What else should I do to my Xbox now?

Discussion in 'Microsoft Xbox' started by imtony, Jun 12, 2008.

Jun 12, 2008
  1. imtony
    OP

    Member imtony GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2007
    Messages:
    100
    Country:
    United States
    I just softmodded it with Evo X by using the Splinter Cell Exploit. I was wondering what I should install on this baby to get the most out of it. I've had my xbox for about 5 years now and never modded it or anything and now I want to go crazy with it! How much space does the Xbox default harddrive have? Thanks!
     


  2. James B.

    Member James B. GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2007
    Messages:
    212
    Location:
    USA
    Country:
    United States
    Throw it off a 6 story building!


    Hah, or you could... write your own homebrew?
     
  3. FAST6191

    Reporter FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    21,748
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Xbox drives are supposedly 10 gigs although only formatted for 8. You can increase the size using this method (I did it but be careful and back up anything important as there is a chance you will lose it):
    http://www.xbox-scene.com/articles/formatf.php
    The site behind it http://www.xbox-scene.com/xbox-tutorials.php?showall=1 also has a load of good guides. Be warned some are quite out of date so reading and then applying using "modern" stuff is often what is required.
    Decent single layer (aka half a series if done properly) writeable discs are throwaway money these days though.
    Replacing a drive with a larger one is not too difficult either and although you may have to split the drive across a partition or two you can still merge them together in xbmc.
    Games are anywhere from half a CD to full dual layer (although rips exist and are easy to do).

    As for what to do the entire xbox library appears on usenet every few months it seems which is a good start.
    http://www.abgx.net/ (decent release list for most consoles)

    Media player:
    aside from "high" res h264 it plays everything as well as most PCs (certainly the holy trinity of avi, mkv and ogm). Get a remote though as it makes life quite nice (I found one for £5 in a shop a few months back). t3ch xbmc builds are the usual standard. (usual no linking stuff applies however for MS SDK built homebrew like this)

    Emulators: snes, megadrive/genesis and back can be done near flawlessly and n64 and PS1 have more than a few playable titles.

    Build a USB adapter: get a USB extension cable and then it is a simple case of soldering red to red and so on until you are out of wires in the extension (the xbox lead has another wire that does not pose a problem here). Only USB sticks the use the official spec work (and 4 gigs is the limit as I recall) but they are not uncommon. Bonus is you can also use the xbox pad on your PC: http://www.redcl0ud.com/xbcd.html
    Where to solder is an odd one, I favour at the breakaway section although higher up and replacing a mem card port has been done as has replacing a port in the xbox with a USB port (the ports are just USB by a different shape as you may have guessed).

    Get a network cable and your PC able to use it. Sure you can use discs and USB (it is 1.1 so speeds tend to hover around 400kbytes a second) but FTP is probably the easiest way. xbmc also supports streaming by just about every protocol used today.

    For all the software stuff I suggest AID aka auto installer deluxe (there is a good chance you used softmod installer deluxe for the modding). It also comes with PC tools for saves, FTP (although filezilla works well for me) and ISO handling/multi game per disc making and just about everything else you probably care to do.

    Enjoy, I certainly have.
     
  4. zidane_genome

    Member zidane_genome My sword has a +2 bleeding... wanna test it out?

    Joined:
    May 21, 2006
    Messages:
    2,320
    Country:
    United States
    If you have a large library of MPG/AVI movies, or a large collection of Photos and Music, get the XBox Media Center (XBMC) as your dash... I've had it for quite a while now.

    By connecting the xbox to your home network, you can watch movies from a PC, listen to you music collection, or even view your photos. It has a intergrated File browser, so you can even copy one or two games from the disc's to the HD (and delete when you want) so they load 50x faster (Halo 2 loads almost instantly!)
     
  5. legendofphil

    Member legendofphil Phil no Densetsu

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2002
    Messages:
    2,214
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    The size of the HDD is dependant on the model Xbox you have, the earlier ones were 8GB and the latter ones were 10GB formatted to 8GB.

    I would highly recommend XBMC, it works for loading music, images, videos and games from the network (excluding games) or HDD. I have 2 Xbox's running XBMC and tried it yesterday on my PC but it gave me a BSOD.
     
  6. matriculated

    Member matriculated GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2007
    Messages:
    598
    Country:
    Canada
    Another vote for XBMC. Just hook that baby up to your network and play all your media off your PC or use as a good upscaling DVD player. The only problem is that the Xbox can't handle HD video.
     
  7. imtony
    OP

    Member imtony GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2007
    Messages:
    100
    Country:
    United States
    How do I install XBMC on my xbox? and is burning games on dvd's better then swapping out the harddrive ? Thanks!
     
  8. FAST6191

    Reporter FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    21,748
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Xbmc is built with the (leaked) microsoft SDK which is not licensed to homebrew people. There is a fully homebrew SDK available but it is not quite as nice (it works but the MS one is arguably better) and by the time it got good enough for people to use the SDK MS made was used almost exclusively for all homebrew, each of which would require a fairly significant rewrite.
    Still
    There are many ways to install xbmc and you have two options as to how it works:
    XBMC as a dashboard (i.e. it boots to xbmc)
    XBMC as an app (i.e. you run it like you run an emulator, app or game).
    Personally I like xbmc (I use the 360 lookalike skin mainly) as a dashboard.

