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    Default Xb1 backup instructions + other valuble information

    Updated 12/27/06

    Memorex 4x DVD+R (CMC MAG F01)
    Memorex 8x DVD-R (RITEKG05). [25pk and 50pk]
    Cyberhome DVD+RW Media has worked for me (RICOHJPNW01).
    Optimum CD-R (CMC Magnetics Corporation) - Cheap Big Lots Brand
    Precision CD-R (CMC Magnetics Corporation)
    Dynex 8x DVD+R (RITEK-R03-02) NO BITSETTING
    Generic DVD Media (YUDEN000-T02-00)


    Sony 2.4x DVD+R DL (RITEK-D01-01) BITSET TO DVD-ROM

    The Samsung Drive only; booted the CD-R/RW discs listed above.
    The Thompson Booted All the DVD-R Media Listed.
    The Phillips Booted The DVD-R Media Listed.
    All three drives booted DVD+R DL Media Bitset to DVD-ROM.

    Game Backups to DVD+R DL ALso ran and played (BK: Pocketbike Racer).
    DVD Decryptor burned both layers - Aprox. 600MB per layer, for the
    game. It did not place the 1.6GB on one layer, it actually split it evenly
    on to both layers, and it still ran in my Phillips drive.

    Bitsetting DVD+R DL Media (Booktype to DVD-ROM) is required when
    using any Dual Layer discs. Your Burner MUST support Bitsetting, or you
    need hacked firmware that always sets any +R Media to DVD-ROM.

    DVD-Rs do not need, and cannot be Bitset.

    You can use this same method for making an EvoX or other Dashboard
    boot discs once the files are named properly, and the xISO is made with
    Qwix or Craxtion. I use Qwix only.

    You need to obtain:
    Memorex DVD-R Media
    Qwix 1.01. [FREE]
    DVD Decryptor. [FREE]
    Nero 6 (Comes bundled with most writers).

    Turn on your Xbox, MOD ON to Dashboard W/FTP Server.
    At the Dashboard, place original game disc into DVD drive - Do not launch.
    EvoX dash will say "Game Disc."

    Run Qwix & Setup.
    FTP Configuration [EDIT]:
    Description: XBOX UP
    Xbox IP: 192.168.X.X [Mine is]
    Port: 21
    Login: xbox
    Password: xbox
    Use passive FTP: [Checked]
    F:\Games [Is fine]

    Create ISO
    Choose FTP Folder, and type "D:\" as Source.
    Click CREATE ISO.
    Will ask you where you want it - Pick somewhere & remember WHERE.
    It will begin transfer of files, while writing to the ISO.
    WAIT till it's done, can take 45 Minutes or more.

    DVD Decryptor & Settings:
    Iso Write Mode TAB:
    Write Mode [Auto]:
    Write Type [SAO]
    Link Size [Auto][*]Enable Burn Proof[*]Lock Volume Access[*]Cycle Tray Before Verify

    I/O Tab:[*] SPTI Microsoft

    IFO Mode Tab:
    File splitting [1GB]

    TOOLS > DRIVE > CHANGE BOOK TYPE (+R DL ONLY - If supported)
    Select the Tab appropriate to your DVD Burner Brand (If supported)
    In the Drop-down menu, choose the media you are burning to.
    In the New Setting: Drop-down menu, choose DVD-ROM
    Click Change, then OK on the "Success!" Dialog Box.

    Burning The disc:
    Place blank Memorex DVD-R into the Writer - Disc info will come up on the right side.
    Choose MODE > ISO > WRITE.
    Choose a write speed of no more than 4X.
    Click FILE > WRITE.
    Choose the ISO you wrote with Qwix, remeber where you put it?

    Wait till it is completed! - Remove disc when done.


    This method has never failed me to date.
    Writers I have used:
    NEC ND1100A, NEC ND2510A, and SAMSUNG SH-S182M.
    I have an Xbox with a Thompson DVD Drive(Sept 2004 MFG date), with
    Duo X2 Modchip, Aladdin Modchip, and TSOP flash with EvoX M8_Plus.

    This method is the quickest way to make a backup, there is no SHORTER
    way, unless there is software that has the FTP, BUILDER and BURNER all
    in one package. There is no need to put to the Xbox HDD first, then use
    an xISO builder from there, when you can simply pic the Xbox's DVD drive
    as the source. This eliminates another 15 minutes of time, and another
    step that can be another failure point.

    I do not need any replies or PMs that this does not work, because for ME,
    it does. There is no reason why it would not work for anyone else if
    the steps are followed to the letter, and the appropriate media is used,
    or found that is compatible with your Xbox. Another reason it may not
    work is because you took the files off the HDD, after using DVD2XBOX or
    PxHDD_Loader to put them there; the media flag will be incorrect, and the
    game will not run from DVD now.

