The first Xbox I ever had was a used Xbox that I had got from a pawn shop back in 2005, it was a v1.6 Xbox, and from what I remember I softmoded my Xbox that night, and about a week later I put a 100GB 7200RPM hard drive into my Xbox, the month after that I ordered a "X-Changer v2" XBOX mod chip for around $30, and the month after that I put a modified PC DVD into my Xbox it was a "LG GDR-8163B 16X DVD drive" because my Xbox's DVD drive failed.
I "think" I was on xbox-scene back in 2005 and 2006, but I cant remember, I know I posted some of the mods that I had made to my Xbox to some online forum, I posted about adding a hard drive LED to my Xbox case, about painting my case and adding custom graphics, adding USB ports to the back of my Xbox and to my controller, but not sure what else.
I had a lot of fun hacking my XBox back then, I also remember getting in a "heated" argument about the legality of hacking your own hardware with a Gamestop employee around that time, LOL.
Unfortunately around the end of 2008 my Xbox died from a bad capacitor, and at the time I did not believe it could be repaired so it got scraped for parts and most of it went into the trash.
A few years ago I found a v1.0 Xbox at a fle-market cheap so I bought, and when I tested it, it worked just fine, so I put it into storage and forgot about it, around December of last year I found a forum post about the "Clock Capacitor" killing Xbox systems and I went to check my Xbox, and sure enough the "Clock Capacitor" had leaked all over this v1.0 Xbox, so I removed the "Clock Capacitor" and cleaned everything, thankfully no damage was done.
After I had removed the "Clock Capacitor" and cleaned this Xbox I had a lot of fun playing with my "self refurbished" Xbox, and it brought back a lot of good memories, so then I got thinking, and I decided that I wanted a few extra Xbox systems, and some spare parts, so I decided to buy some of the cheap Xbox systems I found, Xbox systems under $30, and it seems they almost all share the same problems, the DVD drives are trash and I keep getting the Thomson TGM600 DVD drives in the Xbox systems I find cheap, lots of dust and sometimes bugs but mostly dust, most are v1.0 systems or maybe that's just my luck, and the power supply sometimes needs the be re-soldered were the cord plugs in - burned areas and scorch marks, sometimes the old hard drives are dead and its kinda hard to TSOP flash without a softmod first so I temporarily put a mod chip into it and then TSOP flash, and last but not least "Clock Capacitor", thankfully I only found one Xbox that the "Clock Capacitor" killed, but I was able to run some jumper wires to bypass the bad traces on that Xbox motherboard and get it running again, and I am delighted by the fact that most Xbox systems seem to be repairable.
My only complaint is the lack of cheap DVD drives for the Xbox, I am experimenting with a PC DVD drive in one of my Xbox systems, it's not an ideal setup, but it does work.
BTW this is what my first Xbox looked like, and for some reason back then I had put "good luck" in Chinese on my Xbox, LOL
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