some IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channels. Below, I speak of the one I used to get my modded save games. I will not assume that you are a total n00b to computers or the internet, so this next set of instructions may be a little brisk to some – and just right for others (sorry): Load up your favorite IRC program (mIRC, BitchX, Snak, etc) and jump on an EFNet server (irc.efnet.net). Next, join #xbins and type /msg xbins !list. You should receive a separate pop-up from the messaging bot, containing something like this: [13:58] <xbins> #FTP ADDRESS:# XXX.XXXXXXX.org #PORT:# 21 #USERNAME:# Squidly1 #PASSWORD:# XXXXXXX #NOTE:# This Username and Password will be deleted upon connection for security reasons. This site contains 100% homebrew files and absolutely NO warez. Brought to you by #xbins and Team Xecuter Use this information to FTP into the provided server, using the name and password that the bot gave you. Once on the FTP server, you want to go to: /XBOX/Console Based Applications/exploits/_Packages I downloaded 007_With_Evox_Installer_PLUS.rar and used it with the Platinum Hits edition of 007: Agent Under Fire that I already had. Games To Use: There are only three games you can use (to my knowledge) in order to pull this trick. Also, if you are buying these games used, work with the seller to get the right version of the game (notes below). 007: Agent Under Fire 007: Agent Under Fire Platinum Hits Note: Look for serial number “1448517” printed after the EA Games legal paragraph on the disk. If that serial is not there, the softmod will NOT work. Mech Assault Note: Look for the serial number “MS02301L” on the inner ring of the game disk. This is the ONLY version that works with the softmod. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Note: Works with any released version of the original game. The softmod will NOT work with the Chaos Theory, Double Agent or Pandora Tomorrow. Items Needed For The Initial Softmod: - An original Xbox (all versions are mod-able) - Copy of the mod game save on a memory cartridge - Copy of the game your modified save game is for Items Needed For The Hard Drive Upgrade: - Desk space to work on - An already soft-modded Xbox - T20 Torx wrench for the case (or 1/8 inch | #0 flat screwdriver, in a pinch) - T9 Torx wrench for the drive chassis - A “lock compliant” replacement IDE hard drive (see links for where to look this up) - Network connection for your Xbox - An FTP program - Computer you can plug an IDE drive into - A CD burner on said computer - CD burning software that can burn from an ISO image - Can of compressed air [OPTIONAL] for cleaning ancient Xboxen HOW TO GET THAT SAVED GAME ONTO YOUR MEMORY CARTRIDGE: This is the only pain-in-the-butt issue most people really have, outside of oddities with their new replacement hard drives... GAMESHARK / ACTION REPLAY PC USB: If you are one of those people who bought a USB GameShark or Action Replay interface for your PC then you've got everything you need already. It's as easy as getting the modified save game and dragging that .zip file over to your GameShark or Action Replay “PC database.” From there, just move that game save to the memory cartridge via your GameShark or Action Replay interface software. Note: If you are having problems dragging anything around with your supplied GameShark software, download Action Replay's software. The last update AR put out for their interface software was in July 2004 and was version 1.31. Hit the below link to download a copy for Windows: http://uk.codejunkies.com/downloads/XBOXAR_USsetup1_31.zip [screen caps of this in action] DIRECT XBOX USB CONNECTION: You can pick up a USB adapter cable for your original Xbox at some better gaming stores. The interfaces cables I