How To Softmod The Original Xbox

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  1. WiiFit_Guy
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    Xbox Guide


    Contents
    Introduction
    What you need
    The SoftMod Preperation
    The Softmod
    After Softmod
    Install A Bigger Hardrive
    FTP
    Games
    QWIX
    Updates/Changelog




    Introduction


    I decided to make an Xbox Softmod guide to help others and share my knowledge that I came across and my experiances. I found this method to be the easiest for me and less risky. I also want to give my tips and tricks and basically an “Updated Guide” for 2015. The scene is still alive to this day of this writing with homebrew and emulators.
    Why would you want to soft mod your original Xbox? Homebrew apps, Media Center, Emulators, dongle free DVD and ability to installer a bigger Hard Drive for media and backup your Xbox games (Makes loading a lot faster for some games like GTA SA). You can also download DLC content to streaming TV Shows on XBMC. The possibilities are endless and opens a new door.
    The method I will use is using a Softmod Installer Deluxe 5.12. You can use other methods like the “Hot Swap” method or “Action Replay”.


    Special thanks to DinohScene, FAST6191, Sicklyboy, retrofan_k, and dilav for providing me with information as I was in the softmodding process and answering the questions I had.

    What you need:


    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    The SoftMod Preperation


    Warning: All your personal Settings from the USB Stick will be erased from the Xbox if it is able to erase it and convert it to FatX. Make Sure to Backup the USB Stick!

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    The Softmod


    You will be presented with a Menu with a title “Softmod Installer Deluxe V” along with the following menu options:
    ·Backup/Restore Features
    ·Install Single Boot Softmod
    ·Install Dual Boot Softmod
    ·Settings
    ·Saves Manager
    ·File Manager
    ·Reset FTP
    ·Reset Network
    ·Restart Xbox
    ·Turn Off Xbox



    Warning: Spoilers inside!






    After Softmod


    Congratulations, you softmoded your original Xbox. Now there is endless things that you can do with the softmod. You can watch DVD movies without the dongle, FTP media and games over to your xbox, install a media player that lets you view media and stream TV shows and play emulators. You can also run a linux program through DVD or run it as an app.

    Below is the stuff you can do and to help you out after you successfully softmodded your Xbox.


    Install A Bigger Hardrive


    You can install a bigger harddrive which is a great asset compared to the stock 8-10 GB drive that comes with the Xbox. You can backup more games and movies and your emulators without worrying about the small GB storage of the stock hard drive. I recommend you use an app called Chimp to do this. For Xbox Version 1.6 users, you should use the Chimp 2618 version because other users have reported bugs with other versions when upgrading their hard drive.




    FTP


    Once you have softmoded your Xbox, you can use the UnleashX dashboard to FTP. FTP is File Transfer Protocol. Your PC can transfer files to your softmoded Xbox. This can include games. Apps, media ect.
    Other apps can FTP as well, such as DVD2Xbox and XBMC. I suggest to put the IP address as static on UnleashX. Next you can log in your favorite FTP client and enter the same IP address as the Xbox and the username and Password is both “xbox”. (All lowercase).
    I don’t usually like installing programs that seem sketchy, or signing up for programs I know I won’t use in the future. That’s why I have used windows explorer to FTP. Here is a link to show you how to FTP using windows explorer:
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/threads/ftp-to-your-xbox-using-windows-explorer-internet-explorer-firefox.491832/


    Another good program I use is called Fire FTP. It is a Firefox add on and I would recommend it greatly! No installing to the hard drive, no (.exe) files, and no sign up required.

    Bridge A Connection
    If you happen to have your Xbox not close to the router, you can use a PC to connect online. What you need is to plug an Ethernet cable from your Xbox and laptop/pc. Next what you want to do is go into your network connections. You can achieve this by typing “View Network Connections” and clicking on “View Network Connections”.
    Now you can basically bridge your Wi-Fi/Internet and the Ethernet port where your Xbox is connected to get a bridged connection. Once you are done transferring files or using the internet for the Xbox, make sure you disconnect both the Ethernet connection and Internet/Wi-Fi connection so you don’t fry your connections. Once both connections are done, you can delete the “Bridge connection in your viewed Networks”.


