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X-ecutor 2 Lite Review
This review was done by Lilmucker
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I awoke on new years eve, bleary eyed, and staggered downstairs.
After running back upstairs to throw some clothes on and
make myself less like the bride of frankenstien. About 20
minuites later i returned and was surprised to see my mum
only lapse into a coma instead of the usual screaming and
going into a fit for 3 hours at seeing my face. I could tell
today would be a good day.
On the worktop (counter) there was a small white jiffy bag
addressed to me. I was surprised on two counts, one that i
got any mail at all, and two that i got something at christmas.
I eagerly teared open the small package and lo-and-behold
inside were the following items:
Today was a very good day.
Let me explain. In the photo above there are 5 items:
1 x padded bag that held this little lot (underneath)
1 x X2-Lite Preview (center)
1 x 10 wire adaptor (right) [tutorial]
1 x Pin header adaptor (bottom) [tutorial]
1 x Pin header Earth and d0 connector (left)
I was planning to put this in my new v1.1 Xbox as that has
a Samsung drive, and as we all know, the samsungs will read
all media. It also had a 20gig HDD in it... it CAME with these...
in the UK... I know, two great thing happeneing in a console
purchase are not very common.
Naturally I was anxious to fit this right away, but unfortunately
I'd broken my soldering iron in a fit of rage, and after buying
the new Xbox I was a little strapped for cash. This means
it would be a little while before i could pay the £53
to replace it with one of the same quality... sigh, start
While I was waiting for the nessercary cash to accumulate,
i investigated on which was better, pin header install, or
10 wire install.
While considering this dialemma I entered the Xecuter Site
to see what was up. This was where I saw this movie. This
convinced me of the 10 wire install, rather than having to
take the main board out fully for the pin header.
I was now resolute, i counted my pennies and headed to the
shops during lunch time at school.
I bought a 20w fine pointed soldering iron for £9.50,
and some flux cored solder. Luckily this day I had a study
after noon, so i went home early. I immediately gathered the
tools i would require and ran upstairs to me desk.
I quickly tore open my Xbox (live on the video feed function
of my webcam) and bore down on the main board clutching a
cold soldering iron and the 10 wire adaptor.
Unfortunately the soldering iron took a while to warm up,
so i was sitting there making sure i didn't burn anything,
getting rather impatient, when finally it melted some solder...
unfortunately this dripped onto the padded bag that theX2-Lite
came in, but no worries.
The main coloured wires went on very easily, even for somone
like me who isn't exactly the BEST solderer in the world,
even with the gaping holes of the v1.1 main board. After about
a minuite or two i had the main coloured wires attached and
secure. I attached the ground, and set about attaching d0
20 minuites later I was still on d0, it would not connect
properly, i even almost had a heart attack where i thought
i may have scraped off the traces. Then I realised what I
was doing wrong. with my first failure of this, the solder
on the wire itself had come off, DOH!
I then decieded to fix the X2 Lite in place on the metal casing
beofre trying again, as the first time around this had dislodged
the wire. I cut, stripped, and tinned the wire over again
and tried again, still no luck! By this time my mum had complained
of cries like:
"get in the a**eing hole"
"get in the hole you grey metal b*****d"
"why didn't i pay somone to do this?!"
Don't let these sentiments discourage you, I found a good
solution to my problem, (outlined here) et voila! Hooked up!
All things considered I think this was MUCH easier than I
Now then, we're onto USE of the mod.
I booted up my Xbox and danced around the room in joy to see
the XECUTER2 logo on the boot up screen, I threw a EVO-X cd-r
into the drive (samsung, woohoo) and booted it up, i had included
just about all the homebrew progs that i cared any for.
Unfortunately the OpenXDK programs didn't work. but doubtless
this will be sorted in future versions of the bios. But everything
else worked as wellas expected.
Flashing the chip with Evo-X was a breeze, the jumper for
on/off was a great addition.
The much hyped IGR was the best feature i have seen in a
bios since the inclusion of HDD support. i think this is the
best part! a simple push of L + R + Start + Back at the same
time and you're back to the dash. The booting from evoXdash.xbe
> neXgendash.xbe > xboxdash.xbe is such a good plan!
I was more than just impressed by this mod, i was effin' extatic.
Unfortunately i need to sort out the network port in the room
with the xbox, and find a peice of CAT5 long enough to reach
the plug from the xbox, before I can explore the true potential
of all this homebrew properly.
Ease of Install : 7/10
Bios Features : 9/10
General Ease of Use : 9/10
Total : 8.3/10
Conclusion : The best mod chip since the invention of the
bread mod in 1885