have seen online are less than $10 [US] after shipping. Once you have your adapter, choose a sacrificial USB drive. There is a compatibility list you might want to consult before attempting this trick. Evidently, the old Xbox is very picky about which USB drives it will recognize and work with. See Appendix A for the short list of confirmed good drives. When you plug the USB drive into the adapter, go to the Xbox dashboard and select MEMORY. You will receive an error telling you that the memory unit was not working properly and has been erased – this was the reason why I said you needed a “sacrificial” USB drive. you choose to use has to be first formatted by the Xbox before it will work for our purposes. ASD ASD ASD UBER HARDWARE G33K MAKES OWN ADAPTER: For those of you who are disappointed there will be no soldering in this tutorial, you can always hack together your own interface for your Xbox. Hit up the Llamma for a great guide on this type of project: http://www.llamma.com/xbox/Mods/xbox_controller_to_pc_usb.htm This is unrelated to the overall mod I am covering, but... Another guide, by Fury-Tech, is excellent for those who might want to use their Xbox controllers on their PCs, via USB: http://www.fury-tech.com/en/Guides/Xbox-Controller-PC-Conversion-Mod Windows 98/2000/XP drivers for your controller: http://www.redcl0ud.com/xbcd.html Performing The Softmod: Boot up your Xbox and go to Memory. Highlight the game save. Copy the game save from the cartridge... ...to your Xbox hard drive. If all goes well with your copy, this screen will pop up showing the copy progress. Next, put your game in the Xbox. For this example I will continue to use 007: Agent Under Fire to illustrate the process. Once the game has started, go to the save game area. For this game, you will look for “Load Mission.” Load the game from your hard drive, not the cartridge (I left mine in, oops). The hack will NOT work from the cartridge... Reboot. If all went well with the softmod, then you will see this screen after reboot. First thing you should do is backup your original Xbox dashboard. Select “Create MS Backup” to make that back up. It won't take long, but the original Xbox dashboard will be saved just in case you want to restore the factory settings... Instructions for factory restoration can be found in Appendix D. Install Softmod. Install Evox (or Unleash X). The last one to be installed will be the one your Xbox will boot with. You can always change it laters... See Appendix E. You can place it on partitions C: or E:. My preference is C:. Now create a backup of the mod you just installed. When you create this backup, at least one critical file will be generated for when you decide to upgrade / replace your old factory hard drive. Here's the backup status screen. All is well... Go to Settings. We want to check a couple of things to continue with a smooth mod installation. Sorry, my image kinda sucks here... But you get the idea of what you should be seeing in the Settings. Check “Network.” Almost everything can be changed on this screen. If you prefer static IPs over DHCP, then change it here and state your network IP. Also, the default FTP account information for your new Xbox “server” is: User: xbox Password: xbox More network settings information. Once done with your network settings, check “Harddisk Settings.” This is good for some possible troubleshooting. Now we are looking at the “System Settings.” Not a lot here that you need to worry about tweaking... Alright... You are now ready to reboot and start enjoying the fruits of your labors!! (( Drum-roll )) This, or another alternative, dashboard should pop up if everything went well. Congratz on your first successful softmod! Appendix A USB Drives That Work All data represented