Picture of How to softmod your xbox...for FREE
This instructable will show you how you can convert your normal xbox into a super crazy multimedia, avi , mp3 playing GOD...All without a mod chip...This also allows you to still be able play on xbox live. All you needs is a computer, a cd burner and a torx 20 screwdriver: will go into this in a later step.

**NOTE: I am not responsible for any damage that may be caused while attempting anything in this tutorial. If you attempt in doing this, you do so at your own risk. If something gets broken, it's only your own fault and you should not blame anybody. Please notice that according to ANSI standards, hotswapping is not considered safe and is therefore only recommended if you cannot find another way to modify your Xbox.:**

Do everything in this video and much more:

Step 1: Materials:

Picture of Materials:
Desktop PC with an ATA connection NOT SATA
CD Recorder in your PC
Blank CD-R
ISO Recorder v2(Or any other program to burn ISOs to cds)
WinRAR or the very awesome and free 7-zip
XboxHDM v1.9 (Scrow down to download it)
Kingroach's NDURE 3.0 (Scrow down to download it) or go here NDURE 3.0
Torx 20 Screwdriver for opening the xbox
Whatever is needed to open up your computer case
Some intelligence and patience

Download the necessary files from above. Install ISO Recorder and WinRAR. After WinRAR is installed, use it to extract xboxhdm.
KeithH1422 days ago
Worked liked a charm great tutorial. Modded 2 xboxs so far and got three more lined up. Bought one at the DI for 25 bucks and modded it out with this and now its running with a 250 gig hard drive with several games on board. Cor those looking to download games google is your best bet. Most games are 2 to 3 gig downloads but once downloaded all thats needed is to ftp them to you gamea folder. I use F:\Games for mine, reboot the xbox and I can select them from the games tab and play away. I can also copy game discs as well. If your going that route though upgrade the hard drive because the original hard drive can hold maybe one game.
Kynis1 year ago

Hey, thanks! This worked perfectly.

I just have a few questions (if you don't mind):

Do I really have to use the easteregg exploit each and every single time I want to acces unleashX?

and (a bit more complicated one):

My xbox works perfectly, outputs sound/video (trough compostie/scart), runs games, the softmod works etc. but after the console boots to the ms dash the console's power indicator turns orange (solid orange, no flashing) and the fans start to make noise. I also have noticed an electrical noise coming out of it, but when I tried to search the internet about "solid orange original xbox" i literally found nothing. This started to happen immediately after the softmod was complete.

I'll swap the HDD to a bigger one next weekend and I'll see if it's the hard drive but I would appreciate any information about it.

robnjin10 Kynis5 months ago
Try moving your video cables away from appliance cords. They should not cross. Run them up and down without crossing. You should notice immediate results if it is the humming noise i think it is. Orange light could be the kiss of death red ring i keep seeing

i dont work, when i boot the cd and select 1-2 options and its loading then my computer beeps and says this:

feeblington8 months ago

error 12 means the DVD isnt connected properly....push all the leads in again should be fine mate

I have modded my old xbox in a similer mannor and its now 120gb home media center......the old xbox's are awesome to mod

riverswamp11 months ago

I don't know if I can change my drive, any suggestions on what one I should get?

riverswamp11 months ago

I should try something like this to my xbox.

lsmile1 year ago

Okay, I have a bit of a problem.

The softmod works fine and all, and worked great when the Xbox was all gutted, but once I screw everything back in I get the blinking red light and the service error (error 12??). I don't know how to fix this, or what's causing it, but maybe someone can help?

djremix716 years ago
For those of you having trouble getting your computer to recognize the xbox hard drive do this: Have the IDE cable you are going to use plugged into a separate hard drive and boot the computer and the xbox. Follow the normal unlocking procedures on the xbox end (aka: copy music file and play it). Unplug the IDE cable from computer's hard drive, and plug it into the xbox hard drive. Then do everything else like normal. I could not get my computer to recognize the hard drive until I did this and I suspect this would fix the problem for you.

This is the only thing that worked for me, thanks!

Having an extra HD to switch with helped a whole lot. I kept getting errors on the drive being found, but this process worked for me. Wish I could have tried this earlier after hours of trying to figure it out though.

JGridlock1 year ago
Alright, so here is where I am stuck. Someone please post a reply! After all the linux messages I get the following..

"Found HardDrive.
We will now search dev/hda for an xbox partition table...

No xbox-partition table found on /dev/hda


Is this issue caused because the hard drive is still locked?

See my other post for a possible solution.

I'm afraid I can't quite remember the context in which i received your particular error so I'm not exactly sure of the cause.

It's worth noting that of all the steps in this complicated process, the unlocking/hotswapping part was the most trouble-free for me! It seems that once it's hit the dashboard, it's pretty much unlocked, playing a track should ensure it though.

It's just my experience, but I think it's much more likely to be a misconfiguration (not helpful, I know) than the drive being locked.

Hi, thanks for the great guide!

I got it to work but it wasn't exactly smooth sailing so I'll try to be as thorough as I can for the benefit of others with similar problems.

I can, of course, only speak for my particular hardware and BIOS and it may not work on other machines but it may help nevertheless.


My main pitfall was the "Linux CD not found" error when trying to access xbrowser.

As I went through different configurations I even received an error where I was told that I had no disk drive connected!!

I occasionally got the same error as JGridlock aswell ("No xbox-partition table found on /dev/hda") but assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that they stemmed from the same issue.

Other errors I encountered were errors 10 & 20.

My (working) Configuration:

I have a Pentium4 "Acer Power FV" with a single IDE port on the motherboard and a two-port IDE cable; my BIOS is a 2005 American Megatrends (R01-C4).

Note that I used ONLY the IDE connection, no SATA or USB etc...

I used the cable's port nearest to the motherboard for the Xbox harddrive and the end-port for the DVD-drive. I set the jumper on the Xbox-HD to master and the jumper on the DVD-drive to slave.

I set the DVD-drive to boot first in BIOS.

When it came to hotswapping I played a music track for a few seconds (and then paused it) each time and never encountered any apparent problems.

My solution:

As it turns out, it was a BIOS issue, or more specifically an issue with the "ATA/IDE Configuration" (something I was previously unfamiliar with).

I solved it by going into the BIOS and under the heading "Standard CMOS Settings" changing the ATA/IDE Configuration mode from "Compatible" to "Enhanced". There should also be a menu that shows all the IDE devices that are currently connected to the PC.

After a restart the BIOS detected the DVD-drive (and the xbox harddrive, if connected) as Third IDE Slave & Master, respectively (rather than Primary or Secondary, for some peculiar reason).

After this I was able to hotswap as usual and reach the xbrowser window.

I encountered no further problems and was able to install ndure thanks to this fantastic guide and I hope this helps others in their quest to mod this now-ancient console!

cody7772 years ago
What do i do if my primary master for my board is a sata?
andwan03 years ago
Anyone know how to un soft-mod XBOX if done via this method?

ssetnicky4 years ago
I tried to download NDURE 3.0 and Avast! says it's a Decompression Bomb. I'm not touching that file!
I agree with Jas, I have use NDURE many times on multiple systems safely. I'm a paranoid IT Support Volunteer so I try to keep my system locked up tight. You may have just got a bad download, it happens.
i have avast nothing happended so its prob safe i also scanned it with mcaffe and avast
dfalk3 years ago
Nice!, I think I will use this! :) I have 2 Xbox's I don't use.
dude i cant understand the process. could u send the by the numbered instruction here stevedelarosa5879@yahoo.com. thanks!
Hanjin5 years ago
sweet worked perfectly
dude i cant understand the process. could u send the by the numbered instruction here stevedelarosa5879@yahoo.com. thanks!
MrAlekos3 years ago
Hey guys i have made all the necessary work (burn cd ,conect xbox) and i when i go to the point to write (xbrowser) i am writing it tells me that i need to put the linux cd... WTF?? (looking for cd.Incert linux cd)
Please help me...
liquidice3 years ago
after suffering for hours trying to unlock my HDD, I figured I would tell everyone what I've learned and what this tutorial doesnt mention. Ive learned that if you swap the IDE cables AFTER your PC has booted up, it wont detect the xbox drive.

1st step: unplug dvd ribbon on xbox.

2nd step: turn on PC, boot to your bios (we're doing this so the pc wont boot all they way yet)

3rd step: turn on xbox and the instant u see the red ring, unplug the IDE for the hard drive (be fast, yet gentle), then plug in ur primary IDE from PC. if it didnt work, u were either too fast or too slow, try again.

4th step: exit bios, let PC boot to CD. Then press 1, type xbrowser. if all goes well, u should see a directory of files on the xbox hard drive.

5th step: finish tutorial, and crack open a beer, you earned it ;)

if this tutorial had mentioned to connect the pc-xbox BEFORE the PC posts, I'd have saved me a few hours and a headache >.<
dfalk3 years ago
Does I need a game to do this?
saucygamer3 years ago
This worked for me but there were a couple of tips I want to share: first off, be sure the CD/DVD disc you burn is readable by the drive that is installing NDURE. Not thinking, I used a 10yr old drive and it failed on a couple of critical files and I had to rebuild my XBOX hard drive and do other nasty stuff.

Also, for me, generating error 12 was a great method to unlock my hard drive but it can be tricky to get: dont pull out the DVD drive cable until about halfway through the startup animation or you will instead get error 11 and the HDD wont be unlocked.
hey guys, i hope people are still reading these comments.
So i followed the tut to the T the first time and it worked like a charm (minus using a diff method to unlock the drive)
Got myself a 250gb drive, and aout 50 of my Fav games on the drive along with a dedicated FTP stream of movies for the XMBC. its amazing.
So i thought i would get a couple cheap xboxs and do this to them for the rest of the house (lots of kids)
I felt confident i had memorized the entire tut so i proceeded with out it on the 1st xbox. low and behold it didn't work, unlock worked, install of ndure work however when the box restarted, i only got the splash screen then a black screen.
it will play games from the CD still but will NOT boot without a GAME in the drive.
Still able to unlock the drive and access is it from the boot cd with the browser, but when i try to restore from the backup, it errors saying either no disk space OR read only file system. So not able to restore from backup, then with out thinking, i tried it again and it wiped out the backup and created a backup of the broken system.
after racking my brain for weeks i realized that i had totally used the original BOOT CD i had created which I'm guessing was the wrong kernel.
This is Xbox 2. is there ANYWAY to fix this HD?
This brings me to the 3rd xbox, i discovered the problem with the kernels AFTER attempting the same thing on the 3rd box. so kinda in the same delima however this one is still unlockable but ill NOT boot to any game or theHD, just a service 21 error. When i look at the drive with the browser i can see the backup is still intact but will not let me restore it, giving the same disk space error or READ only error. Is there a way to fix this one?? please if ANYONE has some answers that would be great. other wise its a loss of $100 on my part. Expensive mistake I'm trying to fix. i did however get a lot of games and accessories out of that $100 hope to hear from someone.
bbear43 years ago
It worked for me! Thanks for making it vzjrz
b37ho3 years ago
i have a problem whit my xbox classis, how to install software in new hardisk in xbox classic. PLEASE HELP ME, Thank`s
Pinny893 years ago
PLEASE someone help...
i follow the instructions to the letter, my XBox HDD is unlocked etc. i made the boot disk with the ndure script and when i enter XBROWSER i see the ndure script there but when i try to start it, it just says "no such file in directory"

i tried to make the ndure script into .exe, .bat, nothing works, just the same old error... but when i hit F3 i can view the script and i can edit it...

please help, im loosing my mind trying to figure this out :/
pspuser9245 years ago
I couldnt get it running until i read this:
easiest way i found to unlock the drive is to disconnect the ribbon from the dvd player and also its power cable.

use a molex from your pc to power the xbox HDD.

now boot the pc into xboxhdm and turn on the xbox.

once the xbox has booted it will give you the "xbox needs service" screen, when this shows up you need to swap ata cables.

dont do it like the tut suggests as i tried all ways mentioned and it just would not unlock, my way unlocks first time everytime.
This worked awesome, dude! Thanks for the helpful tip. On my way to having an xbox linux server. Bwahahahahaha! in yer face, MS!
Please how can i vonvert my x box so that i can download game to it.... Please help me out
wow. that actually works cant believe it. i tried every other method... and not having an xbox controller with me didnt help either lol. i found this xbox in the dumpster XD
well hello tyler i found you lol. its helti.... im moding my xbox 2. XD
need help?
It's sad how these perfectly operational systems end up in the dump. They make an awesome dvd player.
i find it funny when people think macafe and avast are good avg hasnt said a thing.
Hello..... Please i am tired of buying disc on my x box can you please help me out i really want to know how to convert it and download games on it and the software to down and steps to take please if any suggestion mail me into my mail bhakhay@yahoo.com
Follow the tutorial, don't get frustrated, and try snesorama for the games.
bkhabir3 years ago
Please how can i vonvert my x box so that i can download game to it.... Please help me out
noizetank3 years ago
HI Guys

I have managed to lock my deagate drive, followed all your instructions and half way through hotswap (After Ihad saved C drive) the processed errored and stopped.
Now I get red lights when i turn XB on. How do i sortr this out, and what could have gone wrong?
Thanks in advance
acevell4 years ago
Ok I made a bad I installed it all correctly but I may have deleted my m$ dash file because I can't return to the ms dashboard when I hot swapped I made a back up my question is can I restore the xbox to retail state with the back up?if so can anyone fill me in on how?Thanks a million
hansley4 years ago
my cd didn't boot why? help plzz!thx
Did you follow the guide to make the ISO. What software did you use to burn the ISO?
jsleight4 years ago
I somehow broke my dashboard doing this. Is there anyway to fix this? I got errors when it tried installing ndure onto the xbox and then the next time i turn it on i got an error everytime the dash tried to load. I can't restore the c backup either because i didn't restore before trying the install again and it saved my broken c image as the backup.
So i found out this is just a terrible way to softmod your xbox. MUCH BETTER WAY: Download the files of a previously modded xbox. Check torrentz, they are there. Also download xplorer360(if you windows 7 google for how to get it to work). Hotswap your xbox by unplugging the dvd player power and ata cable, turn on the xbox and as soon as the front light turns red unplug the hard drive ata cable and plug in an ata cable going from your primary ata on your computer. Open up xplorer, select your xbox and delete everything in it's harddrive folders. Then transfer all the files from your torrent download into the applicable drives on your xbox. Uplug it from your computer reconnect everything and your xbox is modded. No boot bs required. Only issue is that xplorer 360 will hang sometimes, so expect to close and restart it often.
theend7574 years ago
Seem like a lot of people are little confuse with the hot swap. I made a little simple picture. This is when you ready to hot swap.

