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Modded Xbox incorporated into a Scion TC

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This project is not for the procrastinators who are faint hearted.

In doing this project the DIY'er holds all responsibilty for any type of damage. Whether it physical, mental, or property.

The brain of the project is a Xbox softmodded with linux running XBMC (Xbox Media Center) and a 250gb hard drive. There will be no section in this tutorial on how to softmod or instal XMBC on your Xbox. There is more than enough information already out under that subject. This project will show how you can take an Xbox and have the on/off, eject/close buttons, and the dvd drive in the center console for your convenience. It seems like a silly idea but imagine carrying your entire itunes library and any shows or movies you would like to watch on a long drive (as long as your not driving, Dangerous!!).

In this project I handled all the hardware situations but the software installations was all my friend BJ (so thank you, sorry missed halloween)
 
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Step 1: Opening the Xbox

First we will open the Xbox and get comfortable with what lies inside. To see how to open the Xbox LLama.com or Xboxscene have excellent tutorials. After opened use Xboxscene to decipher which version the box is. If you have V1.0 to 1.5 you can use Sickmods.net's atx to xbox psu converter.

I unfortunately did not have version 1.0 to 1.5 so i do not know exactly how to but you can use the converter to take the power from the car (12v) and use it to power the xbox directly. I had to use an old fashion inverter, which isn't bad but it would of made the project so much cleaner, more built in, if you will.

