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I just bought a Xbox with a xecuter 2 from my a local second hand store . When I boot it up it says xecuter 2, and boots into something called avalaunch. 

it also has a toggle on the front with three switches, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b_YYmQVL0LMUz2qJfMLOyjyumgbNirBD/view?usp=sharing

Wondering how I could change the HDD and be able to add roms and dashboards, couldn't find that much info online about this chip. 

Any help will be much appreciated . 

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As long as it’s booting into the dash, don’t flip any of the bank switches. Yes they support SATA drives with a proper IDE to SATA adapter. You’ll also want to upgrade your 40 wire IDE cable to an 80 wire cable when you do the upgrade. You can proceed to build the new HDD by simply connecting it as intended and then inserting an installer disc such as Hexen or OGXBOXInstaller, into the Xbox. You’ll build the new drive directly from the Xbox. Once you’ve upgraded the HDD then we can help add games. 

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49 minutes ago, captain.cutlery said:

I am fairly technical so I have no problem changing the HDD or using FTP to transfer files if that is possible?, I haven't opened it up yet, but considering it's age will it even use sata drives? 

No.  You'll need a startech sata to ide adapter, a 80 wire ultra ide cable and you'll want to check the version do you can look for a bad clock capacitor and also visually check other capacitors. 

 

Ftp is limited to 10mb/s because the hardware,  most now use fatxplorer beta 3 to move files quickly.

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Amazing, Thanks you both for your insight, I will purchase an 80 wire ultra ide cable, as I already have a WD 2TB gold to hand. 

Might sound like a silly question but where can I get a image of Hexen or OGXBOXinstaller? is google my best friend when it comes to these? also which one would you recommend? 

@Puritan001 "look for a bad clock capacitor" where would I find this? Also is fatxplorer beta 3 an application that you load to the xbox? 

 

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6 hours ago, captain.cutlery said:

I just bought a Xbox with a xecuter 2 from my a local second hand store . When I boot it up it says xecuter 2, and boots into something called avalaunch. 

it also has a toggle on the front with three switches, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b_YYmQVL0LMUz2qJfMLOyjyumgbNirBD/view?usp=sharing

Wondering how I could change the HDD and be able to add roms and dashboards, couldn't find that much info online about this chip. 

Any help will be much appreciated . 

Which version of X2 BIOS is installed on your modchip?  Look for the BIOS/Kernel version in Avalaunch's System Info page.

You will most likely need to update to a different BIOS that has LBA48 v3 support.  Team Xecuter's LBA48 support in their 49xx versions is non-existent or limited. 

I suggest using either CerBIOS 2.2.0 Beta, the unofficially patched iND-BiOS 5003 release if you Xbox is a v1.0-1.4 model or Team Xecuter's X2 5035 BIOS.   

iND-BiOS does not support a v1.6 Xbox and X2 5035 has v1.0-1.4 and v1.6 specific releases.

 

See @sweetdarkdestiny's forum posts for download links to CerBIOS 2.2.0 Beta.  Or, obtain it from xbins.org's FTP server.

Official untouched CerBIOS 2.2.0 Beta release:

Or, his customized release pack:

 

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@KaosEngineer awesome thanks for your insight, I have taken apart the xbox atm, got the stardock adapter yesterday, just waiting for 80 wide ide cable to come then I will get the X2 bios version for you. 

All this info is super helpful, so how do the modchips actually work? I am assuming the xecuter 2 is pretty old, but it can still use the new cerbios bios? would it be worth getting a new mod chip?  

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1 hour ago, captain.cutlery said:

@KaosEngineer awesome thanks for your insight, I have taken apart the xbox atm, got the stardock adapter yesterday, just waiting for 80 wide ide cable to come then I will get the X2 bios version for you. 

All this info is super helpful, so how do the modchips actually work? 

The modchip loads the BIOS from an LPC-connected flash memory chip to boot the console instead of from the parallel access TSOP flash memory chip on the motherboard.  Tbe ability to do so is feature of the nVidia MCPX chip on the motherboard.  

Why Microsoft left the debug port on the retail motherboard, ???

I can see having it in the development and debug consoles for game developers.

However, if removed from the retail motherboard, I believe hacking the console would have been much harder.

1 hour ago, captain.cutlery said:

I am assuming the xecuter 2 is pretty old, but it can still use the new cerbios bios?

Yes, any modchip that has a 256KB bank to hold a BIOS can be used with CerBIOS. 

1 hour ago, captain.cutlery said:

would it be worth getting a new mod chip?  

No, there is no reason to obtain a new modchip.

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@KaosEngineer thanks for that explanation it makes sense.  

Right so I have all the bits and pieces, put it all together and prepped my 2tb drive using FATXplorer 3.0 Beta application. How do I go about updating the bios as I tried to use the 2tb HDD but the Xbox light was just flashing red so I am assuming I need a new bios. 

I have taken some screenshots of the avalaunch build: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gnGJCsmHerpOZUDQVGk6AJ7E9x0BV2uZ/view?usp=sharing, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gpxClxtJxb-4XzohyoiNuqTC9a1-7LCI/view?usp=sharing, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gwpSyNMV08Ser_QeK20AXgcXypC5xLyd/view?usp=sharing, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gx4gVxkqD6S9d5B_4WxCo358PBWomSxN/view?usp=sharing


I tried to burn OGXBOXINSTALLER to a disk: 


I used the non pbl version (not sure if this is correct, but it looks like the xbox didn't recognize the disk, I know the Xbox can read disks btw as It came with a few and it plays them fine, is there a specific way you have to burn the image/ specific type of dvd or have I used the wrong image? side note is there a way to update the bios without a burnt dvd? 

