A friend of the family had a nice 250 gig slim that screwed up on the DVD reflash update (DVD drive only does DVDs and such). Normally I would have just said send it in to MS and have it sorted but in a flap they had sent it into the local PC butchery house and, surprising nobody, they butchered it so no chance of slipping that past MS (even if I had a donor slim it would be 12 hours with my rotary tool and more to hopefully slip it past someone not on their guard). Just for giggles it seems they updated it to the latest kernel in an attempt to fix it (16203), joy. Muggins here gets to take a look then. Pulling it apart and discovering the extent of their butchery it seems I am also faced with a hitachi 0502 drive, 9.6 Amps on 12V rail today (late 2011 model). No chance of an existing DVD key or CPU key and nand dump. My options as I see it Buy a 4 gig and stick the hard drive in it. £90 second hand and £140 or so new. Given they would probably have had to pay that for those cowboys to fix it (I was shocked that I did not get the- "we did not fix it but we spent the time so you owe us" line when I retrieved it yesterday) it is not so bad. Fix it. Parts I have around A maximus drive powering tool from the original xbox 7 series liteon era. Nforce motherboard that has flashed countless DVD drives otherwise. A cr3 lite v1 I was saving for my Jasper 360- alas I sent the xp machine with parallel that I was using to do it all away but I have about 5 laptops and can probably scrounge up 512 RAM for a tower. Confirmed working NAND dump setup (that amused me- people were going on about quality components and a 20 year old parallel cable and some junk from maplins (like radioshack but worse) worked first time and every time since) still wired into my Jasper as it has been since around November. No programming tool but I can make a parallel port programming cable or adapt my NAND one easily enough. Despite the kernel I see the new ecc/"DGX R.I.P" stuff might be able to make something work though, maybe even with what I have around. The kid it is for would not appreciate even a flashed drive let alone a RGH setup (nor do I want to have to try telling people how to sort it every kernel update as they are usually right across the country from where I am typically based). To that end the process would be RGH that hopefully works enough times to get NAND, CPU key and extract a DVD key. Catching up on 360 slims if I am going to repair the drive it looks like I have to find a PCB replacement as Hitachi drives did finally fall but only to those. The cursory search was interesting as it seems the hitachi stuff came later, there were a few revisions of the PCB and no shop seems to have a clue (I have not contacted any yet) what they have as far as hitachi compatibility and as their descriptions were copy and paste when first added to the store.