Where you need to be and xbox and computer must be on when hot swap

Second when you hot swap
jflores124 years ago
I need help. I have tried to use the hotswap method to fix error 21, but no luck.): I do have the EEPROM that I got from an EEPROM Reader. I couldn't backup through FTP because it wouldnt let me.
patun4 years ago
i cant play the video.. :(
psnyder14 years ago
hey guys.. im not 'new' to modding (i softmodded my wii a few months back) but for sum reason when i try to boot off the xboxhdm disk, my pc says boot disk fail, insert and press enter blah blah blah. ive tried to reburn the iso image on 5 different disks using 2 different computers and 3 different burning programs.. i feel kinda dumb cuz i cant figure this out.. but i really would love any pointers. can someone please help?
jvanwyk4 years ago
anybody tried ndure 3.1?
robc_calif4 years ago
OH! If this 62 year old man can do it you can too!
ryguy4254254 years ago
Looks like I'm really unlucky. I got to the xbrowser step, but it gave me an error when I went to run the ndure script. I tried to burn the reburn the cd, but with the new disk I could not get my drive to unlock. I put the xbox back together, and now with everything put back together I get an error 6 when I try to turn on the xbox, which means that the drive can not be unlocked. Is there any way to fix this?
Yes there is, if have a copy of HDDKEY.Bin, if not and you can not hotswap the HD again, then you have a hard disk paperweight. Seagate has a program available to download where you can disable locking but I do not know if this means after removing security you will still have the data left on drive. If after the diableing of security and the data still is accessable you would still need a lockable hard drive to replace it and then use the Seagate program to set "USER" password to match HDDKEY.Bin Code. A program/bin reader is available to read the HDDKEY.Bin and tell you the password to enter to make the hard drive work.
I got it somewhat figured out. I first bought another xbox and soft modded using the gamesave method (In my opinion a lot easier and safer). I threw in a 40 Gig HDD I had sitting around. Then I got bored one day and decided to attempt an EEPROM reader to recover the HDD Key. It took a few tries, but it worked. I then just unlocked the original HDD from the new xbox I bought, and locked it to the broken xbox. Worked perfectly, and it was even pre softmodded! I did end up losing all the data on the original xbox, as it's HDD is now a paperweight, but I do have 2 working xboxes!
For anyone who had the same problem as me:
robc_calif4 years ago
I had read almost all the comments posted before attempting the SoftMod. I can not say my first try worked but thanks to all those who posted their results, and A GIANT THANKs to those who so nicely helped other with their problems and also the same to the Author of this HOW TO. Follow the instructions, BACK UP YOUR C: DRIVE and You can not go wrong. I burned .ISO's and installed atleast 5 times before getting it right, the HOW TO instructions do work.
If you have problems with install do not format or erase files, after a bad install with error messages, do a reboot on your PC and hotswap again. That worked for me, and if does not work or you go back and do the Ndure steps again you might find as I did I missed one step in setup. Anyway, again thank's to all you thoughtfull people that helped others here, you helped me too!!
joukam6 years ago
But what if my PC only has SATA ports?
if ur pc has sata ports... either get a pci card, or get a 360 and flash that. there pritty easy to do
Getting a 360 doesn't help at all.
SonicAce15 years ago
what is the IDE? plz help me

Google is your best friend!
Okay, so everything works fine for me except for when I boot into xboxhdm on my pc it holds on the linux boot screen. This happens every single time I try this. I am using a very new computer WITH usb 3.0 on it. I know the drive is unlocked because when I boot up my pc the bios starts a ide scan and every time I hotswap correctly, the drive is detected, and when I do it incorrectly, the drive isn't connected. So, please, please, can somebody help me help me on this... I have spent ours on edge trying to get this project done....
dalliniler4 years ago
after i hi the *ndure it says no such file or directory. help?
C.D334 years ago
when i try to download the ndure 9kb file, it says its a tmp file. is that right? do i need to rename FKO475WG4JNRF52.tmp (which is what was downloaded) into ndure?
yes just rename it to ndure
I think you getting this because you using google chrome (I think)
Hey guys make sure you hold the power button down for about 2 seconds before opening it to eliminate and electric charge :D
migstan4 years ago
what mine says reach max 100 copys it dont work.
migstan4 years ago
I Dont Have Halo 2 Man I will Try It Anyways.
cody7774 years ago
can i use an external hard drive enclosure with the xbox drive in it
Dhooser4 years ago
hi i am using microsoft 7 downgraded to xp. can i follow the linux proceedure for step three or is it not possible to follow these steps?
ohainou4 years ago
Alright, so I was amongst the group that had errors. I had the Linux can't find your CD, please reinsert. I am running a pretty new Phenom II X6 computer I built. My DVD burner is an External USB drive. I did everything correct to this point and fired up the CD and hit option 1. Just wasn't finding my DVD drive (said checking dev/hda through dev/hdh). I honestly think that it went through all my SATA ports (have 6) and through my PATA port (two devices). USB wasn't included.

So....I went to an old HP Pavillion P4 I had stashed in the corner. Pulled it out and tried it there. I have my CD-ROM drive on PATA on that PC. It worked! So I believe your DVD/CD ROM drive can't be USB.

Also, I did the unplug power from DVD drive method. I will say it does work. You have to be very precise on your timing otherwise the drive re-locks itself. I counted 6 seconds (roughly) from when the green light turns on until it turns red. Pull AS SOON as you see the light hit red. From there connect to your PC as usual. You'll obviously know if the drive is locked (the CD will tell you). Took me two tries.
I had a similar issue with a usb CD/DVD drive, then I tried a sata CD/DVD drive and had the same issue. Works perfectly with old IDE CD drive. Kinda silly but it pays off having an old crap computer to do this with.
Timonator4 years ago
My modding has gone a bit wrong and now I get an error 21 upon booting. The problem is that I don't know my kernel version anymore.
wiibrewer4 years ago
How long should it take for linux to boot? mine hangs for like 5 minutes at "Usb 2.0 enabled". If it matters I also have usb 3.0 ports on my computer if that has anything to do with it.
Jaapio4 years ago
Thanks for the tutorial I find it very useful.

However I am stuck at Step 6, When I run the *ndure script, I choose option 1 and I get the message that it is out of disk space?!

Could it be because I created an f partition?
NathanC4 years ago
I get to the point where I have to give the "xbrowser" command. When I do, it tells me there is no linux CD, put it in and re-try. But, the poweroff command works just fine.

Any ideas? All help is much appreaciated.
waka4 years ago
Wow, thank-you for the very helpful tutorial! I have to say, the hardest part was unlocking the HD. I did this thanks to some users posts (thanks to bradtricker and others).

The very trick is to turn on your PC and press the "pause key" before the PC detects the drives. Now, unplug the xbox's DVD power cable and turn on the XBOX (keep in mind that the XBOX HD is still connected to the XBOX ribbon cable and power supply) you will receive an error, now quickly pull the XBOX ribbon cable smoothly and evenly out of the XBOX HD and connect the ribbon cable from your PC to your XBOX HD (connect it to the end of the ribbon cable so it is the last drive on the cable. Its also helpful not to have anything else connected to the cable)

Now that you have connected your unlocked XBOX HD to your PC ribbon cable, you can press the space bar on your keyboard to abort the pause process you started earlier. Your PC will now detect the XBOX HD and you can then boot from the CDROM you created earlier. If you see any read errors during the CDROM boot process from /dev/hda then your drive is still locked. Try the process over again until its unlocked. Remember that rebooting your PC during any process will re-lock your HD. I also recommend you download ConfigMagic and FTP it into your XBOX HD and run it. It has the option to backup your EEPROM to a file. This is usefull for upgrading your HD later.
death_cult4 years ago
Im new to this (big surprise,) but i seem to be having a problem i havent been able to find in any forum ive gone through (ive seen similar but not quite)

everything went smoothly during the hot-swap (at least once i watched a video of the process and realized the secondary ribbon block was supposed to be the one swapped and the hdd power cord had to be there from the beginning) and then i was able to enter the weird name for the soundtrack and it did the scrolling names thing in the purple bubble and the light was yellow after a few seconds after the scrolling text started
but once it finishes i just get the MS splash logo like it restarted and then goes back to the regular dashboard (where in the above video it would launch unleashed's DB). I tried it a few times getting the same results ( i even tried finding alternate ways of launching the softmod but they didnt work) but this last time i tried doing it, i decided to leave the room for a second (great idea, right?), a few minutes later i come back and the names are still scrolling but the picture is all retarted like im trying to watch scattered porn and as im checking my connections (which were fine) the screen freezes (the static went away when it froze btw). I turned it off and when i turned it back on i now get the red ring of death and then it powers off.
Im pretty sure i bricked my hard drive, im just wondering why it waited till i thought i got it working to crash and burn lol
great idea!
3mm Allen wrench :)
Very nice tutorial! Thanks allot my oc pc is installing ndure atm on my xbox. The hotswap part is a bit confusing though. Search a tut on youtube!
wut is the link to the youtube tutorial
Allowance105 years ago
My computer is to new :( Dont have the right cables my PC uses SATA ;(
You can get SATA to PATA adapters (designed for using old drives in new PCs). Pretty cheap too.
I only have one IDE port. Is there any way I can do this via another source, like a flash drive or something? If someone could point me in the right direction that'd be great. Cheers
Check this site out, should give you what you need: http://www.xboxsoftmod.com/
gladys455 years ago
why did you need to take the HDD out? i soft modded my Xbox without ever opening the case. i have access to the Microsoft Dashboard and the modded dashboard, Fusion in my case. also dont need to burn anything if you use FTP to copy files to the XBOX from PC using a LAN cable.
Just wanted to say thank you and give a little insight for all the noobs, who had just about literally no idea about hotswapping and such things. The only technique I tried that worked -- Xbox setup -- 1. DVD Drive IDE Cable Unplugged PC Setup- 1. PC Hooked Up To Its Own HardDrive At Start Of PC HotSwap -- 1. Turn on xbox and watch the green light around the eject button, have your hand ready to pull out the IDE cable on the harddrive in the xbox, The MOMENT you see the green light turn red, yank it out fast. 2. Turn on pc, right after pressing the power button, grab the IDE cable out of the PC's harddrive, and put it in the xbox's drive. 3. If you set it up right to where it boots from the cd, the rest is in this tutorial. Also, for anyone who had the issue with the CD copy thing, mine didn't work, but i tried the button combo stated below -- RT+LT+Black+Start -- and it loaded up unleashed just fine. Hope this helps anyone else who might have had issues.
purpulhaze5 years ago
Sweet and easy instructable. Now that I got it to work on the original xbox hard drive how do I upgrade the drive to a bigger one? Do I need to image the drive to a bigger one? If so, what's the easiest way to go about doing that?
RCAF TeeDub5 years ago
Hi So I followed things to a tee and had no issues with any of the process until I get to the part about the sound track My system now boots to some ugly _ss red dash board. I can then launch the MS dashboard from there. When I do the sound track process I get the "you can't create a new sound track you have more than 100" error I have seen others post about this but have not seen a solution. Any help available? Thanks
srs0085 years ago
okay one, what is with the 4038 K rejecting 80gb drive, it works on 5838 K (k is kernel), and be careful, i had problems at first, burn the disc at 1X as xboxhd and the ndure script are very temperamental, if told your drive is frozen it means wait for the CD's bootscreen (you know press 1, 2 , 3 or 4) before plugging ide in, you will also have to reboot your xbox as the drive is now locked. any ideas about that drive and the 4038????
Wow after two days I finally got it to work. I knew all the right steps, I just didn't do them together until now. I was using an old Dell Inspiron 3000. I wanted to give a big thanks to everyone here and especially gman (your post was the last I read before I got it working.) I first turned on the Xbox and pulled out the IDE quickly when I saw the Microsoft logo (All pins at once, not half and half.) I then booted up the live cd WITH my pc hard drive as the master/primary drive. When the cd asked "1.... , 2.... , 3.... , 4...." i QUICKLY unplugged my pc hard drive and plugged in the xbox hd. I then hit '1'. Then I closely watched for the "hda: ST1004..." then for the first time no errors. Then typed in 'xbrowser' and the rest was just as the instructions said :). Hope this comment helps someone.
benservs5 years ago
I followed all the directions but when I powered everything down my hdd was not hooked up now I cant get past the xbox logo screen and it will not unlock, please help.

