Intro: How to Hack/RHG Your Xbox 360
If you want to hack your Xbox 360 and your dashboard version is over 7371 then the only way that you can hack it is with the reset glitch hack (RGH). When I started looking for a way to hack my 360 I heard about the jtag method only to find out that my dashboard was newer then 7371, but in early September a hardware exploit was developed know as the RGH. Basically what the RGH does is send a single to the processor that tells it to reset. Usually it would do exactly that however if the single is sent when it is booting up it allows us to run unsigned code.
to perform this RGH and utilize the exploit what you will need to do is read the NAND, install the modchip, write the NAND and installing your dash board of choice (i will be using xexmenu).
To do this you will need:
modchip (i will be using the coolrunner from team-xecuter)
coolrunner LPT program cable
male LPT port (printer cable) (x1)
wires (x12 this will be your LPT cable so make them long)
computer with a female LPT port
a program to read the NAND (i used nandprob 2 you can find it HERE)
Jtag tool (software)
flux (not needed but HIGHLY recommended)
***Disclaimer: I am not liable for any damage that may be caused to your property or self from following the instructions in this tutorial. Soldering irons can be very hot and cause burns, as well as possibly break your Xbox 360. Opening your xbox 360's shell will void its warranty. ***
now then lets get started. first you need to completely take apart you 360 there are plenty of guides to do that so i wont cover it here. When the case is removed it should look like the picture. i highly suggest that you take off the metal case it sits in so that you can access the bottom of the motherboard.
Step 1: Checking What Motherboard You Have
to check what mother board you have to turn the 360 around and look where you plug in the power cable, then use the first picture to find out witch one looks like yours and what motherboard you have.you are now ready to build a nand cable and dump your nand
note: no xenon or corona motherboards are hack-able yet and i've been told that zephyr xbox's have a very low success rate.
Step 2: Reading the NAND
To read the NAND, which is basically the Boot Sector of the Xbox 360, you will need to solder cables to the motherboard in very specific spots. To find those points use the diagram in the first pictures, make sure you find it on the xbox, and flip the motherboard upside down making sure you can see the bottom of the points that you are going to solder to. I suggest flipping the motherboard upside down because the points are small bumps of solder removing any need to add external solder. I also put the resistor leg on the motherboard because they were easier to solder in to place.
Step 3: Reading the NAND
So if your soldering connections are strong and not overlapping anywhere then we are ready to read the NAND. open and install nandprob and restart your computer. After it has booted up again, open cmd and navigate to where the nandprob 2.0 folder is found and enter into the folder after you are inside type in (nandpro.exe lpt: -r16 nand1.bin) without the brackets. After the first one is done hit the up arrow key and change the nand1.bin part of the command to nand2.bin and dump the nand again. DUMPING MORE THEN ONCE IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT. Once you are done dumping all the times you want compare the files with total commander.you NEED to have two or more matching dumps before moving on.
it is alright to have 1 or 2 bad blocks in the NAND just so long as all the dumps are the same.
Step 4: Checking If Your Xbox Is Exploitable
if you have a slim skip this step
to make sure that your xbox is exploitable the you need to know the CB version.
Check the number in the 2BL [CB] field. The CB needs to be one of the following to be exploitable.
Zephyr: 4578, 4579
Falcon and Opus: 5771
Jasper: 6750, 6751
If the CB is not one of the numbers above, the console is not covered in this guide. Since writing this an new exploit call RGH 2.0 has made all phat Xboxs hackable was been released, However I have not had any experience with it.
Step 5: Coolrunner LPT Program Cable
you can just go buy a cable to program your coolrunner for you or if your really going to go all out with DIY then heres how to make your own. the second image is a different one if the first one didn't work for you.
male LPT port
4.8 kohm resistor
if the first cable didn't work then you'll need
male LPT port
220 omh resister (x1)
3.3 komh ressister (x3)
1N4148 diode (x3)
Step 6: Programing the Coolrunner
now download the correct .xsvf file for your xbox and open up the 360gcprog and follow the first image from top to bottom. the .xsvf files you flash onto the coolrunner tells it what kind of motherboard you have and then tells it the exact timing for the coolrunner to send the reset pulse to the processer.
Step 7: Install/solder the Mod Chip In
now come the fun part! you get to solder the cool-runner into the actual 360. if you can't solder small points now would be the time to get someone else to do this for you. the first picture is a complete over view and the ones after that are of my personal install.
the wires of the coolrunner are pre-tinned and cut to the perfect length for optimum glitch time (how long it takes to boot up). i would suggest just putting small amounts of flux on the wires and the motherboard, then touching the wire down and applying the soldering iron until the solder on the wire melts into place.
Step 8: Write the Nand
remember those nand dumps we made at the beginning? well now it is time to use them to make something called freeboot. to make the freeboot file you need the cpu key from your xbox so open up jtag tool and follow the images.
Step 9: Installing Xexmenu
ok so now that you have freeboot installed you can start up your xbox and if it boots then everything is good so you can unsolder the nand cable and pack up your xbox back in the case and put it where it would normally go, everything will be done with usb from now on. you need to get a usb stick and format it with the xbox. download the program i have uploaded and go HERE for the files for xex menu. open up the program you downloaded and follow the images.
note: your xbox will not boot to xexmenu you will still have to go though the MS dashboard and launch it. although it is possible to make it so it will boot to it i am not including the instructions in this 'able.
Step 10: Launching Xexmenu
plug the usb stick back into your xbox and go to demos. there should be one called xexmenu, just click play. from here you can play any homebrew apps you want or even full disk games like me. so just kick back and start enjoying your now fully hacked xbox 360
Step 11: BONUS... How to Play Iso's
okay so you have an iso that you ....ahem.... made and you want to play it. right?. it is actually very simple to do. just go here and download the program. extract that sucker with 7-zip. once you have that done open it up and hit the choose iso folder button and select the folder your game is in. choose a destination folder, make sure that your iso shows up and hit the go button. once it is done extracting take all the files and transfer it to the xbox's harddrive or usb. load up xexmenu and it should list your game right away.