Microsoft XBOX Hacking Guide

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

    Determining the Revision of the Xbox


    On the bottom you will find that Sticker.
    On that you'll find the MFR date as well as the Console Serial and Product ID.

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    Softmod

    Things you will need:

    • A copy of Splinter Cell,Agent 007 Under Fire or Mech Assault with disc serial: MS02301L
    • An xbox to female USB cable (picture down below) or modificated xbox memory card
    • A compatible USB (If you are using the USB method)
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    1. Download the .7z and extract it. Extract the Xplorer Program and the Softmod Installer.

    2. Turn on your Xbox and plug your USB into the female end of the cable. Now plug the cable into a controller port. From here go to "Memory." A message will come up that the USB stick has been formatted or it will simply be formatted without the message depending on your kernel/dash.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    3. Now unplug the USB and go to your computer, plug it in and if a prompt comes up to format the USB DON'T do it. Open up the Softmod Installer Deluxe v5.11 Final.7z within this archive you will see multiple .7z's You will need to extract the Softmod Installer Deluxe v5.11 Final.7z and the .zip for the game that you are using.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    4.Once you have the folders from both of the UDATA folders from the .zip files, open up Xplorer360 and click drive, open, hard-drive or memcard. Click partition 0 and drag the two folders into the drive like so
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    5.Now plug you USB device back into the console. Go to memory and move both the Installer and copy both the installer and the game save over to your hard drive.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    6.Now you can unplug the USB device from your console and start the game and goto load save in the game you have chosen and then Softmod Installer Deluxe will start.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    7. Press A

    8. Turn your Xbox back on. You will now boot into the dash you chose. Your Xbox's LED's should be orange or cycling. This can be changed in system settings of UnleashX to the default green or other colours.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    9. Now your XBOX is softmodded.

    TSOP FLASH

    Firstly only XBOX's version 1.0 to 1.5 can have their TSOP flashed.
    What is a TSOP? a TSOP is basically a chip that contains the bios to the XBOX, a bios is basically the chip that tells your machine what to do upon startup.

    So with the small explanation behind me now, let me continue about the XBOX bios, there are different chips used for the XBOX in it's manufacturing time, SHARP/ST/Winbond/Hynix/Fujitsu, there may be more but these are the ones that are most common.

    Things you will need
    • Softmod
    • A Soldering iron
    • Solder
    • Relatively good solder skills
    • HeXEn Disc


    Now open your XBOX (picture down below) and take out the HDD caddy and the dvd drive (picture also down below).Now you see the the points you are going to bridge and if you have a V1.0/1.1 Revision you have to take out the Motherboard of the XBOX.Then take your soldering iron and bridge these points with some solder.(picture down below).

    Now put your XBOX back together and put the burned HeXEn boot cd into your dvd drive of the XBOX and then scroll down to the third option (TSOP Flashed / Chipped XBOX tools) and if your console is fitted with everything BUT a winbond choose option 3.2 now just choose "Flash 256K BIOS, 1.0-1.5" and now choose the BIOS you want i recommend iND.BIOS 5004 or Evox F and G then press A on your selected bios and then Y and now your XBOX should be flashing the BIOS once it's complete the XBOX will shutdown.

    If you have a winbond flash just do the same steps except go to option 3.3 "winbond flash" then choose the Bios you want i recommend iND.BIOS or Evox F and G now press a and go all the way to the left to "advanced" and then open "flash menu" and now "HDD Flash" and now just press A on "bios.bin" and the software will flash your bios.

    And now your XBOX should be booting right into your dashboard you have chosen.


    XBOX screws case
    XBOX screws inside
    XBOX V1.1 Points
    XBOX V1.2-1.5 Points
    HeXEn menu (not winbond)
    HeXEn menu Winbond

    HDD upgrade

    Softmod method
    TSOP Method
    Useful Tools/Dashboards/Homebrew
    • Avalaunch
    • tHc Dash
    • Coinops
    • DVD2XBOX
    • Enigmah Region Changer
    • OGXHD
    • Qwix (pc only)
    • Surreal64 CE B6.0
    • WinSCP (pc only)
    • XBMC
    • Zsnexbox
    Installing Debug 4627 Dashboard

    The Debug dash is a cool feature to have alongside your existing Xbox softmod. It can allow you to record footage using the XBMovie app from the official XDK, take screenshots of your screen, and explore a version of the MS Dash which can let you toggle wireframe view of menu objects!
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    It's worth noting that you can install this in 2 different ways; as a blade in UnleashX (or your other preferred dashboard), or directly on boot (so swapping out evoxdash.xbe with the PBL XBE). I'll go over both methods in detail in a minute.

