[mythtv-users] xbox recommendations

kim gross kgross at jensalt.com
Sun Jan 21 21:25:51 UTC 2007

Jack Madison wrote:
> Sorry if this has been discussed a bazillion times, I've done a bunch of
> searching and while I can find a bunch of howto's, I haven't found much
> in the way of "which is better".
> After a bunch of searching I've decided to try an xbox as a frontend. On
> impulse I bought an xbox for $100, turns out it's version 1.1 which is
> supposedly good.
> I've done a bunch of searching on doing the softmod vs. a chip, but I'm
> a bit confused on the best way to go.  I THINK I want to go with a mod
> chip, no need to track down a specific version of a game, deal with
> special cables or replay boxes, moving savegames, etc.  Perhaps it's not
> as bad as it sounds?  If I chip it, is it should be as simple as put in
> the chip, boot up to the linux install and go?  If I go with a mod chip,
> which should I use?  The DuoX2 seems to be the cheapest, but are there
> any drawbacks?
> If the xbox ends up being a good front end I'll buy probably 2 more and
> do the same thing with them.  I have no interest in playing xbox games,
> I simply want to boot up the xbox straight to a mythtv frontend.  If I
> track down everything I need for the softmod I should then be able to
> mod other xboxs without additional hardware.  Can both a softmoded and
> chipped xbox both boot straight to myth?
> As for Linux, is Xebian the best?
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The mod chip makes it the easiest to install linux, but since you are 
not interested in being able to play xbox games I would suggest just 
flashing the bios on your xbox to cromwell that way it can boot straight 
into linux.  

A good place to look for more info on xbox linux  is xbox-linux.org  
They have howto's on how to flash the bios with cromwell, some howto's 
on installing mod chips etc.  I personally have no experience with the 
soft mods.

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