This great device was here this is
the Xbox and so for the first time let.
Me now unveil Xbox..
The original Xbox
just turned 16 years old and it's fair to say it's one of my favorite, if not my
all-time favorite console ever. There was.
Something special when the machine was
released in 2001 and it truly felt like.
It was the last console you'd ever want
to play. Microsoft really hit it out of the park.It had it all - 64 megabytes of
RAM, built-in hard drive, broadband.
Network port, DVD movie support and of
course - The Duke. What a controller this was.
Often criticized for being oversized but
to me it was awesome. The later released.
"S" controller became the prototype for
the Xbox 360 controller that preceded it..
The system was modded pretty easily
thanks to the ability to flash a modified BIOS to the TSOP package.
Microsoft clearly did not anticipate the.
System being busted wide open so quickly.
Because it was x86 based and utilized.
DirectX what this did was open the door
for homebrew, emulation and media players.
That could be developed on the PC but
easily ported to the Xbox. If you've ever owned a modded xbox the
chances are you've played my homebrew and.
Emulators. So I ended up finding a local
seller that was selling an Xbox for about $50 so I decided to pick up the
Machine and see if we can softmod it as.
Well as fit a compact flash device in
place of the eight gigabyte hard drive.
That come stock with an Xbox - so let's
see if we can make that work. So this is the Xbox that I picked up it's in pretty
good shape there's a few minor scratches but overall it's well looked-after. Now
I'm going to walk through how to softmod an xbox there are a ton of tutorials and
videos out there but it's also a little.
Confusing if you're not sure what to do.
So I'm going to keep it real simple You'll need an Xbox of course, a copy of
Splinter Cell and it has to be an original version not
a greatest-hits version or anything else Also you'll need a USB to controller port
cable adapter these cost a few bucks on.
EBay and finally you'll need a USB flash
drive 512 megabytes or higher is.
Recommended. Now on your PC plug in your
USB thumb drive and download these soft.
Mod install files and Xplorer360. I'll
leave a link in the description below.
For a location of both of these. Next
what you want to do is extract these soft mod install files onto your hard
drive next load up Xplorer360 and.
Select partition 0 now you can drag the
contents of the soft mod installed files.
That you previously extracted into
Go ahead and unplug your thumb drive
from your PC and then connect up your USB to control port cable to your Xbox
and then plug the thumb drive into that..
Now on the Xbox dashboard go to the
memory sub menu and then select.
Controller 2 - now you'll see to save
files go ahead and copy both of those save files to the internal Xbox hard
Now it's time to load Splinter Cell you'll see a profile called Linux
select that and then select checkpoints.
And that will trigger the exploit and
boot up to a custom dashboard now from.
Here we're ready to install the softmod.
What we need to do is first back up our.
EEPROM this will copy it to the hard
disk in case we need to recover it later.
Install the softmod just follow
the on-screen prompts and you will have a modded system on your next reboot you
will have a fully modded xbox to play.
Backups, emulators and media players..
Now we have a soft modded system and we
could stop right here but remember I want to install a compact flash card
into this machine and we can't do that with a soft mod. Let me explain. So before
we continue I think it's important we talk about locking of hard drives. Each
Xbox system has a hard drive which is an 8 gigabyte hard drive and that's locked
to the console with a serial number and.
The serial number is stored in the
Xbox's EEPROM as well as on the hard.
Drive and essentially what that means is
if you try to take a particular hard drive and install it into another Xbox
it's not going to work because the serial number on the hard drive does not
match the EEPROM serial number in the second Xbox that you try to install the
hard drive - so what you need to do once.
You've modded your Xbox is to unlock the
drive. Unlocking the drive essentially.
Means you can take it and install it
onto another Xbox that has been modded.
Previously but it doesn't mean you can
install it onto an Xbox that is a stock.
Standard Xbox. Now what does this have to
do with compact flash cards ? Well it's quite simple - we can't install a compact
flash device on a soft modded xbox what we need to do is enable the
flashing capability on the motherboard.
Flash a new custom BIOS and then install
the compact flash device. So let's take a.
Look at that now. So opening up an Xbox
is pretty simple first turn the Xbox.
Over there are six screws that need a
Torx 10 screwdriver to remove go ahead.
And remove each of them two of the
screws are underneath warranty stickers and the other four are concealed under
the rubber feet. Once that's done flip.
The system upright and remove the top
shell it should just lift away. This is the inside of the Xbox and we've got the
8 gigabyte hard drive which is what we're going to be replacing with the
compact flash device and this is the DVD drive we're going to keep that in the
system in fact there's nothing the system won't work without a DVD in the
system and of course you know we want to keep it anyway because I have a back
catalog of games that I want to play. The hard drive cradle is held by a single
Torx that can be easily removed once that's
done remove the IDE cable and the molex.
Power connector and then remove the
cradle away from the motherboard..
The DVD drive has two Torx screws on either side
at the front of the cradle so go ahead and remove those as well next remove the
yellow power cable and the IDE cable.
From the DVD drive and then the cradle
will simply just lift away now before we.
Can remove the motherboard from the case
we need to disconnect all the connectors from the motherboard so remove the GPU
fan and the case fan as well as the main.
Power connector there's also two
connectors that connect up to the controller remote board don't forget
those as well now with the Torx.
Screwdriver go ahead and remove all the
screws connecting the motherboard to the case there should be 11 of them.