Sorry for all the questions. I Appreciate your time.  

 

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9 hours ago, captain.cutlery said:

I used the non pbl version (not sure if this is correct, but it looks like the xbox didn't recognize the disk, I know the Xbox can read disks btw as It came with a few and it plays them fine, is there a specific way you have to burn the image/ specific type of dvd or have I used the wrong image? side note is there a way to update the bios without a burnt dvd? 

Sorry for all the questions. I Appreciate your time.  

 

You should create the .iso file using Qwix. Then use imgburn to burn the .iso to a disc. Should boot just fine 

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16 hours ago, captain.cutlery said:

Right so I have all the bits and pieces, put it all together and prepped my 2tb drive using FATXplorer 3.0 Beta application. How do I go about updating the bios as I tried to use the 2tb HDD but the Xbox light was just flashing red so I am assuming I need a new bios. 

IIRC, a red flashing eject ring indicates that the configuration EEPROM on the motherboard is corrupt.

When the original hard drive is installed, does your Xbox boot with a solid green eject ring?

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16 hours ago, captain.cutlery said:

I used the non pbl version (not sure if this is correct, but it looks like the xbox didn't recognize the disk, I know the Xbox can read disks btw as It came with a few and it plays them fine, is there a specific way you have to burn the image/ specific type of dvd or have I used the wrong image? side note is there a way to update the bios without a burnt dvd? 

Sorry for all the questions. I Appreciate your time.  

You need to download the lastest OGXbox Installer 2021 v1.5.4 archived disc image:

https://1fichier.com/?cmclnzvvd4gufvt90j4d

Extract the dot iso file from the archive then burn the disc image (dot iso) file to DVD-R media. 

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16 hours ago, captain.cutlery said:

side note is there a way to update the bios without a burnt dvd?

Yes, install the Evolution-X's dashboard - evoxdash.xbe.  It can flash a BIOS to your modchip.  Do to so, you need to change the center Protect switch from ON to OFF. 

 

Current Dashboards Installed - C and E Drive Content Check 

What files and folders are present in the root folder of your Xbox's C and E drives?

 

Modchip Bank Select

Have you tried booting the console with the Bank select switch set to 2 instead of 1? 

If not, do so, what happens?

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@MadMartigan Thanks for the info. 

@KaosEngineer Correct, yeah the Xbox works fine with the original HDD installed solid green and all functioning. 

After looking online and seeing your comment I think that the issue might have been the fact that I am using DVD - R+ which might be causing issues, found some people were saying that the thomson DVD drive doesn't like them, and can be a bit flaky in general. I have ordered some DVD - R's so fingers crossed I have better luck with them. 

Awesome news, if not, installing from the original modded HDD will be plan B then, apologies for more questions but where would I find "
Evolution-X's dashboard"? 

 

"Current Dashboards Installed - C and E Drive Content Check 

What files and folders are present in the root folder of your Xbox's C and E drives?"

Will find out tonight and let you know.

"Modchip Bank Select

Have you tried booting the console with the Bank select switch set to 2 instead of 1? 

If not, do so, what happens?"

No I haven't yet will test out tonight and see. 
 

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"Current Dashboards Installed - C and E Drive Content Check"
These are the contents of the drives respectively:
Drive C - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j5OTze4lCt5k0CLd4zQ8Zv_mr-MZLU2u/view?usp=sharinghttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1j59FXaCg3CZwKfRzMV3tesT989TR72L_/view?usp=sharing

 

Drive E - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j-xP_ZyZK0EQPWGZxZoy01VLg8GJHvhv/view?usp=sharing

"Modchip Bank Select"
Appears to do something, give me the option to Load BIOS from Disk or HDD (see pic)


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1j-m-KmEdBP74uSNpfqN2660ckX_43ybr/view?usp=sharing
 

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@KaosEngineer Right so the plot thickens, I was able to update the bios by ftping to the c:\BIOS folder and replacing the Bios file with the new cerbios, then I booted the xbox with bank 2 selected and flashed cerbios which seemed to work perfectly. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1juoCT3Mn8nEKP1MS4eXFk5-hKZyKWaNr/view?usp=sharing,

however the new HDD still doesn't work I get the following error: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jw9usOhGm877VfXFv2iE0jF-7rw0qchI/view?usp=sharing, I have used Fatexplorer to format the drive and it sees it fine on the PC I am even able to lock and unlock on the Xbox it when the bank switch is set to 2.

Unfortunately it seems my drive just will not run the OGXbox installer or Hexen disks, I have tried again with brand new Verbatim DVD-R disks I just get nothing......

is there any way to get all the required dashboard files and system files installed onto the new HDD without using one of the installer disks... 

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9 hours ago, captain.cutlery said:

s there any way to get all the required dashboard files and system files installed onto the new HDD without using one of the installer disks... 

Yes, using FATXplorer 3.0 Beta to write them to the C, E, F and/or G drives on the Xbox hard drive.

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