    Last edited by dbrums; 04-14-2013 at 03:13 PM. Reason: updating

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    Backing Up To DVD - FTP, Qwix, and NERO.
    You will need a DVD burner + Blank DVDs, a copy of Qwix ,and Nero (or similar) for this tutorial.
    You should use DVD-R media, good ones, no cheap stuff.

    This Method is longer, as you are Xfering, then Building, then Burning, where as Qwix can FTP and build the ISO at the same time. IT also leads you to believe that greater that 4.7GB games will burn, not true. See note at bottom.

    1. Load up your Modded dashboard , or the X3 Bios if you have an Xecuter3 mod chip, that supports FTP.

    2. Put your Xbox game disc into the DVD drive on your Xbox, EvoX will say "Game In."

    3. Connect to your Xbox via FTP and browse to the D drive.

    4. Make a new folder on your PC somewhere easily accessible. Ensure you have 6-9GB of free space on your PC hard disk before continuing.

    5. Select all the files and folders listed on your Xbox D drive, and transfer them all across to the new folder on your PC.

    6. Once the files have finished transfering to your PC, open up Qwix and click on the "Create ISO" icon on the left.

    7. Select "Local Folder" and press the browse button. Choose the location of the folder on your PC where you put all the game files.

    8. Click the "Create ISO" button and choose a location to save the ISO image to.

    9. Open Nero and choose "Burn Image" from the File menu in v5, or the Recorder menu if you are using v6. Click Burn. Burn at 4x or lower.

    10. Once the DVD has finished burning, test it in your Xbox, and if all has gone well you can delete the files from your PC.

    NOTE: Some Xboxs do not read DVD+DL Media, so any game that is over 4.7GB will not work. Step 4 says to be sure you have the space, but if it uses more than 4.7, you will need to erase some files that are not needed before burning it to a single layer DVD-R. It also does not indicate you need a Dual Layer burner, and that it is supported. I have not heard of any game on a DL+R disc working in Xbox with Thompson or Phillips drives.

    If your DVD Burner supports Bitsetting, you must bitset DVD+R media to "DVD-ROM" in order to make it more compatible.

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    For a DVD player or drive to identify what kind of disc is loaded, it queries the "Book Type Field" which found in the lead-in section of each DVD disc. These few bits, commonly referred to as "compatibility bitsettings" tell the drive which low-level format specification does the media conform to, such as DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW.

    Most DVD players will read a DVD+RW or DVD+R disc without any problems, however a small minority of them report a disc error when a disc is loaded that is not marked as a "DVD-ROM" disc in the compatibility bits. Ususally, these players are physically able to read the disc (since DVD+RW reflectivity is identical to that of a dual layered DVD-Video disc, which all players must be capable of reading), but their compatibility problems are due to different interpretations of these bits in the various firmware versions, or it was a purposly left out of the firmware. In most cases, the problem can be solved by updating the drives firmware, but with Xbox, you can't.

    When a firmware fix is unavailable, or when you want to increase changes of playability when you give the disc to others with an unknown player, you could solve the issue by marking the DVD+R or DVD+RW disc as a DVD-ROM disc. This is what's called "changing the compatibility bitsettings". What you do is, instruct your DVD recorder to mark your DVD+R or DVD+RW discs as DVD-ROM, a special procedure must be followed. On a DVD+RW video recorder, you need to press a number of keys on the remote control. With a DVD+RW PC drive, you'll need a special utility program to accomplish this, and the DVD burner must support it.

    Note: You only need to apply this special compatibility setting to a disc if you encounter reading problems with your DVD equipment. Players and drives that need the DVD-ROM setting for DVD+RW discs are marked with (cs) in the compatibility list. DVD+RW drive vendors advice you not to apply these setting unless you specifically need to in your situation, however I think that no DVD Drive or player should encounter problems with a disc marked as "DVD-ROM", as this is the default value for read only (pressed) discs too.

    If you are having problems with your XBox reading DVD+R or +RW, and you can use bitsetting, then it is suggested you use it. This tells the DVD drive in Xbox that it is a DVD-ROM or PRESSED DISC. This assures that the drive will attempt to read this disc, the only flaw thereafter will be in your file system.

    Use the bitsetting (Set Booktype) feature in your bitsetting software to set your DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD+R DL Media (Only DVD+R/+RW Media) backup to DVD-ROM for much higher compatibility with older DVD players and Game Consoles such as XBOX and PS2. Bitsetting is done during the burning process when bitsetting DVD+R Media. You can also set/change your DVD+RW Media's bitsetting/booktype, but the difference is that you can bitset DVD+RW Media even AFTER you have burned it.

