Before today I did not even know there was such a thing as a push fit pin header. Doing a bit of researching about pin header installations I came across a video about just such a thing being used with a Raspberry Pi.
Great idea I thought but wondering why nobody has ever suggested using one with the Xbox or perhaps actually fitted a chip using it rather than go through the messy and rather uncertain process of soldering in a pin header.
If I'd known earlier I would have seriously considered trying this myself and maybe not lost a MB, which may have been faulty anyway, but my lousy soldering certainly did not help.
You'd still need to do a bit of soldering: the D0 point of course but that is relatively simple.
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i flash custom evox bios, after that it just not boot, and switches to stock bios.
i use raincoat to flash.
board is 1.6 and i use evox.m8plus.v16.fc.137.bin from aid 4.5.3
i have no idea what i do wrong.
i then reflash it with hexen 2017 and it work OK.
Dusted off my Xbox for the kids today - powered it up, it defaulted to MS dash and prompted me for the date and time (good thing, I recall the nightmare of endless loops last time)
Set the date, time, played a little Dance Dance Revolution on the native bios with the DVD-Rom (original media)
Expected to power the Xbox off, hit the eject button, and boot into Xenium/EvolutionX or whatever I last had installed on the dash... but only get the stock MS dash, and no signs the modchip is functioning.
Pulled the torx screws (had to find my screwdrivers) and opened it up. Modchip is installed on LPC header with single wire soldered to the topside of the board. Re-seated the modchip since I was in there, closed it all back up, hooked it back to the TV... still nothing but stock.
Most likely cause of no-mod-signs-of-life?
Board Life Status
Board startup date: April 23, 2017 12:45:48