I made a post a few weeks back about getting a 1.6 with a HDD that immediately died after booting. Couldn’t get eeprom in time. Looks like someone was trying to tinker around and really screwed some things up. Without the wires and chip, the Xbox will boot into HDD failure error which I’m fully aware of. I tried getting two Aladdin chips fitted and neither one of them will boot. They both flash green light for a second and then power off. One chip shows red light and the other shows yellow. I’ve reflowed solder points countless times and still the same result. I’ve tried D0 grounded to board and the chip and other various places I’ve seen and read about, but nothing works. As you can see from the board, there have been several trace lifts, but from what I’ve seen I have everything linked up properly accordingly to the lifted traces. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I do not want to keep the chip inside so I have not cut the L-Frame. I just want to pull the eeprom and build a replacement drive. These Aladdin chips on 1.6 are proving to be a real pain in the ass.
A friend pointed me in your direction, and I hope you can shed some light of this issue.
I picked up an immaculate Xbox today, boxed, sealed manual, still had the plastic over the eject and power buttons, not a mark on the case
I played some OutRun2 and Dead or Alive 3, no issues. I then decided to “stress test” and run a game for half an hour, and chose Halo 2, letting it sit in its promo/demo loop.
After around 35 mins, the game froze. I ejected the disc, returned to the dash, and reloaded the disc … nothing.
The green light around eject just flashes, but there’s no action from the drive other than 3 whirs then nothing.
Tonight I took the console apart, and it’s immaculate inside. No leaks, no dust, no bulging caps, not even a spec of dust on the fan … I doubt this console has seen much use, which is what makes this issue even harder to understand.
When I had the lid off the drive, I tried to load a game, OutRun2 … but the behaviour is the same for any disc.
The lens moves to the top of the track and back 3 times, and each time it returns to its “home” position next to the disc spindle, the spindle tries to turn and moves, if it’s lucky, a centimetre or two. It does this 3 times, then nothing.
I don’t get any disc read errors, because the disc doesn’t seem to spin up. The drive, like the rest of the system, is very clean but it just stopped working so suddenly.
Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. I don’t want to return this to CEX for them to scrap it, especially given it’s condition, so I want to try and save it. If the drive is toast, as I suspect it may well be, what are my options in terms of modding without a working disc drive?
Edit: I have uploaded a video of the drive in action, here:
Been out of the xbox modding game for a while. Was checking out some posts here and there and I see people mentioning xiso files. I understand ISO and HDD ready games. But what exactly is xiso and is there any noticeable difference between that and iso games? Really all I want to do is transfer some of my backups via FTP to my modded console's HDD. Since the xiso files are much smaller, it seems to me that they might be the DVD rips of games without all the extra 'fluff' of making a 1-1 DVD image of a game. Would that be correct?
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