    Here are directions on how to Bitset or Change the BookType with DVD Decrypter on Plextor, NEC, BenQ, LG, LITE-ON, Nu Tech/QSI and Ricoh Burners. There is no one best bitsetting utility out there, if it works for your burner, then it works.

    If you have other burners please refer to other Bitsetting Programs.

    DVD Decrypter - Final!

    Change Your DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD+R DL Media to DVD-ROM

    1. This tutorial assumes that you have a working ISO to burn
    2. Put in a Blank DVD+R or DVD+RW Disk into your DVD Burner
    3. Open up the DVD Decrypter
    4. Select your dvd burner
    Booktype Step 1: DVD Burner Selection
    5. Click on Mode > ISO > Write To see your current settings
    Booktype Step 2: Write Selection
    6. Right click on the destination box which has your burner selected then highlight and select "Change Book Type":
    Booktype Step 3: Change Book Type
    7. Then select your respected burner's name which are on the tabs:
    Booktype Step 4: Select Burner Tab
    8. The Change For is basically what media you want to change to DVD-ROM, (i.e For DVD+R Media, For DVD+RW Media)
    Booktype Step 5: Select Burner Tab
    Booktype Step 6: Select Media You Want to Bitset
    9. Now for New Setting: which you should select "DVD-ROM":
    Booktype Step 7: Select DVD-ROM
    10. Click on the "Change" button, which will then show a Success pop up window
    Booktype Step 8: Change Button
    11. Click on "OK" to close the "Change Book Type" window
    12. Start burning! By Clicking the write button (Picture of Hard drive to DVD)
    Booktype Step 9: Write & Burn

    Bitsetting unfortunately has its restrictions when it comes to which burner can bitset. Burners that cannot be bitset are burners which are not Ricoh engine based, which bitsetting has based its technology around. For other burners that are not Ricoh Burners you can try the following bitsetting utilities found in the article/links below:

    1. A very nice Bitsetting article titled: Apply Compatibility Bitsettings using a DVD+R/+RW PC Drive by You can also download the software DVD BitSetter.

    2. Or DVDInfoPro - Bitsetting capable for LG, BENQ, NU, NEC, BTC, Liteon, Micro Advantage

    3. Or DVD Decrypter - Bitsetting capable for Plextor, NEC, BenQ, LG, LITE-ON, Nu Tech/QSI and Ricoh Burners

    4. For NEC Burners (excluding ND-2500A) you can use a programs called: WinBtype or DVD Bitsetter. If you have an ND-2500A, you can use patched firmwares to enable its bitsetting, which can be found on the internet: ND-2500A Bitsetting Firmware.

    IMGBURN is almost a clone of DVD Decryptor, and also supports bitsetting.

    01. Download the program IMG Burn

    02. Use Verbatim +R DL Media
    03. Open IMG Burn
    04. Click Write to a Disk
    05. Click Tools > Drive > Change Booktype (use your drive model)
    06. Set Booktype for +R DL media to "DVD-ROM" > OK
    07. Click at the top on Tools
    08. Choose Settings
    09. Choose the write tab & select User Specified for Layer Break
    10. Set Layer-Break To 1913760 > OK
    11. Select the .dvd file for burning
    12. Burn on 2.4x Speed
    13. Enjoy Playing Your Game!!!

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    There is no SOFTMOD for Xbox360 - You must FLASH the chip in the XBox360 DVD drive. You are flashing hacked firmware to the drive, like you would flash a hacked BIOS to XB1 for hardware modding. This requires hardware modification, and you opening the XB360.

    A hardware Mods' basic function is to bypass the onboard Microsoft BIOS through clever wiring to boot an alternate BIOS. This allows the XBOX to boot an alternate BIOS located on the modchip such as an EvoX, or Xecutor2 BIOS. The softmod uses an exploit to trick the XBOX into loading an alternate BIOS. This softmod loads to the Xbox HDD, and requires no disassembly, or hardware changes.

    Using a SoftMod; the end result is EXACTLY the same as if a modchip were installed. The only difference is that there isn't support for specialized hardware like external LCD screens and such. To the end user, the only thing noticeable is that it takes about two seconds longer to start the XBOX.

    The softmod allows for error, and is fully END USER reversable, and repairable, and uninstallable without a trace. The softmod lets you do everything a modchip can, including playing DivX, Realmedia, MOV, MP3 (With XBMC), backups, emulators and more, and best of all, won't void your warranty for opening the unit.

    XBOX Live can be used fully with the softmod but is not supported. The onboard chip mod cannot be used in conjunction with Live. However, there are FREE alternatives available and installed on both the softmod and onboard chip mod.

    You can't install a NEW, LARGER hard disk with a SoftMod. The new HDD must be obtained with the SoftMod already installed on it, and the drive must be lockable. You use XboxHDM to make a new, larger softmodded drive.


