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As there might be a couple people out there who want to own an Xbox Alpha Development kit but don’t want to spend the Cash they cost I thought I just write up a guide how to build one yourself with off the shelf parts! This is not the first guide about this topic out there but hopefully the most detailed and helpfull! I’m going to do this as a picture supported step-by-step guide so it should be easy to follow for anybody. Let’s start with the parts used in the Alpha2 Console: -Intel VC820 Desktop Board -128MB RD Ram (Kingston KVR800X 18-8/128) -733Mhz Slot 1 CPU (Part number SL3XN) -250Watt ATX PSU (ATNG Model: PS-250S) -20GB IDE HDD (Fujitsu MPF3204AT) -3,5” FDD (Sony MPF920-C) -DVD Drive (Hitachi GD-7000) -64MB Geforce3 (180-P0050-0000-A05) -Network Card (Intel Pro/100) -Soundcard (Wolfson Micronics WM9707_AMR_EV1_Rev2) -USB Card (Xircom Portgear PGPCI2 ) Now on to the parts you need to buy for a basic bootable setup: -Intel VC820 Desktop Board -128MB RD Ram -733Mhz Slot1 CPU -Any ATX PSU 250Watt or more -IDE HDD 20GB or bigger -Any DVD Drive that reads self-burned CD-r -64mb Geforce 3 NV20 Video Card ->more details a bit later! -Intel Pro/100 Network Card That’s the minimum that is needed to get the alpha to boot the recovery CD. If you want to be able to do anything except looking at the Recovery Screen you need some more parts: -2 Port USB Card that uses an Opti Firelink 82C861 Chipset -Xbox Controller to USB Adapter +Xbox Controller -Wolfson Micronics Soundcard (or the recreated Version) That’s how my stack off parts for the alpha looks like: Once you have all the parts together let’s start by putting it together! Guess I don’t have to cover how to install the CPU, Ram, Video Card, PSU, Network card, Audio Card and the Drives. The end result should look like this. It’s not important in which pci port the usb and lan card are installed. BUT it is important that the lan card is installed as the Alpha won’t boot otherwise!!! When it’s all put together turn it on and check that it properly posts and there are no errors or whatever before continuing! Now on to burning a recovery CD! (Thanks to Borman for releasing the May2001 Alpha2 recovery! All credit goes to him for the release!) You can find the files in the download section and can simply download them. Here's a direct link to the files on an external Server: Alpha Recoveries and VGA Bios Once downloaded just use ImgBurn (or any other iso burning software) to write the May2001 recovery to a cd-r disc. Pop that disc into the DVD drive off your alpha and you should see the Xbox animation and should be greated by this recovery Screen afterwards: Now (if you haven’t done it earlier) plug in the Controller using the matching adapter and Press any button to start the recovery. The progress bar should show how far the progress is. It shouldn’t take any longer than 5 Minutes to finish and you will see this screen. Then remove the recovery disc from the drive and reboot. You should then be greeted by the following screen where you can set a name for your alpha console. Congratulations your Alpha Development kit is now fully working and ready to be used! Soundcard: I recreated the Soundcard to build a completely working alpha kit for myself as the original Alpha soundcards are as rare as the original alphas. If you need one for your build just drop me a message and I can build a couple more! Graphics Card: The video card is an important part of this build so here’s a little extra information about that part. The Card needs to be an NV20 Core Card with 64mb. 32MB cards might also work but we want to be as close as possible so buy a 64mb card to not get into trouble! I successfully tested 2 card from 2 different vendors: -Medion MS-8838 Geforce3 200ti -MVGA-NVG3T2A 64MB Many other NV20 core cards should work and I gladly extend that list if you used another card on your build! J Flashing the engineering Bios is NOT needed it is only a cosmeticall detail you might enjoy. The motherboard does also not need to be on a special Bios version or anything. Troubleshooting: You Get a blinking black cursor and no Xbox boot animation? ->You might have forgotten to install the Lan card, got a wrong one or your Nvidia Card is not supported! Your DVD-drive doesn’t spin up and you end up with an intel Network card boot/bios Screen? ->Something might have gone wrong with the CD you burned or your drive can’t read the cd-r! Could also be a problem with the boot order! Check that in the Bios the dvd drive should be the first boot device! If you have any questions about the build or anything just drop me a PM!
