I'm looking into doing the firmware modification, it all looks somewhat complicated so I wanted to ask here. 1) I read that a PCI SATA card is needed for flashing the 360's drive. I think I already have one in my PC. Is there any way to know if it will work for flashing the drive? I believe I have a Samsung drive after looking at the illustrations. 2) If you get a 3RLOD at some point down the line after modding would you be SOL? I understand that opening up the 360 invalidates your warranty. It seems like a big risk, to do the firmware upgrade, and then having to buy a new console because MS wouldn't repair it. What is the opinion of people who have done the firmware upgrade? 3) I think my burner is not dual layer so I would need a new one. Is this a good one? 4) In !Textbook's Xbox 360 firmware tutorial!, it says you need to configure your computer to boot from USB. Would any usb flash drive work for doing this? 5) What are the chances of MS banning people from Live again for having flashed their console? Any info is appreciated, thanks.