Sunday, December 27, 2009

And now for something a bit different

Recently, a way to run unsigned code on the XBOX360 has been discovered. The hack involves having your XBOX360 hack itself (you heard right), and flashing a modified 8955 kernel which gets you the following benefits:
  • An ability to run unsigned code.
  • Convert XBOX Live! demos to Full.
  • Run games from anywhere (even a USB drive).
  • Use any SATA 2.5' drive you want.
(Maybe this will also lead to an XBOX360 XBMC, who knows)

There are a few caveats though:
  • Your XBOX must be with a dashboard version pre-89XX (ie: 7344)
  • You need to open your case (duh!)
  • You  need to have some good soldering skills.

In any case, and since I have a launch model box (XENON) that was banned around 2 years ago. I've decided to go for it.

I followed a great guide on www.xbox-scene.com forums, the guy there had a pretty nifty idea of doing everything in way that it will be later possible to re-do without re-opening your case again.

Before you begin, you'll need the following tools:

  • A 35W-60W Fine Tipped Soldering Iron.
  • Soldering Flux.
  • Female <-> Female RJ45 Connector
  • Some colored wires
  • A pretty good cutter
  • DB25 Connector and housing
  • An RJ45 cable
  • Hot glue gun
  • 2x 1N4148 Diodes
  • 5x 100ohm resistors

Here's how to do it:

  • You need to enable the JTAG hack (http://www.free60.org/JTAG_Hack).
    It should look something like this (Remember: this is for my XENON board, if you have a different one, the connections are not the same):




Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

USplash Themes on Google Code

Hi All,

Long time with no updates...
Anyway, you can now get the source for my usplash themes directly from my Google Code site @ http://code.google.com/p/usplash-theme-xbmc/ .

P.S. I have corrected a long standing issue with all of the themes regarding the display of boot text (for example during an fsck task).

Enjoy,

Monday, July 20, 2009

USplash Previews

I have added all of my USplashes here so you can preview them before installation.







Sunday, July 19, 2009

Pulsating Logo

Hi,

I have finally fixed the issue with the pulsating logo (that's part of the LiveXBMC), that prevented the text box (used for FSCK mainly) from appearing.

I'll submit that into the Track in a few hours.

Enjoy.

Pulsating Logo

Hi,

I have finally fixed the issue with the pulsating logo (that's part of the LiveXBMC), that prevented the text box (used for FSCK mainly) from appearing.

I'll submit that into the Track in a few hours.

Enjoy.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Long time without updates...

Hi Guys,

I know it has been a while without any updates or new splash themes,
part of the reason, is that me and my wife had a new amazing baby boy.

I'm now back on-track, trying to compile a new splash based on plymouth, and got some ideas for usplash.

So, hang tight, i'll have something for you guys soon.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Nominate XBMC for best project on SourceForge

Nominate XBMC on sourceforge: