Flashing your Xbox 360 Beginner FAQ (Please Read First)

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    Learn basic information you need to hack/ flash your Xbox 360 to play burnt games on Xbox 360.

    Written by Carson

    FLASHING THE DVD DRIVE FAQ

    Q: What does having "Hacked Firmware" let me do?
    A: All it does is modify your DVD drive's firmware to allow it to play burnt (backup) games. The newest version is iXtreme LT+ 2.0.

    Q: What tutorial should I use?
    A: We have a section dedicated to finding the right tutorial for you! We have many different versions so you can pick the one that you think suits you best (the stickies are the best place to start):
    Xbox 360 Firmware Mod Tutorials

    Q: Can I still play Xbox Live?
    A: Yes, but see Question below

    Q: Will I get banned from Xbox Live?
    A: There is always a chance you will get banned. Microsoft usually has about 2 ban waves a year, when they discover new methods to detect backup games. However, if you stay up to date with the latest firmware, you should be fine. Don't let this scare you though, you probably won't get banned.

    Q: What if I figure out they are banning, and flash my firmware back to the original before I go online?
    A: Let's say Microsoft has found a way to detect iXtreme 1.89. They would start collecting logs immediately looking for people that they detected, and flag the account. When the fall updates comes around, they would ban all those flagged accounts. Flashing it back would be futile, since they already have logs of you playing burnt games. This is all assuming that they found a way to detect it.

    Q: What if I only play backups offline, and legit games online?
    A: It doesn't matter. When you play the game, the 360 logs all the info. It would send the info to Microsoft as soon as you logged into Live.

    Q: Do I have to open my 360?
    A: Yes. There are tutorials everywhere, try YouTube.

    Q: What all do I need to do it?
    A: It depends on what kind of DVD drive you have. To find that out, you'll need to open your 360. Click here to find out what type of DVD Drive you have.

    If you have a:
    Hitachi= No SATA Card
    BenQ= SATA Card
    Samsung= SATA Card
    LiteOn= Xecuter Connectivity Kit with Probe (No SATA Card)

    Here is a good place to buy a cheap VIA Chipset SATA card:
    [dead]

    To buy an Xecuter Connectivity Kit v3 with Probe:
    Here if you live in the USA
    Here if you live in the UK
    Here if you live in Canada
    Here is a place that ships worldwide

    Again, DO NOT forget the Probe. It is needed to flash the LiteOn.

    Q: Will it void my warranty?
    A: Yes. Unless you save the sticker (Heat it up using a hair drier and peel it off). When you send it to the repair center, they do NOT check the DVD Drive for hacked firmware. I have sent in 5+ flashed 360's. If you are paranoid, just flash it back. I even sent in my 360 without a warranty sticker and they sent me a fixed one back.

    Q: Can I still play original games?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Can I download updates for Games?
    A: Yes. Your burnt copy is an exact replica of the original.

    Q: Is it hard?
    A: In my opinion, no. If you can follow directions, then you shouldn't have any problems. It should take you like an hour your first time.

    Q: Can I mess up my 360 doing this?
    A: You have to try pretty hard to break it. For example, erasing the keys from your drive and not having them backed up. But once again, don't let this worry you. Like I said, almost no one breaks their 360 flashing it.

    Q: Should I buy this "Blaster 360" thing?
    A: No. It is a waste of $80. All it does is make it so you won't have to open your 360 next time you want to update firmware, if you have a compatible drive.

    Q: How often do I have to update my firmware to stay safe?
    A: Personally, I'd update every time an update is released, just to stay safe. I'm gonna estimate you will need to update maybe... 3 times a year? But once you do it a few times, it will be really easy.

    Q: How do I stay up to date with the latest updates?
    A: You can always view our Xbox 360 Discussion area as our users normally post information the minute it's released. Other good source:
    Code:
    http://xbins.org/
    Q: Where am I gonna get all the programs to flash it?
    A: Xbins. It is an IRC channel. I'd recommend you get this program called " [Click here to view the link]", makes things much easier if you aren't familiar with IRC:

    Q: Can I flash my 360 using my Laptop?
    A: Yes, follow this guide

    BACKING UP AND BURNING GAMES FAQ

    Q: How can I backup my own games?
    A: You'll need a Kreon DVD Drive for your computer, with custom firmware.

