Hi All, I really hope this isn't too much of an inconvenience. I tried reading the stickies, but I got so lost and confused it was ridiculous - I did not even know which guide to read first. I'm hoping this kind community will be able to assist. Here's my situation - I have two xboxes (both 360 fats) - one is just boxed up sitting there, and the other is used to play online and to use with Xbox Live. I would like to softmod my second Xbox so that I can play my backed up games, and lend it to my brother. I do not mind if it gets banned from Xbox Live as it will only be used for single player. I'm trying to get an idea of a true beginner's guide, from start to finish, for newbs. If possible, could you guys reference what threads I should read? I'm assuming I need to find out my dvd-drive, then flash it. How do I go about doing that? Also, do I need to have a certain firmware? Can I update to the new dashboard first before flashing? Is there any restrictions on which xbox I can use to do this, which dashboard update/firmware, or which games? Is it possible to get around the xbox live banning and still use it to play Xbox Live and download content? I know I am asking for a lot, so i would really appreciate any patience and assistance.