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.
So I got a STartech Sata to IDE adapter and successfully made and locked a new SATA 500 GG hard drive using HDM v1.9.
i got an 80 pin cable and connected my SATA drive and sure enough it booted to the Xbox dashboard. I had my Rocky 5 softmod files and Splinter Cell diskready to go but I can’t load Splinter Cell - I get a message reading - “Your Xbox cannot recognize this disc. Make sure it’s an Xbox game, DVD movie, or audio CD. Also check to see if the disc is dirty or damaged.”
I have tried a different dvd drive from another Xbox that I know loads the game and I get the same message. In fact I get the same message if I try to load any other Xbox game disk.