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  1. Usually you don't need to. When your Xbox is softmodded, it boots up and tries to load the original Xbox dashboard, which then loads the exploit, which then loads your Dashloader app, which then loads XBMC. When using a custom BIOS (by either TSOP flashing or using a modchip), you're basically skipping the process and just booting up directly into your dashboard of choice (XBMC for example). But your Xbox won't really care that the softmod is there or not. I'm not familiar with that 'softmodding tool 1.1.7' disc. It might have BIOS flashing apps on it, but I'm not sure. Hexen can flash
  2. Not all HDMI cables are made equally, no. Whether or not you'll notice or care about the difference in picture quality is a different story. The HDMI adapter cables made by Pound and Hyperkin are okay, but aren't as good as N64 Freak's internal HDMI mod or Kekule's HDMI cable. The Pound and Hyperkin cables can sometimes show lines or visual noise in the video signal (the amount of visual noise can vary per Xbox even). The cheap $6 Xbox component cables on eBay usually suck, so anything else is a better option. If your TV has component inputs and you can find a good set of component c
  3. Are you sure? According to the Xblast manual, a partially working TSOP is needed for this method to work. I bought an Xblast from N64 Freak a few months ago with the expectation that I could use it fix a board that had a bad copy of iND-BIOS flashed to it. Apparently the "inject config into BIOS" feature of the iND-BIOS configurator tool doesn't work and leads to a corrupt BIOS. I tried and failed to fix the TSOP using an Xblast, then researched it and found out this is the reason why. I just have a cheap Aladdin chip on that board that lives there permanently.
  4. Linking a few potentially relevant sites/projects. These projects could have some useful examples or serve as inspiration. ----------- pata-gpio: https://github.com/manawyrm/pata-gpio Purpose: Use Raspberry Pi's GPIO as an IDE interface. Allows you to connect IDE hard drives to a Raspberry Pi, which can then connect to a PC over the Pi's USB port. This basically acts like a IDE-USB adapter. Not exactly an ODE, but could provide some useful insight into reading/writing to an IDE cable over a Pi's gpio pins. One downside is that there's no pins leftover for handling the Xbox'
  5. Yup! I remember your Xbox mini from back then too. Your case mods have always been next-level.
  6. If you're looking for an IDE cable for Xbox, Kekule has 80-wire cables specifically made for original Xbox. I've used them in several Xboxes. Works very well. https://chimericsystems.com/products/custom-xbox-ide-cable
  7. Since it carries a low voltage digital signal, the wire doesn't need to be very thick at all. Something like a 15 to 20 guage (~1mm) wire is fine. Thicker wire is okay, but not needed.
  8. Selling my Raptor PCI Card. This card goes in a computer and connects to a development kit Xbox to facilitate the DVD emulation feature that dev kits support. For more info on what this card is, see here: https://xboxdevwiki.net/DVD_Emulator I bought the card brand new a few months ago. I installed it into my PC and planned on trying to use it with my dev kit, but sold the dev kit before I got to using it. It's in perfect condition. Price: $120 shipped to lower 48 states in the U.S. (if located elsewhere, pm me for shipping rates) Contact me here (reply or PM) or email me direct
  9. It allows a person to use a folder on a computer as if the folder was a disc sitting inside the Xbox's DVD drive. Alternatively, they could connect a hard drive (to the PC card's IDE port, pictured above) that contains the contents of the DVD disc. The equipment will mimic a DVD drive, including tray state (open/closed/busy) and read speeds. Hard drives are obviously faster than DVD drives, so it limits the bandwidth down to that of a DVD drive so devs could see how fast their game would load. This tool ("Xbox DVD Layout Tool") was used back in the day when game studios would go to author the
  10. Your USB drive is probably formatted as FAT. XBMC can't write files to a FAT formatted USB drive. It can read FAT drives but not write to them. If you want to be able to copy to a USB drive in XBMC, format it as FATX. I think UnleashX is different though. I'm pretty sure it can write to FAT flash drives (as well as FATX ones). I don't have a drive handy to test with so I may be wrong.
  11. Thanks for the update! After looking up that Zalman of yours, I think I might actually pick one up. It looks like a great way to handle operating system ISOs. I usually have a couple of flash drives that I format and flash as needed, but that looks like a better solution. But yeah, that's too bad that it won't work for this purpose in an Xbox. Once I get some spare cash, I plan on buying a couple options to see if any are compatible. I imagine SD card adapters exist. I have a CF adapter that I use in Xboxes when I use as a bench hard drive for testing motherboards and junk. I a
  12. Very nice. If I still had my iR rework station, I might have given this a try.
  13. That's odd. I usually see about 80-100MB/s. Do you have another drive you can test against? Or maybe even a 2nd PC? You might try seeing if the developer has suggestions. He's usually pretty responsive to support requests. https://fatxplorer.eaton-works.com/contact/
  14. I hope it works because it's something I'm interested in too. Check out my thread here for some other devices I've found. https://www.ogxbox.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3960-optical-drive-emulation/ The DVD drive connector on the Xbox's IDE cable expects there to be an ATAPI IDE CD/DVD drive specifically. I'm not sure if that Zalman device presents itself over eSATA as an ATAPI CD/DVD device. It claims to, so hopefully it does. And hopefully your SATA-IDE adapter passes that flag along to the Xbox. If it presents itself as a regular hard disk, then that would be a problem. Also, acco

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