Modchip Status: Good

This weekend – Saturday actually – was a whirlwind of activity. Besides changing the oil in the car, a mundane affair, I also had to somehow figure out how to flash my Xbox modchip with someone else’s Xbox so it would work with my Xbox. Luckily, I was able to borrow Josh’s Xbox, which he didn’t mind me opening at all, swap my chip in, and flash it. There was a lot of fiddly wiring and CD burning as well but I won’t bore anyone with the details. Long story short: my Xbox is now an Xbox Media Center and therefore kicks ass. XBMC is one really slick piece of code. Unfortunately I couldn’t flash the other modchip for some reason, and ran out of time to work on it.

So now I can use XBMC to play all the media files on my home server, instead of having to use my downstairs PC and the slow-as-heck Java VNC client on the Pepper – sweet! This also means I don’t have to use the A/V panels in my wall anymore to go from PC -> TV, so I spent 5 minutes and used some RCA Y cables I had lying around and rewired it to go from TV -> PC. Meaning I can now record TV with my All-In-Wonder again. I think I’ve made my VCR obsolete again finally.


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  1. Agreed! I’ve been using XBMC for a little over a year now, and I love it. My Sony AV Commander controls it, as well as the rest of my home theatre, and it all makes for a very compelling multimedia experience.
    I can’t wait until they hack the 360 to do the same…