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  1. Correction- the port on the DVD emulation board is actually a USB port. Source: Reddit
  2. I recently acquired a Development Kit (DVT4) and decided to take some high-quality photos of the daughter boards from this console. They're pretty rare and obscure and I wanted to take some good photos for preservation's sake. I'm going to get a Raptor PCI card soon, so I'll add photos of that too later. More info- These boards were in development kits and consisted of two parts: DVD emulation board. When paired with a Raptor XDK PCI card installed into a computer, it allows a developer to master a game disc before sending a final copy to Microsoft for review, and later into production. This allowed them to test loading scenarios and figure out where certain files for the game should be physically located on a disc in order to reduce load times. When loading a level for a game, for example, all the files needed for that level could be grouped together on the disc to reduce the amount of skipping around the laser needed to do, which decreases load times. There is also a USB port on this card. While it uses a USB connector, it's actually a JVS port. This was used for hooking up arcade sticks and special components built for Sega Chihiro arcade cabinets, which is based on the Xbox's motherboard. Serial debugging port This allows a developer to get debugging information from the Xbox to see how their code is behaving on real hardware. When writing software, it's useful to see technical info about when and how a bug happens in order to fix it. This board connects to a PC's serial port to read diagnostic info from the console in real time. More info: https://xboxdevwiki.net/Development_Kits Photos taken with a Canon 5D Mark iii, touched up in Lightroom. Link to photo album (includes high-res copies of the photos below): https://imgur.com/a/YRb11os
  3. I've read of people using these fans as a replacement for the out-of-production Iceberq4 fans: https://ebay.us/7BoiuG Here's a fan that is (mostly) a drop-in replacement for the main CPU fan: http://a.co/63utNWa You can see my video of installing this^ fan here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkiX-0qyWNY
  4. I just tried making one for the first time recently. It's not too hard so long as you have the right tools (a dremel + eye protection + mask) and a space to to the cutting & grinding since it produces a lot of plastic dust in the air. I messed up and made the DVD caddy too short my first time, but luckily I have spares. If you're curious, I'd say give it a try. I wouldn't recommend doing it to your primary Xbox though. My first attempt had some rough edges.
  5. Yup I was expecting to hear that no one made a custom one, but I was moreso interested if anyone's tried using an "off the shelf" CD drive emulator. They exist... it's just I've never seen or heard about someone putting one in an Xbox. I'm wondering if there's something that would prevent that. Right. Running games off the hard drive is super easy. It's a very luxurious feature to have that some older consoles don't have. I know with other consoles, people have made custom boards that emulate the actual laser module itself and push that data back to the console's existing disc drive. In other cases, they've made boards that replace the drive entirely. The Xbox hasn't really needed either of those things because repairs have been pretty cheap and easy, plus you could swap in a PC CD rom drive and read burned backups if needed. But with it being 20 years later, the pool of Xbox drives that are out there is shrinking. The more time that passes, the less parts there are. So maybe over time, it could become a more realistic option to look at. Hooking up a RaspberryPi in place of the DVD drive opens up a bunch of possibilities. The NetPi project's website talks about this a little: I bet you could even mount a network path and stream ISOs from a network share, negating the need to have a huge hard drive. About copying games and not taking a long time, I think FATXplorer solved that issue. It did for me at least. Now days when I build a hard drive, I don't use LAN/FTP, I just hook it up to my PC directly and let the copy process work at 100MB/s.
  6. Before you ask, yes I'm aware this is kind of a stupid question since you can just load Xbox games right from the hard drive. I also understand that any standard CD-ROM drive will also work in an Xbox. Don't read too much into "why would you want to do this". There isn't a really compelling reason. Now that that's out of the way... Has anyone had success with any sort of optical drive emulators in an original Xbox? There seems to be a few projects floating around out there made by people who wanted to replace optical IDE drives for certain obscure arcade cabinets and old PCs... There's an "IDE Simulator" by Tattiebogle that runs for a whopping $200. There's the NetPi, which uses a RaspberryPi as an ODD emulator, but isn't fully developed yet. There's plenty of IDE to SD (or CF) adapters, but that would just appear as a 2nd hard drive to the Xbox, which as we all know doesn't work (outside of Chimp). SCSI2SD - SCSI isn't IDE, but perhaps an adapter could be used? There's this project on Vagons.org where a guy is working on an ODD emulator, but it's still in development Memkor apparently makes (made?) a product like this, but I don't see it directly for sale anywhere. But I'm wondering if anyone has tried using something like one of these devices in an Xbox. The official DVT kits had optical drive emulation built-in from the factory- official Microsoft parts and everything (technically outsourced, but still). This route however has a pretty high bar for entry: the DVT kit itself + a Raptor PCI card + obscure drivers (which I assume only work for Windows XP) + the software and know-how to use it all. I recently bought a DVT4 kit and want to experiment with this feature purely because I find it fascinating. We'll see how that goes.
  7. It's not useful for everyone, but I enjoyed owning a 1ghz Xbox. It's not so much for Xbox games as it is for homebrew apps, dashboards, and emulators. If you use that kind of stuff often, it can be a cool thing to own. I liked it so much I plan on getting a 1.4ghz from N64freak soon.
  8. I took that photo of the Launch Team Xbox. You can find more high-res photos here: https://imgur.com/gallery/8Avf3
  9. I recently acquired my first debug kit, and unfortunately wasn't able to salvage the hard drive and had to swap in a new one. I'd like to recreate some of the original debug kit experience and also get a better idea of the kinds of apps you might actually find on a debug kit. I know there's plenty of betas for games that were in development, but I'm more interested in applications similar to the dolphin test and a few others I've seen in youtube videos floating around where there's demo apps made to show developers examples of what the console can do. Is there a repo of this sort of stuff somewhere?
  10. What a find. It would be difficult to find that on the internet, let alone locally and within driving distance... unless you're in the Redmond area. Lol. I've seen and heard of so many stories where people find rare Xbox stuff in the goodwills around Redmond or at garage sales in the area. Makes me miss living in western WA.
  11. Nice Partner Edition. I saw one pop up on for auction a few months ago and was later kicking myself for not dropping the cash for it. Such cool unit.
  12. Marco Micheletti (Supply chain program manager for Xbox back in the day) says there's "maybe 3". Discussed in a Twitter thread where I and others were talking to him about these orange Xboxes.
  13. Good move on buying a new laser. That will likely fix the problem. I personally haven't played an Xbox game from a disc in years. Rip the game once and put the disc on a shelf. To each his own though.
  14. Figured it out. I thought JP1 meant that pin #1 starts there. Pin #1 actually starts on the opposite end. So, my wiring was backwards. Now I feel dumb. Hopefully someone else googling this problem in the future might stumble across my post and learn from my mistake.

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