[Guide] How To Hack Your 360

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Sep 12, 2012

[Guide] How To Hack Your 360 by DinohScene at 2:41 PM (145,901 Views / 19 Likes) 142 Comments

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    With the announcement of the CR4 by TX, I shall rewrite the entire guide and update it as well.
    The CR4 will be the final glitch chip they will make.


    So you want to hack your 360.
    Have no idea where to start?

    This thread should give you a general idea on what you can do with your 360.


    Lets get started.
    First of all you'll need to determine the age of your console.
    This will give you a general idea of what hack you can apply.

    On the back of the 360 there is a sticker near the AV port (Phat*&Slim*)
    On that you'll find the MFR date as well as the Console Serial and Product ID.

    Determining the age of the 360




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    You'll need to write down your MFR date.
    This will roughly tell you what board you have in your 360.

    Motherboard revisions for Phat

    Motherboard revisions for Slim

    Motherboard revisions for Redesigned Slim

    Next up, Determining your Kernel + Dashboard.



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    Blades dash 1888 - 6717

    NXE dash 7357 - 9199

    Kinect dash 12611 - 13604

    Metro dash 14699 - 16547


    Dashboard 1888 is the first dashboard ever released, it's very unlikely you'll have this dash installed (unless you have a launchday console still in it's plastic wrapper)
    Dashboard 2241 was directly available on the 360's launchday so as soon as you've connected it to XBLive you would have received an update notice.
    Dashboard 4532 and 4548 are vulnerable to the KingKong Exploit, chances of you having a 360 with such a low dashboard are astronomically low.
    Dashboard 7371 and lower are vulnerable to the JTAG hack, if you wish to JTAG it then DO NOT UPDATE IT!
    Dashboard 14699 and lower are vulnerable to the RGH* hack
    Dashboard 14717, 14719 are vulnerable to the RGH2, this method uses the Slim style hack.
    Dashboard 15572 and above are hackable with the newly released ECC files.
    They use the same method as the RGH2 or the R-JTAG chip (for Phatties)
    I STILL ADVISE YOU TO NOT UPDATE TO ANY DASH AFTER 14717 IF YOU WANT TO GLITCH YOUR 360, it's cheaper and RGH1 (for dashes below 14717) has far better boot times.


    And finally, Visually determining your DVD drive.



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    Phat DVD drives

    Slim DVD drives


    After the visual inspection you'll roughly know what you're up against.
    Xenon/Zephyr boards usually have a Sammy/Hitachi
    Some have a Benq (mine did)
    Falcons usually have either a Benq or Liteon.
    Jaspers pretty much only have a Liteon in it.
    Slims are mostly Liteon ones, Hitachi drives are pretty rare.
    Early slims have a Liteon for sure, late slims can have both (Liteon 1214,1532 are both quite rare as of the time of writing)

    DVD Drives for Phat

    DVD Drives for Slim



    DVD flashing.





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    This type of hack is most conventional for most people.
    In short:
    You flash your DVD drive with a custom firmware.
    This will allow you to play back upped games from a DVD.

    Currently all Phat 360's are hackable.
    Most of the older ones can be dumped without a PMT (Probe 3)
    Liteons need a Probe 3 to retrieve the DVD key from.
    Slim 360's are hackable but require either a replacement PCB (expensive), a small hardware hack or a risky hack that involves drilling into the controller chip.
    All Slim 360 drives can be "flashed"
    LTU 1.2 has been released which is a firmware designed for all Slim drives (for use with a replacement PCB only)

    If you do flash your DVD drive, you'll want to burn your XGD3 games (8.5 GB backups) with an Liteon iHAS drive.
    This eBay seller has those drives for a cheap price.


    Flashing the drive




    ODDE*.





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    This is pretty much the same as DVD flashing but it has a few advantages.
    Mainly:
    You can use an external HDD to store your game ISO's on.
    It also allows you to play mulleted xbox 1 games*.

    However this requires you to purchase some hardware.
    Currently all Phat 360's are emulated.
    Pretty much every Slim 360 is emulated for it but some drives require extra steps.
    Liteon 1175 and Hitachi 0500/0502 both need you to RGH your 360 to obtain your CPU key + FCRT.bin in order to emulate the drive.

    Please read this if you want to use an ODDE.
    It's rather important, ignore at your own risk ofcourse.


    Installing the ODDE



    JTAG.





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    This one is sweet for people with REALLY old 360's or people that just recovered a old one from RRoD.
    You can basically play every game you want.
    Xbox 360, Xbox 1, XBLArcade and XBLindie (as of Dashlaunch 3.0) as well as run Linux distro's and homebrew.
    However you cannot connect to XBLive ever!
    If you want to JTAG your 360 then you'll have to make sure it's on Dashboard 2.0.7371.0 OR LOWER.
    Any dashboard above will not work and you'll need to refer to the RGH.

