[mythtv-users] xbox recommendations

Joe Votour joevph at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 22 03:57:36 UTC 2007

I've have the DMS X-B.I.T. modchip in my XBox (a 1.1).  I'm not sure  
if it's available anymore, but it supports flashing a BIOS via USB,  
with the XBox turned off.  It also segments the chip (a 2MB, I think)  
so that you can have multiple BIOS' available, selectable via DIP  

It's how I loaded Cromwell into my XBox when I was booting into Linux with it.

Some of the modchips use a method like this, some of them use special  
software that runs on the XBox itself.  In any case, you shouldn't  
need to do the softmod, so there's no particular versions of games  

Also, this allows you to revert back to the original XBox BIOS should  
you need to.

I don't think that the XBox is capable of playing back HD captured  
content (I haven't tried it myself though), and the XBox remote does  
work under Linux, but the number of buttons is limiting.  I found it  
easier to use a OneForAll remote setup to look like the XBox, and find  
EFCs for extra buttons.

-- Joe

Quoting Jack Madison <jack at webhouse.cc>:

> On Sun, 2007-01-21 at 14:25 -0700, kim gross wrote:
>> 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.
> I did do some looking around on xbox-linux.org, but the hardware mod
> article I found is almost 3 years old and describing how to flash the
> xbox, nothing about a new chip.  It also requires using a game w/special
> save games and such.  A search on their site for DuoX2, the cheapest
> chip I could find that appears to work, came back with 0 matches.
> If there is a way to flash the bios without using an old game/game
> saves/etc and without pulling the hard drive and connecting it hot to a
> PC I'd probably give it a shot.
> At the moment I'm leaning toward just buying the DuoX2 chip and
> installing Xebian, but I'm still open to suggestions.  I may take a
> quick trip to the local GameStop to see if I can find the proper version
> of the proper game.
> Any other suggestions, is the HD connection worth it (can the xbox as a
> mythtv front end keep up)?  Does the xbox remote work well?
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