Well, my brother brought an Xbox 360 over to me in China while I still lived there and I took it somewhere to get him hacked. I knew nothing about the xbox (and still don't) and thought it required a modchip, so I payed the guy about $30 and he proceeded to flash the drive. I didn't notice him putting anything in it, so I asked and he told me he actually didn't put anything in (he lied), and I wondered what I was paying $30 for. Oh well. It was playing backups. Anyway, my brother got banned when COD2 came out. I am pretty sure he had a legit disc (he has no idea how to burn games) so I wonder how they could ban him. Pretty messed up. Well, he hasn't touched it since then, so I *finally* started messing around with it the other day. I got it to play Halo (original xbox game) because he must have downloaded the updates before the ban, but I can't get other original xbox games to play. 2 questions: 1) How do I update the xbox to play ALL original xbox games without destroying my flashed firmware? The microsoft site says you can do it by installing an update via disc, but I thought the games had to be "addedd" on a one-at-a-time basis. 2) What do I do now that it's flashed? I want to do more than just play backups. I want to mess around with homebrew, emulators, custom firmware (if there is such a thing), etc. I also want it to play backup xbox and 360 games and be as compatible as possible. How do I get myself up to date? 3) Finally, it can't go online, which really sucks. I would love to download a bunch of the market games like Rez... If my console is banned, is it banned for good? (As far as I can tell, the answer is sadly yes.) Thanks for any help. Sorry for being a noob but if you haven't followed a console from the beginning, it is really hard to get up to speed. I know a lot about the consoles I own (Wii, DS, PSP, various old systems) so if anyone needs any help with those, I hopefully can help.