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  1. trreherd

    trreherd Member

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    So i know nothing about computers, i have never done any major things on my computer. But i want to learn how to mod my original xbox, i want to get some sick mods for halo 2. Here are some questions.
    1How do i hook the computer up to the xbox?
    2what software should i down load first?
    3would this be the best site to find this information?
     
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    m0dnewb Regular member

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    first of all google.com is magical you can find most of what you seek in that... :) but being in this site is amazing there are people that love to help others...its amazing how many.so pretty much all your problems will be solved....well 90% of them

    well for sick mods for halo 2 takes some time and money.....but modding the xbox is fun too...

    To hook up your xbox to your computer you need a few things..

    *a router with ethernet cords plugged into your comp and xbox
    *a ftp program google FlashFXP and you can get a free trial for 30 days
    *a modded xbox(hard or softmodded)

    i will give you my tutorial on SOFTmodding your xbox its cheep :)

    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/489542

    leave some comments if it looks helpful or is helpful




     
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    Ok so i read that thing, it sounds like i got to buy some stuff. im not exactaly sure y i need to buy splinter cell though?? What does that have to do with halo? Is this part of the soft mod prosses? Is it just getting the xbox ready to do some reel modding?

    also, im not reely sure what a router is? but i have a eithernet cord. From what i read if i softmod the xbox i wont beable to play live rite? What is the other way to mod the xbox? If its too hard than dont even bother explaining it.
     
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    m0dnewb Regular member

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    well you need splintercell to launch the softmod installer

    if you have money you are willing to spend just buy a mod chip that you dont need to sauter into your xbox...the around 55 bucks

    a router is like a power stip but for internet if you have DSL connection. you can hook up more than one computer too it for one dsl modem they are about 50 bucks also.

    then you can buy a bigger hard drive and put it in the xbox with a modchip and it should run.

    Modding is NOT a simple thing...but its VERY interesting and cool
     
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    best way would be to send your Xbox to a reputable site like Teammodders.com (in the USA) and have a modchip installed like an Xecuter 3, or for the basic user like myself DuoX2 chip (it will do anything most average users want and only costs $20)

    For sotmodding you have to buy Splinter Cell, 007 Agent Under Fire, or Mech Assult (not the platinum hits version) which right now you can get used at places like EB Games for $2.99
    Then you also need AR Max for Xbox, and a CAT5 crossover cable.
    A router is what you get if you only have one ethernet plug on your PC, this will give you extra plugs to connect more devices, like an xbox, that need to access the internet. If you have money and are really feeling good, you can buy a wireless router and wireless gaming adapter (about $150 for both) and do it all wireless.

    You can access Live if you are softmodded and you do it correctly.
    http://www.teammodders.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=19&sid=81144b4e120fff6477f370745114a27e
    see the first couple tutorials.
    The only thing i have heard about banning due to the hard drive change is that you have to use the hard drive you had when you created the account. So if you use it now on that 8GB HDD and switch that for a large one you will get banned. But if you create the account after the HDD install then you are fine.
     
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    Ok i just checkedout teammodders. I would get no satisfaction out of having someone else mod my xbox for me. This is something i would like to be able to say i did myself.(impress my freinds)
    So i think i have a router. Cause on the back of my modem there are like 5 eithernet hookups. is this a router?
    I think im gunna softmod it cause its cheap and i could do it to my freinds xbox's too.
    ''Then you also need AR Max for Xbox, and a CAT5 crossover cable. ''
    What is this? Can someone explain what armax is? and whats a cat5 crossover cable?
     
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    m0dnewb Regular member

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    no having multipal places in the back of your computer tower isnt a router.... but that means you dont need one :)

    umm.. AR MAX is a program you buy for xbox games saves and it comes with a memory card and a usb hub so you can plug your memory card into your computer. and with the program you can get gamesaves (like people beat games and post it on there so you can have the game beaten already with all characters and stupid cheeting junk) but on that program you can find the lunix installer so you can install the softmod.

    um...im not sure what a crossover cable is but steimy will know
     
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  8. corn

    corn Guest

    Here is a picture of my setup, you can see if you have a router.
    Sorry for the clutter, I don't like to organize : ).
    [​IMG]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Router

    Anything else, we'd be more than happy to help.
     
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    Thanks for the neto diagram. Were can i purchase a actrion replay kit guys?
     
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    any game store like umm game stop you can even try wal mart and target...
     
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    any game store like umm game stop you can even try wal mart and target...
     
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    a crossover cable is an ethernet (networking) cable used to connect the Xbox to your PC. pay attention when you buy a cable because they all look the same, but they are not. Some are called Patch cables or strait through cables and those are not the same.
    http://www.compusa.com/products/pro...t_code=50009554&Pn=CAT_5e_UTP_Crossover_Cable

    AR Max you should be able to get at about any store that sells games, Gamestop, EB Games, Circuit City, Best Buy, Wal-Mart or directly from their site
    http://www.codejunkies.com/


    LOL Corn, i have never seen so many boxes and wires in a network set up.
     
