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royalchinook
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Post Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:54 am   
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OK, first off, I'll admit I'm just barely smart enough to do really stupid things to my XBOX. I had wanted to change my softmod from evox to unleashx and deleted a bunch of stuff from the C drive to make it choose the unleashx xbe file. I did make copies of everything locally on my machine and thought I'd just FTP them back if things went wrong but now I can't connect via FTP anymore.

It turns out I deleted too much stuff and now when I boot it goes to a Xbox live screen where the three options of 'Account Management', 'New Account' and 'Network Setup' all do nothing at all. If there is a game in the tray, it will load fine and the game saves and everything is good there so this bad situation could be worse.

I've tried a variety of burned DVD's that used to work including the Hexen 2018 but none of them do anything other than flash the screen white for a second.

I'm looking for any clever ideas on what to try to get the system working properly again. My next thought was to pull the hard drive out and try to put the backed up files on directly but I'd rather not do that as I haven't cracked the case open yet and would prefer not to break the seals.

I did see this post (too late) from ArchAngle saying not to edit the C drive unless you know what you're doing - clearly I don't and shouldn't have been...

Thank you for helping a true noob!


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:28 am   
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The only way I see to fix it is to crack open the case to gain access to the hard drive. Physically remove it and connect it to a PC. However, the Xbox hard drive is locked with a unique password that is computed by only that Xbox. There's a unique HDDKey value stored in the configuration EEPROM which along with the hard drive's model and serial number are used each time the Xbox boots to compute the unlocking password to gain access to the hard drive's content.

which brand/model hard drive is it?

Do you have a backup copy of the eeprom.bin file?


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royalchinook
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:25 am   
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I don't believe I copied the eeprom.bin file across, the files that I deleted and backed up from the c drive were:

<DIR> xboxdashdata.185ead00
<DIR> xodash
<DIR> SID5
1,961,984 xb1xdash.xbe
15,613,736 Xbox.xtf
1,929,216 xboxdash.xbe
17,068,868 XBox Book.xtf

Is there any hope for me?


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:59 am   
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You can recover but the process is not a simple one.


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The simplest method to recover is to install a modchip, boot an installer disc such as Hexen 2018, FTP the files back to the console that you deleted, power off the console, remove the modchip then boot the console using the softmod once again.


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:07 pm   
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Thanks, I think that's a good suggestion - any recommendation on a basic modchip for someone that hasn't done it before?


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OpenXenium or Aladdin XT plus 2 clone (aka XT 4032).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/OpenXenium-Mod-Chip-for-Original-XBox-Like-Xecuter-XBlast-LCD-support-/293382870758

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313&_nkw=aladdin+xt+4032&_sacat=0

The OpenXenium has a lot more features than the Aladdin modchip.


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:15 pm   
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Thanks so much, I'll look into it!


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