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superrob
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:40 pm   
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Ok, I am what I suppose you would call a noob at this, never modded a console in my life lol but thought I would give this a try anyway. The other day I saw a very cheap second hand xbox so thought Hey! I could mod that Smile I have a electronics at gcse and can solder fairly confidently. Anyway here is what I have done so farÖ


Cut 2 windows out of the case so you can see the hard drive and dvd drive

Cut out the jewl

Cleared the jewl

Cut out a dvd window so you can see the disk spinning

Spayed the xbox case white

Swaped the red/green eject ring leds for blue ones

Added blue leds to all 4 controller ports

Softmodded the console


That all works fine and im very happy with it if I do say so myself. Now here are the things Iím no so sure aboutÖ


Usb port

I would like to put a usb port on the back of my console. I have a cheap usb extension wire (came with an old mp3 player) I can use for parts. Below is a diagram of how I plan to fit it - 1. Is this right? 2. What would happen if I had a controller and usb device pluged in at the same time on the same port? 3. Is there a better way to do it?



HDD activity led

I also want a HDD activity led, ive looked at other tutorials and plan to do it like this (see diagram below) - 1. I am unsure what resistor value to use? 2. Is this right? 3. Is there a better way to do it?



Any advice or help you can give me would be greatly appriceated.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:20 pm   
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You should be able to do the usb port like you have labeled, but im pretty sure it can only be one or the other. You arnt goin to beable to use a controller and the port at the same time.
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:46 pm   
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Sounds like a sweet box man when you get it done and put the bow on it you need to put up some pics of it here http://www.xbox-hq.com/html/postt21345.html i wold love to see it...

By the way like the new avatar bongripz.
Feel the need for some change in your life?
Did you make sure to clear you cache when you was done loading it?lol
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:00 am   
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Why put in a USB port? the controller spots are USB ports. The HDD light is easy, just buy a X3 mod chip and it has a Lan and HDD light for it.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:37 am   
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Why put in a USB port? the controller spots are USB ports.
Yeah, thats why hes connecting the usb to the controller port. That way he can use a usb keyboard or some other device without having to mod the keyboard. I was thinking about doing that myself seeing as hox I only have 2 controllers that work anyway.
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:09 am   
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Smile Thanks bongripz216

Yea I didnít think I would be able to use both at the same time, ill just have to remember not to have any usb device plugged in if using controller port 3 lol. If I did by accident would it seriously harm the xbox?

Another quick question regarding the USB port, thismorning I cut apart my usb extension wire and was happy to find it used the standard usb colours (white, green, red, black) but it has a 5th wire aswell? Its silver, i.e. has no plastic coating round it?

It it attached to the outside of the usb port (see diagram). Does this need to be soldered to the controller port/xbox anywhere or can I just ignore it?





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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:34 pm   
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No two things pluged in at the same time wont fry your xbox.

Yes the bare wire can be set aside just tape it back or cut it flush with the wire caseing

Just incase you want some pics and charts here you go.
http://www.llamma.com/xbox/Mods/xbox_controller_to_pc_usb.htm
http://www.xbox-linux.org/docs/usbx.html


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:15 pm   
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Would be good to see some pics of your case mods too superrob, share them with the community.

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:41 pm   
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Thanks wes213 if I have time 2moro will have alook at doing my USB mod Smile

Lol I will post better pictures and details of my console when itís finished but here are a few preview pics of how its looking so far...





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Looking nice dude Cool
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:11 am   
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Cheers bongripz216

All I need now is some information on the HDD activity led as I described in my first post Smile

Actually on the subject of HDDs...

Today I came across a 20gb HDD in a draw (think it was from my old emachines computer). The drive looks in fine condition and im considering replacing my current xbox HDD with it. I found this tutorial - http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/203286 - which looks good, Just wondering if its a good tutorial to follow?

The tutorial says about locking the drive, the HDD I have is a 20 GB WD Caviar 200AA but I cant find out if it is lockable or not? Might try it anyway though unless someone can tell me otherwise?

Also the HDD has all my old computers data on it, when I format it to be used in the xbox will this be a problem? Or will it just format the HDD and delete all the data on it?

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P.S. sorry im asking so many questions lol.


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:07 am   
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That tutorial looks fine... This is the one I used: http://www.xbox-hq.com/html/xbox-tutorials-153.html . Also, it wont matter if it has data on it, cause when you format it it erases everything. Just make sure nothing important is on it, cause when I did mine I lost about 15 gigs of music and all my old photoshop work. If the hdd isnt on the list, the only way to find out if its lockable is to try it out. Don't worry bought asking questions man, we're all glad to help out.
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Aint no thing man looking good Cool


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:16 am   
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Only thing id say is that the 20 Gig HDD is kind of a waste. The stock drive is 10 gig so adding 10 more wont give you much more space then you already have.
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