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Post Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:48 am   
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Hi gang, sorry if this has been asked before but there are soo many topics returned when I search region that have NOTHING to do with what I'm after!!

I have an original xbox crystal and REALLY want to play Phantom Dust. I'm based in the UK and have been unable to find anywhere that still actively sells modchips etc. But I am not sure exactly what is required to get me up and running. I'm honestly not fussed about opening up my xbox I'm able to take apart Dell laptops quite nicely and desktop machines due to my profession. However I am concerned about the adverse effects that may happen if I DO mod my xbox. I don't want to loose the abillity to play some games.

All I want to do is play Phantom Dust and possibly some other NTSC games, is there a simple mod either soft or hardware that I can impliment? I read somewhere that theres a glitch within James Bond Agent Under Fire but can't find anything specific.

Anyway apologies again if this has been asked before, I did look in the NEWBIE forum stickies but theres soo many posts and replies that it would take forever to find the right info.

Any tips on the most efficient way to get region free or NTSC playback for GAMES would be great. I really don't want to do anything else with I am currently investigating buying an NTSC xbox from the US but they are all a bit dear once you add p&p. Also if anyone has a region free xbox that works that they want to sell please let me know!!

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:25 pm   
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Hi sorry to double post, but I found the Enigmah-x thingie and wondered what I need to do to use that on my xbox? Is it a utility you can install after you've modded your machine or can I burn it to disc and run it as a standalone app? I only want to use NTSC games, so if this can be used without making changes that would be great, if not, how do I get it to work? I assume I need to join the VIP section? thanks


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:38 pm   
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To play a game not from the same region you will need to softmod or chip the xbox, there are many guides for doing both in the tutorials section that will tell you in full detail how to do this.

As for enigma app you need to be modded in some way to run that app.


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:13 pm   
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Ok thanks, I had a look at the tutorial section but I'm really struggling to find the first thing I should do or the first step to take, can someone point me to it with a link? Theres stuff like FTP bits and adding larger harddrive etc networking using Evolution x etc, its all a bit confusing to someone starting from the bottom/ground! I'm purely looking for the quickest solution to play NTSC games, I don't particular want to change my dashboard or the firmware or flash the bios or all that jazz, but if I have to do something like that I will. But I'm scrolling down the pages of tutorials and the closest one I found was a guide to dvd drive media!! help please. Thanks



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Post Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:17 pm   
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Hello,
It goes something like this :

you need either 007 agent under fire, mechassault or splinter cell
a memory card - usb flash drive and a xbox to usb connector (make your own)
xplorer360

Download the Softmod Installer Deluxe (SID) files
Use xplorer 360 to transfer the files to the memory card
copy the files from memory device to xbox hard drive
launch one of the above games
follow the on screen prompts to install the softmod
Reboot
you now have a modded xbox with a different dash capable of running original games, back up games, various apps (Enigmah) and various xbox ports of emulators.

See attached file, its the SID manual

Im in the UK with plenty of xbox spares and a few modchips if you need anything.



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Post Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:25 pm   
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Hi there, first of all thanks for the very helpful response! Couple of (probably) stupid questions:

-I have mechassault 2, is that any good?
-I have a USB memory stick but have no idea how to get that to work with the original xbox, I assume thats why I need a usb connector for the Xbox?
-How can I make an xbox to usb connector??
-once I have an xbox to usb connector how does the xbox recognize it??
-xplorer 360? Is that a piece of software (on this site?) I need to put on my pc to allow transfer of the files?

After that, your steps on how to do it are really simple to follow, just need to get the above clear in my head.

Thanks for your help mate, I will see if I can get one of the 3 games you mentioned, shouldn't be too hard.



