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Post Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:26 pm   
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Hi all,
I've found back my xbox first gen and I've tried to use it again.
It starts and works till i try to load any games.
Last time probably i've use it was more than 15yrs ago, and was working.

Right now, even if i'm trying to load the dashboard from EvoX it freeze to the LOADING...

I've follow some of the instruction here ([https://team-xecuter.com/forums/threads/25224-Game-Backup-Troubleshooting-Freezing-Dirty-Disk-Error-Read-here]
clean the cache (i'v to find a computer with ethernet port)
update the clock: wont let me load MS dashboard

Any ideas or suggestion will be appreciated!

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Post Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:58 am   
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Does it load to any of the dashes ms or evox? Any error codes? Maybe check and make sure the hd cables and all that are hooked up good sometimes they wiggle out does the hd make a clicking noise?
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:06 am   
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Grab Babylon and install it on your PC and run it. Pick XBOX-DVD Installer. It will create an ISO file, burn this to DVD-r at 8x. Once burned put that disc in your XBOX turn it off wait a few seconds then turn it back on. If it boots go to File Manager and take a screen shot of the E and C drives and post them so we can then advise you on how to best fix the XBOX.

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Post Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:54 am   
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Thanks guys for the quick answer!

I'll attache here how does it looks the configuration settings and what it loads.
I've followed your suggestion Scarface, checking the component and all the cables and connectors are okay, and no loose. HD do not clicks, it makes the the reading noise as i load a game, but after a sec all it gets quite.
And i've no error code.
As i load both a game or i try to launche the Microsoft Dashboard from the menu in Evox dashboard (EvoX splash screen 1.jpg) it stuck with the image Evox Loading.jpg)

Here what i can see when i boot the xbox:

I've tried to change some of the settings in the evox but without any luck.
And not sure if the date that now is set on 1/1/2002 could be a problem...

@SPPV: i'll follow your suggestion aswell as i'll get the chance to have a cd slots (bad new laptop without tools)

I'll keep you posted!

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Post Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:42 pm   
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I'd go with what SPPV suggested. It look like an old softmod, the HDD is locked and the BIOS shown is a retail one but you do need to check and confirm that it is first.

Installing a more up to date softmod may fix whatever the problem is so do that if it is all you want to do.

I'd would suggest switching to the UnleashX dash instead of continuing with EvoX. The problem with the EvoX is that it dos not have a file manager. A lot of stuff that could be fixed or at least checked using it are not open to you unless you've installed a third party one in Apps eg. BoXplorer or a second dash, like UnleashX.

If you don't have such tools available the only other option is via an installer disc ie. SPPVs Babylon, AID or any other installer rescue disc. You may be able to FTP though so that might be an alternative solution.

The free space on F:\ means a bigger HDD was fitted so its not the original HDD. With only 9GB left free the F:\ drive must either be pretty full or the HDD (with what?) or is rather small ie. 20GB.

I couldn't see anything obviously wrong in the screenshots provided. It looks like the dash is the last version of EvoX: v3935. I don't recognise the skin and I'm perplexed by some of the menu entries like "!?Settings?!", "Spin DVD" and "Aggiorna BIOS".

These must be particular to the 'softmod'. The latter seems to mean refresh BIOS in Italian, presumably the equivalent of flash BIO if it were an English/US EvoX dash. But if it is an Italian PAL console why is the rest of the menu in English? BTW never touch that flash BIOS option unless you know what you're doing.

One thing I did notice is that the X, Y and Z drives are not empty. This probably means that the last games you played left temporary stuff there. Sometimes clearing the cache which will clear that and other temporary files can help. So that advice you've already come across is good.

One thing I'd suggest if you can gain FTP access is to try installing a Xbox game to the HDD. If that plays OK from there then you can be pretty sure the problem is with the disc drive. Updating the softmod is still recommended but if it is the disc drive, which would not surprise me at all, that won't actually solve the disc playing issue.

One problem with some EvoX installs I've done (as apps) is that the .INI file provided does not actually include the path to the MS Dash. Again, if you can gain FTP access, check the evox.ini file and that the MS dash .XBE
it is point at is actually there.

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