below was culled from: http://www.duskdesign.de/xbox-pens.htm. For a full listing of all devices, working or not working, click the link provided. Pen Drives Size VendorID : Company Brand Blocks Works Comments (MB) ProdID -- -- 32 -- -- YES Opti 32 MB -- -- 64 -- -- YES Fujitsu Siemens 64MB Menustick Memory in Black USB memory pens from 32 -- -- 32-512 -- -- YES to 512 MB, both the PQI-based and Opti- based models 3System USB Flash Disk USB Drive 32 MB 3System -- 32 1998 -- YES (1998 blocks) Aigo 128MB USB Memory Stick (7997 Aigo -- 128 7997 -- YES blocks) Paradigit 128 MB USB2.0 memory stick (aka Apacer ? 128 7837 -- YES Apacer memory stick) (7837 blocks) Paradigit (aka Apacer) 256 MB USB2.0 Apacer ? 256 ~15000? -- YES memory stick USB 1.1 Mobile AVB 64 4030 0ea0:6803 YES 64 MB image works fine Drive Belkin -- 32 -- -- YES Belkin 32MB USB Memory Stick Captiva USB BAR 128 7989 0ea0:6828 YES Captiva USB BAR 128 MB Commodore Floppy -on- stick 128 7989 0ea0:6828 YES Rev. 1.89 (lsusb says Ours Technology, Inc.) COMSOL -- 128 -- -- YES COMSOL 128M Creative Labs Nomad Muvo MP3 Player Creative MuVo 128 7997 -- YES 128MB (7997 blocks) EasyDisk -- 32 2014 -- YES EasyDisk 32MB (2014 Blocks) Freecom -- 32 1998 -- YES Freecom USB Stick 32 MB (1998 blocks) IBM Memory Key 32 1998 -- YES IBM 32 MB USB Memory Key (1998 blocks) Kingston DataTraveler 256 MB (15740 Kingston DataTraveler 256 15740 -- YES blocks) Lexar JumpDrive Secure 128 MB (7869 Lexar JumpDrive Secure 128 7869 -- YES blocks) Lexar JumpDrive Secure 256 MB (15740 Lexar JumpDrive Secure 256 15740 -- YES blocks) Linksys Instant USB Disk 64 MB (Model Linksys Instant USB Disk 64 3998 -- YES USBM64M) (3998 blocks) Medion -- 128 7997 -- YES Medion USB 128 MB (7997 blocks) Memorex -- 64 4030 -- YES Memorex 64 MB (4030 blocks) & 128 MB Memorex -- 128 -- -- YES Memorex 64 MB (4030 blocks) & 128 MB M-Systems DiskOnKey 8 486 -- YES M-Systems DiskOnKey 8MB (486 blocks) PNY -- 64 3998 -- YES PNY 64 MB (3998 blocks) PQI Travelling Disk 64 -- 0ea0:6803 YES translucent USB sticks PQI Travelling Disk 128 -- 0ea0:6803 YES translucent USB sticks Prolific USB Flash Disk 256 MB (15996 Prolific -- 256 15996 -- YES blocks) Samsung -- 64 4030 -- YES Samsung 64Mb USB disk (4030 blocks) Sweex -- 128 -- -- YES Sweex 128 MB Transcend JetFlash 64 -- -- YES Transcend JetFlash 64 MB Transcend JetFlash 128 -- -- YES Transcend JetFlash 128 MB Transcend JetFlash 256 15821 0c76:0005 YES With leather case (that's a TS256MJFLASH - pg) USB 1.1 Pocket Pen Drive (p/n FMD064S) Twinmos Mobile Disk 64 4030 0ea0:6803 YES (Manuf="USB", Prod="Solid state disk") TwinMos Mobile Disk III 64 3998 -- YES TwinMos MobileDisk III 64 MB (3998 Blocks) UltraDrive -- 32 1998 -- YES USB UltraDrive 32 MB (1998 blocks) Media Readers Size VendorID : Company Brand Blocks Works Comments (MB) ProdID Hama 6-in-1 USB Card Reader (Model-Nr.: 46958) 6-in-1 Card Hama -- -- 07cc:0200 YES with Lexar Media 16MB CompactFlash (992 Reader blocks) Digital Cameras (Video, Web, and Still) Size VendorID : Company Brand Blocks Works Comments (MB) ProdID Digitrex DSC-1300 camera, in Mass Storage Digitrex DSC-1300 -- -- -- YES mode (8MB) HP Photosmart 315 -- -- -- YES HP Photosmart 315 with 8 MB SanDisk CF Card HP Photosmart C618 -- -- -- YES HP Photosmart C618 Digital Camera Minolta DiMAGE F300 -- -- -- YES Minolta DiMAGE F300 with 64MB SD-Card Nikon Coolpix (test with 1x 16 MB and 2x 128 MB Nikon Coolpix -- -- -- YES CF/SD cards) Nikon Coolpix 995 w/128MB SanDisk Nikon Coolpix 995 -- -- -- YES CompactFlash Olympus D-510 Zoom Digital Camera with 64 MB Olympus D-510 -- -- -- YES SmartMedia (3990 blocks) Olympus D-550 Digital Camera with 128 MB Olympus D-550 -- -- -- YES SmartMedia (7997 blocks) ToUcam Pro PCVC Philips -- -- -- YES ToUcam Pro webcam 740K