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Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by nidge » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:35 pm

I've been playing around with the pile of Xboxes that have been sitting quite a while in a corner of my flat!
Most of them are not working, FRAGing being the most common fault :(
But I have managed to get a couple of them working lately, using a variety of software and hardware.

The hardware I used was a serial Eeprom reader, my PC tower still has a 9 pin serial port ;) a modchip, and a HDD USB IDE/SATA docking station.

Software I used, in no particular order, Ponyprog, Aomei partition assistant, Oracle vm virtualbox, Windows 10 disk management to mount a VHD disk, and HDD maker. All of these programs are free :)

What I have ended up with is a way to create a locked Xbox hard disk that can be used in any softmodded console, that has had the Eeprom changed to a custom one.

If anyone is interested in more details let me know and I'll post a full guide to the procedure :)
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Re: Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by Henning_B » Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:27 pm

Please do post :D

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Post by nidge » Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:20 pm

Henning_B wrote:Please do post :D
Ok give me a couple of days or so, I'll try to do some screenshots as well :)
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Re: Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by tantanoid » Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:56 am

I'd love to see this as well

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Re: Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by hawsey » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:57 am

+1 8-)

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Post by nidge » Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:56 am

I have to do some more testing on this. It does work but I want to make sure I have the procedure right :)
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Post by nidge » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:15 pm

I haven't forgotten ;)
Just received a joblot of Xbox I won on ebay, so I'm sorting through them atm :)
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Re: Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by hawsey » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:23 pm

Nice one , did you get that lot with the 3 crystals in the batch ?

Scratch that :-) just seen your other post ....

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Post by nidge » Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:02 pm

I got one stock crystal, and 2 stock black, the Messiah-X, and another with a modchip with a 120gb HD :)
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Re: Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by nidge » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:15 am

Resurrecting faulty Xboxes...

Here's how i did it :)

Please note: This is the first draft of these instructions, a will amend and hopefully add pictures as and when.
I haven't included instructions for using all the software, this post is quite long anyway ;)
Make sure you get source and destination THE RIGHT WAY ROUND!!
Let me know if you have any questions or if I have got something wrong :)


Hardware:
A computer or laptop with a serial port, Serial Eeprom reader, the faulty Xbox, a modded or TSOPed Xbox, and a HDD USB IDE/SATA docking station, you can use your internal IDE or SATA ports, (not an option with a laptop), but having the docking station saves taking your PC apart. You could also use a USB to IDE or SATA adaptor.

Software:
Ponyprog, Aomei partition assistant, Oracle vm virtualbox, Windows 10 disk management to mount a VHD disk, and HDD maker. All of these programs are free :)

Thanks to Rocky5 for pointing out the following...

Rocky5 wrote:
Make sure if you're doing this you use Liveinfo Beta 3 to convert between EEPROM versions.
(v1.0, v1.1 & v1.6)

You cannot use a v1.0 EEPROM on anything other than a v1.0.
You cannot use a v1.1 to v1.5 EEPROM on anything other than a v1.1 to v1.5.
Exact same for v1.6 & B consoles.

But you can convert them to other version with the above tool.


That means your modded Xbox must be the same version as the faulty one.

First you will need to read the Eeproms from both Xboxes, you can FTP the modded one to your PC. I tend to save Eeproms in folders named with the Xbox serial number.

The non-working Xbox will need the Eeprom read using the serial Eeprom reader and the Ponyprog software. When you have saved the Eeprom to your PC, write the Eeprom from the modded Xbox to the non-working one. After this if you try the non-working Xbox it may boot up the flubber screen, but you will get an error because the hard drive key will be wrong! Using HDD Maker, and the Eeprom from the modded Xbox, create the iso linux disc image.

Start Oracle VirtualBox, and create a virtual machine called Xbox, it doesn't really matter what you call it, or what the settings are the important thing is to have the iso linux disc image as the boot drive. Create a VB hard drive, but use VHD instead of the default VDI. Make sure this virtual disk is smaller in size than the real one. ie: if your real Xbox disk is 8gb make the virtual one 7gb. Start the VB Xbox machine, after a while you should get the HDD Maker menu, choose option 1. XBOXHD. Follow the on screen instructions to build an Xbox disk from scratch. After HDDM has finished close down VM. You should now have a VHD image stored on your PC.

Using Windows disk management, choose action/attach VHD, close disk management. Load up Aomei partition assistant, choose Disk Copy Wizard, Sector-by-Sector copy. Source will be Msft Virtual Disk, this is the one you created with VM. Click next, destination will be your real Xbox disk, attached via USB, click next. You will need to click apply to perform the copy, the on screen instructions will help :)

Ok nearly there, the Xbox disk can now be put in the modded Xbox and locked, because now the modded Xbox and the other one share the same serial number it should now work in the un-modded one.

I think there maybe other “simpler” ways to do this ;) But I hope that some of the techniques used here might be useful to others :)
Last edited by nidge on Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by Rocky5 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:24 pm

Make sure if you're doing this you use Liveinfo Beta 3 to convert between EEPROM versions.
(v1.0, v1.1 & v1.6)

You cannot use a v1.0 EEPROM on anything other than a v1.0.
You cannot use a v1.1 to v1.5 EEPROM on anything other than a v1.1 to v1.5.
Exact same for v1.6 & B consoles.

But you can convert them to other version with the above tool.
Download Xbox Softmodding Tool & Extras Disc
XBMC4Kids Mod


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Re: Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by nidge » Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:15 pm

Rocky5 wrote:Make sure if you're doing this you use Liveinfo Beta 3 to convert between EEPROM versions.
(v1.0, v1.1 & v1.6)

You cannot use a v1.0 EEPROM on anything other than a v1.0.
You cannot use a v1.1 to v1.5 EEPROM on anything other than a v1.1 to v1.5.
Exact same for v1.6 & B consoles.

But you can convert them to other version with the above tool.
I found that out :( I should have mentioned it in the instructions ;)
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Re: Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by nidge » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:24 pm

I've done a small update to the instructions, thanks to Rocky5 for the heads up :D
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Re: Resurecting faulty Xboxes...

Post by ldotsfan » Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:51 pm

The USB docking station or adapter may be able to lock the disk directly without needing a modded xbox. Use this http://www.xbmc4xbox.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4125
Ldotsfan :)

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