I had to troubleshoot many issues when I was done installing
my mod chip, so I thought I'd share what worked best for me. This does
not cover the actual hardware install, just everything after that. Just
so you know, I have a v1.0 4034 Xbox with a standard Thompson DVD Drive.
The Memorex CD-RW, 650mb, 4x CD's worked every time for me everytime on
every type of drive.
all the way through at least once before performing the flash. I am in
no way responsible for what you do to your Xbox. If you mess it up, it's
not my fault. This is exactly what worked for me and should also work
for you, if you do it right. If you can't find a file you need... Uh,
try xbins.org! ;-)
your Xbox is not fragging. If it is, then seek help elsewhere. If you
can't get your FlashBIOS (Cromwell) to display video, it could be for
a few reasons. Either you have a 1.4-1.5 version motherboard with a Focus
chip or you have an older version of Cromwell that is known to have issues
with displaying video. If the screen is blank and the DVD tray is ejected,
you have the first scenario, which is fine and you can continue. If nothing
happens then you have the second scenario; in this case you need to keep
powering on and off the Xbox until video is displayed.
Live 2.0 note -
to disable the Auto Sign-In feature of Xbox Live 2.0 before you continue.
It will prevent you from being banned from Live. You may enable it after
you have the EvolutionX dashboard installed properly, if you like.
Read how here.
If you still
have questions when you are done reading, they can be answered here.
- You should have the BIOS of your choice already downloaded. I would
recommend the newest X2 BIOS (4979.06 repack or
newer). One with modified colors, fan speeds, and/or
the LBA48 patch will work just fine if you follow the guide step-by-step.
- Acquire the following: Nero 5.5 (or greater, Compatible CD-RW Media,
BIOS Manager , SimpleX
ISO, the latest version
of the EvolutionX dashboard and EvolutionX
for Dummies. If you are having troubles burning and you're not using
cry to anyone about it. Nero works best for what you are about
- Create a dummy file 50mb or larger. A dummy file can be anyfile simply
renamed to ABC.DAT or 1.DAT.
- You need to have some way to transfer files via FTP to your box. EvolutionX
for Dummies describes how to do this.
- Your Xbox
must be hooked up via RCA cables. This is the most reliable way since
FlashBIOS wont output video any other way
reliably. I've heard about people having problems getting a
good video output with FlashBIOS but my experiences have always
shown this is because they are using some aftermarket video kit. Every
time I booted the Xbox there was a clean signal (I    booted it many times).
1 - Creating the BIOS Update CD
- Open the
Xecuter2 Bios Manager and fill the first two banks with the EXACT same
BIOS byselecting the bank and the choosing
Open under "Selected Bank Options". Select the first
two banks you've just imported the BIOS into and choose Save under the
"Selected Bank Options". Save the file as BIOS.BIN.
- Open up Nero (don't use the wizard). Select "CD-ROM (ISO)"
and click New. Move ABC.DAT and BIOS.BIN over into the ISO
compilation. Click -File->Write CD and make all of the settings
identical to the following pictures: Multisession
Tab. If you can go lower than 4x, then do it. It's always best to
burn at the slowest speed possible.
If for some reason Disc at Once doesn't work for you then
try Track At Once.
2 - Flashing
- Power up
the Xbox with the mod chip on, unprotected with bank2 selected. Your drive
tray should eject and your screen
though look like this: FlashBIOS
Screen Shot. Put the CD in the tray and close it. FlashBIOS should
tell you the CD "BIOS" has
been found and begin to load your new BIOS. It will automatically
shutdown when done.
- If your CD isn't recognized (doesn't tell you the name of the CD), then
go back into Nero and try the Track at Once burning
method. If that still doesn't work then go to http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?act=ST&f=11&t=12727
and find out
what media works best for your DVD Drive.
- If you CD is recognized and it tells you "No BIOS Found... Halting!"
then go back and recheck the names of your files and make
sure bank2 is selected along with the BIOS being unprotected.