    Added to a JTAG you'll probably want to prevent it from dieing quickly so setting the fans to a minimum of 75-80% in FSD*


    JTAGing your 360



    RGH.





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    This is pretty much the same as the JTAG.
    However it has some differences.

    First of all this hack is achieved with a special modchip that glitches the 360's boot process.
    Then once it's "glitched" you can do everything a JTAG can do.
    You can optionally also install a couple of switches and set up a so called Dual NAND.
    This will allow you to retain your Live enabled state of the 360.

    If you want to RGH your 360 then you'll have to know your dashboard first.
    If you're on 14699 and below on Phats then you can use RGH1 (RGH1 is much more stable and quicker on boot then RGH2)
    If you're on 14717 or above then you'll have to resort to RGH2.
    Dashes 15xxx and above use a new set of timing files but they still use the wiring of RGH2.

    Xboxes that are great to glitch: Opus, Falcon, Jasper/Kronos, Trinity, Corona/Corona V2.
    Xboxes that also work are Xenons (14699 only) and Zephyrs, but their a pain to glitch and some don't glitch at all.
    Corona V2 needs a special method of dumping the 4GB NAND.
    You can dump it partially (48 MB iirc) or the full 3.8 GB.
    The full 3.8 GB is rather slow but if you want to do it right the first time then dump the full 4GB.

    Currently the same rules apply to both JTAG and RGH machines regarding XBLive and the fans.


    RGHing your 360



    R-JTAG *coming soon*


    R-JTAG is a new hack developed by TX that's similar to the RGH, however with boottimes comparable to the JTAG/Falcon RGH (instaboot)

    It's basically the same as the RGH but this is only for Phatties.
    This one is especially sweet for people that have a hard to boot Falcon/Zephyr or are experiencing extremely long boottimes on their RGH2 consoles and people with Xenons.

    R-JTAGging your 360
    R-JTAGging your 360




    New chip for slims & phats?

    Team Xecuter has announced that they are replacing the CR3 and R-JTAG all together in favor for a newer chip.

    I'll add more info about it when it's released.
    By the time it's released I'll also completely rewrite this entire guide.




    KingKong exploit *This is purely for legacy purposes*






    So, you have a 360 with Kernel 4548 or lower and wish to do this in order to boot Linux.

    Requirements:
    Kernel 4548 or update to 4548 found here (link will be added soon)
    Peter Jacksons King Kong the video game.
    Flashed DVD drive.

    The KingKong exploit can technically been seen as a "softmod" type of exploit.
    But it needs a flashed DVD drive which is in itself isn't really achieved with software.


    Doing the KingKong Exploit




    So in short:
    There is no real softmod and there will much likely never be one for the 360, so you're out of luck for that.
    It's pretty much all hardware based (flashing can with luck be achieved with software only, provided you have the correct SATA chipset)
    You can hack both Phat, Slim and redesigned Slim 360's with all of the above regardless of your Dash version.

    If you ONLY want to play games and have XBLive access, then I'd suggest you get an ODDE or flash your drive.
    A RGH can be used for Live but you'll need to invest in some expensive hardware.
    Besides it's extremely risky if you accidentally boot homebrew/FSD/XeXMenu, your console+profile will get banned from live if they detect you!
    You cannot play XBLA/XBLIndie/DLC or use Avatar items downloaded from the web on a retail 360, if it's not released on disc then you're only able to boot that stuff on hardware hacked consoles!



    Explanation of some of the words.
    Mulleted xbox 1 games - This is a special method to convert normal Xbox 1 games to 7.4 GB ISO images playable on flashed/ODDE consoles.
    ODDE - Optical Disc Drive Emulator, This is a small piece of hardware that emulates the 360's DVD drive.
    KV - This is your KeyVault, it holds all the data of the 360 such as your DVD Key, CPU Key and various other data regarding your consoles region and settings.
    RGH - Reset Glitch hack
    FSD - This is FreeStyle Dash, a neat little replacement dash that resembles the old NXE* from Microsoft.
    It has a lot to offer.
    NXE - This is the second dashboard from MS, (dashboards 7357 to 9199)
    MS - Microsoft.
    Phat - Original Xbox 360.
    Slim - Second 360 version.

    Credits:
    All the great people who have made progress in the 360 scene!
    Thanks a bunch fellas!
    I can't give individual credits because the list would be to long then.



    I will update and adapt/edit this guide with more information/updated info regularly.
    Last edited by DinohScene, Apr 28, 2014


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    Thank you for the guide Dinoh, your efforts are much appreciated!! :)
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    IIRC the X360Key doesn't require you to use Mulleted Xbox original games.
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    So is there any 360 that cant be hacked?
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    Nice overview- is it perhaps worth adding the PIRS installation stuff? I know there is not a lot but Fallout 3 and possibly vegas as well, the first two borderlands expansions (some even list the others but I thought it was just the two from the double pack), I think some stuff from oblivion, quite a bit of preorder bonus content for various games and some other notable stuff not to mention the unlocked LIVE package stuff (some Forza stuff among other things I am told).
    Most of that is quite worthwhile and as this just needs a USB drive (and probably USB xtaf) or access to the hard drive with no other mods necessary and is perfectly safe it might as well be covered.