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Post Posted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:26 pm   
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sorry bro but mec 2 will not help for this.

here is the guide to build a usb mem stick and cable: http://www.xbox-hq.com/html/xbox-tutorials-194.html


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:59 am   
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ok thanks guys. So I need to get one of those usb to xbox converter thingies, I'm not going to build one lol, I'm shite at soldering! Then I need to get that usbview.exe, I think I will buy a new small size memory stick as I don't want to format or ruin my 8gb one that I use atm. And I will also have to pick up Mech Assault, so as long as I get an original (not platinum or whatever) it should work right? so I need the following:

Mech Assault
New USB Stick (how much space will I need?)
USB to xbox converter
xplorer360 (whats this/where do I get it?)
Software Installer Deluxe files
USBview.exe (whats this/where do I get it?)
Action replay software (which version/type do I need?)

so once I've got all the above I can get cracking. Could someone just give me a quick rundown of the steps involving the things I need to get above in the order I need to do them? Otherwise I will just be guessing!! So I get Mech Assault, action replay, USB to xbox converter and the bits of software, follow the guide to setup my memory stick for use on my xbox, whats next?

Sorry for all the questions, just wanna get everything square in my head. Cheers for all your help guys

*edit!* Will this do the job?

http://ebay.co.uk

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:04 pm   
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The SID (softmod installer deluxe) files come as a zipped package, this is so they will work with Action Replay.
Using Action Replay together with USBview to get your memory card working is a pain, you can skip this step by letting your xbox format the memory card then transfering the SID files to it via Xplorer360 < thats the unsupported way but ive never had a problem with it and its a lot simpler.

So, either use USB view and the Action Replay software
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Use Xplorer360


That thing on eBay is exactly what you need.

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sweet thanks for the headsup, I get the xplorer360/usbview.exe thing now.

So is that the first step I take then yeah? so after my memory card is ready to work with my xbox I just drop the (unzipped) files to the memory stick? What do I do after that? I will have to pick the thing up from ebay nxt week, hopefully I will have the money lol. I have already ordered Mech Assault, theres no problem with the version is there on this game?

Do I need action replay as well as doing the memory stick converter option or are they simply two ways of doing the same thing? Or is it that I NEED to be able to connect a USB stick to my xbox AND have the Action Replay software? I'm thinking that you do something along the lines of activate a cheat or something via a fake save file on the memory stick in action replay against the agent under fire or mech assault games? thanks


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:34 pm   
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you seem to be on the right track so far.

The Action Replay memory card is not needed, you are going to use a flash drive and the xbox / usb cable from eBay.

The Action Replay software is also not required, you are going to use xplorer360 instead.

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:15 pm   
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aaaah, ok so thats cool, I so I use the xplorer360 to get the items onto the card correct? Instead of Action Replay right? So what do you do with the stuff that goes on the memory card? IS it literally ONLY the SID files that I put on it? Do they work automatically from the memory stick? Thanks again


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:50 pm   
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Correct so far.

Once the SID files are transfered from your PC to the Memory card you then transfer them from the memory card to the xbox hard drive (plug your flash drive into the xbox via the usb / xbox cable)
then boot up MechAssault and one of the saved profiles will be `run linux` click on that and follow the on screen prompts to complete the installation of the soft mod.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:38 am   
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Ok I'm starting to get it now,so all I have to do is

-get the usb converter for the xbox
-plug a memory card in, the xbox formats it
-put the files on it from my pc using xplorer360 (how does this work? will my pc force a format of the card?)
-move the files (I assume I unzip them then put them on the memory card?) to the xbox harddrive
-run the game and choose the Run Linux save file and follow the instructions

What happens after that? Cheers


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:57 pm   
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Ultrapro wrote:
Ok I'm starting to get it now,so all I have to do is

-get the usb converter for the xbox
-plug a memory card in, the xbox formats it
-put the files on it from my pc using xplorer360 (how does this work? will my pc force a format of the card?)
-move the files (I assume I unzip them then put them on the memory card?) to the xbox harddrive
-run the game and choose the Run Linux save file and follow the instructions

What happens after that? Cheers


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This is what you should see bro.
http://www.360-hq.com/modules.php?name=Profile&op=myblog_view&blog_id=249&id=90842


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