A year has past, and the time has come for a small maintenance release. While the V0.8x releases have performed rather well, there's always room for improvements, even though most of them are well hidden and probably won't be noticed by most people.
Changes/fixes in this release.. -------------------------------- - Major cleanup of code - the SH-D162C and SH-D163A now share the same code. This has been a painful job to do, but will make future updates so much easier to handle. - The firmware is now based on the official TS05/SB01 firmware as opposed to TS04/SB00 for earlier releases. - Fixed a potential problem with the way that the RPC patching was done. - The laser head is now parked in a known and safe position following SS extraction. This should fix the clicking noise, that some people experienced from time to time. - RPC settings stored in flash mem of the drive is now reset. This is not important for the patched firmware, but will leave the RPC settings as they came from the factory, if someone, for some strange reason, should decide to go back to a non patched firmware. - The feature list has been expanded to hold seperate feature entries for XBOX and XBOX360 - Fixed a bug that caused flashing of the drive to fail under some conditions (SH-D163A only)
This is what you get.. -------------------------------- - Full challenge/response functionality. - Two types of unlock for XBOX 360 game discs. One for making xtreme style images and one for making wxripper style images. Both types of iso can be made using isobuster. Ripping using wxripper isn't supported for the time being - A 'lock' function that will cancel any enabled unlock state. This can be very useful for custom applications. - 'Error skipping' which basically speeds up the error handling of the drive. A complete wxripper style image (including video) can be obtained in 15-16 minutes, when error skipping is enabled. Getting through the critical area of LBA 19408-20479 will take you more than 20 minutes alone, if error skipping is disabled- A much more streamlined command interface which is good news if you intend to write an application that makes use of the drives extra features. - The drive will default to unlock state 2 and error skip enabled when a 360 media is inserted. You can in other words use isobuster to obtain a wxripper style image without issuing any commands to the drive - RPC1 support (RPC-2 actually but with automatic change of drive region and RCE support)
Maximus (Carranzafp) released a new version of Maximums 360 Firmware Toolbox.
MAIN NOTE: THIS TOOL DOES NOT MAKE YOUR VAD6038 DRIVES RUN BACKUPS ON ANY WAY, THERE IS NO RELEASED IXTREME NOR XTREME FIRMWARES FOR VAD6038. THIS TOOL NEITHER ALLOW DIRECT READING/FLASHING OF THE VAD6038 FIRMWARE YOU STILL NEED DUMP THE FIRMWARE WITH DOSFLASH Tools or with external programmer.
WHATS NEW ON V4.50: - FIXED: Properly support Handling of VAD6038 Firmwares (see notes). - FIXED: Previously Hitachi spoofed drives were not visible on toolbox anymore now you can see it and unspoof it or re-spoof them - FIXED: Several other bugs
Release Notes: The VAD6038 firmwares are tricky, the KEY could be placed on too many places, and the code locations could vary a lot between same ROM drives. (Like on Hitachi 78/79 drives but on VAD6038 there are a lot o of posibilities) This Toolbox support the 2 retail VAD6038 firmware versions known till now. (62430C and 64930C). You can now: - Read / Extract Keys - Spoof Samsung/Hitachi drive as Benq - Spoof Benq drive as Hitachi/Samsung
Some weeks ago, Team MODFREAKz indicated to have succeeded in using a reader PC SATA on Xbox360. Today, news informations are appeared concerning the advances of this hack.
Quote from Xboxhacker forum :
The Philips DROM6316 drive is still using x360 retail benq firmware and dvd key. A small modification enables to run backups. (please don't ask for the firmware, it's not my project and still not finished!!) Eject function is now almost fixed. Open/close tray options also works through dashboard.
(thanks to Schtrom, Redline99, Uberfry, Tiros, TheXone and some other guys).
The second major version of GlideHQ, the texture enhancements module for Glide64, is ready for public release. Project description, taken from GlideHQ readme file by KoolSmoky:
"This is a realtime texture enhancer library with hi-resolution texture pack support for Glide64 (http://glide64.emuxhaven.net). Traditional and non-traditional techniques have been used to achieve speed and high image quality even on a 9 year old 3Dfx Voodoo2.
Although the 3Dfx Glide3x texture format naming conventions are used, the library can be expanded for generic use.
Amazon.com has updated its listings unveiling a new Xbox 360 edition. Scheduled for release on October 23, 2007, the Xbox 360 Arcade Console has a price of $279.99.
The Core Edition of the Xbox 360 has been a victim of many rumors since Microsoft announced it will release different editions of its next-generation system. So far, the cheapest Xbox 360 has survived all the rumors that claimed it will be discontinued and it seems it will only be replaced by an updated model that will come with some Xbox Live Arcade games and possibly HDMI (since the next-generation A/V port has been incorporated in all other editions except the Core)
SoulHeaven, member of Gx-Mod Team released a new tool that allow you to extract BenQ firmware spoof key and line. Thanks to this you will be able to easy change your BenQ drive with Hitachi or Samsung.
To use this tool you will need Microsoft Framework .net v3.0
JWSpeed released some news pictures of the Xbox 360 Halo 3 Edition to compare them with the "old" Xbox 360 :
The motherboard looks identical to the Zephyr (v2), so I doubt it's the falcon already. If the CPU is 65nm or not is hard to say ... it seems to be a bit different to those in the Pro-hdmi or Elite. The lower power usage (displayed below) seems to indicate it might have a 65nm CPU and/or GPU though. While the new heatsink loses the copper heatpipe, it seems a lot bigger/larger than the old CPU heatsink. Please note that not all Halo3 LEs are like this, it seems to start a lot #734 - you can find lot# on the side sticker of the Xbox360 box.
Elite CPU Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Halo 3 CPU
Elite Heatsink Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Halo 3 Heatsink
Elite power use Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Halo 3 power use