Well this is what my boxed looks like now. Pretty simple stuff. The bottom left is the two inputs for the 4 controller ports. Top right (bigger box) is the Ide cable which I kept as the flat ribbon style. I definitely think it is possible to get the rounded type of Ide cable for this project but I have not tried it. The small top right box is the power to the dvd drive, incredibly small wires. The mid right is the fan which I thought I should keep in there since it will be under a hot seat with not a whole lot of ventilation. The big middle box is the power cables to the hard drive, pretty self explanatory.
Irock1483 years ago
YOU HAVE THE RED RIGN OF DEATH!!!!!!!
EVERYONE RUN FOR THEIR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fail, this isn't a Xbox 360...
Really? This is a fail? it's the original Xbox.
lonerayven2 years ago
I think I'm going to do a classier version of this mod in a scion XB. Anyone want to fund the research? :P Just kidding. I do have a serious lot of ingenious ideas for my XB, maybe ill just be that guy on instructables.
Royse98083 years ago
thats cool but did it destroy some of the car parts though
LennyTheDub3 years ago
Just wondering where you are? Just curious about effect from the climate? I'm in Canada, so hot and humid in the summer and freezing in the winter.
ArkAngel7623 years ago
You didn't need a power converter for the Xbox. Most gaming systems actually use around 12v of power. Instead of spending the extra $50, you could have just found the inverter that is inside the xbox case and disconnect it. Then run the 12v from the Xbox to a regulator then to a fused line to your battery.
ArkAngel7623 years ago
I've got a '95 Chevy Astro which I have converted into at "Shagin Wagon" and this modification is great. It's a rolling box of awesomeness. What the cool part is is the fact that I also have a projector set up so when I press a button in the front console, the rear window opens and I can project up to 112 inches of awesomeness onto anyone's wall (or on the side of a tractor trailer :))
waffleman4 years ago
you should try this with a 360 and try to somehow connect it to live. or even try to connect this one to live. your choice.
To connect a moving car to live, you would need to get a Verizon or ATT 3G USB router on a laptop and bridge the connections. The thing is, if you're out of cell phone tower range, no Live for you. BUT, if you wanted to, you could get a WiFi reciever for your 360 or PS2 and if you are on the road and stop at a WiFi-enabled hotel/motel, you'd have a nice little system. (no guarantee that the network would be able to handle that though. Might want to use a laptop or PC and see what the network settings are)
crc094 years ago
any tips for doing this for a ps2??
ikirt4 years ago
 Just wanted to add that you can also use USB sticks to transfer data to your xbox's HD or play media right from the USB stick.
cornboy36 years ago
I am so going to do this in my VW Van except geekier!
i am getting a mini van so that we are more comfortable when we visit family in new mexico "im in NE colorado" and this would be perfect to put games on but i might do it with a modded 360 
thats the spirit!
gwolff5 years ago
I have a Scion tC.. if i had enough money,and didnt care about damagin my car forever, i would totalllyyy do this
abadfart gwolff4 years ago
you just don't have enough experience at modding your car  i have put so much stuff where it shouldn't be in cars and trucks
Kuhan5 years ago
hahaha the diagram is hilarious!
fjkl; Kuhan4 years ago
I keeeeel u! lol!
Lftndbt6 years ago
And the sound...?? Read it 3 times now and still can't find reference... In built into the existing system...? Yeah it would be... How's it sound? I only have a inverted PS2 with the joytech monitor in my glove box... I have wireless controller's to so it's pretty sweet... Are you looking into any eng/comp management intergration with the car? When I add my supercharger, i'll need the comp/fuel sys info setup so i'll be switching to an xbox... which I have ready to go in....
richiehops (author)  Lftndbt6 years ago
Should I answer all these open ended sentences with the question marks at the end of them...? I appreciate the comment so I will try and answer the question marks. The sound is straight my stereo speakers so it sounds exactly like a scion tc with a sub woofer would. My head unit has the computer/engine controls and navigation with a dvd player so xbox is just a media storage. The head unit has a auxilary hook up so the xbox sounds exactly like a dvd or cd would sound like in my head unit. There is a slight humming at time from the inverter and thats my next step when I get a chance. For the ps2 I know there is a product you can buy to replace the old power supply and have it running off of 12 volts. In my old car I had the big ps2 with an inverter and the picture sucked.... the place that installed it said there was nothing else we can do... i said F#ck that I'll figure it out. If you google ps2 12 volt power supply you should be able to find the website. I forgot it, it's been a couple years.
Thank for the reply.... yeah I was rambling a bit.... Infact I already know the answer's to "all" my questions... Was more interested in how you liked it not the tech side.... My ps2 is in and running sweet.... And ive located my inverter in the boot so no interferance... Bad luck on the first install.... My joytech 10inch looks very tidy indeed..... Your head unit has your computer/engines controls on it.....? Do you have eng stats and comp fuel ratio's etc on your head unit or just temp batt voltage etc? Can't wait to get the xbox hooked up with engine management on it... It's going to be sweet to change fuel mixtures and boost via computer/xbox.... ;)
Too much... not enough making sense. jk :D
warlord Lftndbt6 years ago
you can't have any engine management using the xbox since there isn't any way to connect or control the sensors. You'd be better off using an emanage and connecting it to a small itx or matx cpu. You could build up a capable carputer for just a couple hundred $$$. My supercharger runs fine on the TRD piggyback so a carputer with an emanage would just be for novelty...
N1CK4ND05 years ago
nice ride!
This is so cool! im deff. going to do this with my old nintendo 64, but a bit softer mod if you know what i mean :]
viper27885 years ago
what do you have under the hood? or any other mods?
btop5 years ago
You are my hero. I wish I had a car... Mobile LAN party's!
thats the life!
MJTH btop5 years ago
Mad Idea.
Shinta7865 years ago
ow, and ONe question. how did you connect audio? I have a BOSE surround in my car. 6 side speakers, one front, one woofer, 2 tweeters.....and I would like to have REAL surround in the car like the surround I get when listening to a CD or watching DVD. With the XBOX, there is only R+L. Do you know any program/device which can create a real surround sound? right now, all speakers make the SAME music, it would be nicer if I could control sound like in a game. Imagine a racing game and there is a car behind you, then I would like to hear the car behind me and in front of me when it passes me by. Is it possible to do so, or does it also depend on the game? Probably a stupid question, but I was curious.
richiehops (author)  Shinta7865 years ago
My head unit pretty much does all the work. It does the surround sound on it's own.
Shinta7865 years ago
Incredible......you actually did what I did (almost). I also have EvoX and XBMC on my Xbox. Xbox under passenger seat + slim PS2 built-in in dashboard, buttons separated and in front console and DVD loader in armrest. My inverter is in the BOOT. But still....I also love it. I am planning to put Linux on it and then put some navi-prog on, but.....then I wondered.....what about a laptop under the driver seat. So thats whats gonna come now. Laptop + touch screen with NAVIGATION on linux (somehow). Wish me luck, you also did a VERY nice job.
DIYDragon5 years ago
I can see you making lots of gamer friends wherever you go. haha! Cool project though!
elheffe5 years ago
I am assuming that you already had the screens put in.. nice mod! would love to do this as it is a dream to make a carputer or something to keep the kids entertained... well, just one kid now and hes 19 months, but still... always plan for the future! :D
ahahahaha you spend weeks on this and when u start it all up u get this red ring of death ahahahaha it would make it even funnier if the steering wheel had the lit ring lol
The regular XBOX can't get the RROD
yes, i know that, but i thought that this mod wasn't based on the regular xbox at the time.... obviously i was wrong
smmiller5066 years ago
you need to be careful when undoing the bolts holding the seat done. when you put them back in, you need to make sure they are torqued to spec, or else scion could decide to void your warranty and the insurance company can void your claim if you are in a crash. nonetheless, still very cool. i am thinking about doing something like this, except, i want to use a true computer like a mac mini or a micro pc or small linux box. have it control all of the sound and the controlling device be a seven inch touch screen
I am thinking that the other non-certified electrical work would be an easier claim than non-properly torqued bolts.
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