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Softmod Your Xbox (play games without disk) **UPDATED**

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Important you can cause your Xbox to not respond if the steps described aren't followed carefully. It worked for me and countless others, proceed with caution and make sure you fully understand the process before attempting it.

What will installing UXE do for my Xbox?

  • Allow you to play unsigned/backup games
  • Allow you to use homebrew software such as "Emulators".
  • Allow you to run/copy games to the Internal hard-drive.
  • Allow you to Install a new replacement/larger hard-drive.
  • Allow you to FTP into your Xbox to load files and edit/delete files.
  • Reset your Xbox with "IGR" (In Game Reset) button combo.
  • Allow use of Xbox *'Live' (a script is included to revert to the original dash)
  • Limited Use as you'll need the original game to use the 'Live' service


THIS ONLY WORKS ON ORIGINAL XBOX!!!   NOT XBOX 360!!!
 
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Step 1: Tools & Items

Tools and Items you will require:

1. Memory card
2. Action Replay/Gameshark with USB Memory card Writer.
3. Original copy of 'Mech Assault' or James Bond 007' or 'Splinter Cell'

Get the right Game:

I recommend you start with obtaining an original copy of the game Mech Assault that will work with the exploit save:

1. Mech Assault
2. James Bond 007
3. Splinter Cell NTSC
4. Splinter Cell PAL

Download: (Links updated on 7/29/10)
WinRAR (v3.9.0)
Mech Assault (v1.1.1 latest)
James Bond 007 (v1.1.1 latest)
Splinter Cell NTSC (v1.1.1 latest)
Splinter Cell PAL (v1.1.1 latest)


Tonystarak5123 months ago

links are dead can you reupload them

i have Mech Assault do i need to download the Mech Assault link if so then please reupload it to bitshare

coryalex2 years ago
Got mine modded today! Thanks!
(oh, that WinRar link downloads a package that Anti-virus software picks up as having a high-risk trojan attached... might want to change links)
Does the Gameshark do the same thing as the Action Replay?
As long as it has a way to connect the memory card to the computer, it should work. I ended up making a USB female->Xbox male cable and using a flash drive (4 gb or less) and Xplorer360 to load the exploitable save onto mine for instance
does this work with the xbox 360 slim?????
No, cause the exploit is for original XBox only. You'd have to look up Jtag for 360 or something like that.
joopajoo1114 years ago
i downloaded splinter cell pal.zip from link provided. i used xplorer 360 and injected those 2 save files to usb flash drive, then i copied them both my xbox hdd, but when i start the game and press A 3 times, screen freezes but music still goes on and nothing happens even after couple of minutes. what am i doing wrong?
surffinn (author) 4 years ago
My instructable has been updated on Thursday July 29, 2010. I have updated the download links and added a video. This video is not the exact version of the save but it's better than nothing.
lorthan1194 years ago
does this include the xbox 360 elite?
surffinn (author)  lorthan1194 years ago
unfortunately no.
FethrdWlf4 years ago
Will this work on NXE? Also, will my UI change? Please tell me because I don't want to mess up my 360, dude
surffinn (author)  FethrdWlf4 years ago
This only works on original xbox on any firmware version.
with soft mods can i save movies and games on my hard drive?
you can rip movies to the hard drive with XBMC but i am unsure of games.
ya all you do is go in to file explore and copy the continence of the disk to a new folder on the hard drive    
jsut make sure you install a bigger drive if you want to have a few games on there :P
ya im putting in the biggest i can get
http://www.xbox-hq.com/html/xbox-tutorials-260.html  
ok so i tried this one and it didn't work can anyone give me a link to a new one  
does mech assuslt 2 work or did they fix the hack
MA2 is not on the list of Exploit friendly games so i do not think so.
killer775 years ago
I have an un modded xbox and i want to mod it but I really dont want to screw it up but I think I will try it this weekend and get Mech aasault but does any1 know what other games this works with
splinter cell will deff work! all versions of that game will.. the splinter cell and 007 games are limited to earlier releases
double_g5 years ago
I did what kaik541 said, but instead of finding a fatx driver I modified the driver.inf file for the action replay drivers to include the thumb drives usb code/address. I'm not sure where the tutorial for this is, but I just wanted to let everyone know its out there if they can't find the "unncecesarily complicated" fatx drivers. Also if at first modifying the file doesn't work try restarting the compuer it worked for me! By the way nice instructable, looks like you covered pretty well, would have been useful when I modded mine. Good Job.
that method works but is hit or miss depending on the drive used. i have even read of people using 2nd Gen Ipod Nano 2 Gigs and it worked for them!
does it work 4 360?
Baghetty Da Rat, Unfortunately this mod doesn't work for the 360 (I wish). The only 360 mod I know of (thats having success) is the dvd drive flashing which allows you to play backups. Google it if you're interested (I'm not brave enough to open up my new 360 yet), and let me know if it works out.
the 360 firmware reflashing is dependant on what version of drive you have.
kaik5415 years ago
if you have a USB 2.0 to xbox adapter, you can use a standard flash drive in place of a memory card. when you plug it into one of the ports and try to access it, it'll tell you the data is corrupted "or something" and ask if you want to format it. It'll format it to FATX format (standard Xbox file system format, same used by Action Replay and Microsoft memory cards). You can then use that for the save file. Note: its also useful to have the USB adapter if you want to use a keyboard and/or mouse when you're done with this
kaik541 kaik5415 years ago
Oh right, forgot, if you use the above method, you have to use the action replay software to copy the file onto the flash drive. Finding a reliable and working FATX system driver for Windows or Linux is unnecessarily complicated.
RDFNWY5 years ago
does it work with the new dashboard and could we do this for games other than those
conradev5 years ago
Can you explain in a sequel to this instructable, on how to install XBMC, on your softmodded XBOX?
fwjs286 years ago
do i have to have xbox live o download files????
gschoppe fwjs286 years ago
I'm not absolutely certain about waffle tools, but with the krazie ndure softmod, you do not need to restore to play xbox live... if you start the xbox with a game in the drive, the flags that the softmod sets (that live reads to ban you) are never set, as such, your machine acts like an unmodded box, and live is safe... if you start with a backup game in the drive, this does not work. because it loads the mod so it can read the disk. I'm relatively certain that this order for setting software flags is determined by the actual bios, and as such, cannot be software altered. Therefore, booting the xbox with the game in the drive should be safe, no matter what softmod you use. I reiterate... RESETTING YOUR DASHBOARD IS NOT NECESSARY FOR XBOX LIVE, just start the rig with the retail game in the drive.
fwjs28 gschoppe6 years ago
NO...i mean do u need an Xbox live subscription to download the zmod files??
fwjs28 fwjs286 years ago
srry i meant the mod files
you dont get the mod files off XBL
i did the splinter cell version worked easily for me