I am getting error code 14, disconnecting the dvd drive does not get the error code to unlock the hd, and I cannot coldboot any games.
feveron5 years ago
Thanks so much for the tutorial!!! I finally softmodded my xbox and got it to run smoothly. I went through all the trouble just for one game, Ninja Gaiden Black. My set was NTSC and the game I bought from ebay was PAL. So I had no choice but to softmod again after screwing it up last time converting back to retail msdash. Anyway, for those who experienced error 21 upon powering up, I suggest pressing soft reset on the controller a few times after you power on (press the back, start, white & black buttons simultaneously). It should boot to UnleashX dashboard. If not, hotswap again and use the command xboxhd instead of xbrowser. I used xbrowser in the first place to install the ndure (using both options 1 & 2), but all I get is the error 21. Then I tried using xboxhd to rebuilt the xbox hard drive from scratch. It proceeded to format the drive and partitions, and copied all the contents from the ndure folder into C: partition. I supposed this step is the same as using xbrowser, only that your hard drive will be reformatted. So if you got files you want to backup, do so via FTP first. Then after using xboxhd to install ndure, restore all your backups.
SonicAce15 years ago
Help my top part won't open all the way even though i have all screws screwed out help me plz
nvm i found the hidden warranty screw
srs0085 years ago
hi, i have modded my xbox, download ndure from somewhere else. modding a mates one now, the 80Gb we want to put in locks correctly, using right hdd lock code, but the actual xbox refuses to unlock it, tried relocking it, hopefully tonight i will try changing code and see how it goes in my xbox (does the original launch era xbox) have a hard drive rejection size?, and don't mention the dvd drive as we know. any ideas would be Very helpful
when i try to make that iso it makes the iso 800mbs.... whats up?
momoster695 years ago
what do you do when ur at the last part and when ur copyin the blank soundtrack thing.. wat do i write with the <<
zackthewack5 years ago
For anyone having a problem getting to the Unleashed dashboard after they have done everything involving the soundtrack, here is how you get to the dashboard:

Once the thing about "The Xbox Team" has come up, you can feel free to just press B during that. It should restart your xbox. Than, once the xbox starts up without a game in the tray, press the following buttons:

LT (Left Trigger) + RT (Right Trigger) + BLACK + START

Press all those at the same time and it will take you to the Unleashed dashboard. That way you can switch between both dashboards. By being able to do that, I think you can play Live still. :)
THX A LOT DUDE !! " LT (Left Trigger) + RT (Right Trigger) + BLACK + START " I searched an hour thinking before reading your comment.....
what to you typ into the new soundtrack name im confused?????????
steelviper5 years ago
Awesome, i did this and it worked perfectly. I tried using my workstation for 2 hours and it would not work at all. I switched to an older PC i had laying around and it worked the first time. I disconnected the cd drive to unlock the drive. Thanks so much for this tutorial.
lalin5 years ago
i can't find the ndure linux file to save it at
hunter11255 years ago
to save the script file right click and use save target as then rename it to just ndure
herocreator5 years ago
Everytime I run *ndure I get an error message that says: \ndure: 1: Syntax error newline unexpected. Anyone else have this problem?
the website link in step 3 is broken. you need to download the script attached to the bottom of step 3 and use that instead
unable to access updated ndure script, the file appears to be locked
could anyone post a link to the updated script?
rjbrayalex6 years ago
hey i soft-modded my xbox with this instructable i followed it step by step at first i was getting the error 21 code and with a live game i got the dashboard m$ dash to come back and i went through the steps and put in the <> it still didn't work so i hot-swapped again and used the cd i made to rebuild my c drive and when i reset my xbox it worked and now when i turn on my xbox i have the unleashx dash i can copy games to it and play them but i can't play cd's or dvd's which is what i primarily used my xbox for can someone tell me what i did wrong i tried sending a message to the person that wrote this but got no response i am a newbie to softmodding so please don't get mad if i have posted this in the wrong area i just want my xbox to be the media GOD everyone is talking about can someone help the confused newbie
I got this error too, and now the harddrive is making funny noises.... I'm trying ur method to get it to boot again....
kylecadet25 years ago
i dont know sorry because i havent done this yet im doing it tomorrow
easchel5 years ago
Hey y'all! I've got a strange problem. When I am in xbrowser and I hit the ndure script it tells me always "no such file or directory found" but when I press F3 in the xbrowser I can access/view the ndure script without problem. Someone has an idea what's going wrong? g & thx
Moviekid5 years ago
Worked for me. Remember to UPDATE the file before creating the ISO. I did a lot of internet research and got the Xbox Media Center working, but it works like a pro now. Runs Emulators, networks to computers in the house, etc. Good project. I learned a lot from this. Check out my Youtube video of the softmod / XBMC running. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEvDhRNmh3E
Tip: make sure there is enough space available on your xbox hdd! I got an error that said: no free space available during step 2 if the ndure installer. I had 3 complete cds on my xbox
I need help with this i get to the part where i need to add the new script and when i add it in it does not ask me to overwrite the old one it just adds another one in there i tried like 10 times can anyone help me out if so im me or something bmeggitt1985@yahoo thanks
you just need to creat a free account then fallow the instructions
Johnny2good5 years ago
lol all done booted up straight away nieszzzz now to figure out how to use it lmao thanx bro..
Johnny2good5 years ago
all done dont no why people dont use firefox just click ndure9 KB save rename and over write no probs here,, burnt cd ;o)
400 MB (419,463,168 bytes)
kebiled5 years ago

Big n00b here.
What did you use to back up your games? is it  just a normal iso file?

 When this many people have all these different problems, it makes me either not want to risk doing this, or look for a different guide. Sheesh.
j2theon5 years ago
whats  that start up intro song called
Anyone remember where the add the bigger harddrive is in this site? been awhile for me.
This instructable is great, but there is a much easier method that doesn't require you to hotswap or open you're xbox. Dosen't require a chip either. All you need is a copy of Splinter Cell. Then get hold of SID. It's gotta be the PAL ver Splinter Cell for PAL and NTSC for NTSC.

That said, unless you're just using you're xbox for media streaming or to play a few emu's, I would seriously suggest a chip like a duox2. They can be found very cheep now ($10 US). There are quite a few benefits of having one. Like easy as pie HardDrive upgrades.
After writing this i noticed the instructable for just what I was talking about.

The Easiest Way To Soft Mod An Original XBOX

Well that's what I get for posting a 6 in the AM.
aktiv85 years ago
rockin.  just did this again today, works like a champ.  best thing is i can pick up an xbox @ the pawn shop for 30 bucks. 

$30 media player for the bedroom!
staalwart5 years ago
Will this work with an EXTERNAL IDE-to-USB cable? I mean, not hotswapping the HDD to the internal PC's IDE Primary bus, but to a USB cable with an IDE connector? Maybe not, since I think the whole hotswapping process is kind of low-level processing with the drives, but one can only guess...
Blimp8215 years ago
i used an alan wrench as well, not sure wat size but it worked perfectly. good luck.
 1/8" works
excellent tut!, followed it exactly without problems! (apart from the hotswap taking about 20 goes!)

if i can do it, anybody can!
bradtricker5 years ago
************HERE IS HOW TO DO IT**************

The key is to hit pause/break upon initial PC start up.

Levi990e5 years ago
 whit that music at the end when i want to copy the soundtrack and it says that i have reached the 100 limit of music
bnapier965 years ago
Will i lose all my xbox saves?
Thetommi5 years ago
Where is the  EvoX???
PHiSiX5 years ago
the linux screen loads up etc. all fine, but when i typ: xboxhd it says the cd is not inserted ? help!
saunders565 years ago
My administrator blocked me from using command :@:@:@:@
Can Someone give me a file list for the linux ISO.
I am going to manually make the iso with PowerISO.

Thank you for all help
yuvinmw5 years ago
Huys can anyone plz help me without my xbox im screwed. here r my problems

1 i did the hotswap succesfly and backed the c drive up like u said

2 Now i got a big problem. the installed installed ndure and on step 2 it wen t for a while but in 5min an error came up saying no space to copy file/harddisk is full
3 so i exited the installer i booted up my xbox and the blue X logo didnt come it was green but instead of going to the original dash it went to and uleash x dash without doing anything.
4 i checked for apps or games and there is nothing there options work. it says 0.00 mb free on C: 

PLZZZZZZ Help me i dont want my xbox Screwed plzzzz my email: Yuvin111@hotmail.com plzzz help
whene i wanne hotswap and i boot up and put in #1 than nothing happend ? what is the problem is my xbox software not good ? or ??? 

wich cable you must conect to pc ? the cable from the hdd or the cd drive or the mainboard ???????? it wont work :(
apelsinapa5 years ago
This part was really bitching for me. I was getting error: "linux cd not found" when i did xbrowser. This was really enoying cause i was on it for about an hour.
Tested alot of methods for hotswapping, and everything failed.
I tried all this on my core2duo regular work station and failed all the time.


I switched computer to my http/ftp/vpn private server which runs on a celeron 1ghz processor with a main board from 2001. It worked first try!

Also worth mentioning that i used the method where you disconnect the ide connector for the xbox dvd to get a "error 12" directly when booting the xbox.
yuvinmw5 years ago
Huys can anyone plz help me without my xbox im screwed. here r my problems

1 i did the hotswap succesfly and backed the c drive up like u said

2 Now i got a big problem. the installed installed ndure and on step 2 it wen t for a while but in 5min an error came up saying no space to copy file/harddisk is full
3 so i exited the installer i booted up my xbox and the blue X logo didnt come it was green but instead of going to the original dash it went to and uleash x dash without doing anything.
4 i checked for apps or games and there is nothing there options work. it says 0.00 mb free on C: 

PLZZZZZZ Help me i dont want my xbox Screwed plzzzz my email: Yuvin111@hotmail.com plzzz help
i think u should be able to ssh into the xbox with filezilla or something at this point and and just drag and drop the xbmc folder into it.
srry to question u but whats ssh (im a noob) and where\how do i drag and drop the xmbc folder when theres no space on c:/ . i also cant play movies/dvd or audio cds from my dvd drive plzzz help. thx alot in advance
srry to question u but whats ssh (im a noob) and where\how do i drag and drop the xmbc folder when theres no space on c:/ . i also cant play movies/dvd or audio cds from my dvd drive plzzz help. thx alot in advance
ndy1235 years ago
Brilliant guide. Had my XBox modded in about 20 mins.
Razorblade_5 years ago
Actually is not "01", but "07",  "hdd timeout".

Razorblade_5 years ago
Hi guys, I need some help.
After trying hotswapping, something went wrong, and now my xbox gives error "01". Unfortunatelly, I did not unlocked xbox hd.
If now I try to connect xbox hd to my pc ( after post ) and boot xboxhd, after I press "1" it says:

hda IRQ probe failed

And also both "xboxhd" and "xbrowser" command says hda not found.

Does anybody know what "hda IRQ probe failed" means? What is error 01?
Having this error, can I still try to hotswap or now my xbox doesn't send password to the xbox hd anymore?

Thanks in advance.
JonnyBoy185 years ago
Okay I have no idea why but I would get error 11 instead of 12, BUT I did finally get it to work. I left the power cable connected to the Xbox DVD drive but had the IDE cable disconnected from it. I had to used the "Pause/Break" key to pause my compuer during post, then hot swap, and then let it continue through post and to XboxHDM. It is also smart to have your computer powering the Xbox hard drive so that you can turn off your Xbox while the Ndure files are being copied. 
rydog258225 years ago
 Ok this sounds really really lame, but I think the type of disk to burn the ISO that i'm using is wrong, what type of disk do i need to use. My comp keeps saying disk read error. Never did that before, i got all the way to the menu but the ndure file was missing because i had the setup wrong. Fixed that now but it wont read the disk now. Please help lol
Just try a different brand.. I've heard +R works the best, but some brands just won't work. I've heard people say the cheapest brand they found works best, and others say the most expensive works best. Just keep trying different ones..
rydog258225 years ago
Ok i am completely at a loss. I have read every comment and still cannot figure out my problem. I cannot for the life of me get the hotswap done right. I get to the press option 1 part and it tells me no linux CD found. Please help. ryan_smith00@yahoo.com
Ok. Good news all. I finally got the hotswap to work, if you unplug the cd drive on the xbox the cable and the power then turn it on and wait for the error 12 to come up it WILL work, but you have to pull the cable out of the back of the xbox at the exact time the light turns red, works everytime. My problem now is when i get to setup screen there is no ndure folder lol, so i will reburn the disk and try agian. If you need help with the hotswap let me know, my machine also has Sata and one IDE but i found a way around that. Thanks will keep you updated. Ryan_smith00@yahoo.com
galori5 years ago
 I was having trouble getting xbrowser to find my drive too. The two things that finally helped me:

- booting the PC connecting to a different HD (still booting off the CD, but just having the HD connected while it boots)
- Using the "disconnect XBOX DVD IDE cable" method with the error 12, but the key is to disconnect the XBOX HD as soon as the red light flashes, don't wait. I think the hard drive re-locks if you wait.
Sp3ct8r5 years ago
Thanks for the tut on how to do this. It was cool until it didnt work. U never mentioned that you should have plenty of free space! I had all the halo 2 maps and it could not back it all up. Now when i turn on my xbox I get a black screen. I can still play it but no dash board comes up. I tried to restore C and still not enough room. You screwed me! But u rock any ways cuz I know how to fix it, its not gonna be fun though.
danilo895 years ago
hi i am having a problem when i try to hotswap. i have connected the hdd to the computer and booted the computer from the cd, but when i press "1" the system will load up and it will go to a screen with the linux penguin, then it will load up all the files but once it has done that, its saying "PCI: cache line size of 128 is not supported by device 00:03.3" right at the end.

can anyone pls help.
thank you.
There is a big issuea that the person who wrote this guide did not tell us. I had to read a different guide to find this out. Once you're ready to do the hotswap, you have to remove the IDE cable from your PC Hard Drive and plug THAT into the XBox HD. I tried 10+ times without doing this and couldn't figure out what the issue was. When I did it this way, it worked. Try it if you're having issues with this step.
randallben6 years ago
I got to the part where i type in the <> (accent B) and it goes thru the thanks to all blah blah blah and then the list of names of developers and such. Then when it restarts it goes straight to the xbox dash again instead of the unleash X. Any help would be great
i have exactly the same, anyone care to enlighten us ?
For anyone having a problem getting to the Unleashed dashboard after they have done everything involving the soundtrack, here is how you get to the dashboard:

Once the thing about "The Xbox Team" has come up, you can feel free to just press B during that. It should restart your xbox. Than, once the xbox starts up without a game in the tray, press the following buttons:

LT (Left Trigger) + RT (Right Trigger) + BLACK + START

Press all those at the same time and it will take you to the Unleashed dashboard. That way you can switch between both dashboards. By being able to do that, I think you can play Live still. :)
help please i have the same problem
Change the date to like 6.6.07 then it should boot into unleashx
I had the same problem I changed the date to 6/6/07 and it worked So try changing the date and rebooting idk that worked for me.
Hey, I've got a problem as well thats related and thought maybe you or someone else reading this could maybe have an answer for me. I've got a softmod xbox and i stupidly decided to mess around with the settings as i was trying to figure out all it could do. I came upon the video settings and i switched to a different setting to see what it would do and now the screen keeps jumping or rolling on the screen and i cant see anything to change it back. Anybody have an idea of how to switch it back to the right video settings for a regular tv?
Well maybe if the XBOX still launches into one of the custom dashboards with FTP support, you could try to replace that file you messed up with a backup from your computer.
BobLew5 years ago
Awesome, I followed this and it worked! Thanks so much!
rodrivit5 years ago
Hey I've got a problem, I do everything you said but when I boot up the disk I get different writting and in it it says, "this is not an xbox" and it just stops, any ideas? Thanks a lot.
I just ran into that problem.  Turns out my video card was not suported by the disk.  I had to use a different one for it to work.
xboxbox5 years ago
Thx for the tutorial, It worked like a charm.
Used it on 3 xboxes, 2 (older versions) went perfect, no problem at all, just followed your steps closely, 1 newer version (5713/5960). softmod did install, but didn`t boot first time, after a few tries (also used the tool to recover the disk i made a backup of. 2bad the disk was full from the 3 or 4 installs of unleash. But i just user the backup files from an other xbox whitch was  modded in one try. (i think the d/k versions conflicted with the boot, although i used a post-halo2 xbox live disk to update. It`s becouse of the linux installmap (c, e) in the bootwhitch helped me enormous. 

I did the softmod through hotswap, but it wasn`t  untill i got the 3rd PC i could get started. The first one didn`t boot w/o a hdd connect 2 the ide controler.....(it was a p4 1.3 ghz) it was a compaq p3 666 mhz whitch did the trick, maybe this is of some help 2 u?

Thx for all the usefull links and great tutorial

bendy145 years ago
Im having trouble booting from the cd. Everytime I boot it up and enter 1 or 2 the computer just resarts. What did I do wrong?
xboxbox5 years ago
used a flatback screwdriver, from a standard set, worked great, just apply enought force ae and it will drive right out
ellygeh5 years ago
 I only have one IDE port on my pc, and my CD drive is a SATA... would that make a difference? Because I keep getting the "cannot find linux cd" error when i type "xbrowser". My BIOS is also set up at 64-bit. Does that also matter? Any advice would be welcome =)!
Therre's something strange here, I have Desktop one who has SATA and even ATA cable, however the ATA cable isn't big enough too fit in the Xbox HDD!?! Ho could this be ? anyone who might have the answer. ?

PS this is an ATA cabe no?

That is actually a floppy drive cable... It is NOT an ATA or IDE cable. I'm guessing that your computer is too new to have any ATA slots on the motherboard. It's primary way of interactig with drives is SATA. That picture you showed isn't an ATA

Sorry, that picture you showed actually was an ATA cable, but what you are saying sounds like a floppy slot. If it is a newer computer with SATA, then it likely doesn't have an IDE slot but a floppy slot. The ATA looks similar to a floppy cable but it is not as wide... I would suggest counting the pins on the cable you are trying to use. If it has 20 in one row, then it is an IDE'ata. if it is a floppy, it has more like 17 or 18...

does anyboody know where I can get the endure for windows vista?
click on the link on this page it will work for vista, you might have to set it up as administrative program?
Narmegil7 years ago
Desktop PC with an ATA connection... Um... I know this is kinda a noobish question, but can someone explain to me what that is?
it is a 40 pin plug that connects your HardDrive and Cdrom to your computer!,
If it was a sata drive it would have 9 pins and smaller the a ata, unless you have a 2006 and newer, it is a ata
It's a computer. NOT A Laptop. and ATA connection, well the only way i could tell if it was or not would be to open up your computer. Depending on how new it is it is mostly likely an ATA connection.
Thanks.... XD Didn't need to know the part about it not being a laptop.... Alright... Thx again..
i have noticed that nobody has replied back to some people about the "not enough space on hard drive" and cant get past step 2.  i am having the same problem.  can anyone please help!  Is there a solution out there?  P.S.  it seems that when you create a partiton table it doesnt make the partitions big enough.
 I've had this problem too, the hard drive jsut has too much crap on it. Just wipe the memory and it will work.
 on Atlantic44's video tutorial, he said he got that error on 2 or 3 of the ones he modded and that they still work, he doesn't know what the error is. 
VzjrZ (author) 5 years ago
Sorry guys but it seems instructables is messing up somehow.
VzjrZ (author)  VzjrZ5 years ago
Ok guys I got it working, had to split the page in two.
stonedray5 years ago
the text isnt on here anymore? would be nice to know what to do :)
why isnt there any text on this page??
Trainguyxx5 years ago
i don't know... it just seems to damned complicated. You might want to try the action replay way of doign this. it's not that much money and you can download saves for the xbox afterwards anyway.
bohregard5 years ago
 Thanks dude. got it up and running with no problems sir.
Dgspeedyz5 years ago
when i backup to the E partition the computer keeps giving me "cannot copy C backup to E partition because these files are wright protected"  or the computer stalls at stage  2 of 3.  it keeps giving me this every time i hotswop and backup

I use the error 12 method
I hate to be a spoil sport, but both NDURE and xbhdm use the Micro$oftXDK libraries and are technically illegal to host. I'm amazedinstructables hasn't realized that yet. I'm amazed no one else hasspotted that either. Great instructable, all and all, you can have XDKfiles legally but I would REALLY avoid distribution.

I'd highly suggest removing them, but hey that's just me...
dakine7t95 years ago
Nevermind I just turned the .bat file into a .exe and it worked perfectly!
dakine7t95 years ago
I'm trying to do this from a ubuntu machine.. am I wasting my time? So far I have gotten to the point where I need to run the .bat file however it doesn't work that way in ubuntu.. Is there any way I can make this file run?
i dont get it what do i do when i open my xbox? where do i connect it to the pc or how? im like a noob hehe, what is an ata cable and what does it do? what is hot swap? please answer to xebaz_stan_bn_indios@hotmail.com
i missed one quest: "-You will use the Xbox power supply to supply the power to the Xbox hard drive.-" so i just connect it normal?
Oh i feel stupid all my quest wherwe answered in step 5 -_-U
atlantic445 years ago
I got to the part were I had to "hotswap" the Xbox, and when I type in "xbrowser" it said "lunex cd not found, please insert cd and try again" there is only 1 IDE slot on my computer's motherboard that has never been used and that's what I'm conneting to my xbox. is there some type of card or something that I can put in my computer to fix the IDE slot, if that's the problem?
atlantic445 years ago
need help anyone? www.freewebs.com/videoofhacks
kowala175 years ago
Well lets start with the Xbox its a v1.6 with k. 5383 and d. 5960 now my rig is a Compaq Pressario with sata going to the hdd and the dvd/cd one ribbon ide I hav been using Ndure and Xboxhdm i have tried hotswapping in error mode, playback and during game i believe its unlocked i dont get any errors when i choose option 1 or 2 on the Xboxhdm menu everything boots ok when i type in xbrowser i get 'cd-rom not found in dev/hda' and so on until hdt i believe then it say 'linux cd not found!' i am rackin my brain on how to solve this problem i have been goin at this for two weeks plz any sugestions or opions are gladly accepted thxs
kornsk8er6 years ago
when i go to ndure thing after option 1 i get download and burn sminstaller to xboxhdm cd any help?
djdreamz6 years ago
is it possible to use XBMC instead of EvoX. And if so, How?
aktiv86 years ago
for those unable to find /dev/hda:

it took me about 3 hours and 40-odd tries to finally get this to take. my problem was that the BIOS didn't find the drive, and neither did linux. every time i ran 'xbrowser' i'd get 'no drive found at /dev/hda'.

my frustrations were compounded by the lack of specifics on timing in any given 'how-to'. here's what worked for me:

1. boot the xbox w/o the dvd IDE cable plugged in
2. wait for the xbox to get a "12" error
3. pull the ide cable out of the xbox and just barely (as to not make a full connection) ease the IDE cable from the PC into the xbox--NOT ALL THE WAY -- YOU DON'T WANT IT TO FIND IT YET.
4. boot the pc
5. here's the part where there is no science -- as the pc is turning on, just BEFORE the POST screens (the first screen, text or otherwise, you see when your pc boots) insert the IDE into the xbox hard drive all the way.

you'll know very quickly if this worked or not, as your bios should NOT detect the drive, but linux should AND linux should NOT throw out a bunch of read errors.

like i said--it took me about 40 tries to find this exact sequence. about 30 tries into it, i replaced the 40pin ide i was using with an 80pin as well -- not sure if this had any affect, however.

anyway, good luck. don't get discouraged... it DOES work.
aktiv8 aktiv86 years ago
I said that the BIOS should NOT detect the drive -- but i believe that it actually did detect it. It was a DELL optiplex, so every time it didn't find a drive it beeped at me. Another nugget of gold from a friend of mine at work... he said that he got it to work right away by plugging a drive into the spare IDE cable (the one from the PC that eventually gets plugged into the xbox drive). that way, the PC knows there's a HD there, and won't skip it's identification during boot. I haven't tried it, but it's worth a shot.
i dont understand are you saying you have a diffrent drive pluged in to the computers ide used to do the hotswap up intill you do it and it works?
That thing your friend told you is what finally got Linux to see the hard drive!
hm can u help me with the directyions u left cus i dont get them nd i m having the same problem as u were havin?
also i get no xbox-partion table found can u guys help please
I have the same problem. When I type xbrowser, I get back: Found Harddrive. We will now search /dev/hda for an xbox partition table... No xbox-partition table found on /dev/hda I can't figure this out! I tried going into xboxhd and building an xbox drive from scratch, but that keeps failing too. It does the first two steps and then fails and says reboot and try again. I have tried 5+ times now and still nothing. Please help! Thanks in advance.
Wow...to rermove a file extension simply put quotation marks around the file name, like this: "ndure" (hold shift and click the quote-marks to the left of the Return (enter) key on a standard keyboard). Easy. Now if only someone could confirm this line 182 thing....sigh....i've bricked 3 xboxes lol, two boot to blank screens, one gets the "Xbox needs service" error message (got ndure running on that one, then used an XBMC auto-installer disc...don't do that!!! Apparently its best to FTP an XBMC install).
lexfirm6 years ago
Anyone confirm if booting from a usb key will do the same as booting off a CD? My dilemma is I got only 1 IDE port on my board and that's normally used by my DVD drive.
joukam lexfirm6 years ago
I have the same problem! But is it possible to boot from a usb?
macdjake joukam6 years ago
I just tried booting from a USB and it says it's missing the OS.
hi just a help with booting from usb dont no if u tried this or not but i may correct a daft misstake, if ur putting the iso file on ur usb stick and expecting it to work one it wont...... simple reasons iso files are for discs.... u need to get a program called 7-zip its free if u google it unpack the iso directly to the usb and try again
Ok I'll try it. Thanks!
you could solve this by either one getting a pc power pack extension and inserting the extension to the xbox power pack this will there fore allow u to have the hdd inside ur pc tower and if ur ide wire was 2 connectors on it set ur dvd drive to slave and plug ur hdd in like so.
Myristal6 years ago
I did everything right in this. Im at this last step right now. The installer said Done, exitting, blah blah blah. I turned off everything after it exitted. There's no blank soundtrack. What happened?
andwan06 years ago
I have followed this guide. Was tough getting it working but managed the art of hotswapping in the end. So now am using this XboxHDM v1.9 & Kingroach's NDURE 3.0. Is my XBOX possible to connect to XBOX Live? If not, is there another BIOS which can connect to XBOX Live okay (except the original XBOX BIOS).
PureHunger6 years ago
Where can I download some patience? :)
nielsio106 years ago

