Overclock.net › Forums › Video Games › Console Gaming › Xbox › How to: Install an Xecuter 3 modchip
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

How to: Install an Xecuter 3 modchip

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
*This tutorial will demonstrate how to install and Xecuter 3 modchip into the Halo Edition Xbox that utilizes the version 1.6 motherboard.

*Installation of this mod-chip requires a strong knowledge of proper soldering techniques which will be covered in another tutorial.

* All pictures can be viewed through links. The higher resolution images allow for clear detail of the installation process.

** Disclaimer: Modding your Xbox voids your warranty through Microsoft. There is a potential, due to error, that your Xbox hardware may be permanently damaged. Proceed at your own risk.


What's included in the kit the Xecuter 3 kit:
1) Xecuter 3 Modchip
2) Xecuter 3 Front Switch
3) Reset/Eject Adaptor
4) Reset/Eject Cable
5) Alt. 5v Connector
6) Sticky pad
7) Switch Connector
8) D0/LAN/HDD wire
9) Pinheader
10) Wire hardness
11) 1.6 Rebuild PCB

Tools needed to complete the install:
1) Xbox
2) Soldering iron( max. 30 watt)
3) Solder(resin core, and thin diameter)
4) Torx 10 and Torx 20 screwdrivers
5) Electrical tape
6) Knife (butterknife is ok)

The installation:

Part 1: Disassembling your Xbox

Image 1: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0170.jpg

1) Turn over your Xbox

Image 2: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0171.jpg

2) You will notice four protective feet in the corners on the bottom of the unit. Pry them off with a small knife. Use the knife to pry the pad up and grab it with your fingers and pull it off.
3) Uncover the last two screws. One is located under the serial number decal and the last one is the shiny emblem. Care can be taken to preserve the decals, it's a matter of preference.
4) Using a Torx 20 driver remove all 6 screws holding to lid firmly in place.
5) Flip the xbox right side up and have the unit with power button facing toward you. With your hands grab the left and right edges and remove the lid.
The DVD-Rom drive is on the left and the hard-drive is on the right.

Image 3: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0172.jpg

6) Unplug the yellow power connector to the DVD-Rom drive and unplug to molex power connector to the hard-drive( Routed through the plastic gutter in the tray assembly.
7) Unplug the two IDE connectors to the DVD-Rom and Hard-drive.
8) Unscrew (with a Torx 10 head) the screw to the left of the DVD-Rom drive and the two remaining screws in the mid section of the Hard-drive assembly. Remove the Hard-drive then the DVD-Rom drive in that specified order.

Image 4: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0174.jpg
Image 5: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0175.jpg

9) Unplug all of the motherboard connectors and move them out of the way.
10) Remove the outer 10 screws holding the motherboard in place with the Torx 10 screwdriver. Carefully lift the motherboard from the case.

Image 6: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0176.jpg

Part 2: Soldering the pinheader to your motherboard


Image 7: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0177.jpg

1) Align the pin-header into LPC bus. The gap in the pins should be located on the left hand side when orientated with the above mounting hole.
2) Secure the pin-header with electrical tape and flip over the motherboard. Carefully solder all of the pin-headers with proper solder joints. ** If you leave your iron contacted to the board for too long permanent damage to the motherboard will result.

Part 3: LPC rebuild

1) Place the rebuild PCB over the pin-header that you soldered (back side of the board).
2) Solder the rebuild PCB to the motherboard following proper solder techniques. There are 5 solder points (4 for the rebuild and 1 for the D0).
3) Solder the D0 wire onto your rebuild PCB.

Part 4: Soldering the LAN and HDD led

1) Solder the LAN and HDD led wires to the appropriate locations on the backside of the motherboard.
2) Using electrical tape, secure the D0/LAN/HDD wires up along the side of the motherboard to keep them secure and out of the way.

Image 8: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0182.jpg

Part 5: 5V power source and motherboard installation

1) Solder the 5V power wire (part number 5) to the 5V regulator located between the LAN port and the Video out connector.
2) Re-install the motherboard into the case. Screw all the motherboard screws into the appropriate connections.

Part 6: Installing the Power/Eject Adapter

1) Unplug the yellow cable that connects to the Xbox's Power/Eject button.
2) Plug in the Power/Eject adapter.
3) Remove the tape backing and mount to the xbox chassis.
4) Plug the yellow cable into the adapter.
5) Plug in the X3 Power/Eject cable (Item 4).
6) Connect the X3 Power/Eject cable into the X3 modchip.

Part 7: Connecting the X3 Modchip

1) Install the X3 into the pin-header connector to the bottom aligned with the red/green faces the rear of the Xbox.
2) Connect the D0/LAN/HDD adapter to the modchip.
3) Connect the alternate 5V power source to the X3.
4) Make sure flash protection is disabled to allow flashing a bios to the X3.

