Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 6:47 am Post subject: X-Chip, xbox v1.6 - Did I kill my box?
I'm a fairly non technical person. I have modded 2 boxes in the past successfullly using a solderless adaptor.
Unfortunately for Xmas, I promised my cousin I would mod his box for him. He purhcased an X-Chip. I started the mod last night, much to my dismay I found out it was a v1.6 - which requires some soldering.
So I soldered all of the wires to the pin header and the motherboard, rebuilding the LPC Port, as instructed by the manual for the X-Chip. Please note I am horrible at soldering. The points that needed to be soldered were so small! I think I may have even damaged the board because I tried so many times to make the wire stick to the board, perhaps I burned the board. I reconnected everything and booted up the box. The box boots briefly for 3 secs then dies, starts up again for 3 secs and dies, and finally boots up with the red/green flashing LED and stays on. THE ENTIRE TIME THE TV SCREEN IS BLANK. The LED on the X-Chip however is lit.
I was nervous cause I though I broke the xbox. So I removed all of the wires I soldered to see if the Xbox would reboot with the original Xbox bios. The pin-header was stuck in the motherboard from the solder so I did not remove it and kept it in. I reconnected everything and the box did not even reboot!
So I figured I had nothing to lose and resoldered the wires again. Again I had a lot of trouble with the soldering. The good news is that the Xbox did boot again. The bad news is that it was the same problem as before.
I thought this may a BIOS issue. So I moved on to Flash the X-Chip. I used EvoX_X-CHIP_BIOS_V1.3. I connected the USB cable and installed the software and drivers. I believe I have flashed the chip correctly. I watched the program write to the chip from my computer and it even verified it. I think the flashing went smoothly.
I reboot and the same thing happens. I've tried to reboot numerous times. With the same outcome. Boots up twice and dies and finally boots up with the Red/Green Leds flashing. There have been a few times where the led flahses yellow/red with the first two boot ups and it ultimately ends with the flashing red/green.
So what do you think guys? Did I blow this or is there hope. Your help is much appreciated!!! Happy Holidays.
TheModGod Xbox-Hq Legendary Xbox Version: Xbox V1.6 Modded: X-Chip
Joined: Apr 18, 2004 Posts: 5303 Location: Greensburg PA
Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2004 9:20 pm Post subject:
Sounds like a solder issue. You could have very well damaged some points during your LPC rebuild.
The reason you were having issues getting solder to ahdere to certain spots could be one of two reasons, or both.
Firstly, I always recommend using a slightly hotter iron than most tutorials. Most tuts say to use a 15watt. The problem with that is, the solder tends to want to stay on the iron. Sure you can use flux, but I usually don't. To get the solder to make a good joint heat is required So, with a 15watt you end up holding to the point longer.
When I use a 25watt iron, all I do is touch the pin for about three seconds tops while I hold solder against it and it (the pin and lpc hole) just suck up the solder nicely. Another issue could have been the board you got. Some 1.6 mobos have a lot of lacquer on them making it near impossible to solder to the holes. Hell, some of the holes aren't even holes!
To get around that you can use alchohol or gas with a Qtip to try to get rid of the lacquer. Or, you can use a razor blade, exacto blade, or fiberglass penn to scrape it away. Warning when scraping though. If you scrape too much you could damage the contact and still have nothing to solder to.
Your best bet is one of two things. Desolder everything and clean up the mobo. See if you can get it to boot after cleanup. If not, get a magnifying glass and see if you can find the damage in the areas you worked.
Or, send it to someone to see if they can save it. Worst case scenerio you have to buy a new mobo/hd combo. Your stock HD will be worthless. If you have a new larger HD then you won't need the combo. A 1.6 mobo/hd should run anywhere from $70.00 to $85.00
Still cheaper than purchasing a machine.
If you want, depending on what area you are from several of us here have shops. We can either fix it or replace it. I have taken trade ins, like machines that were nuked for brand new machines.
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