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Right so once my exams end on the 16th of june, i have nothing to do for months and months, so here is my idea to fill time and create something great.

Plan outline: rip out the parts of an xbox, replace them with a PC worth of stuff, including a good gpu, and have it run as an emulator unit, to play old games with 4 usb controllers

Ideas:
-USB's will be fitted in controller slots
-replacing the centre logo with "GameBOX" with led backlit
-Have it with emulators to play anything up to Xbox itself (if possible)
-fully wireless, used as a HTPC when not playing games , or folding

Problems
-small mobo?
-tiny PSU
-small GPU
and which OS would be suitable?

Ill post progress here when i start for now this i am just planning (something to do in between study)

EDIT:meant to ask, has anyone done anything like that in the past?
Edited by thedarklordjay - 6/1/08 at 3:15pm
    
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post #2 of 13
Sweet idea, i like the whole emulator thing and not just a straight case swap.
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the psu i dont think would be a problem pico psu?
http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl/it.A/id.417/.f
throw a atom in there with next to nothing power consumption and 1hdd and your set
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I've seen this done on another forum. I'll try to find a link. It was a pretty neat idea.
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Sweet idea, i like the whole emulator thing and not just a straight case swap.
It started with the idea of, that would look cool as a HTPC, but then while playing my super smash bros rom on my pc, i had an appiphany lol

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I've seen this done on another forum. I'll try to find a link. It was a pretty neat idea.
sweet thanks man, one thing i wanna try but it may be too hard is having an interface pop up at startup to allow you to navigate using the usb joypads through the diff emulators and then roms, but im trying to think how i would achieve this, maybe a C++ app. (note to self learn C++)
    
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here is something you can get a idea from this is only mame but it could help http://revision3.com/systm/software/
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here is something you can get a idea from this is only mame but it could help http://revision3.com/systm/software/
sweet ill watch the ep when i get a chance and thanks for the link to that site with the mini PSU, rep +
    
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http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/MythGame

Might be helpful. Never used it but it looks like it fits the bill.
    
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http://mythtv.org/wiki/index.php/MythGame

Might be helpful. Never used it but it looks like it fits the bill.
Yea ill check that out then, ive actually been looking at mobo's lately, but i am thinking of waiting till i have the inside hollowed out before i buy any parts, so i know the exact plan for inner layout

project will officially start june 17th
    
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you can add ubuntu to the xbox. but it will be xubuntu.
http://www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/XUbuntu
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