Category Archives: XBox360

Moving 360 HDD’s

Thought moving from a 20gb to the 60gb drive I got for chrimbo would be easy, unfortunatly not. Microsoft in their wisdom dont ship the MS transfer cable with the drive, so I picked up one of the 3rd party SATA ones up.

Cable works fine, unfortunatly the software leaves a bit to be desired, yes I know it’s freeware and I could not do better, and MS don’t make it easy by using FAT-X instead of a real disk format.

In the end what I did was this, pull the latest Datel XPort 1.12 down and do a backup of the 20gb (just in case), now copy the partition3\Contents folder to somewhere.

Add the new hdd to the machine via USB or SATA and copy the Contents folder back over to partition3. If it all copies over just fine then lucky you, a coplete backup, if like me you have strange dropouts and crashes of the XPort software then your best bet is to just copy over the Profiles (save games etc), to do that copy all the contents from the Contents folder over except the 0000000000 folder (that’s the downloaded content), then re-download all the stuff you want, re-downloading has one benefit, you only download the stuff you want and unclutter the disk.

Point of note though, if the software does crash on you mid copy, make sure you DELETE the folder one above before re-copying data, else the space that was allocated just vanishes.

XBox Live

Just thought I would warn people. XBox Live is up and down like a jack-in-the-box at the moment as Microsoft are doing updates to both Live and the site.

The updates went out yesterday in the States, and it looks like they are happening over here in Europe now.

So if you loose Live, then you know why. On a side note, you can't use the Media Centre Extender if your not signed in, bummer! Luckily I got logged in, and am now watching The Unit season 2 episode 5, and have just watched episode 5 of Heroes, which is just getting weirder by the episode!

Playstation Wii

Oh dear. Sony have announced that it wants to concentrate on a Japanese and American launch for the Playstation 3 this year. Making them look quite silly in light of the “we can do a worldwide launch better than Microsoft” comments it made at the Xbox 360 launch .

It doesn’t even sound like Sony Japan have kept their UK colleagues terribly well informed, given that UK boss Ray Maguire has stated he’s “extremely disappointed” that their new Uber console won’t arrive in PAL (Europe, Africa, Audtralia, Middle East and Far East) territories this year.

So where does this leave Sony? Well, besides the egg on the face for not being able to match the Xbox 360 launch, let alone bettering it – and remember that this was a launch that they have very publicly Continue reading Playstation Wii

Oblivion Loading?

It seems that some people are having long load issues with Bethesda’s latest and greatest, Oblivion.

There is however a solution, apparently if you hold down the A button whilst the game is loading it will reset the HDD Cache for the game and bring the performance back up to what it should be.

Steps to do this

  1. Pop the disk in the XBox 360 drive
  2. Power off the 360
  3. Power on the 360 whilst holding the A button
  4. Wait until you see the "Bethesda Software" logo

Now if only would get my copy out to me I can try it! (Oh blatant plug, have a look at Oblivion Blog

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Call of Duty 2 360 Update

An update for Call of Duty 2 has been released on the Live network, your game will automatically get the update next time you run COD2 whilst connected to Live.

The update includes many of the requested features, as well as some multiplayer fixes; these include improved multiplayer performance, the ability to reserve friend slots in private game lobbies, post-game lobbies so friends can play longer, configurable host options and more.

Put that disk into your 360 and update away.

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XBox360 Hacked

Yup, it's started, reading in this thread has shown the video of the machine booting PGR from a copied disk.

Please note this does not show that you are going to be able to run homebrew stuff on the 360, this will only allow the running of correctly signed application's. However it is a start, I personaly have no issues in purchasing the games I want to play, although a bit of try before you buy would be nice (o MS and the game publishers could put better, more represetative demo's on Live).

I would love XBMC (XBox Media Center) to make it's way to the 360, as I could then banish my XBox to the other room.

Video after the jump.

Or pop along to YouTube yourself

Media Center More (for Dan)

I noticed over at Dan’s Blogthat he is having problems converting the MCE 2005 recorded TV format into something usable.

I present AutoDVR Convertthis kewl little tool will convert your DVR recorded titles into standard MPG format automatically (watches the Recorded Television folder).

It is an ongoing project and future versions will allow you to set rules as to what to convert and what to leave alone.

While on the topic of MCE, here are some more of my favourite plug ins that have not yet been mentioned.