Xbox Classic Essentials!





Introduction: Xbox Classic Essentials!

About: techie who believes in making things that i own do what i want or what they were intended to do!

The purpose of this instructable is to serve as a suppliment to anyone out there that has either soft or hard modded their Original Xbox (read: not the 360). Some parts also apply to Stock (non-modded) Xbox as well (in the case of XBConnect). This will allow you to enjoy your Xbox more fully, and as well you can learn a few tricks and maybe even make some new friends.

Step 1: FTP and What It's All About and How It Can Help You!

The short, sweet, and simple definition for FTP is File Transfer Protocol, which allows you to have a simple way of transferring files between computers (or in this case, an XBox to your PC and back). With this being said you should get yourself a few essential materials for this.
A Crossover Cable (cheap and can be found at most electronics stores or made if you have the gear)
An FTP Program (i use Flash FXP but whatever flavor you like works)
A modded XBox (mine is softmodded with the tutorial that i published)

If you have XBMC installed as your Dashboard, you can find out your XBox IP address in the settings section (once you have connected your XBox to a PC via Ethernet with a Crossover cable). After you set it to be online (not hard trust me.. if you soft modded your XBox you can do this part yourself). Then simply open your FTP program, then in the section that allows you to set a connection, simply enter the IP address from the XBox (write it down and stick it on a post it on your computer), then enter in 'xbox' for username and password (that is the default UN and Pass for the Xbox). then its a simple matter of transferring the files from the directory on your computer they are saved on to the are on your PC to your XBox they go to usually on the E Drive (under the Dashboard folder for softmods). Then you can load the files in the corresponding subfolders (usually under Plugins, there are ones like Video, Audio, Programs, Emulators etc). You can usually find some of these folders in forums and with simple Google Searches.

Step 2: Sharing Media With Your PC

If you are like me and cannot STAND to watch movies on your PC and perfer using your Television, then you will like this section! The crossover cable has another advantage that allows you to share/stream media from your PC to the Xbox using the Workgroup (SMB) section of Video on XBMC. all you have to do is just make sure that your XBox is connected to your PC via Crossovr cable, that you have a small network set up (using the Network Wizard in Windows is so easy that if you cannot do it then you should not have a pulse.. just kidding but the pics below will show you how to do it easily under Windows XP). After this is done, simply right click on the directory that you wish to share (i shared my entire external 300 Gig Hard drive that i store all my media on (C drive is programs only for me) and then simply click under Sharing/Sharing and Security (depending on what operating system you have). Then all you have to do is go through the motions. The Workgroup name that you set in the Network Wizard will come up then when you select WORKGROUP in the Video menu in XBMC. After that, just browse away and play!
Note: XBMC for Xbox will play most any format you throw at it, but High Definition Video under the H.264 container is pretty choppy and problematic due to the memory limitations of the Xbox.

Step 3: Playing Against Others Using System Link Games!

Ok.. anyone with a bit of search engine skills will have learned that any modded Xbox will get the big dirty eternal ban from Xbox Live! But fret not! there exists alternatives! Until recently, there was a program plugin for XBMC that ran internally called Xlink Kai. But due to lack of Ease of Use (imho) it was terminated. But a rather good alternative (and is used widely by many in countries where Live is not avaliable) is called XBConnect. XBC is a client used by anyone with an XBox or 360 (and some PSP users) that can play games meant for LAN parties (Halo 2 anyone?). Simply install the client (the free one will suffice) and then simply set up your account on it and log in. then when you connect, it will display in the client window a listing of Game Filters for games such as Halo 2 or Mechassault (pretty much any game that was System Link compatible). all you have to do is on your XBox:
start the game and then go to the System link screen (and log into your profile, like in Halo 2), then simply go on your client and then under Tools in the menu, have it detect your console. after that all you have to do is click the room of your choice under the game you are playing (staying in System Link mode on the XBox) and you can still play against people from around the world. You can even use your Xbox Live Communicator Headset on there to talk smack to your opponents. but i do no condone teabagging! One interesting note is that many from South America frequent this system as Xbox Live is not avaliable there.
Note: you do NOT need a modded system to play this, but you CAN use backups to play on here (i tested with a backup of Halo 2)

Step 4: A Few Notes (appendices)

I do recommend that you use the Xbox remote for all the media functions of your Xbox under XBMC. You can find them online new on sites like Amazon or in some Big Box stores or even second hand and Video Game Resellers like EB Games. As well when you have the science of FTP down, and u can transfer some scripts (just like plugins but a little handier) it is a good idea to install T3CH Easy Installer that will allow you to update your version of XBMC without having to bother with FTP and complicated steps. I use and highly recommend it. As well, signing up to some forums can be helpful for support and some useful programs and plugins as well, like the Family Guy and GameTrailers video plugins (nothing like the entire run of Family Guy as well as The Angry Video Game Nerd without having to sit in front of the PC to watch it!). I welcome comments and suggestions!



