Picture of The Easiest Way To Soft Mod An Original XBOX
This Instructable is taken from gh3tt0h4x0r on Youtube (including screencaps, as my Gamebridge was being weird the night i did this). His two part video shows how you can do a simple install of the XBMC (XBox Media Centre) on an XBox without the need for Action Replay, a memory card or compatible USB thumbdrive (i used my Kingston 4 gig, He used a PSP). This is simple, Links are provided off this site (due to size) for this install, and the only long part to this is the copying of files at certain points. I have done this myself and i must say that this was a no-brainer!

Step 1: Getting Started

Picture of Getting Started
Finished controller.JPG
the man!.bmp
You will need the following:
USB thumbdrive (at least 512 Meg is a good size, as this is a big install)
the softmod install files (updated file location as Megaupload is now dead: http://www.1337upload.net/files/SID.zip)
Xplorer 360 (Program that allows you to inject files onto the Thumbdrive)
Decent computer running Windows XP or Windows 7 but will be testing under Wine in Xubuntu (I GUESS you could use Vista :S )
Device to connect Thumbdrive to XBox (i used my Controller
Game that can use an Exploit (I used the First Splinter Cell as any version will work. If you can't get that, the Original Mech Assault, or an Older version of 007:Agent Under Fire, as most of the newer ones will not work.)
Original XBox
Optional: 12 pack of your favorite frosty 'BEvERage'
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2dj4 years ago
So everything seems to work fine until I try and "inject" the folders to the thumb drive. x360 says its injecting but nothing happens. I've tried using the x 360 and x 360 beta 5 with both vista and win 7 in compatability mode. Do you have any other suggestions on how to get the files onto the thumb drive?
cpk86 2dj4 years ago
Hey man. I was having this problem too. I ended up using my old computer that is running Windows XP. I was still having trouble with xplorer360. I could get "partition 0" to show up but the files weren't "sticking" to it. This is how I got it to work (somehow haha...):
I opened xplorer360 (beta 6 I believe)
Clicked Drive>Open>Harddrive or memcard...
Partition 0 showed up on the left hand side
I right clicked Partition 0 and clicked Extract
I then extracted a folder onto my desktop that was named Partition 0 (it was empty)
I then took the NTSC files and draged-n-dropped to the right hand side of xplorer360 them per the instructable and they began injecting to the jump drive.

I used a sandisk cruzer 2 gig jump drive with the U3 partition removed.

I also found this list of compatible jump drives:

Hope that helps!
Hey, Thanks alot for this, it really helped . I kept dragging the files over in xplorer360 , they said they were injecting but nothing was showing up on the card.
I then tried what you suggested above " right clicking on Partition 0 and clicking Extract, then extracted a folder onto my desktop that was named Partition 0 (it was empty)
then taking the NTSC files and draged-n-dropped to the right hand side of xplorer360 them per the instructable and they began injecting to the jump drive.""
It worked perfectly Thanks alot!!:))

Try this with modding xbox 360 software very simple steps www.moddingxbox360.blogspot.com

tbrown303 cpk863 years ago
same problem here :( says it's injecting (takes 1-2 seconds) then doesn't show up in explorer360 or on the xbox?
daiatlus79 (author)  2dj4 years ago
has to be injected for this hack.
alex99001 year ago

Hi! I want to do this to run classic console emulators, like NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, etc. How do I install the emulators and roms? do they run from the USB thumb drive or can I burn them into a dvd that runs in the xbox?

AlynD1 alex99002 months ago

Try this with modding xbox 360 software very simple steps www.moddingxbox360.blogspot.com

TheDoctor6410 months ago

Which Usb drives plus does it have to plug into the memory slot or can it just plug directly into the xbox

Try this with modding xbox 360 software very simple steps www.moddingxbox360.blogspot.com

AlynD12 months ago

Try this with modding xbox 360 software very simple steps www.moddingxbox360.blogspot.com

c4ptainlaur3n7 months ago
so i have the files on my xbox, and the Linux save shows up when i run splinter cell, but when i try to load it nothing happens. it just sits on the screen where you select check points or levels. help please???
ghguti01017 months ago
Idk if this is what I was looking for but I had this guy do something to my Xbox and he put tons of classic games . well he said to press some buttons to get it going . anyone know what I'm talking about? Help .

