Okay, I don't have a ton of time but I just found a way to play games such as JSRF, Fable, and the others on a 1.6 console without disc swapping, requiring the original dash, anything.
This, however requires a softmodded console with UnleashX (May work on other dashboards, I have not tested)
The steps are as follows:
Turn on your console and allow it to get to the dashboard.
Select system, then settings.
Go all the way to the bottom where Video Display is and select it.
Turn off 480p and if not turned on, turn on 720p, and 1080i.
Then, have fun and launch your game, I believe this actually forces it into 480i which is not accessible from unleashx.
I found this out by playing with the settings, you sadly can't play in 480p, but hey, that's the price to pay, I'm just trying to give an option to you folks with UnleashX.
As a fun educational exercise to wanted to replace the CPLD logic on the cheap AladdinXT 4032 Original Xbox modchip and convert it to a basic LCD driver, consequently it looses the ability to load a custom bios. I consider this to be something like the old X-addons generic LCD-display mods (but a fair bit simpler)
The Lattice LC4032V CPLD on the cheap Alladin modchips is extremely limited, so this is a hacky bare minimum to reduce macro-cell usage to fit onto the CPLD. Therefore it can't really support any extra functionality over the bare minimum.
It doesn't support backlight control (just full brightness always)
It has some very basic contrast PWM control through the dashboard settings.
Anyway just wanted to share what I came up with
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Ideally, you could design a small PCB (and maybe use a larger CPLD) to improve the installation. that is something I may do in the future
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