Philips BenQLiteOn VAD6038 Tutorial

Drive Philips Xbox 360

Sorry, as of July 7, 2007 there is currently no hacked firmware for this drive or software to dump/flash the drive firmware. Please keep checking Xbox and Xbox 360 scene websites for any updates.

Toshiba-Samsung TS-H943A Tutorial

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Opening The Xbox 360

The outer Xbox 360 "shell" is entirely screwless. Plastic friction tabs hold the case together. There are many different tutorials for opening the Xbox 360, with different methods. Here are some links to "opening the Xbox 360" tutorials. I decided not to cover opening the Xbox 360 in this tutorial since it is already long enough and there are many other tutorials for opening the Xbox 360. Notes:

- The Anandtech guide says you need to use a Torx 12 screwdriver. There is no such thing. You need a Torx 10 screwdriver.

- Removing the grey side grill on the hard drive side is a little tricky. The first friction tab is actually inaccessible from the top holes in the case, so you need to stick your screwdriver in the hole by where the hard drive button is and unclip it. (See Pic)

- In order to push in the back clips, you can do one of two things. You can use a thin metal object such as a precision flathead screwdriver / bobby pin / paperclip OR you can make an opening "key" out of a CD spindle case. The key would not work for me, it was too flimsy, but it works for some people. You can also purchase an "unlock kit."

- If all you want to do is just flash the firmware, you only need to remove the six long screws on the bottom. (See Pic)

Read all these guides and watch all the videos, figure out how you want to go about opening the Xbox 360.

Anandtech Guide InformIT Guide

Xbox-Accessories Disassembly

Hydra's Guide to Making a CD Unlock Key

Textbook's Video

acDC's Video

shishnit's Video

MS25 or MS28

There are currently two versions of the Samsung drive. The hardware is identical, but there are different firmware revisions. The MS25 is the easier drive to flash, but this firmware only appears on earlier systems. The MS28 can be flashed, but you will need a VIA SATA chipset or take a soldering iron to your drive and remove a resistor. Once you have your Xbox 360 opened, check the sticker to see if your drive's firmware is MS25 or MS28, and follow the instructions below. If you have an MS25 drive, just continue reading. If you have an MS28 drive, the process is very similar to flashing an MS25. You will use the same firmware, same iPrep settings, etc... The only difference is when you actually read or write from the drive in DOS. You need to use a VIA brand SATA chipset and the bad-flash recovery method. So follow these instructions until you reach the "Flashing" section of this tutorial.

Downloading The Firmware

The hacked firmware may be illegal under the DMCA, EUCD, or other local, national, and international copyright laws. It contains portions of Microsoft's copyrighted firmware and therefore cannot be linked to or downloaded publicly. Do not request the firmware on any forums because you will most likely be banned. Use Xbins. Xbins is an IRC channel and FTP server that hosts Xbox and Xbox 360 mod files.

If you have never used Xbins before, the easiest method is to use Ground Zero's automated Xbins downloader.

Download and run the xbins.exe file. It will ask you where you want to save the files, choose your desktop. Now, go into the "Xbins" folder on your desktop and run the .bat file. The program will connect to the IRC channel, message the bot, and connect to the FTP server. When FileZilla opens you should see the local Downloads folder on your left and the Xbins FTP server on your right.

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The hacked firmware can be found in:

/XBOX 360/firmware/hacked firmware/Toshiba-Samsung TS-H943/

Simply drag the "iXtreme12.rar" file over to the left side of FileZilla and wait for it to finish downloading. You should also download the iPrep definitions file as well. Use WinRAR to extract the iXtreme12.rar files to a new folder.

iPrep (USB Flash Drive)

The following process will set up a bootable USB flash drive with everything necessary to read your original firmware and write the hacked firmware onto the drive. We will use iPrep to hex-edit MTKFlash, format the USB drive, and copy the files onto it.

First, you need to make sure Microsoft .NET Framework v2 is installed. It is needed for iPrep to run. If you do not have this installed, you will be prompted to download and install it.

Second, you need to make sure the drivers for your SATA chipset are installed. Use either the CD that came with your computer/SATA card, or use the manufacturer's web site to install the latest drivers. The latest drivers for VIA chipsets are here.

Once you have that taken care of, you can download and install iPrep. Klutsh updates iPrep frequently, so please visit the website at to download the latest version. The download is in the form of a RAR archive. Use WinRAR to extract all the files to a new folder.

After downloading and installing iPrep, download the latest definitions file here. (If you did not download it from Xbins already)

This is an updated definitions file for iPrep that will support loading the iXtreme firmware. The download is a zip archive containing a file named ixDef.xml.

Overwrite the old ixDef.xml with this new one.

Since the default file already exists, Windows should ask you if you want to overwrite the file - answer Yes.

Now run iPrep.exe and load your iXtreme firmware file.

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I I Format/Make device bootable

When you hit this button, a "Load iXtreme" window should open for you to browse for the iXtreme firmware. This is where you extracted the downloaded firmware, and it is the ixtrem12.bin in the fw folder.

You should then have a message confirming that iPrep has found the iXtreme firmware file.

Now for the rest of the iPrep process.