Updated 4/25/17 Slim Xbox Original Laptop Build Hey everyone this is a log for my very own Ultra 5cm Slim Xbox Original Laptop Build. The goal for this build is to keep the Xbox originals originality by using the Xbox original case and to slim it down into an Xbox original laptop with wicked accessories. The Xbox will be cut down to just about the controller ports. The sides of the lid and the back corners of the lid will be cut off, sanded and reattached to the bottom of the case. The Xbox will then have a removable top plastic flat cover and or palm rest added to the case to replace the original lid. The original lid will no longer have sides or back corners on it, the lid will be cut to fit a Laptop LCD screen which will be powered on through the Xbox's Molex cable by using a shortened Y splitter cable. This cable will turn the Xbox's hard drive on and the Xbox's LCD screen on. The LCD screen will have a frame on the front of it and will be built into the Original Xbox lid that has been cut down to fit the LCD. Two Xbox jewels will be used at the moment on this Laptop build. The Jewels being used are the original green Xbox logo jewel which will stay in the centre of the Original Xbox lid. The Original Xbox lid will be used as the LCD lid and one Xbox jewel will be from another Xbox console, The jewel will be the same Xbox logo jewel although it will be cut into a rectangle around the Xbox logo and will be flipped over to the Xbox indentation logo side and displayed on the front of the console. Accessories included The accessories which are included are: The Xbox disc drive, modified into an external sata drive which can be plugged into an Xbox when its off An Xbox original wireless handheld portable home device with a controller inbuilt into it. This is similar to a wii u like controller. The idea is to be able to walk around the house and being able to play Xbox as you go. The Xbox original will be powered by a 12volt DC 250W Pico psu Whats inside the Xbox If room allows the Xbox will contain inside: The Motherboard. The 12 volt DC 250w Pico psu. A heat sink with an 80mm fan. A laptop IDE to sata adapter connected hard drive, the best way for this to work would be for the IDE slot to be modified with a female to male double sided L shaped connector plug which could plug into the IDE slot easily or something similar in which the space could be made by removing the long IDE cable. Two to four Xcm wireless controller transmitters, which can be turned on and off by the use of switches on each transmitter. If only two can fit due to space then both will be made into Wireless Xbox Portable Devices. If only two are fitted as these devices, the Xbox will still be fully capable of handling wired and other plug in wireless controllers by turning off the transmitters which are inside the Ultra slim Xbox. The Xbox will have the capacitors cut down by installing solid state capacitors which are smaller. The capacitors may not be located on the actual motherboard. The Xbox will have leds installed within the controller ports. Two to four high amp batteries. A LCD driver board to connect the LCD to the Xbox's video signal. One to two speakers connected to the driver board, receiving audio signal from the Xbox's motherboard. The Xbox External Disc Drive If room allows the Xbox will contain inside: Power button cut off from the eject board - wired directly back to the eject board while the eject board is mounted else where in the case. The IDE connector talked about before will have an IDE to sata connector added to it for both the hard drive and the disc drive, the disc drive will be made an external accessory with its own IDE to sata adapter plugged into the back of it, because of this there will be a total of three IDE to sata adaptors for this project and a total of two within the Xbox, one will be installed on the left hand side of the console or the back of the console to be able to plug in a sata cable from one adapter plugged into the disc drive to the Xbox's IDE to sata adapter. This will allow for a tidy amount of cables on the outside of the Ultra slim Xbox laptop. An Xbox power cable extension will be added as follows, Male to Female connector, which then goes from the Female connector to the Xbox left hand side or back panel mounted Male connector. The male connector which will be added to the side or back will allow for the power, eject in, eject out, to be connected to the drive. Overall for the DVD drive, two male connectors will be added to the side of the Xbox to allow the DVD drive to be plugged in, while the Xbox is off, for use when the Xbox is turned on again. To avoid the Xbox throwing an Error from the drive not being connected in general, the Xbox will be chipped or tsop flashed. The Wireless Controller Device The Wireless controller device will include a video transmitter connected into the Xbox originals av port which will be powered by the Xbox's power new pico power supply or battery power included within the Ultra Slim Xbox Original Laptop Build. The transmitter is capable of transmitting the Xbox's video signal to another LCD screen when the video receiver is plugged into the composite av video port if that LCD screen. The video receiver will be powered by battery and will be connected to an LCD screen. The LCD screen will have a wireless controller build around the screen, inside of a custom case, which will likely be build out of an Xbox original case, to keep the Xbox's original case style. The back of the device will have an Xbox Original Jewel mounted. The wireless controllers being used are XXX XCM Wireless controllers these controllers are power by battery. The power required to use the controllers, an LCD screen, blue tooth speakers and the video receiver will be combined within the handheld device and the batteries will be rechargeable. The Project Log 1 Here's the ultra slim laptop at the moment. I have cut the power and eject button in half and will jump the power to the eject board with spare yellow wires from another Xbox power and eject board. The eject will go else where. I have cut up the led piece and it will be glued into the old eject button space which is now about half a circle. The eject half circle hole will be fitted with leds for an on light and standby light. The power supply hasn't yet arrived for the console and I still need to buy a heat pipe at this time.