Image 9: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0183.jpg

Part 8: Installing the X3 Front Panel Switch

1) Use 2 Torx 10 screws to uninstall the gamepad port on the left hand side.
2) Route the switchpanel wire through the gap that was left from the removal of the gamepad.
3) Connect to the X3 switch. Remove the sticky pad and fix to the front of the Xbox in the lower left hand corner.
4) Re-install the gamepad port and be careful not to pinch the front panel switch wires.
5) Connect the wire leads to the X3.

Part 9: Re-assembling the Xbox

1) Re-connect the fan power cable, DVD-Rom powercable, IDE cable connectinos, Main power cable and gamepad port (right hand side).
2) Repeat steps 1 thourgh 8 of Part 1 to reassemble the DVD-Rom drive, Hard-drive, secure power and IDE cables, re-install the lid and re-attach the protective feet.

Image 10: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0185.jpg

That's it. The mod chip is installed and all that needs to be done is software installation. A bios needs to flashed and a dashboard needs to be loaded. But hey the hard parts done.

Image 11: http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e2...1/IMG_0186.jpg

If you were me you could load a Linux distribution onto your machine and use it a a computer. The Xbox functions great as a Beowulf cluster....the possibilities are endless. Enjoy!!!
ShoopDaWoop
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution eVGA GTX 280 Corsair Dominator 6x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150GB Velociraptor LG 22x DVD +-R/RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2x SAMSUNG 206BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Corsair 1 kW Cosmos 1000 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
ShoopDaWoop
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution eVGA GTX 280 Corsair Dominator 6x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150GB Velociraptor LG 22x DVD +-R/RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2x SAMSUNG 206BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Corsair 1 kW Cosmos 1000 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 12
nice guide, but illegal.
I'm Jelly.
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 748MB 8GB DDR3-1600 Ripjaws 9-9-9-27 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
OCZ 60GB Vertex 2 + 500GB 7200.12 Raid 0 Windows 7 Metadot DAS Professional S 850W XFX 
CaseMouse
HAF 932 MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
I'm Jelly.
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 2500k Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 MSI GTX 460 Cyclone 748MB 8GB DDR3-1600 Ripjaws 9-9-9-27 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
OCZ 60GB Vertex 2 + 500GB 7200.12 Raid 0 Windows 7 Metadot DAS Professional S 850W XFX 
CaseMouse
HAF 932 MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 12
lawl do I smell a lock? Nice guide, I should copy it before it dies, so then I can distribute it to the world! LAwl jk.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2D E6300 Indel DG965WH XFX 7900gs XT @ 591/870 2gig GSkill Pc6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar 250gb Sata Pioneer Dual Layer DVD Burner Windows XP pro Acer AL1716BB LCD 17in 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
zboard Antec Truepower Trio 650w Antec SLK3000B Microsoft 4way mouse 
Mouse Pad
nGear craper 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2D E6300 Indel DG965WH XFX 7900gs XT @ 591/870 2gig GSkill Pc6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar 250gb Sata Pioneer Dual Layer DVD Burner Windows XP pro Acer AL1716BB LCD 17in 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
zboard Antec Truepower Trio 650w Antec SLK3000B Microsoft 4way mouse 
Mouse Pad
nGear craper 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by UberN00B View Post
nice guide, but illegal.
Nope. It's legal.

Modding 360's is illegal, as it serves no purpose but piracy. Original Xbox mods are A-OK, as there are other uses for them besides pirating software. (Linux, homebrew, etc)
Morpheus Mini
(7 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-6700T SN970 GTX 960 Crucial CT102464BF160B 
Hard DriveOSAudio
Samsung 850 Evo M.2 Windows 10 Pro MOTU Audio Express 
  hide details  
Reply
Morpheus Mini
(7 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-6700T SN970 GTX 960 Crucial CT102464BF160B 
Hard DriveOSAudio
Samsung 850 Evo M.2 Windows 10 Pro MOTU Audio Express 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 12
Just so you know, as they really haven't informed you, this is against the TOS of the forums. Sorries.

