Slax CD Method
All of the files you require are available from one site but a free registration is required to access the downloads section please visit them and register before clicking on the following links or access to the files will be denied click Here to register the link will take you to eurasia.nu registration screen. Important All the files you will download use a compression called '.rar' so you will need a tool called Winrar to decompress the files it can be downloaded from Here.
Download the Slax 2.1 Bootable image Here.
If you can't get the the Slax CD image from the link then try the Crossed Wires method. Note the image needed is specific for the purpose and other versions will not work.
I'll assume your Xbox 360 is apart if not better follow these instructions Here
WARNING: If you are going to connect your 360 and PC together in *any* way, then you *must* provide the 360 with a path to true earth ground. This is because the 360 has a floating ground and horrible things happen if all connected systems do not agree on the reference voltage. I used a couple of croc clips from the chassis of the 360 to the chassis of my PC to achieve this.
- Enter the PC bios and adjust the settings to allow the PC to boot from the CD containing the Slax CD image. Once set Power off the PC
- Connect the Xbox 360 DVD-drive to your PC using a SATA cable to a suitable SATA port. and make sure you connect the video cable to the back of the Xbox 360 as the Xbox 360
may power off during the flash if the video cable is not connected.
- Power on the Xbox 360 and only turn the power off when instructed.
- Boot from the Slax CD, while booting text will scroll by just wait until you get to the 'login'
prompt when reached the drive should be in Mode B. Reset your PC and remember only turn the Xbox 360 power off when instructed.
- Remove the Slax CD and boot into Windows. If Windows appears to be stuck simply press the eject button on the Xbox 360 DVD-drive and it should continue to boot.
Jump to the instructions for your specific DVD-drive
Instructions for Hitachi-LG drives
For Hitachi-LG drives simply run the 'Xtreme.bat' batch file from a DOS command prompt in windows specifying the DVD-drive letter to flash eg 'xtreme.bat g' The batch file will run and will pause after each step, just press any key to continue until it reports success. Power off the PC and Now turn the power off to the Xbox 360 reconnect the cables as they were and assemble the Xbox 360.
Instructions for Toshiba-Samsung drives
If using the Toshiba-Samsung drive the steps are not automated and need to followed exactly as presented below.
- Creating a Bootable Floppy
Create the FreeDOS boot floppy start by unzipping the file you downloaded earlier (Click here to get file) you should see three files 'diskio.dll', 'FreeBoot.img' and 'rawwritewin.exe' launch the 'rawwritewin.exe' file and you'll see a screen that looks like the one below. Click the button with '...' (see red box) and open the 'FreeBoot.img' file once it's loaded insert a floppy into your floppy drive and hit the 'Write' button to create the floppy.
If you wish to create a MS-Dos Floppy instead then insert a floppy in your A: drive. Right Click
on the A: drive in My Computer. Select 'Format' then tick 'Create an MS-DOS
startup disk' hit start and allow the program to finish formatting the disk.
Regardless of which floppy you make you need to copy these files to the floppy:
- MTKFLASH.EXE Note: If you have an Nforce4 chipset, use the version found in MTK-NF4.rar
- Backing Up Your Firmware:
Make sure your Xbox 360 is on and the DVD-drive is in 'Mode B' now boot your PC with your bootable floppy. Make a backup of your DVD drive firmware by typing this command
'mtkflash r /m orig.bin'
Now you have the choice to select SEC Master or SEC Slave: select Master. The
application should start reading the flash. After it’s finished it will tell you to reboot
the system. Remove the floppy and boot into Windows. Open the floppy from My Computer
and select the file 'ORIG.BIN'. This is your Xbox 360 DVD-Drives firmware, Important back this file up don't loose it!
- Getting Your Key:
Download Hexworkshop (Click Here) and install it on your PC
Open the Hexworkshop program, once running select 'open' and browse to the file you created in the previous step called ORIG.BIN once it's open you need to access the 'Goto' function, select the 'Edit' tab then select 'Goto...' a new window will open you need to select the 'hex' button now set the offset to 4000 (if the display shows '00000' try again) and lastly in the box 'From Where' select 'Beginning of File'
Now select the 'Edit' tab then you want 'Select Block' another window will open select 'hex' and set the Block: to 200 (if the display shows '00000' try again) the box 'Method' should be set to 'Size of Block' press the 'OK" button
You should notice a rather large area is now highlighted, select the 'Edit' tab then select
'Copy'. this places the information into the clipboard ready to be pasted into the 'xtreme.bin' firmware.
Modify the xtreme.bin firmware with your key
Select 'open' and browse to the file 'xtreme.bin' once it's open you need to access the 'Goto' function, select the 'Edit' tab then select 'Goto...' a new window will open you need to select the 'hex' button now set the offset to 4000 (if the display shows '00000' try again) and lastly in the box 'From Where' select 'Beginning of File'
Now select the 'Edit' tab then you want 'Select Block' another window will open select “hex” and set the Block: to 200 (if the display shows '00000' try again) the box 'Method' should be set to 'Size of Block' press the 'OK" button you'll see a large highlighted area full of 'FFFF'
Select the 'Edit' tab then select 'Paste' your original key should be visable where the 'FFFF' were previously and the section will be using all red letters.
Last step save the modified 'xtreme.bin' to a new file by selecting the 'File' tab then 'Save as...'
a new window will open change the save name to 'modified.bin' and click the 'Save' button. Make sure you put a copy of the 'modified.bin' onto the boot floppy before proceeding to the next step.
- Flashing the modified firmware to your DVD-drive:
Make sure your Xbox 360 is on and the DVD-drive is in 'Mode B' now boot your PC with your bootable floppy. Flash the firmware of your DVD drive by typing this command
mtkflash w /m modified.bin
If you did everything all right your Xbox 360 will now read all correctly made back-ups.
- You should reasseble the Xbox 360 and test it with an original and a back-up disk
Instructions for Phillips drives
Not available yet.....
Bad Flash Recovery
If for some reason your flash failed or you lost power or something unforseen happens you can try this solution.
You'll need your Bootable Floppy with MTKFLASH.EXE and your original firmware 'original.bin'.
Attach the bad DVD drive to SATA 1 on your motherboard.
Boot from Floppy and get to a Dos prompt then type this command
'MTKFLASH W /SATA /M original.bin'
You should get a response from the system with a list of possible sata ports to flash to.
Turn off the power to the DVD drive wait a second and turn it back on again.
Now hit 1 on the keyboard (SATA 1) to start the flash.
It should start flashing or it will display waiting at 'Port: d800, Master/Slave: a0'
If it waits for more than a few seconds hit escape twice to stop the attempt and power
off the drive again, keep trying the last part again. It should work after a few attempts.
Verify the DVD-drive works and you can attempt to flash it once more with the modified firmware.