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  1. Thanks, I was looking at it and just when I was ready to try I gave Xplorer360 a last chance. Just then I managed to connect it with Xplorer360 and moved in the softmod installer files. The trick was apparently to totally unplug the USB-IDE connector from the USB and then do quickly the swap... or at least so I think. what it matters is that I backed up the eeprom and I am ready to mod thank you for your help!
  2. Thank you for your post. I was going to follow exactly that game save way. Only question is that NTSC-J are exploitable only with ASIAN version of the game. I had this passage unclear and in fact I purchased Splinter Cell (Japanese version) sure to be able to softmod that way. The Asian versions here go for around 70-150 USD and it is honestly a no-go (i found for a bit less than 200 a 2tb pre-worked console with even the 128mb ram upgraded lol). I will try FATXplorer but I cannot find much about how to use it. I am also confused because on the website it said it was a software for purchase (like 25USD)... Do you have any wiki or github of the exact version you mentioned? EDIT Is because of this whole mess that I find myself looking for an alternative way to softmod... I wanted to know if it is possible (like I think it is) to use XBHDM 2.3 beta4 to backup data after hotswap and how to put the data of the softmod there... I was looking for some detailed insights on that matter, but again thank you!
  3. Thanks.I watched all these video and loved them but I do not have raspberry pi. I am left only with the hope that someone more expert than me can tell me how to install the ROCKY5 softmod through XBHDM on a stock console... worst scenario I can follow the exact route of the OP here and later upgrade to Rocky5. It is just that is my absolute first time with an XBOX. Here in Japan are quite expensive and pricey.
  4. Hello there everyone! I posted a little bit around but then I considered the many peculiarities of my situation and decided that it was better to open a new topic. I am going a little bit out of my mind trying to softmod an Xbox 1.00 fw 4034 NTSC-J. I am aiming to play some titles in english and therefore softmod is a must. I am not totally inept with soldering iron but if I wold like not messing around with the motherboard. I checked my options and it seemed that Hotswap was the best alternative. I found a couple of posts on reddit (here from Rocky5 and here). The second post is interesting because essentially presents my same case and the OP resolved with a previous copy of XboxHDM 2.3 Beta 2 and ndure 3.0 but then in the comments another poster said you can just use the XBHDM utility of Rocky5softmod. This was a long route. I thought to start from the easiest way to edit files in the HDD through hotswap: Xplorer360. I planned to use Xplorer360 with the error 12 unplugging the dvd drive but it gave instead the error 11. The error 11 was just the start, I tried other ways to unlock the drive but it still does not show up in Xplorer360 (despite it showed up in DISKUTIL many times). Used other hotswap strategy. In-game technique seemed the one that produced the best effects since it came up in the DISKUTIL but still never on Xplorer360. I dropped Xplorer360. I upgraded to XboxHDM 2.3 Beta 4 I planned to do with the Rocky5 Build 1.1.8v/Installer Variants/XBHDM. I was able to connect it to the PC via ide-usb cable, check in DISKUTIL and check with XboxHDM 2.3 Beta 4 that the hd is "ATA secutity is: enabled, pw Level Max, not locked, not frozen [sec5]." I would like to make a backup and I want to move the rocky5 files now. I moved the XBHDM build from the "installer variants" folder in Build 1.1.8. load the XBHDM for the drive. When I load the xbrowser in XboxHDM and press f2 for menu it gives me a "Cannot open file /usr/local/share/mc/mc.menu". f4 (edit) blanks the page with "C" [Read only] line 1 of 1 --100%-- which factually makes the XBHDM crash (no way to go back). IN A NUTSHELL: from here I am lost... what should I do? I run everything as administrator but no luck. Should I first unlock the drive and disable ? no Disable? i am really confused... I dont have the eeprom reader so i cannot extract it in that way. I order solder ink pen but it will take time but worst scenario I think I might TSOP, but does that too need a softmod first? Anyway I think that I must be close... any suggestions on how to proceed ? Sorry for the long post and thank you for reading!
