Introduction: Xbox Hackintosh Casemod

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This is a Xbox Hackintosh. I had an old and broken xbox so i decided to put a pc in to it and install hackintosh to it. This is a "guide" which gives you the basic idea how to stuff all in there and what parts to use... This is my first instructables and my main language is not english so this might be a little grumby but here it goes...

Step 1:

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First of all your going to need a Xbox to put the pc into. Just open all of the screws from the bottom of the xbox and pull the top up from the console. Once the top is off, pull out the stuff from the inside including the metal frame.

Step 2: Power Button

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If you want to use the Xbox original on/off button, dvd disk opening button and the leds for the power on and the hdd youl have to modificate the Xbox button circuit. This includes some soldering but nothing too hard. First of all you need some wires for the two leds (each on the othed sides of the circuit.) the power and dvd opening button. The each led in the Xbox have two colors Green and Red. You can choose wich one you like. i decided to use green light for the power and red to the hdd. Just solder wires to the leds and for the power and dvd button. If you don't know how the buttons work use a multimeter to work that out.

Once you have solderd the wires to the circuit youl have to cut the copper from the black side of the circuit to make it work. just follow the red lines in the last picture and make sure that it wont lead between the cuts anymore. if you don't do this the buttons wont work.

Step 3: The Computer

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And now for the computer part. The parts i used in this computer are: 250 Gb Hd from an old laptop, Basic DVD drive, small 150W PSU(you can find much much smallers but this was free so , 2Gb DDR2 memory and most importantly Intel D945GCLF2 Mother board. The reasons why i chose that motherboard are:

1.Its cheap (for about 50 Euros)
2. It has got low power intecrated prosessor: Intel atom 1.6Ghz dual core (which is otherwise a surprisingly effective) supports DDR2 Ram has got intecrated Graphic card (64 Mb)
5.its small!!

Now you have two choices. Build the computer straight inside the Xbox or build it on to table or something and play with it a little and install the hackintosh right away. i choose to build it on the table and install OSX right a way.

Step 4: Installing OSX Leobard - to Snow Leobard

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First i installed Kalyways edition of the Leobard to te computer. You can find instructions to it from google. After i installed leopard i upgradet it to snow leopard. Also use google for this. Do not try to update OSX via its own updating or youl have to install the whole thing again.(you could also install windows or linux)

Step 5: Putting Everything to Its Own Place

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Now for the tricy part. Try to get all inside Xbox. First of all you have to choose the order of things inside. i choose to put the motherboard to the right end of the chasis and psu to the left side. On top of psu i put the dvd drive because its just on the same height like the original xbox dvd drive. And put the HD somewhere it fits. Cut to the back of the xbox holes for the psu cord and for the mother board I/0 panel.  Screw the motherboard and psu to the chasis whit small screws and tape or glue or something to get the DVD drive to hold in place. Put the top of the chasis back to its original place and put the screws back.

Step 6: And Its Ready.

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Have fun with it.


Treknology (author)2011-11-10

Best use I've seen for an Xbox yet.

avngrboy (author)Treknology2011-11-12

maybe im missing something, but how is this the best use for the xbox? Isnt it gutting out the xbox and putting in a pc to run the mac OS. Have you seen the stuff where you can turn the xbox into a Media Center?

coolwithpie (author)avngrboy2012-06-22

Yeah My friends uncle is a computer guru and he put media center and LAN networking on the xbox. He also put a bunch of games (THAT HE PAID FOR) on it.

mkarvonen (author)coolwithpie2012-06-26

you dont have to be a guru to do that kind of simple thing. been there done that.

coolwithpie (author)mkarvonen2012-06-29

With the original electronics?

mkarvonen (author)coolwithpie2012-06-29

Yes. also moding that console takes about hour. and for bonus you can run linux on it. so its not a big trick about it. you just have to know what you are doing.

coolwithpie (author)mkarvonen2012-07-13

Sorry Im not trashing on your instructable its really cool i just think the xbox is a good media center device

mkarvonen (author)avngrboy2011-11-12

and it sucks

avngrboy (author)mkarvonen2011-11-13

Well, i think you might have been doing it wrong. The xbox can have a digital library of music, pictures, and movies. You can also add emulators to any old system including MAME. If you dont like the xbox why use the case?

mkarvonen (author)avngrboy2012-05-05

i mean the xbox sucks at being a media center device. there are 1000000 better ways to do the media center better. So in this case Xbox sucks but as a game console is good. would rather use nes if had one but it burned so...

coolwithpie (author)mkarvonen2012-06-22

ITS AN AMAZING MEDIA CENTER DEVICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! see my reply to avngrboy.

The nerdling (author)mkarvonen2012-05-02

well, that's mean

Treknology (author)The nerdling2012-05-04

I'm bagging the xbox, not the 'ible.

The nerdling (author)Treknology2012-05-04


Nooo, how could you ever do this to an xbox, dying, can't, breath, beautiful, xbox, goodbye, cruel, world.

Treknology (author)Treknology2011-11-13

In response to everyone who has replied to my comment (below), I would not do this to an xbox, because I would not want to own one. The only way it would come into my possession would be part of a bulk transfer and even if it worked, I would convert it into ANYTHING else, even a front door step.