you got your xbox mod-chipped by him most likely

gwatts18 months ago

ok I have updated dash and formatted 4gb sandisk cruzer edge with the xbox original and have put it in pc I didn't see no message about formatting the drive although it installed a driver for the cruzer edge. my computer don't show the drive but it shows in device manager. I right click on xplorer360 and select run as administrator I select open hdd and get a message can't find fatx drive. I'm using windows 7

gwatts1 gwatts18 months ago

the xbox itself formatted the cruzer edge so it says memory unit 2a just to make that clear

jeffery24768 months ago

i have a modded xbox but now the screen want get off of the starting menu and want play any games how do i get it to work again

justinw39 months ago

so after i hack the box... where am i putting my emulators and roms to play them because they wont show up after i FTP them into a Folder in E:\\games

jblue487810 months ago
How recent is this thread? 2014??
TheDoctor6410 months ago

Just looked up stuff does any usb work or just compatable ones?

TheDoctor6410 months ago

Also can I use a action replay pro as the also does it have to be a thumb drive or can ut be a regular flash drive

TheDoctor6410 months ago

I have a PAL Xbox, is there a PAL folder?

Some James3 years ago
The softmod install files: (scanned with Comodo and safe)
These files do not match up with the tutorial. How can these be applied to the walkthrough? Do you have any more information? Feedback would be appreciated. Thank you. :)

I have the same issue! Nothing I do with these files works. Once I get the files copied to the thumbdrive and bring it up in the XBox all i can do is Delete the "corrupted saves"

daiatlus79 (author)  Some James3 years ago
thanks friend. i will put them in the tutorial :) much appreciated. been rather busy these days and havent gottena chance to do it myself!
how do u get a usb drive hooked up to a Xbox controller I cant get it to go it there like it shows in ur pictures.
This walkthrough did the job. Hope it works out for you. I used epoxy for mine rather than silicon.

aparker262 years ago
hi all i was wondering if this mod will work on a pal model as it would be good to get the old xbox doing something again many thanks
I have 2 problems:

1: There is no NTSC folder in the zip. I have a SID folder & a folder with a bunch of numbers for a name.

2: My xbox recognizes my flash drive as a memory card but I can't get xplorer360 to find it.

killamobz3 years ago
Yeah same problem here as bripilot. the file doesn't have the ntsc folders?
Is it not the right file or maybe just a part of it? If someone could send me the right files to me that'd be sweet!

bripilot3 years ago
In your tutorial, you say to "Now Drag 'N' Drop the four folders inside NTSC to the right hand of the X 360"

However, when I download your SID file, there is no NTSC folder, and when I go to load a game in Splinter Cell after copying your SID folder to my USB Stick, There are no save games.

Could you provide a little further clarification? Thanks!
ya same thing
trashcanz3 years ago
Can files be transferred, between the Xbox & computer, via the "Controller to PC / MAC USB Cable Adapter" on an Xbox controller with memory card?
daiatlus79 (author)  trashcanz3 years ago
the memory card is no good, as it is only 8 megs and this mod requires much more space. the cable adapter is more recommended, if you cannot mod your controller as i show in the other tutorial i have (puts a usb female port in place of one of the memory card slots)
Taizoc3 years ago
Hey, I've gotten the softmod to work about 90% correctly. I'm using UnleashX and I can't get it to save the skin I want it to use after a reboot. I don't know what that's about.
Also I'm using a 2GB Kingston Datatraveler to transfer files from my computer and everything works fine if my computer is writing to the card, but if the Xbox tries to save anything to it, it comes up with Error 0. Does anybody know what that's about?
daiatlus79 (author)  Taizoc3 years ago
if you have hacked the xbox successfully, try using FTP to transfer files between pc and xbox. its easier and less of a headache. Filezilla and FlashFXP are two good programs
heapish3 years ago
Where can I get hol of the CNG-Xbox-Softmod-Pack? As the megauploa link is dead now.
KKBug3 years ago
Your links to get the Xplorer 360 and softmod install files don't work anymore. Both of them send you to pages that say they've been seized by the Federal Government for Anti-Piracy Laws. Do you have new links to get those files or plan on trying to include updated new links?
dfalk3 years ago
Does I have to use a game?? :/ I don't have that one who needs :/
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