Hey all - as you seem to know what the hell is going on I have a few questions to clarify all the various threads. I'm looking to mod my xbox and possibly upgrade my HDD, and maybe in the future get onto XBL. Note: this is only to backup my current gms b/c I dont like using retail if at all possible to avoid scratching. I know I need original to get to XBL - but I have them so no prob. So any help would be greatful. 1. Better mod - Xenium or Xecutor (2.6 , 3)? 2. Solder vs Solderless 2a. If I get solderless (cause I'm not proficient soldering) can I remove the solderless adaptor and then solder the chip or are they even close to being the same? 2b. If I solder - is this easy or should I be concerned w/ really messing up the motherboard? 3. I've done some reading on the BIOS, thus I find that the preflashed Cromwell needs to be updated to play backups. What the hell is the difference in them all and/or best for above mod options? 4. After updating BIOS - I don't understand the dashboard update, why is this needed and where are some tutorials for this? 5. Is this whole process REALLY worth the effort? Just some general questions from a Noob that is a bit confused by all the different threads. Thanks all for your input. Any advise or hints, please pm me for email exchange for further info. Many thanks.