    * A softmod can be performed a lot easier and quicker than a modchip installation.
    * A softmod does not physically void your warranty, however the softmod and hacked game save must be removed (and the Microsoft Dashboard restored to its original state) for your Xbox to be completely void free.
    * You can boot burned media (games and movies) just like a modchip.
    * You can store information on your Hard Drive like more applications or media (pictures, music, and videos).
    * You can use FTP to communicate with your Xbox via your PC.


    * A softmod can not be turned on or off like a modchip, the only way to turn off a softmod is to remove it.
    * Installation of a larger hard drive using Softmodding can be very complicated and time consuming.

    Why SoftModding Works? [Found during a search]
    Microsoft knows NOW, that a vulnerability within the XBOX dashboard that could have serious impact. This is underlined by the fact that the dashboard checks most of its files against an internal stored SHA1 hash value before it uses them.

    The SHA1 check is not performed on the audio (.wav) and font (.xtf) files. That means there is an exploitable integer underflow vulnerabilitiy within the font file loader which can be exploited with a malformed font file. When the XTF header is processed the dashboards reads a 4 byte blocksize field from the font file. This is expected to represent the size of some datablock including the 4 bytes of the size field itself. The blocksize is then allocated and the sizefield is copied into the beginning of the buffer. This is already a possible overflow bug when the field contains the values 0..3. Due to memory alignment this is not exploitable. But then the blocksize is decreased by 4 because the dashboard wants to read the rest of the block into memory. Obviously values of 0..3 will underflow when decreased by 4 and this results in the dashboard wanting to read up to ~4 gigabytes of data from the font file in a f.e. 3 bytes buffer.

    Because the XBOX "malloc()/free()" implementation is also storing control information on inbound data, and is similiar to the Windows 2000/XP heap allocators, this bug is exploitable and allows execution of arbitrary code.

    Also, the dashboard loads the font files directly after the XBOX starts animation. This means the exploit does not need any user interaction and when the code is executed only part of the dashboard background is on screen.

    Microsoft was told about this exploit, but has done nothing to correct it.

    Other exploits followed such as the "Audio exploit". This was a safer way to jump-start Linux without needing a game DVD in the drive, but it required the user to punch a special sequence into the XBox hand controller, and required that a music CD disc be in the DVD tray.

    Audio Exploit
    This Modifications adds software to the XBox hard drive. The exploit takes advantage of the XBox's audio playing program. The xbox does not verify that the audio playing programs database is "legitimately signed" microsoft software. By not doing this, code is implanted inside the audio player database so that when the program is run and the database is read, it will begin booting "non-legitimate" signed code. (This signing is essential to the exploit). When used in conjunction with the "Phoenix Bios Loader" tool it will cause the XBox to boot the extracted code from a Modification Chip, replacing the XBox's onboard bios information until the xbox is powered off.

    If the Xbox clock becomes corrupted (unplugged for a few hours), the Xbox can get stuck in a "reboot loop" whenever it gets powered on. The various exploits have attempted to solve this "reboot loop" issue with varying degrees of success. None of the font exploits really fix the reboot loop issue.

    The only way that I have read that corrects this problem is performing the swap trick, renaming the font files back temporarily, and setting the clock with the clock utility.

    The audio exploit does not suffer from the reboot loop issue.

    this clock loop business has been solved by a later release of the Xbox font exploit files called Bert & Ernie Reloaded. They resolve this issue by simply hard setting the date of the Xbox upon every boot. That way the time utility never starts, and you never begin the clock loop in the first place.

    1. James Bond - Agent Under Fire
    2. Splinter Cell
    3. Mech Assult - 1st Release

    As a general rule, you can't use the Platinum Edition games, but some have claimed they have gotten it to work.

    Does it have to be the 4920 Version dashboard?
    In short, yes - which is why most softmods come with that versiobn dashboard. This is what also causes some Errors like 13, 16, and 21. Also? The V1.6+, and V1.7 (If exists) Xbox's dash CAN NOT be downgraded.

    All you need is:
    Action Replay For PC
    Splinter Cell Game Disc (not platinum to be sure)
    Memory Unit 8MB:
    Splinter Cell [LINUX] Profile (found on the net) (can sometimes be found in the community saves on AR)
    SID 4 INSTALLER (found on the net) (can sometimes be found in the community saves on AR)

    1. Turn Xbox on to Microsoft dash
    2. Remove or backup all other Splinter Cell saves.
    3. Copy contents of MEMORY CARD to XBox (SID4 and Linux Profile)
    4. Boot Splinter Cell disc
    4. Choose LINUX profile, then press "A" at blank screen.

    SID 4 installer will load up, and all is self explanatory in the menu!

    It took me all of 7 minutes to do this , it is NOT hard.

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