  5. Thanks, I am going crazy here. The error 11 was just the start, I tried other ways to unlock the drive but it still does not show up in Xplorer360. I dont have the eeprom reader so I am trying with the hot-swap since I do not feel confident with a solder for a tsop (I order solder ink pen but it will take time) anyway I think that I must be close... I was able to connect it to the PC via ide-usb cable and to check with XboxHDM 2.3 Beta 4 that the hd is "ATA secutity is: enabled, pw Level Max, not locked, not frozen [sec5]." I would like to make a backup and I want to move the rocky5 files now. I moved the XBHDM build from the "installer variants" folder in Build 1.1.8. load the XBHDM for the drive. When I load the xbrowser in XboxHDM and press f2 for menu it gives me a "Cannot open file /usr/local/share/mc/mc.menu". f4 (edit) blanks the page with "C" [Read only] line 1 of 1 --100%-- which factually makes the XBHDM crash (no way to go back)... Any idea how to proceed ? (I am also noob so I think I am out of the messages I can post for today lol).
  6. Sorry to resurrect this post. I have a NTSC-J 1.00 fw 4034 that is driving me crazy. I am trying Hotswap. I used XBHDM23 beta4 and it tells me "ATA secutity is: enabled, pw Level Max, not locked, not frozen [sec5]" How can I proceed now to install the rocky5 mod? I am a bit lost sorry for this message like this.
  7. Hi there, thank you for you comment. I was trying to follow this method since I cannot use the game-save softmod because I am running a NTSC-J 1.00. Anyway anytime I unplug the DVD power I have a error 11 (not 12)... I tried changing power cables of the console with no effects... Do you have any suggestion? I tried also the unlock method on the dashboard with no success thanks
  8. Thanks @jeffl it is interesting... but I know that conductive paint tends to lose connectivity after few months. I am not familiar with TSOP, once you installed the bios is it ok to remove the bridges?
  9. Thank you all for the suggestions. I will definitely pass on the idea of buying a pre-modded unit. No need for emulation machine. It is also more satisfying to diy. @coldasijsthank you for your insights. I have several perfectly good HDDs laying around so I am planning on use one that is compatible according to the list. I honestly plan to use the console only for Xbox because I have all the other consoles I am into so I play directly there or use pc for emulation. After @Geeba suggestions I was looking already into noctua fan but damn those are expensive. I will definitely consider the no-DVD setting but I don't how much it really change when you just do not use it. For the moment I am still waiting on components from here and there so I will keep posting on the forum. Again thank you all you got me thinking.
  10. Probable but I cannot help with more info. He did told me that he use a different bios. thanks!
  11. Greetings from Japan, wonderful people of this wonderful forum! I have been a long time lurker and and even longer time dreamer (to have a OG Xbox). As you might know here in Japan Original Xboxes are rare and come pretty expensive (50 to 120usd depending on the conditions). Anyway I recently bit the bullet and for 4500jpy(40usd) got my hands on a semitransparent black limited edition with controllers HD converters and original cables, all in very good conditions (externally). DVD is finicky but after few shots works. MB should be a 1.0 according to serial number. The seal is still intact which makes me believe nobody has been in there. I got a copy of splinter cell, ordered usb port and ide-to-sata interface, ide cables. I am studying now right usb stick while I was looking my chances for a softmod and maybe an HDD upgrade (I have many laying around). I read discussions in which members say "chip or death" but I am noob with solder - I fix almost everything all the time so I do not know if it is a bit of a complex, Japanese humility or just I am still a noob for real. Let's just say I am not confident enough to try TSOP or modchips on this beauty while just remove the clock capacitor is something I would feel totally ok doing. Looking around for component I stumbled upon this seller online that offers what stated in the title: a modded xbox 128mb ram, 2tb, fanless heatsink, softmodded for 200usd. I mean just the components are about 150usd. The guy clearly loves xbox. The fan-less heat-sink and the lack of a modchip are the only two things that really make me go like "nani?" especially the heat sink so I decided to ask here... I know that later models did not have one but is it safe? also how it is the price? should I just drop it and buy this one or should I softmod it by myself? In case can I swap the "shell" with the one I have or depends on the MB series? Thank you for reading this huge thing. edit: also can you suggest me a reliable and noob friendly step by step guide to softmod?

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