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  13. corn

    corn Guest

    Lol, it's a mess back there.
    The small one with the D on it, is our printer router, the one that says SMS is the one that connects my Xbox, and the d-link connects pc's.

    Here are some things you need after you have softmodded your Xbox:
    [​IMG]
    FlashFXP allows you to FTP (file-transfer protocol) to your Xbox, and transfer files between the two. For modding Halo 2, you would FTP the maps, and edit them, and then FTP the map back over.

    Download the free 30 day trial here:
    http://www.inicom.net/pages/en.ffxp-home.php

    Dothalo (Google didn't have dotHalo images.)
    You use this to mod your Halo 2 maps. In my opinion the most popular Halo 2 editing tool out there. However some people don't like it.

    You can download dotHalo here (make sure you place all the plugins in the dotHalo folder):
    http://files.filefront.com/DotHalozip/;5311023;/fileinfo.html

    And, I really think you should use this tutorial to softmod your Xbox, it up-to-date, and easy to understand.
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/311710#1804384

    If there is anything else, don't be shy to ask.
     
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    Ok sorry steiny but im realy still not sure y i need the crossover cable, if i use the action replay memory card to transport information from my comp to my xbox than whats the cabble for?
    Thanks for that information corn thats gunna be a big help!
    Have any of you guys ever modded halo 2? Maybe you could show me some of your mods. Gamer tag is teamramrod518.
     
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    m0dnewb Regular member

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    im going too eventually i just need to get my hard drive installed but im having problems with that...getting an error 6

    but you need a cable so you can ftp with your xbox which you will need when you start editing the maps....and getting other files on there....the AR max will only get game saves because the memory card has really small memory on it (8mb) which is really really small for most files
     
  16. corn

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    Basically, you need the crossover cable, because the maps are huge files, that can't be transfered really any other way.
    I would show you my mods, but however I don't have Xbox Live anymore. But you can do just about anything to a map.


    Also, modding isnt the only thing you can do with a softmodded Xbox. You can play backups, ROMS, rip DVD's to your harddrive, install a new harddrive. Theres some other things, but I can't pick 'em off the top of my head right now.
     
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    i will add to corns list of things you can do.
    stream media from the PC with XBMC
    Stream shoutcast radio with XBMC
    play games on the internet with thinks like Xlink Kai and XBconnect (through system link option on game) and they are free!
    have various dashboards and themes for them to really customize the look of your Xbox
    have a ton of great application to get the very most you can out of your Xbox. Thinks like DVD RegionX (region free movie player that allows you to play movies using the controller so you do not need to buy the remote), DVD2Xbox (mentioned above to copy games to the hard drive), XBMC (Xbox Media Center), use dashboards that have good file browsers and game save managers and so on.

    And for most of that stuff you would need an FTP connection. You use it to steam media, play games online, update you programs on the Xbox when newer versions are available, download themes (skins) for your dashboards and stuff like that.

    Trust me, you want it modded (preferably with a good modchip) and you want an FTP connection to get the most out of that wonderful console.
     
  18. corn

    corn Guest

    Here is a list of very good Xbox tutorials that can come in handy when you have modded your Xbox, and want some fun.

    How to mod Halo 2, using Dothalo:
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/244804

    This isn't very fun, but you need it for safety precautions:
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/407140

    Play games for free online:
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/329607

    If your trials ever run out and you need to FTP, you can use these:
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/403609

    Backup your Xbox games using this tutorial (freeware):
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/375572

    Here are 99 Dothalo tutorials:
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/373161

    Great website to learn all how to mod Halo 2:
    http://forums.halomods.com/


    If for whatever reason you mess up your Xbox, your in luck, because these tutorials can help you fix it:

    Error codes, you will get these if you mess something up:
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/210562

    If all else fails to restore the Xbox after you get an Error Code, use the Hotswap Method:
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/332766

    Mik3h wrote this, if you need to restore your Dashboard to its retail state, use this:
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/400161


    Here is I think a very good FTP tutorial:
    TUTORIAL: How to FTP...Made EASY!!
    http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/228294






    Hope everything goes well. I will be thinking all the other possible ways I can help you.

    About backing up Xbox games, this is legal as long as you own the game, if you don't own it, then it is illegal. Just to clear that up.
     
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    Ok im gunna need to know what ftp is? Hopfully i can get my brother to drive me to the mall soon and i can pick up the crossover cable,game, and action replay card.
     
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    oh im sorry i should have read more carefully. The ftp is some type of software that will help me later on.
     

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