[Edit] Oh so ~not~ against the TOS? Honestly I don't see why you would want to mode an XBOX to right linux anyways.. I thought it was more used to run copied games.
Refreshed Duo
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 E0@4.25Ghz (500x8.5) Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P EVGA GTX285 (720/1674/2772) 2x2gb G.SKILL PC8500 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3xWD 250GB RAID0 Sony DVD/CDR/RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ACER 24" P241WAID LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 (Original) OCZ GameXStream 700w SLI ThermalTake Armor Black Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
Razor XACT 
  hide details  
Reply
Refreshed Duo
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8500 E0@4.25Ghz (500x8.5) Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P EVGA GTX285 (720/1674/2772) 2x2gb G.SKILL PC8500 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
3xWD 250GB RAID0 Sony DVD/CDR/RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ACER 24" P241WAID LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 (Original) OCZ GameXStream 700w SLI ThermalTake Armor Black Logitech G5 
Mouse Pad
Razor XACT 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
At least someone is on my side. LOL!
ShoopDaWoop
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution eVGA GTX 280 Corsair Dominator 6x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150GB Velociraptor LG 22x DVD +-R/RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2x SAMSUNG 206BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Corsair 1 kW Cosmos 1000 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
ShoopDaWoop
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution eVGA GTX 280 Corsair Dominator 6x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150GB Velociraptor LG 22x DVD +-R/RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2x SAMSUNG 206BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Corsair 1 kW Cosmos 1000 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 12
I guess not, since Forum Director said it isn't illegal. So I guess this is A-O-K!
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2D E6300 Indel DG965WH XFX 7900gs XT @ 591/870 2gig GSkill Pc6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar 250gb Sata Pioneer Dual Layer DVD Burner Windows XP pro Acer AL1716BB LCD 17in 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
zboard Antec Truepower Trio 650w Antec SLK3000B Microsoft 4way mouse 
Mouse Pad
nGear craper 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2D E6300 Indel DG965WH XFX 7900gs XT @ 591/870 2gig GSkill Pc6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar 250gb Sata Pioneer Dual Layer DVD Burner Windows XP pro Acer AL1716BB LCD 17in 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
zboard Antec Truepower Trio 650w Antec SLK3000B Microsoft 4way mouse 
Mouse Pad
nGear craper 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 12
The mod itself is very legal.. but 99% of the things you can do with the mod is not

Happy modding

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chipp View Post
Nope. It's legal.

Modding 360's is illegal, as it serves no purpose but piracy. Original Xbox mods are A-OK, as there are other uses for them besides pirating software. (Linux, homebrew, etc)
Theres homebrew for the 360
My Rigasaurus-reX
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Toledo 3800 X2 E6 (CCBWE) DFI nF4 LanParty Ultra-D XFX 6800GS 500/1200 2x512MB OCZ Enhanced Latency 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD-Caviar 16M 3GB/s NEC ND-3550A Windows XP Pro SP2 17in. ŁĊĐ 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Åntec TRUEPOWERII 550W ThermalTake Tsunami Logitech G7 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
SteelPad S&S 
  hide details  
Reply
My Rigasaurus-reX
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Toledo 3800 X2 E6 (CCBWE) DFI nF4 LanParty Ultra-D XFX 6800GS 500/1200 2x512MB OCZ Enhanced Latency 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD-Caviar 16M 3GB/s NEC ND-3550A Windows XP Pro SP2 17in. ŁĊĐ 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Åntec TRUEPOWERII 550W ThermalTake Tsunami Logitech G7 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
SteelPad S&S 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 12
Where would you go about buying one of these chips? And how much?

Might be worthwhile to play around with... could this feasibly make the Xbox an HTPC? Upgraded HDD of course.
Sandy Beach
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K @ 4.5GHz/1.32v P8P67-PRO [BIOS 1704] MSI GTX780 TFIV G.Skill 4x4GB DDR3-1600 (8-8-8-24-1T) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
512GB 850EVO, WD Black 1TB & ES.2 1TB & Cuda 3TB XSPC Rasa w/ RS240 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell SX2210 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Ninja w/ Browns SilverStone Strider Plus 750W [Sleeved] Custom Stacker 832 Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries 4HD 
  hide details  
Reply
Sandy Beach
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2500K @ 4.5GHz/1.32v P8P67-PRO [BIOS 1704] MSI GTX780 TFIV G.Skill 4x4GB DDR3-1600 (8-8-8-24-1T) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
512GB 850EVO, WD Black 1TB & ES.2 1TB & Cuda 3TB XSPC Rasa w/ RS240 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dell SX2210 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Ninja w/ Browns SilverStone Strider Plus 750W [Sleeved] Custom Stacker 832 Logitech G500 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries 4HD 
  hide details  
Reply
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
I use my modded box as and HTPC. I run Xbox Media Center and it detects network shares from my file server. The only downside is with audio playback, and dvd playback. During audio playback there is distortion sometimes depending on mp3 quality. DVD playback isn't bad until you pause, then sometimes the buffer doesn't refresh and I've had xbox and server lockups. Usually it runs fine though. Just google Xecuter 3 and there are tons of vendors out there. The prices have dropped a lot since I modded my box.
ShoopDaWoop
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution eVGA GTX 280 Corsair Dominator 6x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150GB Velociraptor LG 22x DVD +-R/RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2x SAMSUNG 206BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Corsair 1 kW Cosmos 1000 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
ShoopDaWoop
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution eVGA GTX 280 Corsair Dominator 6x2GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150GB Velociraptor LG 22x DVD +-R/RW SATA Windows 7 Ultimate x64 2x SAMSUNG 206BW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Corsair 1 kW Cosmos 1000 Logitech G5 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Xbox
Overclock.net › Forums › Video Games › Console Gaming › Xbox › How to: Install an Xecuter 3 modchip