1. Confirm that the firmware loaded is iXtreme v 1.2 and the MD5 matches the image above.

2. Force Device List should already be checked, just make sure it is.

3. Check the box for Custom Serial ATA.

4. Hit either of the list buttons and select your SATA controller from the drop-down list. It should input the ID and IO values in the textboxes above.

5. Select your USB flash drive from the drop-down list.

6. Check the box to Format the flash drive and make it bootable. Remember to get any important data off the flash drive first, it will be erased!

If everything goes smooth you should get this message.

Xbox 360 and PC Connections

Power off your PC and Xbox 360. Make sure the Xbox 360 power cable and video cable are both plugged in. You do not need to hook up the video to a TV, but it does have to be plugged into the back of the Xbox 360.

The Xbox 360 uses a floating point ground. Your PC uses a "true earth" ground. This difference can cause excess voltage to travel through your SATA cable and potentially damage your Xbox 360 DVD drive or PC Motherboard / SATA card. Remedy this problem by connecting the Xbox 360's ground to the PC's ground. The easiest way to do this is by using a "croc clip wire" and connecting the Xbox 360 metal casing to your PC's metal case. You can use anything conductive to connect the Xbox 360 case to the PC case - you could just tape some bare/stripped wire to each, or even just set the Xbox 360 next to the PC so that they are touching.

Many people have flashed their drives completely ignoring this recommendation. The possibility of damaging something by ignoring this step is rare, but still possible. So, you could say grounding the PC and 360 together isn't absolutely necessary, but it is recommended. If you have the ability to do so, it is safest to take the time to do it.

Disconnect all other drives in your PC. You should disconnect all hard drives and DVD drives so they do not get accidentally flashed with the hacked firmware. Disabling these devices in your BIOS may not work, so physically unplugging them is the best solution.

Booting From USB

You will need to configure your computer's BIOS to boot from USB. Not all computers or BIOSes support booting from USB. Since all BIOSes are different, I can't give you word-for-word instructions for doing this part. Your best chance of figuring out if your BIOS can boot from USB, and how to check the settings is to use a search engine and search your motherboard model number and terms like "USB boot". Generally, the steps you need to follow should be similar to something like this:

When you power up your computer, you should see somewhere telling you to "Press [key] to enter setup"

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In this example, the key to hit is DEL (delete). So hit that and you may see something like these following pictures.

For my particular BIOS, I need to go Advanced BIOS Features > Boot Sequence, and then I can select the flash drive as the primary boot device. F10 to save and exit, which should work with all BIOSes.

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Flashing The Drive (USB)

This tutorial is for MS25 drives only, if you have an MS28, please click here to follow the MS28 flashing procedure.

Reading The Original Firmware

Turn on your PC and Xbox 360 at the same time, and boot your PC from the USB flash drive into DOS. When you reach the DOS command prompt, plug the SATA cable into the Xbox 360 DVD drive, so that the drive is connected to your PC / SATA card.

Xbox 360 Dvd Player

Type in the following command, using your Xbox 360 serial number found on the back of the Xbox 360 case.

(We'll use the serial number 1234567 12345 as an example) iDump 1234567 12345 [press enter]


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To flash the iXtrene Hrwtwre: tFlash 7-digit scridl S-digit serial e.g. ¡Flash 1234567 blOtft

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If you get errors like "Directory already exists" or "MKDIR failed..." don't worry. The batch file is trying to create a new folder but it's already there.

MTKFlash should run and your drive should be listed. If you see an item in the list named "XTREME", select that and it should make a backup of your original firmware.

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Samtool will now check if a valid key exists in both your original and hacked firmware, and that they match. This is what it should look like.

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flriginat Fir*«re Version: M325 iXtrene Firmware Uersion: MSZB

If your firmware dump is not the correct size, does not contain a valid key, or does not contain a valid drive version, Samtool will abort.

File size.bin is not 2S6kb?!! Program aborted. *** No valid key found in badkey.bin? **»

Here is a brief explination of the valid key not found error...

Key Check locates the key by comparing the all bytes of the key against the other bytes in the 16 byte key. If there are more than 6 identical bytes in the 16 byte key, it moves to the next logical key location in key block. If all of the key locations have more than 6 identical bytes, then it uill respond uith a valid key not found.

Samtool also checks the key place holders of Samsung firmware. If there is an incorrect byte in these place holders, it uill also result in this error.

Please check the key range of badkey.bin. Key block not copied - ABORTING!11

No valid version found in badver.bin?tt Program aborted.

If you get something like these pictures, DO NOT PROCEED PAST THIS POINT IN THE TUTORIAL! Doing so will brick your Xbox 360, and leave you without a valid drive key. Something is wrong, make sure you have unplugged all other drives in your PC and restart the tutorial or get help.

If your screen is like the one above that says "Correct", you can continue.

Samtool will also check your firmware version strings to make sure they match. These must match or you could get error code 66 after flashing your drive. If Samtool asks if you want to copy the version string, type Y to use the ms25 version strings from your original firmware.

Drive versions do not match?ff

Do you uant to spoof your iXtreme firmware to MS25? i¥/N>:¥

*** SUCCESS *** Drive key copied. Drive version spoofed.

Vour iXtreme firmware is now ready to be flashed?

Unplug the SATA cable from the 360 DVD drive, power-cycle the Xbox 360, and reboot your PC.

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