i have a problem, when the ndure installer is busy with part 2 of 3 it says
cp: Read error: Input/output error how can i fix this??
emcee nielsio106 years ago
Double check the integrity of your CD. In Windows, try copying all the files from the CD to your hard drive. If there are any errors, either there is a problem with your CD, or your CD-ROM. You can determine which trying the same thing in a different drive or computer. If it's the CD, double check the integrity of of your linux.iso file. Open it in a iso reading program like winiso, poweriso, or winrar and try extracting all the files from it. If there are any errors, then there is something wrong with the file. I had the same problem. make-iso-win.bat wouldn't run under x64, so I shared the folder with write permissions, and opened it in a 32bit virtual machine. It seemed to be running fine, and I left the room. When I came back, I thought it had finished, but there must have been a network error, because the iso it produce was only about 128mb, instead of the about 400mb it should have been. Anyway, I didn't know there was anything wrong with it so I burned and used it, and got the same error you are.
its working very well with me thanks alot
Chikara6 years ago
is this for 360? softmodding a wii is much simpler rofl
israel136 years ago
hey every time i enter the ndure script it says. No such file or directory.
israel136 years ago
hey every time I enter the ndure script, it says. No such file or directory.
MrRodrigez6 years ago
Every time I try the Ndure setup, either option 1 or 2, I get the out of space messages, also, the blank soundtrack doesn't show up...anybodyknow what's wrong?
shinespoon6 years ago
Bah...... I can't get my cover back on for some weird reason.
xon36 years ago
and what is something goes haywire ... is there someway to recover the old "settings" .... with the xbox working as usual ? ...
whangchung7 years ago
It appears as though the updated configuration script is incorrect. Line 180: "cp -R /CD/ndure/C/shadowc/filler1.img /xbox/C/shadowc/" should be after line 182, otherwise you will run out of hard drive space before the installation is complete.
soo is the original script right and dont have this prob??
I couldn't tell you, but the "updated script" above has that problem
I am have the disk space problem also. can you elaborate. Is this the ndure file that you overwrite in the modding process. I am currently copying that line of code and pasting after line 182.
In the Ndure installation script above that you download and run in your bash shell, you are modifying files on the xbox hard drive. At the end, you copy a filler file that fills up the rest of the disk space. However, this is supposed to be executed at the end of throwing files onto the hard drive. Right now, the filler is being copied prior to finishing part two of the Ndure installer, so when you try to create the /xbox/C/shadowc/resc folder (line 181), and put some crap in that folder (line 182), you're out of luck because you've already filled your disk space with some other crap (line 180) that should really be flung after lines 181 and 182 have been executed.
do you know how to fix this? i don't want to make any mistakes...
I can barely remember this, but I probably cut out line 180 and pasted it after line 182.
i have a problem i did the steps for getting ndurre on hd but when i turn it on it shows the beginning animation but then a blank (black) screen what do i do
natokills6 years ago
I went thru steps, it now boots to UnleashX properly, but am having difficult time finding eeprom.bin file so that I can upgrade to large harddrive. I cannot find the file on C: or E: in any folder. I loaded EVOX, and used the 'backup' function, but still cannot find this file listed anywhere. I tried plugging the harddrive into PC and run Config Magic, it gave a HDDKEY of all 0's. Any direction would be appreciated.
cldt6 years ago
I followed all instructions in this tutorial and I now have an xbox with an Error 21 message.
Green9293926 years ago
i used a close pair of barber scissors and used it like a screwdriver
Green9293926 years ago
what is the text in place of line 182 Or CAN SOME ONE FIX THE SCRIPT AND MAKE A NEW DOWNLOAD LINK PLEASE
I think i briked my xbox.... its sitting now with the logo and the the word microsoft under it and not doing a thing. its right now unlocked since its saying that but i dont know whats wrong and im unsure of the kernel ... help please
did u dort out ur xbox...?
No actuly i fixed it. The method here requires that i have the original dashboard. When i went off to first do this i screwed it up and removed it (not a good choice) i ended up having to download that entire thing again and hot swap it over to the hd. Now i got ndure to install and it works. i scraped it via ftp and put on xbmc. Im in absolute love with it now and so is the rest of the family. my dvds never will get scratched again.
xmurfax6 years ago
well im getting up to step 5 after i select 1 on the keyboard to enter the VGA console. but i cant Type xbrowser because it wont let my type anything at that point. when i paid closer attention to the crap the linux was spewing, it said something like AT keyboard not detected or something.... and i know 100% that both keyboards i tried are indeed working keyboards...usb and ps/2 neither worked for install ...anyone got any advice? did i do something wrong? i followed the guide completely... =[
i triple checked my work and when i type in xboxhd or xbrowser it says linxs not found please insert and try again, burnt the iso 7 times really slow burn but it keeps doin help please
camelboy7 years ago
Hi All, As with others here i had the 4034 K&D .... well everything worked well expect that i got during the NDURE installation this message (quoting from others here): CP:unable to open '/xbox/c/xodash/x0linedash.xbe':no such file or directory CP:unable to open '/xbox/c/xodash/x20linedash.xbe':no such file or directory CP:unable to open '/xbox/c/xodash/x0nlinedash.xbe':no such file or directory CP:unable to open '/xbox/c/xodash". After finishing installing the NDURE, reconnected the HD, and rebooted the XBOX, XBOX Microsoft logo came up then the screen become blank (black creen). I've tried everyting the HD is alive but when i try xboxhd it says that the Xbox is locked! i can't do anything with the original dash .... any advice? thanks in advance.
Tom_O camelboy6 years ago
I had the exact same problem. My version wasn't 4034 though, but it was still old (4817 K&D). For anyone having the same problem: I restored my C-drive and reinstalled NDURE. This time I didn't use the first option in the NDURE menu, instead i used the second, making the entire C-drive being replaced by the NDURE files. This worked for me, I now have UnleashX dashboard.
I'm getting cp: write error: no space left on device mkdir: cannot create directory "/xbox/c/shadowc/resc" : no space left on device ... This happened at the 3rd step of option 1. I'm at a loss any thoughts.
Now I really have an issue. Looking for big help here. I was told by someone to install option 2 after running xbrowser and running the ndure scripts instead of option 1 due the error's I was seeing: cp: write error: no space left on device mkdir: cannot create directory "/xbox/c/shadowc/resc" : no space left on device ... After installing only option 2. I can't get back into the drive to do a restore on the C partition. I'm really lost here. Could someone lead me out of this mess I've gotten myself in. How can I complete a restore I have can't access the hdd via hotswap?
fireface7116 years ago
I did everything right i think. it said it finished. i reset the xbox, reconnecting the HDD (duh) and the original Xbox Logo appeared. Then nothing. Just a blank TV. What now? This is right after i installed ndure. i haven't successfully started the system since pre-installation of ndure. advice?
I got this problem too; thankfully, you can still boot games after breaking your C:\ drive, and once a game is booted, the hard drive is unlocked so that you can retrace your steps and restore from backup (presuming you made a backup. Hint to anyone following this procedure: make a backup!)
I am having the same problem
ZachPosey6 years ago
ok, i just did this, but halfway into the install i get a screen full of error no space left on device halp???
ok, i plug drive in and get a black screen and my LED is orange???? help!
crap, now xbrowser is telling me no xbox-partition table found on /dev/hda
ok, i think i fried my harddrive.... Help???? Please??????
ok, wierd, i eject the disk drive then it goes back in by itself and the dashboard loads...
Prophessor6 years ago
hey can someone post pictures as to what cables go where im totally lost especially as in how the xbox is connected to the computer and when they say cd/dvd drive which one is he talking about the xbox? or the comp
everything works fine when i press one it goes through a big long list of things its installing then it quits working i got it to show up once but i messed up any help would be appreciated
EnlightMent6 years ago
I softmodded my Xbox last year. I got borad and thought I would go back to the original xbox theme. Now I am unable to view dvd, play games on my hard drive, or access any of the other themes. Will I be able to mod it again without crashing my Hard drive? I have not tried to access it with ftp, but I am assuming it will not work either. Everything works as it did right out of the box, but I miss XBMC. everything is still on the xbox hard drive, but I can't get to any other themes. I have also tried to run the latest version of the modding dvd, but it will not run either. tia for your help
richard1426 years ago
why wont the xbox hd unlock no mater what i do ? can someone please help me to get it unlockso i can mod it please
theres a video on youtube about unlocking Xbox HD`s
zacharum6 years ago
I just did it with a 4034. Had no problems at all. Hard drive unlocked first try and install went smooth. A little glitchy and slower than last install but it worked fine and now I've got another softmoded xbox. THANK YOU FOR THE TUTORIAL!!
zacharum6 years ago
Dont forget to have you hard drive in MASTER SLOT! not slave. I had my cd rom in master without knowing it and as soon as I switched them BAM Like a glove. Okay maybe not but to unlock the hard drive all I did was copy 1 existing song go to the place I copied it and played it for mayb 13 seconds (Got tired of listening to the song) then paused it, unplugged the HD, from the xbox (My computer was already in the screen to choose option number 1), plugged the HD into the computer and pressed 1. it loaded in and WALAH! it went perfect. except the C: drive wouldn't back up to E: drive, so I skipped that step. not sure if it was a bad idea to do that or not. Am currently installing mod and its going GREAT! Thanks for the Tutorial!!!
anyone point me in the direction of a good iso download site?
http://software.lsoft.net/IsoBurner-Setup.exe - I use this program, works great for me! It's small, simple and easy to use.
Rossiroller6 years ago
check out my method for making a usb female out of a usb male.
very useful if you want to make a xbox to usb converter because its hard to find a usb female that you can chop

fwjs286 years ago
whoa....creepy timing for this to be featured as its what im trying to do now...although the title is wrong softmodding is modding without taking apart the Xbox...(i.e. action replay style)
do u have to plug the IDE cable to the computer then the xbox is there a other way u can do it and still be xbox live safe
smoger6 years ago
This tutorial was great. To help anyone who comes along in the future, the only bit of trouble I had was getting the drive swapped. The KEY to this that I don't think is stressed enough in the walkthrough,.. is that the swap has to be done at the ndure menu, BEFORE you press option 1.

So,.. just like they said above,.. copy a song to the hard drive. Start playing the song, and boot the pc(with a hard drive attached). When the ndure menu is up, hit pause on the xbox, do the swap, and then press 1.
jishua96 years ago
the xbox logo came up then the screen went black i did everything right but its just not loading please help jishua9@hotmail.com
I've tried everything mentioned in this guide and tried everything listed in the comments, but to no evail, my computer either doesn't "see" the xbox drive, or it says its still locked and then it puts up the "no parititon found" It won't let me enter xbrowser or even the ndure folder at all. the only image that matches what I've seen is the Xbox Hard drive and recovery tool screen with the four options, if anyone can help me please e-mail me at currinbrandon@yahoo.com
parks986 years ago
I tried to switch over to a new dashboard through the application x-switch on my moded original x-box but all it went to was the microsoft dashboard with the words xcutler appering at the bottom of the screen and it just stays on that and I can't download any of my applications or games. I think it was evox dashboard I tried to change it to.
codebuster6 years ago
Hay I'm pretty shore that once you connect ur xbox hd to ur computer the xbox hd will become curupt un till u reinstall the orginal xbox software
nelno6656 years ago
is it normal to see no such file or directory its still doin its thing but it says that under `copying ndure files
Has anybody had an issue with the increased noise of the hard drive with the softmod? It definetely gets louder
Since my PC froze trying to change the BIOS I ended up creating the controller with the USB and saving the exploit on the memory card then ftp'ing the rest using ndure 3.1 and flashftp. It was actually quite easy. It took a while to donwload everything and then the ftp was slow (I used a wireless adapter that was only 11 Mbps, once I used the cable it flew.
pust6 years ago
Fill in this blank <>? Thanks for any help you can give me. No need to give the letter. cause it may not show up. just what key it is in and if its an accent or symbol.
I got to step 4, was changing the BIOS when the computer froze (while in BIOS). The computer will not boot up, no video coming from the computer at all. So my question is.... Since I have no PC now, can I use my laptop, boot from the CD and use a usb hdd enclosure with the xbox hdd attached?
Danmaan6 years ago
I can't seem to get past this step. I can't seem to either a)unlock the drive, or, b) get my pc to recognize the drive. I guess I'm not sure which one is the case (or both). I noticed there is an option on the boot cd to "unlock" the drive - does that work?
the lock unlock function only works if you have your eeprom i believe
Danmaan Danmaan6 years ago
let me rephrase this. It does in fact recognize the drive (it says "found hd..."), but, it cannot locate the xbox partition. Does that mean it is not unlocked? I've tried all of the unlocking techniques mentioned except for removing the dvd power (i tried to get it out, but its stuck in there pretty well and i didn't want to break a wire). Thoughts? Thanks
Ed the Nerd6 years ago
Thanks so much man! Took ages to get it to reconize the drive, but she is running great!
demoloty6 years ago
Can some one help me with this problem, it finds the HD but does not see no xbox-partion table. It also give me alot of error even before that. What am I boing wrong, a little help please!!!!!
demoloty6 years ago
When I go to save the update it does not ask me to overwrite anything. I made sure the file name was ndure, can someone help me with this?
GMAN47376 years ago
great now my xbox is fragging i have had all sorts of problems with this...
can anyone help me with this problem is my xbox now totally screwed?
fragging is when it turns green a few times (its trying to turn on)but then red, no screen comes up either
Did you backup your files as instructed? If you didnt then that may be your first mistake.
i tried i did the first time i have tried this thing many times, it messed up my xbox i fixed the problem, there is another much easier way to mod your xbox for free by opening it up,thats how i ended up doing it, if anyone is interested let me know
you need the same objects, ide cables, a computer, and torx screwdrivers
of coarse the only thing you will have to go out and get is the screw drivers seeing as a computer has the ide cables
Do tell, please. I've got a mod chip sitting here, but I can still return it if I can get this thing softmodded...
ok cool here is the link to the tutorial


and here is what i downloaded to mod it with


This will install avalaunch dashboard, but if you go into file xplorer there is a way to install unleash x (which is what i did, but if you want you can try to install evolution x if you want, or you could just stick with avalaunch) it will take you to a green maybey kind of army green screen. Do your backups, hard drive then eprom. then you install it. You should be succesful, and if your interested i can help you get xbmc on there as an app. (i just figured it out last night) This mod shouldnt be too hard because i am new to all of this, this is the first system i have ever modded. Just be glad you didnt have to try 3 or 4 different mods to find one that worked, it thought i had ruined my xbox so many times, but this mod worked on the first try.