    Q: What kind of DVD's do I need to burn games?
    A: The Xbox 360 can ONLY read DVD+DL (Dual Layer) discs for games. The best kind is Verbatim. Most others won't work or will die eventually. Might as well spend a few extra dollars to get Verbatim anyways, because you know they will work and last longer. You will also need a DVD+DL Burner, which is standard nowadays.

    Q: Where is a good place to download games?
    A: You'll have to figure that out since these methods are recommended to be used to back up your games so the originals do not get scratched.

    Q: Now that my NTSC Xbox 360 is flashed, can I play PAL games?
    A: Nope, still region locked. It isn't a problem though, because you can always find downloads for both released at about the same time. For those who don't know, NTSC-U is America, PAL is Europe, NTSC-J is Japan. This is just a broad list, but you can click the links to see more specific regions.

    Q: I downloaded a game, and now I have a bunch of .RAR files. Now what?
    A: Download WinRAR and install it. Now, right click on any of the files and click "Extract Here".

    Q: Ok, I have a .ISO and a .DVD file. What now?
    A: This is easy. You can use tons of programs, but CloneCD is the easiest. All you have to do is download CloneCD, Select "Burn Image", Select the .DVD file, select 2x-2.4x speed, and click Burn. It's that easy. If you don't want to spend the money on CloneCD, you can use ImgBurn. If you are still having trouble, you can check out our noob-proof tutorial.

    Q: Do I need to check my ISO's before I burn them?
    A: No. I own over 50 backups, and I rarely use AGBX. As long as you are on iXtreme 1.6, you don't need to worry at all. But many people like to be safe. [Click here to view the link]. It is pretty simple, just load your .ISO file and click "Launch".

    Q: What is ABGX anyways?
    A: ABGX is a tool written by Seacrest to check .ISO files. It is very simple to use. To keep it simple, it makes sure everything is right with the game you downloaded.

    Q: If a game is leaked early, can I play it or will I get banned?
    A: No, you won't. No one ever has been banned for this. I have played so many games weeks before their release date, and have never been banned. However, I wouldn't recommend playing a game months before releases. Even if you play one week before, it's still possible to get banned.

    Q: But Carson, I ran the .ISO through ABGX and it isn't verified!
    A: I've said it once, I'll say it a million times. WHO CARES WHAT ABGX SAYS! Of course the game isn't verified, it isn't released yet! I see a ton of threads with people saying "No way I'm burning this game, it isn't verified". It really does not matter if it isn't verified, quit being a pansy. All games released nowadays are perfectly fine to just burn and play without a problem. I have NEVER used ABGX before I burnt a game.

    Q: But dude, I'm still scared of getting banned!
    A: Grow a pair. When you flash your firmware you are taking the risk of being banned.

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  2. Danhrules

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    STICKY THIS!
     
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    *Stuck*
     
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    Thanks guys. I will definitely add more and make it better later, I had to hurry so I could get to work. Dan, Scar, anything you guys think I should add? You both know more than me.
     
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    That was a really good tut.
     
  6. jacob is gay

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    what does the kreon drive do exactly?
     
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    Chipsets etc:
    Samsung MS25: Most will work (VIA and NForce 3/4 best). SIL, Promise and NForce2 DO NOT WORK.
    Samsung MS28: VIA work best. Especially "VIA VT 6421" series.
    Hitachi 46/47/59: Pretty much everything works.
    Hitachi 0078FK: Pretty much everything works except SIL chipsets which DO NOT.
    BenQ: VIA or NForce SATA chipsets work best.

    These Samsung PC drives can be flashed with the 'Kreon' firmware so they can be used to rip 360 games to your PC.
     
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    Thanks a lot, I'll add it in
     
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    It's a DVD Drive for your computer, that when you install custom firmware lets you make bacups of your own games.

    Backups* (couldn't see edit post button _)
     
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    add singapore made Verbatim is best
     
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    If I was just starting this, I really wouldn't worry about that considering they both work just fine
     
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    great stuff carson should help out the noobs and what not and a great post for reference
     
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    I'm flashing my other 360 this weekend. I have a Samsung drive, what are the chances I have the bad one so I have to get that thing and do the bad flash thing or w.e...I have a 05 xbox
     
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    Glad to help. Is everything clear now? Or was any of it to confusing that I should explain better?

    Bad one? Both are easy. If your Xbox is from 05, it for sure has a Samsung MS25. This means you can probably plug it in directly to your motherboard, without having to buy that PCI SATA Card. I'm guessing that's what "The bad one" is, right?
     
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    yes that's wat I meant
     
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    Well I guess you'll have to wait till they come back up.
     
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