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    hi i was wondering if you could help,
    a while back my little brother got the brilliant idea of hard-restarting my xbox by pressing the power serge button on the power cord, this seems to have damaged the software for reading xbox games. it can read dvds and cds perfectly but if i put in an xbox game it plays the same sequence you get if you put an xbox game in a dvd player.
    you wouldn't happen to have any tips on fixing this or maybe a place to find software reset disks? (i've read that you can make reset disks on forum sites but no one seems to want to share how and i cant find the info online) any help would be greatly appreciated.


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    this is something that i i have never encountered before. it sounds like things either need to be reflashed or the disc may be faulty. it may need to be mod chipped. is your xbox softmodded already? why did he do a hard reset in this manner?

    i have softmodded my xbox but it hasn't fixed the problem and i have also checked this against refurbished games(i tried them on mine and then my friends and it worked on his but not mine) he got the idea when the cord got knocked loose while he was trying to load a game and it started first try after he plugged it in, i think coincidence had alot to do with the idea.
    i also can not currently mod chip it because i don't have the money to order a chip, and my intentions are to mod my xbox with as little money spent as possible for an amateur like myself. if all goes well i'll have an 'able on soon.

    i do have a second question if its not to much of a bother, i'm trying to change to a bigger hard drive and what i've found says that i need a y splitter for the red/black/black/yellow cable attached to the hard drive, is there any major harm in making that cable instead buying it?

    Hi, you probably already figured things out, but you don't need a Y splitter, it's just recommended, you can use a computer to power the New HDD, You only need to connect the Power cable from the Computer.

    Hi, you probably already figured things out, but you don't need a Y splitter, it's just recommended, you can use a computer to power the New HDD, You only need to connect the Power cable from the Computer.

    How do I get Windows 7 to recognize my Xbox with crossover cable? I'm having some confusion with the IP addresses.

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    ok i found this out when i upgraded my pc to win7. you have to go into your network cards properties and set the IP on it manually to something in the same range as your computer's internet connection, and general network and the xbox has to be in the same neighbourhood. so: if your pc has an ip address for its wireless card of, then set the network card to THEN, set the xbox to or the sort (last set of numbers is key). as well remember that in the xbox (XBMC) that you have to set the gateway ip to the same as the network card. then you have to set your homegroup to be non password protected to make it easier. then after that, when you share directories, it is much better to share individual folders, and not whole drives , as it seems even with password protection off, it will prompt for a UN and password with a drive. sharing is as simple as right clicking, going to the properties, then going to the sharing tab. make sure you select sharing with "Everybody". any other questions, simply inbox me!

    do you have to constantly keep your xbox plugged into your computer or can you plug them both into a router

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    i totally missed your comment.. you can use a router.. just make sure you have file sharing activated on your network... makes things easier

    i think you can use a router as long as your sharing is set up correctly... but when you have it hooked into the router after it was direct wired to your computer have it look for the xbox again.. and as well redo your network... just to save on headaches and start off fresh

    Great tutorial, I'll be sure to use this in a week or so when I crossover adapter arrives; Thanks in advance.

    I'd say they're already in pretty simple terms... you just gotta read and keep up.

    Using a connection between your xbox and pc, you're allowed to use a pc to transfer files and such onto an xbox with special software installed.

    its Windows XP by Johnny.. a remaster.. has a skinning plugin that lets the PC look like most any OS.. XP/Vista/7, Ubuntu/KDE, OSX Leopard/Tiger, and some other custom skins.. and has RT Launcher that mimics the Dock in OSX.. also has Deskspace whick is like Compiz Fusion...
    but it is XP (but can run Vista Executables too ;) )

    yeah and it comes with some good programs too... like nero smartsuite, TugZip, an animated wallpaper loader (in HD), and some other goodies.. and AVG preinstalled..