Xbox EEPROM Fix
This fix was emailed to us by one of our readers.
"I was in your store yesterday and picked up an aladdin chip andprogrammer. I was able to sucessfully reflash my eeprom using a modified cromwell bios. The regular cromwell bios won't boot up with a bad eeprom. http://arisme.free.fr/Xbox/Reflash/ Thanks for the help. If you ever run into a dead XBOX like mine it could be the eeprom. I had a solid red light and nothing would load up, no screen, no audio, but I was able to open and close the DVD drive."
The following process is posted on the link available above is archived here without permission as I cannot find an email anywhere on the http://arisme.free.fr site for the author. If anyone out there knows who it is please help me get in touch with him/her.
A Fast & Legal way to reflash your EEPROM with Cromwell
Just in case you manage to do something stupid and fry your
EEPROM like me (and your box won't boot anymore), you can fix this with these
easy steps ... since Cromwell provides everything to flash your EEPROM
Download the patched
Download the EEPROM
Unzip the image and the patcher, put
both in the same directory with your EEPROM image, and patch the Cromwell image
with your EEPROM : addEeprom cromwell-patched.bin eeprom.bin
Program your mod with
Boot your box and wait a few seconds
- you should see a message "EEPROM flash - status : SUCCESSFUL"
Your EEPROM is now restored, you can
turn off your box and reflash with your favorite bios ... or install Linux :) As
a side note, if you want to install Linux I'd suggest you to download an
official Cromwell image as I'm not sure of the quality of this build ...
Note that you'll need a fairly
recent gcc to build Cromwell - 3.2.3 seems to generate something consistant if
not perfect :)
Xbox-Linux team since they did all the work :)
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