80$man (author)2011-12-06

This is good, well done! Spotted the Jack Daniels [Jack Dagniels!] is the background!

mkarvonen (author)80$man2011-12-08

must have!

mkarvonen (author)2011-11-28

Comming this week: How to make a tablet pc out of old laptop!!!

dude300 (author)2011-11-13

Not sure if it had allready been addressed but it is snow leopard, not snow leobard but i can see that in the instructable there are both spellings so i assume you are aware,

i congratulate you on your effort converting the language, and with few spelling mistakes, i know if i was to try typing in finnish i would fail and it would not make sense

sinrockets (author)2011-11-12

my xbox i did a few months all the buttons on the front work and ive done a bit of led work too!:D usb in the 3 and 4 player instead of controller ports, running windows xp.

dgleeson (author)2011-11-10

how well does Mac OSX hold up on those specs? is it fully functional? or are some elements missing?

i notice on your picture you dont have the dock... are all the visual themes working? like windows max/min and all that?

canucksgirl (author)dgleeson2011-11-11

He may have had the dock hidden, which can be done through system preferences. I have mine setup that way and it expands when you mouse over the area. (I use a lot of apps and don't like seeing them all the time.) ;)

mkarvonen (author)canucksgirl2011-11-12

i have the dock in use but you cant see it in the picture. (light reflection in the screen)

lyxDeslic (author)dgleeson2011-11-11

bump :)

I'm fairly certain that comments (on this site) don't need bumping.

You'd be surprised how often amazing comments just disappear!

lyxDeslic (author)Kryptonite2011-11-12

I wasn't saying "bump" in the intention of getting this instructable more hits. In all honestly, I don't fully understand the term and I've only seen it used once.

With that being said, I was trying to say

"I am wondering the same thing that dgleeson mentioned in the previous comment about the specs"

in what I previously thought was the shortest term possible.

Thanks for your kind replies anyway!... :-P

Kryptonite (author)lyxDeslic2011-11-11

Hehe, sorry about that :P

Bump, on Instructables, is used to bring up that comment thread to the top, and also brings up community topics for others to see. Commenting with anything does the same thing, but saying "bump" shows that you did it for the soul purpose of 'bumping' it up for others to see.

mkarvonen (author)dgleeson2011-11-11

everything is working perfectly. the only thing was USB that wasnt working perfectly. but i got it to work with trying difrend setup.

extremeseeker (author)2011-11-09

This is so awesome, what kind of things can it hack, alright mister you've got a new follower, keep it comi'n

mkarvonen (author)extremeseeker2011-11-09

next updates comming soon. i think that i might build a tablet computer from an old laptop.

taterkiller (author)mkarvonen2011-11-09

id love to see someone do that ive been want to for months but didnt know where to start

mkarvonen (author)taterkiller2011-11-10

yep. mine's taking some hard work to do. i think i will add "touch screen" witch uses infrared sensors and pen.

canucksgirl (author)mkarvonen2011-11-11

I hope you get the touch screen table working. Look forward to seeing that!

Hyvää työtä

mkarvonen (author)canucksgirl2011-11-12

Kiitos :D im working on that now

reptedjess (author)mkarvonen2011-11-10

you can actually do that? blown<--------mind

mkarvonen (author)reptedjess2011-11-11


reptedjess (author)mkarvonen2011-11-11

Please, PLEASE, please, SHOW US!!!!
It would be so amazingly awesome to turn a 17" laptop into a tablet!

klau1 (author)2011-11-10
I remember seeing something like this on youtube. It's a great video work log.
jak of all trades 822 (author)2011-11-10

Ok, I don't know next to near jack-didlly-squat about making computers and all that jazz... Is this something that a totally noobie can do?? Or is there something that I should try to do first before I try this?? By the way I like the Xbox Idea, it's exceedingly creative, I also just like the whole idea of the project. Is is like a Mao with more capabilities or something else?? Thanks for making and posting this my friend. :D

well....i can tell you for assembling the computer components you'll want to get and study a book on laptop pc repair and upgrades. the book should help along that front.

jfunk1 (author)2011-11-10

so its an OSXbox?

Chris01 (author)2011-11-10

How is this a Hackingtosh??? The term was coined around 1990 or a bit earlier in a series in Computer Shopper (when it was tabloid sized). They were sticking compact Mac motherboards into terminals I believe. There was also the Colby Mac that appeared in radio electronics. I'M ALL CONFUZZLED!

mkarvonen (author)Chris012011-11-10

wat? what is your point?

HarveyDanger (author)Chris012011-11-10

Hackintosh now refers to any computer running OSX that isn't an official Mac computer.

spiceyweasel (author)2011-11-10

What language is that on the system screen? Did you not have the choice for English?

mkarvonen (author)spiceyweasel2011-11-10

its finnish. its multilanguage so there was the choice of English but i prefer finnish

bullzebub (author)2011-11-10

you are adding the controller ports too i hope :-) They are USB after all...

marciocattini (author)2011-11-10

Very cool guide bro :) Congrats on ur project ;)
Maybe you should post some directions or point to where u learned to install hackintosh ;)

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