    Along the same lines is LIVE to CON officially dead and buried now?

    Beyond that there are a few extraction hacks (similar to the virtual console stuff from smash brothers) but I have not done anything there before so I am not sure what goes.
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    It's basically a basic guide to aid people on what to decide basically.

    I'll see if it can make it more detailed and add some stuff on the jTAG/RGH section.
    Keep filling this thread or PM me for things to add ;]
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    I have a question, I've had my Xbox for just over 3 years, it has a Falcon Motherboard but I've been updating it, obviously because of Xbox Live. Does the Kernel and Dashboard versions ever change since you buy it? I got a PS3 that I play online with now and I think it's about time I JTag/RGH my Xbox, and another thing, will Xbox Original Softmodded homebrew work? Like let's say there's an emulator for a console that's available for Xbox Original but not 360? Let's say an N64 Emu for 360 doesn't exist, could I use Surreal64?
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    Your eFuses get blown.
    Your previous kernel will mismatch with the eFuses.
    Which prevents you from downgrading.

    If your dash is on 14719 or lower then you can RGH it.
    Otherwise stay on 15574 until hopefully a new RGH way has been found out.


    And yep.
    With the hacked Xbox emulator, homebrews and some games for Xbox become available.
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    thanks for this sir. appreciated!! it.....
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    As of 12-09-12 the XeLive plugin is detectable by MS and will lead to a banned KV*...
    xelive is detectable by ms only if u play homebrew (unsigned code) or use a profile have used unsigned code.
    right??? if i make a new profile and i not use fsd or any homebrew iam safe?
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    for the OODE

    can u go online?

    thx
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    The ODDE is much the same as the hacked DVD firmwares so yes you can go online. c4e (one of the main people doing things in hacked 360 DVD drive world) did once posit they might be less safe than a hacked firmware but nobody has yet managed to qualify that (microsoft certainly have not banned anybody).

    DVD firmware hacks (which again this is technically a class of) have seen bans happen in the past and I am sure if you did things badly (playing games ahead of street dates, using bad copies of discs, something new like AP2.5 pops up that trips the "copied game alarm", trying to use modified copies and such) then banning is a distinct possibility, a proper ban based on detection of hacks has not happened in several years though. Either way the standard GBAtemp 360 section policy in this matter is something along the lines of "try to play it safe and if you get banned then so be it".
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    XeLive is detectable.
    Homebrew or not.


    MS can detect the data transmitted to their servers with the XeLive files.
    You may test it for yourself (freshly hacked NAND + clean new GT + GOD game) but I'll assure you you will end up banned.
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    Awesome post, thanks for taking the time to make this... EXACTLY what I was looking for, looking forward to reading the additions. Im sure this will clarify what seems to be a minefield for many people.
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    Thankies and you're welcomes~

    Yeah I plan to add a lot more stuff and clear a lot up more.
    I'll try to make a small mini guide on how to flash/jTAG/RGH a 360.
    To give a small indication on how to do it.
    Devin also suggested me to describe the KingKong exploit for legacy purposes.

    I still have lots to do before I call it finished but atleast it's giving an indication on what there's to do with a 360.
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    I am having a hay day trying to figure out what I can do with my xbox 360. I just received it from a friend as they got a new one and we figured out it is a Xenon and is running 14719 and pretty sure it has a phillips liteon in it. Is there anyway to play games off a hdd with this. I am a newbie so please excuse me. Everything I am reading says I cannot jtag a Xenon running a 14719 ? I really need help!
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    Liteons (to my knowledge) don't appear in Xenon consoles.

    You can have an Opus (which has a Liteon) that one is also without HDMI.

    But other then that.
    If you want to keep XBLive then get an ODDE.
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    Hmm I ripped the entire console apart and it stated that it was a Phillips Liteon? And from my research they base what the board is based on the port? Is this correct? My port has the 1 line above the ports and the square in the middle with no HDMI port?
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    I guess there may be a possibility that they switched out the drives? I swear that all the tutorials I looked at show that I have a Xenon motherboard. Is there any way to get this to work without an ODDE now? What if I don't want to play Xbox live? Sorry I am asking so many ?'s but I am so confused as I have also read that Xenon's don't carry liteon dvd drives. But with this knowedge can some one please give me step by step instructions to jtag or something? I don't want to break it !
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    To combine your questions:

    Yes your board is a Xenon one.
    Yes it's possible that it's been send to MS for a faulty DVD unit, and got replaced with a Liteon.
    No you can't play ISO's from a external HDD without a ODDE.
    jTAG is dead since 8xxx
    RGH can work on a Xenon but personally it's not worth the trouble.
    You can flash the DVD drive.

    That + I'd like to continue this here

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