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Which X-Box Modchip? Advice needed!

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  1. funkster

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    Hi,

    I'm interested in getting a modchip for my Xbox - I want my box to be able to play back-ups and also play Divx movies - are their certian types of modchip I need or do they all do this?

    Can anyone recommend a good one?

    Any help gladly received!

    Many thanks
     
  2. alanrob

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    All modchips on the Xbox let you play backups and Divx disks.
    Some allow you to flash a new bios onto the Xbox, but this isn't required to do what you want.

    Just get the cheapest you can get your hands on.
     
  3. funkster

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    Great - thanks for your good advice

    Any sites you recommend with good chips/prices?
     
  4. funkster

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    What is flashing the BIOS? What does it do?
     
  5. alanrob

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    For more Xbox mod chip info go here

    Unless your up to doing surface mount soldering I'd get someone else to do it for you.

    As for flashing the bios, most people use it so they can install a larger hd in the Xbox.
     
  6. funkster

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    Thanks again for your help

    I know I can solder.....and I'm feeling brave....and if it keeps the cost down I'll give it a go. But this Chameleon is only $25!! And it says no soldering required. Are you familiar with it? http://easybuy2000.com/store/xbox/chameleon.shtml

    Also, whats the point in installing a huge hard drive if you're copying the games/movies to disks?
     
  7. Messiah

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    Mod chips enable you to copy the game/s directly to the hard drive for faster load times and less hassle, keep your discs pristine etc, so the bigger the hard disk the more you can have loaded at any one time.
     
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    But playing Divx discs causes no problems or drag? And does it fill the whole screen and sort out resolution automatically?
     
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    No idea sorry, don't use DivX.
     
  10. Jason S

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    you could also try a matrix chip, no soldering (so you can take it out if there's a problem) and does everything else you need.
     
  11. alanrob

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    I use XBMP (Xbox Media Player) and it plays MPG's/AVI's full screen and works a treat most of the time.
    It does have some problems with some codec's, but on the whole it works fine.

    As for the bigger hd - some people also install Linux on their Xbox's so they can use them as a cheap computer.
     
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    can i ask a thick question.

    what are the benefits of divx movies?

    thanks
     
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    They are very compressed, other than that they are terrible quality and I avoid them at all costs :)
     
  14. alanrob

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    I've seen a number of great quailty Divx's over the past few months. These look better than VHS on my 21" TV that I play my Xbox on.
     
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    I agree - Divx is excellent quality if done correctly. MUCH better than VHS. :smashin:

    So back to the issue of what modchip to buy, I still haven;'t sorted it. I emailed a company on the net and enquired about a chip called the 'Xecuter 2' to find out if it would do what I wanted (play back-up games and divx movies), he said: -

    "The chip will not allow you to play Divx films as standard. It will however allow you to install Evolution X and XBOX multimedia player which will allow you to play the divx films."

    Is this what you're talking about alanrob? Is this software or a new piece of kit?

    Or should I take Jason's advice and buy a matrix chip?



    I just want to stick something in the Xbox and it do what I want it to do!! Whats the EASIEST way of doing this?? :confused:
     
  16. Messiah

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    Have you looked here . Great service although not a huge amount fo choice. The Executer2 is what I use all the time and they work flawlessly.
     
  17. alanrob

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    All chips do the same job - they let your Xbox play backups & install stuff on the HD.

    To get Divx you have to install Evox dashboard and then XBMP.
    Both are very easy to install (guides on www.xbox-scene.com )

    As I said in my 1st post - get the cheapest you can get if all you want to do is play backups and Divx's.
     
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    Funkster,

    I guess you could ask yourself how confident are you at soldering inside your XBox?

    I'm trained for PEC repair (with the right kit) but still opted for the no solder mod option

    It cost me £50, but I can pull it at a whim, it took 20 mins to install (including opening the box and programming the chip). and runs all the necessary software.

    I'm using the executer 2 bios, and can enable/disable the mod with a push of the eject button (no extra switches needed) So I can still play on XBox Live (which I'm a bit bored with at the moment)

    DivX movies and multi region DVD's play no problem at all.
    And it's now setup to use progressive scan too.
     
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    Thanks for all you info Jason and other who have posted.

    Jason - how easy is it to program the chip and how is this done? Can I not just plug this 'no solder' chip and and be done with it? As I said, I just want to play divx movies and backup games...

    Whats the name of your chip?

    Thanks again :smashin:
     
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    The chip I bought is a Matrix, and I use the latest Xecuter2 Bios.

    The chip comes with a programmer (needs a 9v battery) that you just connect to the parallel port of your PC. You run a small programming tool and point it to the bios file you want to load up then wait about 2 mins while it does it's thing.

    Then it's time to open the box up and fit it. I'd guess that a lot of the mod-chips will need to be programmed as there's a lot of copyright issues about the BIOS code. (This is how M$ fight against mod chip sales)

    I've e-mailed you more specific info...........
     
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    Thanks a lot Jason, checking my mail now... :)
     
  22. Jason S

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    It's worth knowing that if you want to easily get the BIOS files, apps etc, you should get friendly with newsgroups. Particularly the binary ones ( I use a tool from www.bnr2.org) as this is where you'll find most of the apps posted that make use of copyrighted code, latest media player releases etc.

    It's very unlikely you'll find the really useful ones on a website. :suicide:

    www.xbox-scene.com is an essential information source, to get you started, once you've got the chip in and the dashboard installed.
     
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    I got a second xbox from premodded.co.uk they preloaded it with loads of software and old games (snes, mame and mega drive) about 5000 16-bit games in all.

    I keep my other one for xbox live. cus you can't go on live with a modded box.
     
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    Tell me about it, currently banned due to me forgetting to disable the chip!!:suicide:

    Awaiting a new eeprom flash before MotoGP2 :(
     
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    Yeah my modded one has a switch and I knew i would be able to remember to turn it off every time. So having one just for live is the perfect solution.

    I don't mind buying the game if it's live enabled
     

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