A TIP: sometimes xplorer 360 can become unresponsive, if so, close it and just open it up again. And also, sometimes if a folder cannot be deleted so you have to go into it and delete every file in it, you have to have patience because sometimes it will become unresponsive but it should still delete the individual file.

how do i install it ? on my xbox?
Thanks man! I'll give it a shot this weekend.
Danmaan Danmaan6 years ago
Well, I couldn't get it to work. I think the drive is unlocked, but the PC won't seem to reconize it... Oh well. I ordered an "executer 2.3 CE" mod chip for $30 from modchipcentral.com. I'm more comfortable with soldering and hardware stuff - so it will be worth my sanity. (fyi, they have solderless solutions if you're not good at soldering...) Thanks anyway guys.
There are some pc's that don't work with this, but not many.. If the drive isn't recognized then its likely not unlocked.. I find it helps to loosen the ide cable to the point where I have to hold it in place to keep the connection before even powering up the box.. It seems it likes to lock back up if you wiggle too much.. Also, if you have a modchip you can EASILY slap some softmod files on there, and sell the chip to somebody when you're comfortable with it
lol, i like that idea too! Maybe I'll be able to sell my modchip after getting what I want out of it. Thx for the suggestion!
Just remember that softmods will freeze up and not work if used with the chip on.. They require exact memory layouts provided by the stock bioses to run.. Do you use XBL?
Interesting... I'll be sure to make sure it works before ditching the chip - then again, it's only $30, but just keep it in case I need to mod another one someday... Nope, no more Xbox live on this one...
Actually as well, with your chip you will be in a modded state, so you could run 'config magic'.. That app would tell you your hdd password which means you could manually unlock the hdd without hotswapping in the future.. (Honestly though I kinda prefer hotswapping to typing in a 40 character password).. Hotswapping is easy once you get the feel for it, and I've actually 'tried' to kill hdd's doing it (badly on purpose), and never succeeded.. I guarantee I can help you get it running a softmod that should work forever since xbox1 is pretty much obsolete, M$ won't bother playing security games anymore.. (I actually helped Eh develop ndure a few years ago over on xbox-scene before I got banned from the site for saying that M$ and various sponsors had turned it into a corporate troll site).. The exploit I developed myself CHUI will still work on all xboxes regarless of version too.. I don't know if I even have a copy anymore though.. On that note, beware of older exploits (before 2005) they can cause alot of hassle if used with the wrong version of xbox.. Probably not that common anymore, but fair warning to those who take their own path.. I honestly can't vouche for the one in this instructable, but if its ndure, it should be good for all xboxes.. I'm not sure why its a few hundred MB though (and don't wanna d/l it).. My package was only about 6MB..
I think you need to write your own instructable on this :) I believe some of us would appreciate it (especially since you have some good experience)... All I want, it to run XBMC (for now anyway)... Could you give me some pointers as to how you would go about that, with a chip? Should I use EVOX as the dashboard and put XBMC on top of it still? I think I have an older version of EVOX (a friend gave me a disc from several years ago) - should i update it, or will it do the trick for what I need? Thanks for you help (and, sorry to the original poster of this instructable if this is getting a bit off 'your' topic, but I think it is still helpful).
Evox has an ftp server.. Network settings can be set in Evox Settings.. I'm pretty sure both user/pass are 'xbox' by default.. I think most set dhcp as default.. And I don't think evox likes passive ftp mode.. You need to obtain xbmc.. You can find those on torrent sites.. The basics are about 60MB, but some packages include additional skins etc and are over 100MB.. Look for something with a fairly recent build date.. You most likely have an E:\Apps directory.. Programs on xbox work alot like they did on dos.. Some builds of xbmc contain features that work only if the xbmc files are stored in E:\Apps\XBMC.. So log into ftp, make E:\Apps\XBMC, upload the (unrarred) files and directory tree such that you end up with E:\Apps\XBMC\default.xbe.. There are alot of files! Once transferred you could reboot your xbox, and xbmc will automatically have an entry in Evox's Apps menu.. Click that and your in xbmc.. Xbmc can replace evox entirely if you choose.. It has ftp server (and webserver), filemanger, and scripting ability.. My xbox boots right into xbmc.. Read the readme file with xbmc..
Thanks - this will be my project for the weekend. I'll let you know how I make out.
ime sorry did you follow all the instructions? you had to press pause break button when you were booting to stop it then hotswap then press any key to continue
Yea, I tried every which way - I held it above my head, jumped three times, tapped my shoes and still nothing :P I have a feeling it is my pc (or something I am doing wrong with it anyway), but, like I said, I'm better with hardware/soldering. I don't fully understand all this bios stuff. I'd recommend that other people try both of these methods if your uncomfortable with soldering... Thanks again Gman for your efforts - I imagine it was me who failed :P Dan
you wouldnt believe how many times i thought my xbox was finished when i was trying all of these methods, i was very persistance and i finally succeeded. i dont know where you live, and the chances they you would live where i live are pretty slim, but if you did i would help you do it so you wouldnt have to blow 30$
ha, I know what you mean. I've seen all sorts of flashing light combination's the last couple weeks, lol. Thanks for the offer - I do appreciate your kindness! I live near Boston, but, in any case, the chip is in the mail... Thanks again man - I'm sure you've helped others here.
that way when it was booting it would sense it
Um dude. This is the exact similar thing! Different tutorial, a few minor steps but its all the same concept.
lol yea its the same concept of hotswapping. Your not going to find any other "FREE" way. but this hotswap method works better and it is easier and you dont even have to burn a cd. Its the bare minimal. its simple. and much easier than this stuff. this one here on instructables screwed up my xbox numerous times, other one worked first shot.
Actually FRAG is an acronym for Flashing Red And Green.. There are other led code indications like flashing only red for a corrupted eeprom etc..
Just wanted to say that I read the guide trough first then read as I ran, worked out the first time, just want to say Thanx, but was wondering about the playing videos, what types is it suppose to play if i wanted to run some?
leeprice166 years ago
when i ftp the xbox media center on my xbox it goes there just fine but when i start it it just starts up and stays at the t3ch screen any ideas how i can fix my problem im me at leeprice16@yahoo.com
Tanjer15886 years ago
So i couldent get UnleashX to start and i fooled around and kept turning my xbox on and off. When i try to turn it on with the open try it Black Screens and then Gives me an error message. But when it did it the first time and i turned it off and then on again i got UnleashX But after playing a game in there now it starts in the MS Dash again. So How do i Get UnleashX to work? I did the <> and it worked but when i hit the a button after the video starts playing it Takes me back to MS Dash, If i try to go to the sound trak again and do the copy>copy>new soundtrack>done i just get the 100 track ecceded thing. So what do i have to do to get UnleashX to start again?
I Fixed My own Problem, If you turn on your box and are presented with a set time thinggy after you ran your <> Then just set the time and restart it and it should work just fine.
RichardXB6 years ago
I'm trying to softmod. When booting the CD and typing 1, linux seems to load but hangs on a line stating usb.c. Never reach the midnight commander Typing on the keyboard does nothing. need to hard reset to get out. Have tried with and without hdd. BIOS does find the hdd. Any suggestions?
fwjs286 years ago
do all hard drives work with a Xbox?(well all ide hdd of course?)
wolfy02 fwjs286 years ago
not all HDD. it has to be lockable. every xbox hdd has its own hdd password. basically your xbox mobo has one half of the key and your hdd has the other. you pop another hdd into the mobo and you should get an Error 5 or 6. There are some programs out there that you can unlock your hdd, but theres tons of bs you have to go through and are better off just buying a modchip or better yet borrowing one from a friend.
Wrong. Hard Drive has to be lockable, true. Your Xbox has a password that is the password to unlock the Xbox HDD. That makes the hard drive paired to the motherboard, as only that motherboard will unlock that hard drive. When you put a new hard drive in an xbox, you must get the EEPROM from the old hard drive (after modding, use ConfigMagic to get it) yadda yadda you can find more info on it somewhere, but it was really easy for me to put an 80 gb hard drive in my xbox.
how is what i said any different than what you said?
because there is no half key, it's just one string of random letters and numbers. and there is NOT a whole lot of BS for installing a new hard drive. Get the EEPROM from Config Magic. build your new hard drive using XboxHDM. Lock the hard drive using the EEPROM, so the motherboard can unlock the hard drive like it does the stock one. That's not too terribly complicated, and you don't need to go out and buy a modchip, I'm fairly certain this topic exists for the people who -don't- want to hassle with a modchip. or action replays or other forms of fancy equipment or games to buy.
ok so no half key. as far as the other stuff, sounds like a bunch of bs to a person who doesn't mod xboxs all the time. tell a random gamer sometime about their eeprom and you might get some odd looks.
Haha, yeah, I'm used to that by now. I tell ANYONE ANYTHING about something pertaining to electronics and I get odd looks. However, I try to explain things in as much detail as I can. Sorry =)
fwjs28 wolfy026 years ago
If you're looking for a list of compatible xbox hard drives, check the xbox modding wiki.
None of the steps were left out. I just finished modding 3rd Xbox via this method. You just need to follow the directions.
fitzovia6 years ago
I did everything, but when I tried typing "xbrowser" on the boot menu it gives me this error message: "Cannot find Kernel Image: xbrowser". I tried typing 1 to boot the linux but it restarted my PC again. Can someone tell me how to handle such problem?
I had the same problem because i was doing it completely wrong, lol. You aren't supposed to enter xbrowser at the first part. first, enter the number 2 when it asks you to choose options 1-4, or for some versions 1-3. It should do some loading and then it may say hdc: ________ << something to do with failure; twice. and then say that it isnt reacting and it is resetting the harddrive. don't think it froze. it may take like 20+ seconds. then it will do more loading. when it says "link down" THEN enter xbrowser. then go to ndure folder and then the *ndure file and choose option to back up drive c. then wait for that to finish. like 10 minutes required. then go back into the ndure folder, *ndure file, and select option 1. then read the guide... from step 6. they did leave some of the steps out.
Sounds like the image you burned is missing the kernel file...Double check your cd iso generation process
I tried modding an xbox with this method. The hard drive twacked out, xbox went nuts and I totally failed. But, guess what, even if that happens, you CAN recover your xbox. you can still unlock your hard drive, wipe it and start anew, I don't remember how i did it but I pulled the Xbox i messed up out of my closet after like 8 months of it being messed up, formatted the hard drive and installed the mod and it works great now, albeit it is a little bit different than what it should be, the normal Xbox dash is missing so it will boot to an error when you power on with the disc tray open. otherwise it's great . So, if all else fails, and you have the general know-how with electronics, just fiddle with it for a while, you'd be surprised at the blunders you can fix
can someone email me in like super dumb guy mode how to do this? I currently have a mooded xbox. just I would like to change out hard drive so that I can down load stuff games to the drive. imthejuggernaut@ymail.com thanks
mastha6 years ago
been a fan of xbox since the beginning, had my xbox modchiped since the earlier days, altough yesterday when i was flashing my bios ocurred a powerdown and my aladdin chip with only one memory bank got corrupted, i dont have the programmer for it anymore so i decided to softmod my xbox and try to reflash my chip by turning the modchip on after boothing the softmoded dashboard, but it wont allow me to do so.. thats just too bad since my main goal was to get my chip working again, softmod worked tho, i was only aware of the softmods which needed one individual to own the original exploitable game. Tks
so has anyone gotten it to work on a 1.6 'box?
I think i had a 1.6 box, read my other comment thread
ya, it was 1.6
so it would be a no then?
You can mod a 1.6 xbox using SID 5 (self installer deluxe). It was previously impossible, but with SID, its just as easy as with the older xbox's.
ya, its pretty broken, but i haven't tried to fix it yet, I would recomend doing the bond softmod, but If you can't this will work if you do it right. I'm not sure where i messed this up, so i can't give you hints.
cmykog6 years ago
First of all, I'd like to say thanks for the awesome tutorial. I took a while with the hot swap steps, but it sounds like that's pretty normal ; ) Once I got past that everything worked perfectly. But when I turn on my xbox now I get error code 9, which is related to hdd parameters being inconsistent. I've re-checked all the instructions and I know for sure I did everything correctly. Any suggestions before I use XboxHDM to go back and restore the C: backup? Thanks in advance!
Psychobwuk6 years ago
Awesome. My first few tries were done without connecting to TV. They encountered problems loading xbrowser. I tried again the next day while hooked to the TV and got it working first try. During installation a couple errors popped up about not having enough disk space, but as soon as I rebooted the xbox the new dash was working. I didn't even have to go through the audio file thing. I guess I'll see soon enough if everything is actually working, but so far it seems fine.
dz00044556 years ago
I worked for about 3 hours on this, and now I have a dead xbox, i never could get the hot swap to work. I was trying to swap without a tv attached. I had a version 1.6 box, does that affect anything? I will probably buy a new box, or get one from a friend, to make a media center with.
do you know what error it was giving you when it booted?
i have no idea, it no longer will even power up consistantly. sometimes it will turn on and others it does nothing.
i had that issue once before. not sure what happened, but I had it unplugged for about a week. so i think it might have reset the internal clock on the mobo from the one recorded on the hdd. only issue I had with it then is that the hdd was unlocked without any hope of me locking it again, so i just paid my dues and ordered an XE3.
I didn't know you had to turn the box off with the hdd in it, so I probably screwed it up that way too. o well, someday I'll get me a new one to mod.
oh yea, and good luck on modding the new one when you get it. shoot me a msg on here if you want some help when you get it.
if you followed the directions on here, then you did it right. but mine i had the same issue with so i gave up for a week or so then plugged it in and voila it worked. think of it like your BIOS battery went dead on your comp, so if there's no power going to it then all your settings go back to factory default. Since the xbox doesn't have a battery, it uses the caps as a energy source. It's not alot of voltage, but its enough to keep it alive for a few hours, if not days sometimes.
bassgs30006 years ago
ok i modded mine with an action replay memory card and splinter cell. This instructable is great but if you can find splinter cell and an action replay memory card with the connector there's a great exploit that allows all of this to happen without burning anything or opening the xbox.
Can you give me more info on this??
hd2266 years ago
In place of a Torx 20 screwdriver, u can use a 1/8 hex bit/key... Works just as well, and a good alternative if you haven't got any Torx bits... The soft-mod went like a dream, thanx
msmitchell6 years ago
everything is clear as far as what I have to do, but the one thing that I am lost about is where my own hdd comes into it (400g Seagate) do I just do all that steps and after i back everything up and complete all the steps do I just copy all that to the new hdd and then place it into the xbox? and what do I do if my PC is sata not ide?
I just figured out that my PC does have one ide channel. In the bios is shows two ide channels IDE 1 master (cd/dvdr burner) and IDE 1 slave (not used) I know there is only one IDE chan on my mother board and the ribbon has two female ends so that I could put a secondary drive. My question is do I still need to have a totally separate IDE chan to do the mod? Or could I just use xplorer360 and hook the xbox hdd to the slave IDE ribbon? and one final thing.. what if I just get a sata cd drive and just disconnect the ide drive and just go from there. I just don't want to have to buy a cd drive when I have one. even though its sata. Please someone just email me back and let me know. thanks Tanjiamitchell@yahoo.ca
jogz6 years ago
awesome, it all worked great. Just a hickup, the PC must be told to boot from CD first. On my Dell GX260, I tried to let it search HD and then boot from CD, but that didn't work (my bios is password protected and I don't have password!). Then, I used another PC and booted off CD, worked perfectly. No issues with hotswap, din't had xbox connected to TV, just waited about 10 seconds, then did the swap (don't know what's the hype about hotswap timing, playing music, etc!?). thanks guys.
Yacuzaboss6 years ago
Small issue I found while trying to use the linux/ndure iso cd. I swapped drives no problem. Told my comp to load the iso cd. Worked great. Selected option 1 (VGA mode) Linux app loaded up just as you said. Perfect. Then I noticed I had no control. The linux app did not recognize my usb keyboard. Tried again and caught the error message in the linux boot. Just something to watch for. Great toot
huns806 years ago
After many tries and two different desktop machines, I finally got this to work. xbrowser would never see the drive (hda). I tried pausing the PC at various points during the BIOS screen (almost instantaneous on an eMachine) and during the xboxhdm boot menu. I finally managed to pause it at the right spot and it recognized the drive. After that, everything else was easy. I can see how the hot swap could be tricky on some computers (like Dell) that want the CS jumper installed on the drive. I think the trick is to pause the PC somewhere between a hard reset and the BIOS drive scan.
josh.php6 years ago
I'm having an issue getting into the program. After i enter the soundtrack name, it shows the movie and then just reboots to the input time and date screen. What must I do to fix this so it boots to the linux?
maxpower496 years ago
every time i save the ndure folder it keeps saving it as html file
the point?
srsys6 years ago
Everything loads fine but I get ** # ./ndure ./ndure: 1: Syntax error: redirection unexpected press any key to continue ** I was sure to replace the ndure file with the one given ...
srsys srsys6 years ago
Solved by removing | cd | on line 5... before | tmpdir="/ndure" |
davros426 years ago
I got a lot from this tut (thanks much to the author!), but without the comments I wouldn't have been able to make this work. Here's what I had to do to have the PC see the unlocked XBOX drive--this information all came from the various comments and my own trial/error. The way that I did this might be overkill, but hey, it worked for me! 1. Power XBOX and PC down. Make sure that the PC's IDE cable STAYS connected to the PC HD despite what it says in the tut 2. Remove the XBOX HD enough so that you can move the jumper from CS (cable select) to Master: facing the front of the XBOX, remove one screw from back left of the plastic HD case to lift the case up. Then remove 4 more from the sides of the case (two per side) to get the HD out of the case enough to reach the jumper on the back. Move it from CS to Master, there should be a little chart on the HD itself that shows you how to do this--it may vary depending on the brand of HD. The HD can be left out for now 3. Power on XBOX 4. Insert audio CD and copy 5 minutes worth of songs 5. Now play those songs that you just copied (from the XBOX HD, not from the audio CD which is still inserted) 6. After 3 minutes of play-time, turn the PC on--keep the songs right on playing. When the menu appears on the PC screen, you have a few minutes to perform the swap, but the swap must be done BEFORE you select option one from the menu! 7. After 5 full minutes of music playing, hit pause and perform the swap. Unplug the IDE cable from the XBOX as soon as the music is paused! Then unplug the PC's IDE cable from the PC HD. Quickly plug the PC's IDE cable onto the XBOX HD 8. Hit 1 on the PC and keep your fingers crossed. If you get a message about display modes not being found, just hit to go on (that's a Linux deal and has nothing to do with the hot swap stuff) 9. From this point on, follow the tut, realizing of course that after you power down both devices as stated in the tut, reassemble your XBOX with the HD back in proper position 10. A final note: I didn't have to copy anything to enter the hacked dash, it came up automatically. Perhaps I did something odd when I made the ISO in the first few steps, I don't know...
drazalon6 years ago
Well i got to everything except for this part.