    FTP without Internet:
    If you have limited Internet, what you can do is use a crossover cable so that you can connect your PC/Laptop with the Xbox. No internet required.
    Though another solution I found is if you don’t have a crossover cable, you can use a regular Ethernet cable RJ-45.If your laptop is made within the last 10 years, chances are you have a MDIX port which the computer will decide what is needed if an Ethernet cable or crossover method should be used.
    What you need to do is your Network Connections
    à Click on properties for local area connectionàClick “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4”) à Properties.
    You will see a window box with the general tab. Click “Use the following IP address”.
    From there let’s say your IP for the Xbox is 192.168.0.2, you can use 192.168.0.3 and when you press tab your subnet mask should be automatically set to “255.255.255.0”.
    Click “OK”. Congratulations, you can now FTP without the internet.


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    Games


    You can use DVD2Xbox to Backup your games to either your Harddisk or Samba Share. Just select “Copy DVD/CD to Harddisk” or “Copy DVD/CD to Samba Share”.
    Next select where to copy your game (E:\ or F:\)


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    QWIX


    Use Qwix to transfer game iso from your computer to an Xbox.
    Basically to start, open up the program. Then go to “Add”
    à “New Connection”.
    You must fill a description, use something like “iso” or something similar.
    Then for the Xbox IP, fill in your Xbox IP located in the bottom right hand corner of your dashboard.
    Login and Password is both “xbox”, all lower case.
    Make sure you check “Use Passive FTP”.
    Then do “Test Connection”
    à If it says “Test Successful” then click “OK”.
    Now you can basically just “Browse” for your iso, then select the folder in where to transfer the iso to your Xbox.
    Then select “FTP Upload All”. If successful, you should get the following message “Task Completed successfully” along with additional info about the iso file.



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    Updates/Changelog
     
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  2. Buleste

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    O.k. I have a problem.

    My USB is able to be used by my XBox and it formats and I can transfer saves from the Hard drive to the Flash drive. I can use Xplorer360 to add the SID and Save files for 007:AUF but ehn I put the flash drive back in the Xbox I cannot see any signs of the SID exploit or the Save files to copy them to the hard drive. I've tried under Win 7 x64 and also under Win XP x86. I've even tried using the Action Replay software but when I tried dragging and dropping the SID and save files into that they came up as not valid save files.

    Can anyone help?
     
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    I had this problem before. I was using a formatted ipod nano in fatX. I was able to inject the files in Xplorer 360. But once I connected the ipod to xbox, the files wernt showing.

    The only solution I can think of is to get another compatible USB. Also apparently a PSP works if you have one.

    Good luck!

    PM me if there is anything else.
     
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    This is a great guide. I've been looking for some updated info for current times as I have 4 old original Xboxes laying around I've been meaning to convert into something usable. I do have one question, 3 of my old Xboxes DVD drives are screwed up. I think I can get one of them to read discs by opening the drive manually after removing the cover (all 3 won't open automatically) but the other two don't read discs at all. I understand I may be able to use the hotswap method, but my desktop doesn't have a PATA connection on it to connect to the hotswap. I do have a SATA to PATA adapter, but I'm unsure if #1- I'll be able to unlock the HDD without being able to copy an audio CD track to the hard drive. #2- if the Xbox hotswap soft mod will recognize the PATA drive hooked up to the SATA port.

    Anyone with experience with a situation such as this?
     
  6. WiiFit_Guy
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    Thank you! Honestly, I would go with the method I mentioned because it is the most safe. All you need really is a compatible usb and an Xbox dongle port to female USB cord (to insert the Usb stick). You can go online to buy these two items. And maybe if youre lucky you may have a compatible usb, therefore only needing the dongle like what happened with me.

    Though if you read up on it from the internet, I'm sure you can find a good hotswap guide and put it to use. But again, its risky.
     
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    Thanks for the reply! I did some research last night and this morning. I've discovered that according to most sources, Xbox DVD drives are all interchangeable with one another. I have already ordered the female USB controller adapter, and have the SID and Xplorer 360 ready to go as soon as the items come in. I have an old 2GB flash stick I'm going to try to use for the mod, so depending on how that goes I may try to pick up a cheap one from the store. So right now the plan is to follow your guide and mod all 4 of them using the one working DVD drive I have.