    Note that this guide assumes you have already set up an FTP connection from your PC to your Xbox via an ethernet cable. There are already a few existing tutorials on how to do that on the internet, so I won't write how to do it here just yet.


    Things you'll need:
    • Cracked XDK 4627 Debug Dash (very easy google search)
    • Complex Debug 4627 BFM BIOS (probably a not-so-easy google search...)
    • Phoenix BIOS Loader (This tutorial uses the Metoo Edition. It's more lightweight, and less fuss!)
    • The Debug RC4 key for PBL
    • And, of course, a pre-softmodded Xbox
    Copying the XDK dash files to your Xbox
    Configuring Phoenix BIOS Loader
    You should now be successfully set up with a new XDK Dashboard installation!

    Credit to @Rocky5 and @Grimdoomer for the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 Exploit
     
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  2. DarkGabbz
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    DarkGabbz Resident XBOX Guy

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    - Added Introduction
    - Added Softmod
    - Added TSOP flash
    - Added HDD Upgrade for Softmodded consoles and TSOP flashed consoles
    - Added Useful Tools/Dashboards/Homebrew
     
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  3. sirocyl

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    Nice guide, thank you. I especially like the TSOP instructions. You must've gone through hell on old xbins and xbox-scene sites/archives for all this information.
     
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    - Added XDK Debug Dash 4627 Installation Tutorial
     
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    DarkGabbz Resident XBOX Guy

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    Will the Tony hawks 4 exploit save load SID too?
     
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  7. Rocky5

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    Yes
    Yes just use the SID Softmod save like you normally would.
    ( my shortcut xbe looks for a couple xbe files but the first is install.xbe so it's compatible with all softmods )
     
  8. DarkGabbz
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    DarkGabbz Resident XBOX Guy

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    Good. (im going to add it)
     
  9. Rocky5

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    No problem :)

    Though you may want to have a look at my softmod.

    Step 7 would be.

    7. Now just press (A)

    There is no need for the user to backup or select anything as I do all that for the user.
     
  10. RHOPKINS13

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    Nice guide, you should check out XOMP's xboxhdm if you haven't already. I softmodded lots of consoles using it, no need for a specific game or worrying about how to get an exploited save on a memory card. I've probably softmodded a dozen of these consoles using it. Just need a desktop computer with a spare IDE port and CD drive.
     
  11. DarkGabbz
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    DarkGabbz Resident XBOX Guy

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    I know of it but it isn't noob friendly.
     
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    I've been out of the scene for awhile and I remember using up to 320GB PATA drives because larger caused data corruption. Is it an issue now? are people modding OG Xboxes with modern Serial drives over a TB? Would love a tutorial on setting something like that up. All my boxes are chipped and housing mainly 250GB PATA drives atm.
     
  13. RHOPKINS13

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    I've been using a 500 gig PATA drive for over 10 years. I've heard of people using up to 2TB. You might want to check out the originalxbox subreddit, there's some good info on there.

    Also, if you didn't know about this before, you should remove the clock capacitor from your Xbox! If you don't, it will leak acid and corrode your motherboard, and it may even brick it! I didn't learn about this until recently myself!
     
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    More people should know about that capacitor. I had a first hand experience of one ruining an Xbox. I removed a half dozen or so from my collection..with more to remove.
     
  15. jellybeangreen2

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    I've just picked up a crystal Xbox myself. Should I remove the clock capacitor, or just leave it. The unit I have is a 02/2004.
     
  16. DarkGabbz
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    Remove it then tsop flash it.
     
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    I greatly appreciate this new guide, I picked up an Xbox and a PS2 a few moths ago and wanted to hack them, but guides were terribly outdated and many dead links were found, but now my hacked system collection will be able to grow.
     
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    Is there a list of supported USB flash drives somewhere?
     
  19. Stephano

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    I followed your upgrading HDD tutorial but i end up with the Error "Service Required. Call Customer Support."
    I have followed many tutorials and everytime, i end up with this error.
    Has this happened to you?
    How do i fix it. The hard drive is on the list of compatable hard drives.
     
  20. DarkGabbz
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    Error 05?