So once all the screws have been removed
the motherboard should easily lift away.
From the case if it doesn't double check
your work and ensure that all the screws have been removed before proceeding so
what we want to do next is flash a.
Custom BIOS onto the tea shop and the
reason why we have to open up the case to do that is because the tea's up by
default is read-only now by bridging to.
Solder points on the motherboard we can
make the teashop read writable which means we can then flash a custom bios
onto the motherboard so in order to flush the t's up what we need to do is
bridge a SATA point on the top side of the motherboard and then flip it over
and bridge another saddle point on the bottom now I will say that there are
different versions of the Xbox or motherboard there is everything from
version 1 to 1.6 version 1 and version 1.1 has a certain way of enabling the
t-top flash version 1.2 to 1.5 have.
Another method and with version 1.6 I
don't believe you can actually flash a teashop because I believe the LPC header
has been removed so I think your only recourse if you have a 1.6 is either
soft modding or a mod ship so soldering.
Those two points takes a little practice
but it's pretty simple to do it took me all of about 2 minutes then I checked my
work and everything looked good so now we can form the BIOS flash because we
still have a soft mod I've burnt a utility called hexan to a DVD and booted
it on the Xbox once it loaded I then.
Selected t-top flash from the menu and
flushed a custom by us this process takes about a minute or two the next
time you boot up you will see a custom boot screen now we can finally install
our compact flash card.
For my xbox I'm going to use a 32
gigabyte compact flash card it's not the.
Largest but the bigger compact flash
cards can get quite expensive however I think a compact flash to SD card adapter
would work quite well if you did want something larger now that we have our
modded xbox with compact flash let's go.
Back to what makes this machine so
awesome first of all the homebrew support is excellent this tool called
DVD to Xbox will allow you to copy your.
Discs to the hard drive
I have a nice collection of original games and of course nothing beats
original games but the less where on my DVD drive and discs the better so I just
prefer to install these games on my.
Compact flash card and play them that
way incidentally Microsoft officially added the same functionality on the Xbox
360 many years later even though there.
Is support for HD displays I've always
preferred to play original Xbox on a CRT.
Display the Xbox has some fantastic
games out run 2006 is one of my.
Favorites but it's getting harder to
find these days so if you do see it in the wild I wouldn't hesitate to pick it
Another benefit of a modded bios is the
ability to play games from other regions.
This is the Japanese version of Jet Set
Radio future by Sega which is easily one.
Of the best games for the system in my
opinion and any region games can be installed to the Xbox hard drive using
And how can I not talk about Timesplitters 2 which is a fantastic.
First-person shooter by Free Radical. If
this game reminds you of Goldeneye on.
The N64 you'd be correct. Free Radical is
made up of essentially the same development staff that developed
Goldeneye and Perfect Dark for the Nintendo 64. Speaking of Nintendo, the
emulators on the Xbox are excellent and.
Still hold up very well today. Let's take
a quick look at some of my software.
Ports this is my Super Nintendo emulator
called xSnes9x which is based off.
Snes9x I'm only just revisiting this
emulator after about seven years and it.
Still feels and runs great today. It even
supports lightguns for super-scope games and justifier games like Lethal
Enforcers. Did you ever think it would be.
Possible to play Killer Instinct on an
original Xbox? Well here it is a Raspberry Pi or Pandora's Box has no
chance of running this thing anywhere close to full speed..
There are many emulators that can boot
from original discs this Sega CD.
Emulator called Xenesis can boot from
originals with full CD audio music..
This Nintendo 64 emulator called Surreal64 was a very ambitious project where I.
Combined three open-source emulators
into one to increase compatibility. I went back and played it and I noticed
there are certainly issues with some of the games and some graphical glitches
but there is a team that has been maintaining and updating it that I'll
definitely need to check out as it stands it runs many classic Nintendo 64
games very well I was very proud of this.
Emulator and I consider it one of the
best things I ever coded and worked on.
And my port of a Neo Geo CD emulator
called neo CD STL can also prove from.
What's cool about the Xbox is that it's
truly the only system you ever needed for all your gaming and emulation needs
I also find it interesting that there are active Kickstarter campaigns for CD
cloned based systems when the Xbox has.
Been doing this since about 2002 now
before I go I did want to mention a couple of things now obviously in this
day and age we all know about raspberry PI's and how great they are for
emulation devices but one thing I will say is don't discount a $50 Xbox it has
everything that you need literally out.
Of the box to get an emulation station
as well as playing amazing amazing Xbox.
Original games in one system you can
plug it into a high-definition television fly component cables or you
can keep it retro and use a CRT and plug.
It in via s-video scart RGB or composite
video and all that stuff is available to.
It out of the box for you know $50 for a
used system it's pretty much a no-brainer
and with the Nintendo 64 PlayStation and arcade emulation that's out there it's
really a great device and to top it off.
You've got a huge library of a really
really good Xbox original games to pick.
From as well now I did showcase some of
them on this particular video but there are so many awesome Xbox original games
out there for you to play before you think about picking up a Raspberry Pi
and a power supply and a controller and a SD card and all the little bits and
pieces you need to get a emulation.
Station running on a Raspberry Pi maybe
you want to think about picking up an Xbox because they do a really great job
for about the same amount of money and I would argue less money than a Raspberry
Pi as well as having the ability to play those classic Xbox games well that's it
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