    I also have found a guide to repair most issues with the original Xbox so I may apply some fixes from the guide to try to bring back up the 3 bad drives I have. Wish everyone luck, I've got a lot of work ahead of me for those fixes! :/

    Edit: for typos. My phone doesn't like me
     
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    No problem. Best of luck. Don't be discouraged if the USB doesn't work though. The Xbox is very picking for USB compatibility. Here is a list that are compatible. http://www.biline.ca/xbox_flash_list.htm

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. There are a lot of Xbox homebrew gurus here on GBAtemp.
     
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    Ok, so I got my stuff in the mail today, and I'm working on it now. I tried 2 usb sticks, both weren't mentioned on the list you linked to earlier. The 2Gb doesn't do anything. Screen flashes every few seconds and that's it after I plug it in. The 4 gig I have gave me the 'may be damaged' warning. If I unplug it and plug it back in, xbox recognizes it. So I tried loading the save and the payload, but xbox doesn't recognize any content on the card at all. I can't copy anything because it doesn't show up.

    I know what my problem is, I don't have a compatible flash drive. Time to look for one somewhere. I really don't want to order one online and have to wait to get it in the mail, so I may shop around in town for a minute and try to find a small one on clearance. Hope it works ;)

    EDIT: After calling the 2 local general stores (Walmart and Meijer) I find out no one has less than 8gb in flash drives now :/ time to ask some friends. I did put a bid on a 256mb Lexar drive on eBay. If all else fails, I'll just wait for that one. (also edited for typos. Phone hates me, so does the English language)
     
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    Awwe man you really weren't lucky this time. I used a duracell 4gb usb. Though didn't I tell you don't get frustrated with the USB compatibility? You have nothing to worry about, it happens and its the Xbox's fault. USB less then 4 gb are getting harder to find. I wish you best of luck on ebay, and that usb should work. Also, maybe you can try an sd card to usb reader? I heard those work as well.
     
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    Success! I tried a whole lot of USB drives that weren't successful and ended up having to order one online. A couple verified to not work were:

    -DanElec 4gb
    -microcenter 1gb
    -Sandisk Cruzer mini 4gb

    The one I found to do the trick is beautiful, and is readily available in droves for cheap on eBay.

    -Sandisk blade 4gb SDCZ50-004G

    the refurbished is on eBay (that's what I used for a little under 4$. Amazon has new for around 5$. Now, I'm off to load up my stock HD with stuff :)
     
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    Happy Modding! The world is your oyster and there are lots of stuff you can do! I love the emulators, I find you have more control then the Wii homebrew emulators.
     
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  13. synce

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    Great guide, modding was relatively easy but changing the HDD has been pure hell. I had to jerry rig the slave using my PC's PSU since I didn't know I'd need a molex splitter and after 5-6 cloning attempts on 2 different SATA drives I've given up and ordered an old IDE drive, which may or may not work because apparently nothing is guaranteed with this console.

    This is the SATA to IDE board I used and I don't recommend it since all I got was error code 13 after every cloning attempt despite one reviewer saying it worked for them.

    FWIW my Xbox is version 1.0

    UPDATE: New IDE drive works perfectly. All in all the mod ran me only $40. I recommend anyone reading this to just go for an IDE drive and save yourself potential headaches with SATA converters.
     
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    Will you be going over the process for using the hot-swap method as well?

    What about for resolving Xbox errors for soft-modded systems?
     
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    Thanks for the guide - just picked up a Xbox from the Goodwill and will use this to help me setup.
     
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    I got around to softmodding my system, no problem :) Question about upgrading the HDD: I've got a brand new HDD coming in the mail and was wondering about formatting. Should I be formatting the HDD (through my Windows PC - and in what format) prior to doing the xbox upgrade, or will that all take place during the Chimp procedure?
     
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    When I got my HDD, I left it all to Chimp. I did not use my PC.
     
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    Thanks for the nice tutorial!

    I am also about to softmod my Xbox and I think this tutorial is very easy to perform it.