If all that is correct then try a larger dummy file. If all else fails,
you are still doing something wrong... probably something very simple
you are overlooking.
- After the flash, you should have the latest X2 BIOS on bank1 and the
original FlashBIOS on bank2.
3 - Loading EvolutionX
- Read EvolutionX
for Dummies and configure everything as described, especially the
networking portion. Make sure you
rename EVOXDASH.XBE to DEFAULT.XBE.
- Check your skins directory for any folders that begin with a number
instead of a letter. If so, rename ABC.DAT to 1.DAT. This
makes sure that the dummy file is written before all the other
- Gather the SKIN directory, your dummy file (either ABC.DAT or 1.DAT),
DEFAULT.XBE, and EVOX.INI into a new
SimpleX ISO, click "Make an ISO" and point it to
folder you just created. Save the ISO you are creating to the desktop
EVOX.ISO and close the program when it finishes. Open Nero
and click -File->
Burn Image and select EVOX.ISO from the
desktop. Make sure you are burning with the settings as pictured
(if Disk At Once doesn't work, try Track At Once).
- Use the switch settings of on, protect, and bank1. If your Xbox frags
or the BIOS still says "Microsoft", go back to Phase 2 and    reflash
- Power up the Xbox and place the dashboard cd in the DVD tray. The EvolutionX
dashboard should load. If it doesn't, check to
make sure the mod chip is on and the Xecuter2 logo comes up
on boot in the place of the old Microsoft logo. If the dashboard
boot then you proabably burned it wrong.
- Once the EvolutionX dashboard comes up, load your favorite FTP program
on your computer (SmartFTP, LeechFTP,
FlashFXP). Login using xbox as your user and pass. BACK UP
YOUR C DRIVE. DO NOT FORGET TO DO THIS. After you've
done that, you can upload evoxdash.xbe, evox.ini and the skins
directory to the C drive.
- Close the FTP, eject the CD and choose the reboot option from the dashboard.
4 - Final Phase
- The EvolutionX
dashboard will now load. You're done! Congratulations on a successful
- Playing on Xbox Live!
- You must
boot your Xbox with the mod chip OFF to play Xbox Live. Microsoft looks
for modified BIOS' and will ban you as
soon as they recognize a foreign BIOS. You could flash the
original Xbox BIOS into one of the banks and still play on Live as long
as you boot from that bank but that is pointless. Use the led
that the Xecuter Team gave you so you are sure you don't ever get
on Xbox Live with a foreign BIOS running.
- If you plan on replacing the hard drive, remember that you have to have
it locked in order to play Live. True, you can
theoretically try play Live with it unlocked but in order to
do this you would have to have your mod chip on. Obviously, this
wouldn't work out well in the long run.
2.0 - 05/29/04 -
- moved to new domain and edited relating links
2.0 - 01/01/04 -
- it seems as if some people can't take a risk and do some reading about the project ahead
of them, so they tell me that i need to update my tutorial when their x2.x wont display
video on their 1.4-1.5 xbox. i'm tired of hearing this bullshit from lazy people, so at
2.:12 am on my new years i am updating this damn thing in hopes
that the ignorant
will speak less. if you're actually reading this and you take offense, you're probably
one of the people i'm talking about and i don't care if you don't like it.
2.0 - 12/08/03 -
- made a few minor html and wording corrections
1.0 - 7/30/03 -
- a special thanks goes out to terrorbyte
for taking the time to point out things to add -
added an additional note regarding flashing the bios again.
made an addition to the playing on xbox live! note
added a comment on cold booting your xbox for best results
1.0 - 7/29/03 -
completely revised the burning section of phase three. the original seemed a bit flaky and not very reliable.
0.99 - 7/28/03 -
revised some of phase 2 & 3
0.99 - 7/27/03 - completely rewrote the tutorial.
i found writing a tutorial at 3am after working
hard was a terrible idea. i still have to go through proof reading before
i consider this done. i try not to do anything half-assed.