    The easiest way I find is to use AID (autoinstaller deluxe) to install it (the most recent AID has a really nice version though) and then use the upgrade script with a network connection.

    Look around the xbox and you will probably see a .xbe file or two. One of these is the dashboard and will need to be replaced, there are a couple of ways this could go down though so I suggest you read
    http://xbmc.org/wiki/?title=As_a_Dashboard

    Upgrading can be done by script or by FTP/some other transfer method.
    The advantage of FTP is you can drop skins if you want the space.

    As for discs vs drive (I assume network is out of the question) there is a bit of a debate.
    Drive: you can dial up a series, show, film, album..... whenever you like (hence the get a remote part) and aside from the electricity (and if you count it wear on hardware) it is free,
    Disc: assuming you have a good drive (some of the earlier xboxes are not so good http://www.xbreporter.com/xboxdvddrivecomparison.php ). You burn discs though which have the advantage of being able to be used by near enough everyone (who can not play a bog standard avi these days).
    Personally I strike a line between HDD (I tend to take my xbox with me when I go places), discs (I like a lot of shows but only watch them once every couple of years), my USB stick (it is only a gig but for hot off the press stuff it is great) and network (nice but I can not always use it).

    Games (as in official). Sometimes they are quite big (later games went well over 7 gigs although rips exist).
    Trainers are easier to apply as are hacks, courtesy of the xbox not being very big in Japan you are probably not waiting on too many exclusives to be translated.
     
  9. imtony
    OP

    Member imtony GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2007
    Messages:
    100
    Country:
    United States
    Would I be able to burn some games that are smaller then 700 mb on CDs and make it able to work on my xbox? Or would that not work? Thanks.
     
  10. greyhound

    Member greyhound GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    504
    Location:
    Oxford
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I installed the Xecuter 3 at the start of 2006 and it's still going strong.

    I've never had to burn a game to DVD to play it, I whacked a 120gb hard drive in there and just store games and movies on that. When I can't be arsed to load up filezilla and transfer files you can stream music and video from a network share.

    I definitely recommend XBMC as your default dashboard, initially I used evox and there really is no comparison. You should check out the large amount of scripts that are available for XBMC too, TV guides and stream feeds galore. Another useful application for remote control of XBMC is Dillama, an NDS homebrew application.

    Also get some emulators on there, I have a PSX, SNES, NES and Mega Drive at the minute.
     
  11. imtony
    OP

    Member imtony GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2007
    Messages:
    100
    Country:
    United States
    Well I am thinking about getting a harddrive for my Xbox now. I was wondering whats the easiest way to upgrade the hard drive? And does xbox use SATA or IDE thanks. and I'm dling AID 4.2 to install XBMC on the xbox.
     
  12. FAST6191

    Reporter FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    21,748
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    xbox 1 IDE although some have reported SATA adapters as working.
    Drive replacement
    http://xguides.xbox-scene.com/tikiwiki/tik...HDM+for+dummies
    List of drives working or not:
    http://xboxdrives.x-pec.com/?p=list
    It is said everywhere and chances are you have already seen it but back up the EEPROM (email it to yourself as well sort of backup).
    Modchips are easier to back up the drive but it is still damn easy otherwise. The xbox uses torx screws but they are simple enough to get these days.

    700 meg games: fairly rare for a good one although it clocks about a third of all releases.
    Not full list but a start.
    http://www.abgx.net/filename/?ch=0&bin...amp;x=0&y=0
    You could rip games (delete/substitute/recompress films levels.....) though but you could equally use one of the many multigame ISO tools to do the same thing.
     
  13. Tanas

    Member Tanas GBAtemp Addict

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Messages:
    2,258
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Have Xbox Media Center as your dash, and install a 500gig HD.
     
  14. imtony
    OP

    Member imtony GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2007
    Messages:
    100
    Country:
    United States
    Hmm I'm thinking about a 500gb harddrive..but it seems like a lot of work just getting it to work lol..
     
  15. Prime

    Member Prime GBAtemp Psycho!

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2007
    Messages:
    3,664
    Location:
    Under your bed
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hang on, it this about the old xbox or the 360
     
  16. myuusmeow

    Member myuusmeow GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2007
    Messages:
    1,643
    Country:
    United States
    The 360 hasn't been out for 5 years.
     
  17. Prime

    Member Prime GBAtemp Psycho!

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2007
    Messages:
    3,664
    Location:
    Under your bed
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Sorry!

    It is in the 360 forum [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  18. Armadillo

    Member Armadillo GBAtemp Psycho!

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2003
    Messages:
    3,108
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    It's in the 360 and xbox forum " Microsoft Xbox & Xbox 360".
     
  19. Twiffles

    Member Twiffles танковые победы

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2007
    Messages:
    1,925
    Country:
    Germany
    make it a large large large paperweight
     
  20. imtony
    OP

    Member imtony GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2007
    Messages:
    100
    Country:
    United States
    Is it possible to play games burned on CDR's instead of DVDR's? Marvel Vs Capcom 2 and CvS2 are both
     

Share This Page