How does the activation disc work?

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  1. Fudge
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    How does it work? Doesn't a flashed disc drive only run 1:1 copies of real games?
     
  2. TwinRetro

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    The activation disc is used to bypass the protection built into the flashed firmware. It won't run 1:1 games to keep idiots from being banned from Live the moment they pop in a modded game.
     
  3. Fudge
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    You misunderstood me. I want to know how it bypasses the protection. When I said 1:1 copies, I meant backups, not legit discs.
     
  4. dilav

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    It's useless disc. In some older iXtreme, it does waves checks and ssv checks, split vid checks/patching, and what not. Like TwinRetro said it was done to prevent banning of people who do not check their disc before putting them in. Activate disc is put in to the xbox each time before playing a game that has newer waves than the firmware supports or certain modified games.

    LT does not do any checks anymore and is made to perform like "stock"
     
  5. MFDC12

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    not really. if you were like me and not really able to reflash your drive for a period of time, it was very useful.
     
  6. FAST6191

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    TwinRetro already covered it but when the ixtreme hacked drive detects a disc it checks to see if it is an original or a copied game (regular burned discs- copied DVDs, console updates, XBLA demos and the like are a different matter). Predicting another wave and similar chances the makers of the hacked firmware added a third check for a disc burned like the activation disc. Should it detect this third type it will disable (or more accurately ignore any failures) in the subsequent checks it would usually do on games.

    The 1.6NS variant simply tweaked it so this check was always bypassed.
     
  7. dilav

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    I should of rephrase that a bit better. It is a useless disc for the OP because he is running on iXtreme LT.

    Edit: I actually misunderstood what this thread was created for.
    How it works and not what it does