    But before I am going to softmod my Xbox, I have some little questions which I want to clearify before:
    • I would like to backup my save files, I have them over 15 years I guess. After the softmod, can I move my save files back again to my console or is there a risk for bricking my console (because these save data are made before the softmod and it may could occur an error or something)?
      If so, do I have to do this over the normal Xbox dashboard or do I have to do this with the UnleashX? Is this also possible with my music list?
      I could live without the save or music data, but it would be still neat to have them after the softmod (you know, memories when I was younger ^^)
    • I would like to install it as "Dual Boot Softmod". When I press the power button, it boots the normal Xbox dashboard, but when pressing the eject button it boots the UnleashX (Softmod). This is actually good so, but my question is: Am I still allowed to use the normal Xbox dashboard and playing games like I never softmodded my Xbox or does it have any risk for example something like saving the game or an error that could happen in the game and due of that the console could brick?
      Or should I only use the UnleashX when softmodded and not touching the original dashboard?
    • Is it ok when I install "Virtual C+Eeprom for HD", even when I am not using the "HD mode" right now? Because I am probably using in the future the "HD Mode" (or not). Am I still able to play games with the original Xbox wires?
    • Am I still able to play games via cd player in UnleashX? I mean it is written "Launch DVD", but it also could mean to play only a movie right?
    • I also would like to change the hard disk. Does it matter what size my new hard disk is? I still have to buy one, but I am just being curious.
      Does it matter if it is for example something like 500 GB or even 1 TB?
      Let's say I would not find a new (never used) IDE HDD hard disk but only a used one, which the old user would still have his old data on it (for some reason):
      Do I have to format the hard disk first by myself or does chimp2.4 do that for me? I know it is a detail, but I just want to do the correct way.
    • I guess you can't use a HDD with eSata, even when I would use an adapter and also an SDD would never work to use, right?
    • After the installation with softmodding and hard disk change, can I remove "SID 5.11 Installer" and the "SID5 Splinter Cell PAL" from the Xbox save files or are these still needed for some reason? What about then playing Splinter Cell again?
    • Can you play all Xbox games on the UnleashX? Or is there a compatibility list?

    Excuse me for all these questions, but I want to make everything clear before softmodding my Xbox ^^
    (Maybe we can extend this tutorial with a FAQ, for example with my questions and maybe other infos)
     
  19. wiiLike2Hacks

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    I put my answers into your quote ;P Keep in mind I only softmodded my system not too long ago but it's been buttery smooth since (and I've added SO MUCH to it). Hope my answers help somewhat. Oh and if you're having a hard time finding a compatible thumb drive, grab this cheap one off ebay. I went through three drives at had laying around with no luck, but I can confirm this works (and is located in the US, so no long wait time).
     
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    Hi wiiLike2Hacks

    Thank you very much for your answers ^^!

    I am very satisfied with your answers :D ;)^_^:lol:
    Your answer helped me to do the next step: Softmodding my Xbox!
    In my opinion I think your answers to my questions really makes sense.

    It makes me happy to know, that I still can use my old save files. For my music list I just delete them. I can put them later back again :D
    By using the old dashboard and the new one, it's really cool. So I can still have the old good feeling starting up the original dashboard but I also can make new experience with my new dashboard.

    I will only install "Virtual C+Eeprom", since like you said, I can install the "HD Mode" later when I need it.

    I actually never played Halo 2 Online, I only heard that it is very epic and cool. I didn't know, that people are still playing Halo 2 online. (Thanks to the modders / hackers who provides the server for that ^_^^_^). Thanks for that information, I am even more excited about softmodding my Xbox.


    Unfortunately I still have to wait for my "Xbox to USB adapter" order, but it shouldn't take any longer until I got it ;)
    For the HDD, I will check out if I also can find a Seagate Barracuda just like yours :lol:. Otherwise I will check the hard drive compatibilty list.
    And for the thumb drive, I first will check out my thumb drives first (maybe they also work), otherwise I will just buy your provided thumb drive from your link.


    Again, thank you very much for your help :lol::lol::lol:!
    I don't know if I am going to softmod my Xbox in the near future, but I will inform you when I have done it.
     
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