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For the X3 chip, is there any point to using anything but the 3294 BIOS?  i.e. will the 3294 BIOS run every retail XBOX game plus the other apps like CoinOps?  I still have a problem when I switch to other banks, the F and G partitions get all messed up.

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I run that exact bios on my X3, never have any need to change banks. In fact the only time I ever change bios is when I am playing an iso file game from the hard drive and need to use the patched bios that mounts the iso as a disc. Even then it’s a case of running a quick xbe and not about changing banks on the chip.

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19 hours ago, TEK Nemesis said:

For the X3 chip, is there any point to using anything but the 3294 BIOS?  i.e. will the 3294 BIOS run every retail XBOX game plus the other apps like CoinOps?  I still have a problem when I switch to other banks, the F and G partitions get all messed up.

If the other BIOS's have a different LBA48 configuration than what the drive is formatted with you will not see the partitions correctly.  It will look like the data has been lost.  Change back to the working BIOS and they will reappear.

You need to make sure that the other BIOSes support using a parititon table written to the drive using XBPartition v1.3 or XBPartitionTableWriter(or whatever it's actual name is).  Not all old BIOS's support it.

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(So after trial and error and finally getting things right (I hope), I wanted to make a record of this under this topic heading so that others can read it in one place.) 

For the X3 chip, these days it's best just to use the 3294 BIOS (because 2TB HDDs are easy to find and so are the XBox games).  After holding down the white controller button when you startup the XBox, go to the New HDD setup area.  You must tell the X3 BIOS to disregard that hard-coded partition table and use the one on the disk (i.e. that XBpartitionner automatically creates).  Then, flash the 1-4 and or 5-8 banks with the 3294 BIOS that forces 480p.  (I flashed banks 1-4 and 5-8 with the same BIOS for redundancy.)  Using a BIOS that forces the 480p will eliminate the weird looking transition between the flubber screen and the dashboard splash screen.  (It does that because it switches graphic modes when the dash loads, if you have enabled a higher resolution in the dash settings.) From there, use XBpartitioner 1.3.  (As I installed a HDD larger than 2TB, my F & G partition sizes were around 1020GB each.  For a 2 TB drive, people have been using around 927GB each.  The rule is that LBA48 cannot support more than 1 TB per partition so if you have selected a value higher than 1020GB per partition, you will run into problems.)  Good luck!

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4tb is overkill and a waste. You only get about 90-100gb more per partition then a 2tb drive. I have got alomst the entire xbox game collection on to a 2tb and i am only missing the "Club Football"  series (which is abput 20 games that are almost identical) and a few Jap games that are not playable unless you know Japanese :)

 

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1 hour ago, nikeymikey said:

4tb is overkill and a waste.

 

I couldn't agree with you more. 

Years ago, I had a NAS with four 4TB HDDs.  Everything was working fine until I had to disconnect it and move across the country.  When I hooked everything back up, the NAS software reported that one of the 4TB HDDs was starting to fail.  As I had already been accustomed to spending all of my hard earned money on technology, I decided to upgrade to a 6TB HDD to replace the failing 4TB HDD.  The NAS was working well again which left me with that failing 4TB to deal with.  After looking into the warranty, I found out that it was still within the warranty period so I sent it off to the repair line.  After a couple weeks wait, a brand new 4TB HDD was sent to me.  A few years had past and I just caught the bug to upgrade my OG Xbox so I dusted the 4TB off and gave it a try in my old Xbox.  I had nothing to lose and guess what?  It works great and I am so excited to learn about the other things that incredibly smart people have been doing with their systems.

So, I don't recommend buying a HDD larger than 2TB because you would just be wasting your money.  But, if you have one lying around the house then by all means, try it out.

Regards, my friends.

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3 hours ago, nikeymikey said:

4tb is overkill and a waste. You only get about 90-100gb more per partition then a 2tb drive. I have got alomst the entire xbox game collection on to a 2tb and i am only missing the "Club Football"  series (which is abput 20 games that are almost identical) and a few Jap games that are not playable unless you know Japanese :)

 

Total of 99.49GiBs per extended partition - 198.98GiB's in total more than with a 2TB drive.  Not worth it unless a 3 or 4TB drive is cheaper than a 2TB drive or you already have one you aren't using.  

Too bad the sector counter size was never increased from 32-bits to 48-bits to access more data on larger HDDs.

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18 minutes ago, KaosEngineer said:

Too bad the sector counter size was never increased from 32-bits to 48-bits to access more data on larger HDDs.

If you could take care of this, I'll buy you dinner and a movie.  LOL!

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23 minutes ago, KaosEngineer said:

Total of 99.49GiBs per extended partition - 198.98GiB's in total more than with a 2TB drive.  Not worth it unless a 3 or 4TB drive is cheaper than a 2TB drive or you already have one you aren't using.  

Too bad the sector counter size was never increased from 32-bits to 48-bits to access more data on larger HDDs.

Is this even possible??

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