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peasulroo
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Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 3:39 am   
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and why is it useful?


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Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 4:03 am   
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ok a stock hard drive in a xbox is locked by the mother board, this is a security feature from MS. so if a hard drive is locked using a chip it is only usable on that mother board unless another mother board has the same eeprom, which can also be done with a chip. they say if a chipped xbox has an unlockable hard drive you cannot boot to the MS dash from the off position but after you have booted to a hacked dash you can boot to the MS dash. and I am not sure but I think you have to have a locked hard drive to soft mod
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Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 4:05 am   
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Hi peasulroo,

the locking and unlocking features are a security feature.. Smile
Some laptops also use LOCKING/UNLOCKING.

If you unlock the XBOX HDD this means you could insert it into any other xbox and it will work perfect.. If it was LOCKED and your tried to install into another xbox it will not work as each xbox has its own info and the hdd is locked to only be used in that machine. (laptops are a similar idea)

Anyway, Im just trying to make it simple as possible for you to understand..

Heres some other info:
- If you xbox hdd is unlocked and you boot with your MODCHIP turned off you will get a error and the xbox will stop.. You would have to boot the xbox again with your modchip on and lock it.

- You cannot play on XBOX LIVE without locking your hdd.

theres so much more but im rambling as ive gotta go back out..

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Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 4:14 am   
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thanks. i get it!


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Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 4:31 am   
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Just so you know, I will be shipping you your Xbox with the HD unlocked. This is a safety precaution.

Once you lock a HD to the motherboard, they're married for life. Meaning, if your motherboard got damaged or something during shipping, or when you plugged it in some freak power spike happens to whack your house and you lose the mobo and power supply, the locked HD will NOT work on any other Xbox.

So, I highly recommend you ONLY locking your HD when you are going to play on Xbox Live, because that is the only time you need it locked. When done playing on XBL, simply unlock it again. It's very easy to do. You will be able to do it from Evox menu, or even your mod chips OS Config Menu.

I will be enclosing a three page cheat sheet for you going over the basic "how to" items like backing up your Xbox games, launching emulators, locking/unlocking the HD, playing MP3's, DivX movies..stuff like that.

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Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 4:44 am   
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alright. thanks for all hte help guys.


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