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Post Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:07 pm   
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To start off by saying hi to everybody. New to the forum and was looking for some help on my xbox. I hope I am putting this in the right section, If not I'm sorry for that. Ok, Here's my problem. Bought a used xbox last week and they said it worked. I guess the price should have gave it away. But anyways. I turned it on and it comes up with a error 21 code in the top left of the screen. Been reading and it said that somebody had tried to s**tm*d this and something with the dashboard is not right. or something like that. Like I said at the start new to this and really never owned an xbox until now. So I don't have much xbox knowledge or games and so forth. If, somebody could help me out in fixing this and the best way to go about this that would be great. Just seen where people are reading the eeprom, and other stuff. Just like to best and easiest way for a newbie.

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:41 am   
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Hi there, thanks for posting.

You'll find one of the best in the business at softmodding here, SPPV. He should be able to lend a hand.

First off based on the small amount of knowledge I have it sounds like this error isn't too hard to fix.

The first thing you should try is putting an xbox game into the disk drive, closing the drive, shutting off the console and then starting it up with the game already in the drive. If it boots to the game, then you will be able to re softmod it. All you would need is an xbox memory card or USB stick with softmod files on them.

Can your xbox at least play disks if the console is powered on with a game in the drive?


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Post Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:54 am   
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I just tried it. Its a no go on booting up from a game. It did look like it tried though. Went black for like a half a second and then when to the error 21 screen. Is this a bad thing. Is it still fixable?

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E21 is a "BULLSHIT" error. Pretty much what it means is an executeable file has ran when you booted the XBOX and its saying tell this guy his XBOX is broken. You cant discern rhyme or reason from E21. If a cold boot of a legit XBOX game fails you only have one option. HDD rebuild. You will require either your eeprom.bin or yo hot swap the HDD to a PC that has IDE ports and either Babylon, AutoBuilder or Kingroach3.1


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what would be the best way for a newbie to do. Where do I get the files I need to do either one. This is my first xbox so just want to make sure Im doing it right is all.

I found autobuilder here http://www.xbox-hq.com/html/postt26317.html
when I ran it through my virus scanner it came up with like 8 viruses. why is that. I also noticed their was more than one autobuilder. which one should I use for this application.


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:09 pm   
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Your AV program is just detecting false positives.

SPPV made autobuilder himself. As far as I am aware he didn't put any sneaky malware on it Laughing

It all seriousness I've ran the autobuilder exe many times for my xboxs. You could try temporarily deactivating your AV or tell it not to scan the contents of autobuilder's folder


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SPPV wrote:
E21 is a "BULLSHIT" error. Pretty much what it means is an executeable file has ran when you booted the XBOX and its saying tell this guy his XBOX is broken. You cant discern rhyme or reason from E21. If a cold boot of a legit XBOX game fails you only have one option. HDD rebuild. You will require either your eeprom.bin or yo hot swap the HDD to a PC that has IDE ports and either Babylon, AutoBuilder or Kingroach3.1



Im new to all of this. So. please don't shoot me if I ask a dumb question. Learning and trying to understand all of this. Do I need to use one of the files mentioned above, or all of them in tandem with each other. Can I just use Pimped Final V2,

And is it possible to use a non-broken xbox that hasn't been moded and build the hard drive that way. Or is every xbox have a distinct serial number so you cant do that.

Thanks in advance


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To do an XBOX hotswap requires an XBOX with Chip/TSOP, softmod wont work. As for the AV hits, its because its a CMD32 compiler. Instead of takling the time to actualy check what calls it makes they just say nope it might be a virus too bad. AutoBuilder5.1 is BitDefender certified, theyve checked the src and released an exclusion update specificaly for it (still got the emails from em too) And if you do even a cursory dig on BitDefender you'll see its the best AV 3 years running and only AV to ever get perfect scores from AVTest.org and AVcomparatives/West Coast Labs.

Just shut off your AV, extract the archive file again (overwriting the old files) and run it. All good. Theres nothing to worry about, AutoBuilder has been around for years and literaly used by thousands.


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Post Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:17 pm   
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To do an XBOX hotswap requires an XBOX with Chip/TSOP, softmod wont work. As for the AV hits, its because its a CMD32 compiler. Instead of takling the time to actualy check what calls it makes they just say nope it might be a virus too bad. AutoBuilder5.1 is BitDefender certified, theyve checked the src and released an exclusion update specificaly for it (still got the emails from em too) And if you do even a cursory dig on BitDefender you'll see its the best AV 3 years running and only AV to ever get perfect scores from AVTest.org and AVcomparatives/West Coast Labs.

Just shut off your AV, extract the archive file again (overwriting the old files) and run it. All good. Theres nothing to worry about, AutoBuilder has been around for years and literaly used by thousands.


I was looking up and watching video on autobuilder 5.1. What if I don't have the eeprom bin file. WIll autobuilder 5.1 still work Or will I have to extract the eeprom file off the main board.

before I hook up the xbox hard drive can I put a bigger hard drive in it and run the iso. And do I need a bigger HD when I s++t M+d later. Will I be able to s++t M+d this later. And what will I need to do so.


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You have to hotswap your current HDD, get it modded, backup the eeprom. Then once thats done you can use the eeprom to lock a larger HDD you build.


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the autobuilder 5.1.7 file do I need the update file also. Or can I just run the 5.1 and be ok. Just kinda lost on which file to use. I understand them files needs to be in the c drive. can it be on the desktop or does it really have to go in the c folder of the computer. also do I need to put any files in the xboxhdm_v1.9 folder. before I run the autobuilder. 5.1.7.

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You dont need the update file. Thats to update from 5 to 5.1. The Files and XBOXHDM folder MUST be on the root of C or it wont work. Only file you would copy is the eeprom.bin (if you have it, which you dont). Just let the compiler do its thing and it will make you a Linux ISO that will allow you to hotswap softmod your XBOX.


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SPPV wrote:
You dont need the update file. Thats to update from 5 to 5.1. The Files and XBOXHDM folder MUST be on the root of C or it wont work. Only file you would copy is the eeprom.bin (if you have it, which you dont). Just let the compiler do its thing and it will make you a Linux ISO that will allow you to hotswap softmod your XBOX.


how do you unlock hard drive. when the computer boots. it says my hard drive is locked. how do I go about unlocking it.

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I also can't get computer to recognize hd either. The xbox hd is bigger than what's in it so it always goes to the bigger hd.

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needhelp2 wrote:
I also can't get computer to recognize hd either. The xbox hd is bigger than what's in it so it always goes to the bigger hd.

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LMAO this is the one time when size doesnt matter. Its all about procedure.

#1 Unhook any IDE hard drives from the PC
#2 Go into BIOS and set it to boot from CD/DVD, and disable Auto-Detection on Primary IDE Channel (Some BIOS say Manual as opposed to Disable-Same thing)
#3 Put the disc in your PCs CD/DVD drive (The DVD must either be set to SLAVE if hooked to the Primary IDE Channel, If hooked to Secondary Channel the Jumper settings dont matter)
#4 Unhook the DVD drive from the XBOX (power and IDE)
#5 Get the XBOX HDD out of its cradle(leave it hooked up)
#6 Get the XBOX right beside the PC (HDD must be able to stay hooked to XBOX power but reach the PCs IDE cable)
#7 Power on PC and XBOX, soon as you see the E12 screen do the hotswap
#8 HDD should be unlocked and be able to proceed.

Heres a video of me doing a hotswap. Watch it on Youtube so you can see it fullscreen


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