a. PC is set in BIOS to boot from CD
b. My xbox is close enough to my computer that the primary master cable can reach it.
c. My IDE cable that will be used for hot swapping is connected to the primary IDE channel.
d. My CD/DVD drive is connected to anywhere but the primary IDE connection.
e. My primary master IDE connection is vacant, as this is the one I will hotswap the Xbox drive to.

It isnt quite clear.
a. I got that down
b. Which primary cable? XBOX or computer?
c. The IDE cable that will be used for hotswapping, which one is this? And specifically which primary IDE Channel? XBOX or computer?
d. CD/DVD Drive. Is this the computers CD/DVD Drive thats connecting to anything but primary? Or XBOX?
e. Is it the XBOX or Computer's IDE Channel that is vacant?

Sorry. But its just too vague. Thanks for the tut.
Ok nevermind it was all refering to the PC's IDE and channels. I got it up to the boot screen but how do i boot it? Im stuck at a screen with ending lines.. " BOOT CD FROM: " and i have no idea what to do after that.
ALRIGHT! Great tutorial. I appreciate it. Though you forgot one small detail. When burning the iso image (some drives may not be compatible with the ISO Recorder) make sure you go to Properties, and Change the Recording Speed to ONE. This is apsolutely crucial otherwise youll end up with a half-written and corupted Boot Disk that wont work. I found this out the hard way :/
drazalon6 years ago


GMAN47376 years ago
oh if someone could answer this pretty quick i would appreciate it, how long does creating c drive back up to drive e, its been on step2 forever, and whats the longest you think it will take, i hardly have anything on the xbox sept a few saves and a few music tracks
Jiffypotman7 years ago
I don't know, but for some peeps you may have to disconnect the CDROM IDE cable then start the xbox with the hard disk still plugged in and then perform the hotswap.
you have to have the comp hooked up to its hard drive when it boots, then unplug that part of the ide cable to hotswap to your xbox when your xbox is ready
Bisoninu7 years ago
OK when I type xbrowser it scan for my xbox hd and it says xbox hard drive not found. I did the hotswap and nothing. Can some one help me plz.
dont know if you figured it out yet, but the ide cable from your pc needs to be connected to your pc's hard drive then unplug it from the comps hard drive and hotswap it to your xbox's
GMAN47376 years ago
i actually figured it out, after searching i never really found a solution, but when your hot swapping the computer has to be hooked up hard drive and all!!! then you unplug it an swap it to your xbox i have seen numerous questions like mine but i found the answer!!! now maybey the next time some one has a problem with xbox partition not being sensed, they will be pointed to this page and figure it out.
rickwookie6 years ago
In this last part of the guide it states: "I would advice that you backup basically, everything. First, launch EvoX, go down to System Util, and hit Backup. It will look like it didnt do anything, but rest assured that it did." So my question is: How do I launch EvoX? Following this tutorial I have UnleashX don't I?
VzjrZ (author)  rickwookie6 years ago
Launch the RemoteX app...
What's remoteX
VzjrZ (author)  rickwookie6 years ago
It's an application that should be one your hard drive, look under E:apps/evox
Okay, having searched the xboxhdm_v1.9 folder on my hard drive for evox I found xboxhdm\linux\ndure\E\ndts\files\E\evox.rar. Sure enough on my xbox in E:\ndts\files\E there is evox.rar. I could unrar that to E:\apps\evox, but then I guess that should have happened automatically and I missed something in this guide, but I can't see what.
E:\apps\ was empty. I have looked online and found a package for EvolutionX and copied it to E:\apps\EvolutionX I then launched E:\apps\EvolutionX\evoxdash.xbe from within UnleashX and I could then follow your steps and do the backup. I'm confused as the why I didn't have EvoX following your steps, did I miss something? Did everyone else who used this method get EvoX?
GMAN47376 years ago
Something is wrong here, it sais no xbox partition table is found or partion whatever, but anyways it is not because because it was locked, it even sais its not locked, but i do not know what to do please help me thanks guys
GMAN47376 years ago
hey guys... : ( i would not reccomend this tutorial for anybody. i followed the intructions step by step and now my xbox is inopperable, it just goes to the screen and sais it needs to be reserviced. i should have just left it alone and used it for another system, like many things if it sounds to good to be true it is, i wasted 2 days trying to get this to work, that is 2 days i will never be able to get back, if anyone can help me out i would greatly appreciate it, i wouldnt mind just setting it back to its normal state, thanks in advance
Hey this tutorial is like the BEST! What service number do you get i can help you out. I modded my xbox using this tutorial and it wasnt too good to be true. It was good and TRUE!!!! stop whining too mate. You make it seemed like your mom died or something. You spent two days. ok. Well its not the end of the world.
hey did you get my last message? ime sorry ime just really eager to fix it lol i have been checking this site like crazy

Here that may help you. Theres also a video on youtube. Just search how to fix error 21. I also had it before but i totally forgot how i fixed it. Hope i helped.
hey i got it back to its original state thanks to you!!! i think i will try to do this mod again, first time i did it it just changed my light orange and that was it. oh and it didnt let me put cd tracks on it. i installed over everything and thats where error 21 came in. but during the first time i was getting errors, so i am going to burn a new cd and hope everything pans out alright. Oh btw, does this come with xbox media center, like whats the new dash is it cool looking (like the one in the first vid) thanks again
No its does not come with Xbox Media Centre ( XBMC). It comes with Evolution X but once you modded it you can put on XBMC. you can also put on other stuff as well. and im glad that i helped.
yeah now ime having trouble with hotswapping at the beggining and getting a keyboard error, maybey i should try to do a mod with xplorer 360 lol
i think there is a way with xplorer360 or fatxexplorer i will use. I have a question about this mod, did this not come with like a media center in the first video? could you give me a screen shot of what it should look like when everything is done? dont want to get to ahead of myself lol i still have to fix the error but i was wondering how you go about installing media centers if this mod doesnt come with one, if it does, ime fine lol
you gave me hope :D hopefully ime smart enough to fix it, it still plays games so its just the dashboard deal i screwed up, i think something was wrong with the disk i burned too i dunno, wish me luck
yeah i know i was tired and getting ready to go to bed and in a depressed mood when i wrote it lol sorry, also i do not plan on using this for xbox live (like in case doing something wouldnt allow me to use xbl i wouldnt care)
REALLY!?! do you think you could actually help me fix it?!?! this is great!!! in the top left hand corner it says 21 if that is what you mean i will be looking forward to your reply
thoffman6 years ago
Some tips (which I found the hard way): 1) It's much easier to disconnect the cable from the Xbox hard drive if you remove it first. To do this, use a Torx 15 driver to remove the single screw to the left of the drive. Carefully pull the drive carrier up and flip upside-down to the right. Once you do that, remove the four Torx screws holding the drive to the carrier, and it pops right out. 2) Disconnect all drives except your DVD/CD drive from your PC before starting. 3) If you have a RAID controller, your DVD/CD drive may not be recognized by Linux, giving the "Can't find Linux CD" error that stiffyswe saw. I wound up going to a really old PC with just a couple of standard PATA controllers on it. 4) If you keep getting errors that it can't find an Xbox drive, reboot with the Xbox drive connected to your PC. The drive will be locked, and you can't do anything, but your BIOS should detect it. Make sure it shows up as primary master. If not, this won't work. My Xbox drive was set to cable select, and I was using new 80-pin cables, but for some reason, my BIOS detected it as slave, no matter which connector I used. I changed the jumper to force it to master, started over, and it worked.
Joppy6 years ago
Brilliant tutorial :D This worked fine for me, although I didn't need to do the EggsBox thing. As soon as I turned on the xbox after completing the hotswap, it came up in UnleashX :D
mastapimp226 years ago
i got it all installed but when i type in <> (with the special b) it just plays the video then when its done it just makes me set the time and date then it just gose back to the dashboard
stiffyswe6 years ago
Hey! I (like so many others) can't get past this step. I've managed to unlock the harddrive, but I get the message "Can't find Linux CD!" or something similar. What the hell is going on? I would be so extremely grateful for some help... You can reach me on my e-mail: johanssonniklas@hotmail.com
luke.p6 years ago
PLEASE HELP!!! I broke my xbox. I followed the tutorial up until i installed ndure. I was at stage 2 when it said my hard drive was full and the installation never completed. I thought it a good idea to restore the HD with ndure (option 5). Now when i try run my xbox i get the "christmas lights" error, with 2 failed attempts at turning on then the third gives me red and green flashing lights and nothing on screen. I think my HD was full cous i got some music on the xbox. Does anybody have any idea what i can do to fix it? I need my xbox working! AHHH
mackthemost6 years ago
ook so i disconnect the ide ribbon from my computer but it should be plugged into the motherboard right? and if it cant detect my xbox am i not doing it fast enough? and after i press 1 and it loads it says "you have passed an undefined mode number" is that affecting the process?
you know what i figured it out and i felt that hotswapping before the ms logo splash worked on the first try for me..thx for the awesome tut
jbucky10926 years ago
HELP PLEASE!!! I followed this to the letter, but after install, it won't boot. I get a "please contact a technician" message. when I try to hotswap to the computer (to restore the backup) it doesn't work, it says "no XBOX partition found" nothing I try will make it boot. help anyone?
punkatsub6 years ago
does this work for pal xboxes?
john2266 years ago
hey buddy where did you get the xbox n64 Roms?
coty6 years ago
thanks a lot !! It took a while but I done it.
It works fine and I also figured out how to upgrade my hard drive, currently from an 8gb to 80gb :) Should work fine if you follow it and the soundtrack step should be unnecessary. When you boot your fan should get a little louder and the light will turn orange. It may go to the normal dashboard to set the clock so set it and reboot.. On the other hand if your xbox didn't forget the time you should just boot straight into unleashed X
mizun0h7 years ago
Thanks alot, all i had to do was change the ndure file. besides that this worked perfectly
pan1117 years ago
I get the same problem as camelboy... """"Hi All, As with others here i had the 4034 K&D .... well everything worked well expect that i got during the NDURE installation this message (quoting from others here): CP:unable to open '/xbox/c/xodash/x0linedash.xbe':no such file or directory CP:unable to open '/xbox/c/xodash/x20linedash.xbe':no such file or directory CP:unable to open '/xbox/c/xodash/x0nlinedash.xbe':no such file or directory CP:unable to open '/xbox/c/xodash". After finishing installing the NDURE, reconnected the HD, and rebooted the XBOX, XBOX Microsoft logo came up then the screen become blank (black creen). I've tried everyting the HD is alive but when i try xboxhd it says that the Xbox is locked! i can't do anything with the original dash .... any advice? thanks in advance."""
ejperez197 years ago
how would i make a modded xbox w. a larger hardrive?
ejperez197 years ago
ok after i swapped my harddrive from the xbox to the computer i press 1 and enter... i get the scrolling text but when it ends i get..." at the command-line type 'xboxhd' to start tool. for copying, deleteing, renaming files and folders use 'xbrowser'..... etc.. what do i do now?
heeey when i want to save that thing that we have to save as it only lets me save it as a link and not a a different file i am also using fire fox soo what do i do?
go into control panel and find "folder options or something and under one of the tabs a bit down it will say something like "hide known file formats" untick or something this and it'll appear with the file name and just delete the format and it'll come up with the generic icon.
woot master7 years ago
I hacked my xbox it is so cool.i used evolution X on mine.
ilikepie237 years ago
my processor isnt compatible with ISO recorder... is there another program i can use to do the same thing?
nero? um, just go to google and search for " free iso burning software" you will find something.
power iso or magic iso work too.
i know one called isoburn its freeware
hi can someone please help? i have used this instructable 3 times have sucesfuly moded few xboxs. im trying to use it again and i can get the pc to unlock the stock drive...and can get in to ndure...once i go to the nuder foldeer it comes up serching for cdrom in a few letters ..comes up like 8 tiimes and just stalls...can someone tell me what i did wrong? please help...thanks...
Same problem as pyro. I've got the cd made with linux as only file, CD/DVD drive connected to secondary, primary channel connected with primary plug free and waiting for the xbox. Boot to BIOS -> boot from the CD/DVD drive but it reads as if nothing is there -> reboot and select appropriate drive or input bootable material into device. I've tried reburning the CD-R, as well as booting from my 2nd CD drive with CD in it but no luck. Have I overlooked something?
emman1017 years ago
For anyone who has successfully modded thier xbox i suggest using this link to help you out with storing games onto your xbox. You have about 4.5 - 6.5 gigs (depending on your hard drive) to store games and stuff on. The link shows you the exact size of games for xbox. So if you do your calculations right you can either back up or download ;) games off the internet then FTP the files into the E/ drive. Doing so depending on what games you would like you can probably store more games then you though you could.

Heres the link: http://www.fileforums.com/showthread.php?t=43604

very helpfull!
sexcbubz7 years ago
Hey guys.. These steps are really confusing. Can someone please tell me.. In ORDER what exactly to do after i have opened both my computer and xbox and they are sitting next to one another. I havent yet set my pc to boot from cd, as i am still trying to memorise everything im supposed to do. Also, my pc hd uses a SATA cable, not the older IDE ones.. Do i still unplug my hard drive, and then just use the IDE cable from the xbox? Im concerned because the xbox IDE cable is shared between the dvd drive and the hard drive. Sorry, im just finding the steps a little difficult to understand. Thanks in advance.
Ginfu7 years ago
Yeeeeeah I'm not gonna do this because all I really want to do is browse my Xbox's HD and add songs to it because it does not accept burned CDs...and maybe copy a movie to it sometime ;). But its just too risky too me and I do not want to risk losin' my saved games or end up f'n brickin' my box. Until I find a more detailed and sound tut for soft moddin', I guess my box is just gonna be...a box :|
Sometimes, my XBOX accepts burned CD-RW s. You should try that!
Yeah I saw that before and wondered about it, but I never thought to do it. Thanx for bumpin heads with me.
emman101 Ginfu7 years ago
If you want to im not sure if you would do this however. At EB Games/ Gamestop refurbished xboxs are like $45 with taxes. So buy another xbox and then mod that and do what you want to. It's only a suggestion how ever...
Ginfu emman1017 years ago
Good suggestion and here in VA they are $59.99 unfortunatelly.
Has anyone got: cp: Write Error: No space left on device mkdir: error /xbox/C/shadowc/resc not created cp: /xbox/C/shadowc/resc/default.xbe not copied cp: /xbox/C/shadowc/resc/evox.ini not copied ???? Help! I tried installing again but I just keep on getting the same messages as above. I don't remember putting anything in C: coz this is my first time hotswapping and accessing XBOX HD via XBOXHDM
well, if the xbox had updates then there will be a large update file in C:\ delete that since you don't need it anymore and you will have space for king roachy massive coc
Brother_D7 years ago
I wonder if I could pay a smart person to do this for me...
when i do that it gives me a message that says i have already reached my 100 soundtrack limit, even though its the only soundtrack listed. also is it a capitial accented a? which a is it ? their are 4 accented as
VzjrZ (author)  darklordchris8 years ago
I dont know why but instructables somehow changes the spelling of the word, SEE PICTURE 2...
lw_1183 VzjrZ7 years ago
I'm getting the same error, 'max 100 soundtrack limit reached', so I'm unable to rename the soundtrack. If anyone knows how to solve this problem then please please let me know, thanks.
ok so i checked it out and my xbox seems to be working exactly the way it should. but when i tryed to do the soundtrack <> thing it didn't run the mod. instead it told me i had reach my limmit of 100 soundtracks. however if i turn on the power with the power button unleashx loads just fine.
neonz7 years ago
Hi I tried the mod and I think i got it working (i still need to test it with something) the only thing im having trouble with is step 6. When i try to rename the music file and save it, it tels me ive allready reached my limit of 100 tracks, but there is no songs to delete. (I had music on my xbox by after the mod they were all gone.)
terrormiah7 years ago
Ok so I followed all the instructions then when it rebooted after making the soundtrack it just went to the ms dashboard and does not boot unleash x. Do I have to ftp unleash x to my system or what?
i made the cd but when i start up my computer it says theres no disc or insert disc.i have only my dvd drive plugged in. is there something that i might have forgot like to plug the ide cables from the xbox into the computer as well?
Try inserting a different disk, and see if that works. If it doesn't then make sure you did everything in the BIOS correctly and that your cd/dvd drive is in the right slot (secondary).
cotton7 years ago
so what dose it do let you play any burned game for xbox
emman101 cotton7 years ago
It let's you play burnt games, allows you to back up games, and turn your xbox into a whole MEDIA CENTRE!!! With some apps available you can play music, dvd's, Go on the internet, play retro emulators such as N64, Sega Genesis, Atar i, Gameboy Advanced..etc. You can get a fully functional desktop on your xbox too! You can type and do your homework on your xbox too. ( incase your computer is being used. or something). In general its just frickin awesome! So its like all those things in one. You can also change the settings so that you can play imported games from like Japan, that previously weren't compatible. You can change the light on your xbox, fan speed, and so on.
Cerafem7 years ago
when I type xbrowser, it tells me that the kernel isn't found. Anyone know what to do?
Try moving on in the installation. Also if you haven't already and it didn't work try again. =D Make sure your hotswapping effectively ( cords are in, Xbox Hard-drive in the primary slot...)
ok i have found out i have the error 21 what do i do too fix it if there is a way can u link me too too it like instructions or the installer?
error 21 you say? I think you should still be able to play games. That's just a hardware glitch i believe. Can you still play games?
wickstopher7 years ago
I screwed up my XBOX using the MechAssault/Instant Replay softmod method..I had a bit much to drink and started deleting files when things weren't going right, and borked the whole proceedings. I was wondering if this method would work for me given my situation, if there was a different approach (i.e. some way of wiping the hard drive and installing a fresh image), or if I'm just screwed? I'm looking for a fresh start here, and any advice would be appreciated! Even a point in the direction of an appropriate forum would be great...can't seem to find one. Thanks!
just follow this instructable?
Sounds good, and that was my plan, up until the point where I read in the instructable that the Dashboard needed to be a certain version. I can't even get into my Dashboard at this point. As I said, I totally borked a previous softmod attempt. I'm hesitant to give it a go in case maybe there's something else I should be doing. In other words, are you sure? ;)
Can your xbox still play games? If so then everything is fine private message me and i"ll give you instructions on modding your xbox FROM SCRATCH ( I did the same to mine)
sigmo7 years ago
Just wanted to leave a message of thanks. Yesterday, I got my hands on an old xbox and softmodded it successfully thanks to your guide. I raise my beer to you in honor. Cheers.
slimguy3797 years ago
zz top rocks "she got leeeeegs"
emman1017 years ago

If any one has successfully modded thier xbox, or plans to sometime soon i HIGHLY reccommend visiting this website. Its great for beginers, experts, and anything in the middle. It has pretty much all you would need in one website with links to other websites that will help you.(like xbox -scene) if you need any help with your xbox go to: http://www.freewebs.com/xbox-scene/ I promise you it will help alot!! cause it helped me!
k i have kixed my hd now i want to make my dashboard look like yours i have this red unleash thing and it doesn't look all that great soo how do i do it?
You need to know how to FTP into your xbox (transfer files) You need to download some software/program thats in the video. ITs called Xbox Media Centre. If you private message me i can get you a link on where to download it. and maybe i can help you from there but i think if you can get a hold of Triggernum5 then that will be the best thing to do. He probably knows alot more about it then i do. :D MEssage me though.
hey i have got to the point where i installed ndure or w.e and i went through all the parts and after them u told me to turn off my comp and xbox soo i did. When i turned on my xbox it said this customer service thing and the light was blinking green and red what happened and how can i fix it?
slavik197 years ago
hey i got some softmod to work i can ftp into my xbox:) but when i copy an iso game image into games folder it doesn't show? can you please help me?
Get a pc app called Qwix, or another xbox iso extractor.. Then copy the iso contents such that you end up with E:\Games\Game_Folder\default.xbe.. Obviously the rest of the files get copied too.. Then the dash will find the game.. It works the same way for apps.. Basically everything on xbox has a default.xbe, and dashes search for that file in all sub_dirs under the main..
ok thank you for helping me. so i just copy them to my games folder? and i got a 50gb hdd it says i only have like 2 gigs available??
If you got the 50GB working but f:\ only says 2GB, its probably because you cloned your original.. Just reformat f:.. That can be done in unleashx, or evox.. I'm pretty sure most unleashx configs are setup to support formatting.. If not, I'll provide you with one.. Reformatting will kill any data already on f: but afterwards you should have a 42GB f:.. And all games/apps go in their own subfolder in the games/apps folders, then dashes should find all the default.xbe's..
wait up. my games folder is in drive e:/?
E:\Games is searched.. Thats where stock hdd's have the most space.. F:\Games, and G:\Games for huge hdd's are also scanned.. It actually depends on config files, but thats typically default..
so do i have to make a new games folder in g or f? do i have to put them there?
If it doesn't exist on f: then yea make it.. You don't have a G:\, thats just an option beyond 137GB.. Personally I store apps, dashes, and linux on E:, Games, video etc on F: and G:.. Thats typically how things are designed by default, although it will look for E:\Games, F:\Apps in most cases (Its all configable.. Look in config.xml where your unleashx is, or evox.ini).. It doesn't matter if some directories don't exist even if they're in the scan.. Just put your stuff somewhere scannable.. BTW, you can manually launch xbe's from filemanagers..
ok i tried with flashfxp pro and it wont make it can i just put all my games into f:\? and then just use file manager or xploere to run them? and how muxh space does f:\ have? onces again thank you so much.
Yea, you could do that.. You could also edit the dash config to scan whereever the heck you want to put them.. Which directory failed to create? xboxhdm did cause a bug on E: that could be fixed by dumping files, formatting E:\ then transfering the files back before rebooting (important).. I thought they fixed that, and it was only with E:\.. F:\ should be the hdd_size - 8GB.. Remember though that they consider 1000000000bytes a GB though..
please please please help me. i formated my whole drive i think i tried formating it and i think it formated everything:(((( is there a way i could get back into my drive and put my backup back in? i have the MSdashboard c:/ as well as my moded c:/ and e:/please help me or do i have to buy a new hard drive?
What command did you run in which app/dash? And did you follow my advice and transfer your eeprom.bin to your pc? If you did you can guaranteed fix it.. If not then its only a probably fixable without a modchip or electronics skills.. Actually, the error 11-12 dvd cable swap trick could still work even if nothing boots..
sorry but i get error 5 on my original hhd and on mine thaT I upgraded western digitial 80gb i get error 16 please help
Do you have the eeprom.bin on your pc? Error5 is bad for softmods if you don't, since that means the hdd is unlocked.. Error 16 is a software problem coupled with the fact that you likely left it unplugged for a couple hours.. Can you boot any games? In both cases, having your eeprom.bin accessible makes it an easy fix..
ok my original hdd is broken to i formated it and i have thhe eeprom back up how do you fix it? and is there anyway i can fix error 16?