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News & For Sale “Halo 2 Owners - Be Careful if You Have a Modded XBox” by m1cnBot

m1cnBot 15 years ago on 11/09/04

Story Originally Posted By: John Booty

I'm sure a lot of BootyProject/OtakuBooty readers have been happily fragging away with Halo 2 since midnight. Hope your bosses/teachers don't go to0 hard on your sleepless asses today!

There have been reports from users with modded XBoxes that found themselves banned from XBox Live! after playing games like Halo 2. There's not a lot of concrete info on the topic; obviously Microsoft isn't disclosing their actual methods for detecting modded XBoxes but apparently the old method of simply disabling your modchips won't work any longer. Microsoft is now detecting things like modified files and changed hard drive sizes, and banning based on them.

Here's a thread over at XBox-Scene with some modders' speculation about the banning. Things seem quite unclear, but it's something you definitely want to think about before taking a modded XBox online. Thanks to briankeith for the tip. If anybody finds some more concrete information, let me know and I'll pass it on.

Tender Roni 15 years ago on 11/09/04
I've been playing all night on my modded box, no problems so far. I enabled something called "Lock Hard Drive", I'm not sure what it does exactly, but its a menu option in EvolutionX. No problems so far, but I've already resigned myself to buying a new box if they ban my modded one.

XBL Gamertag: spyrral
briankeith 15 years ago on 11/10/04
The OEM Xbox hard drive comes from Microsoft in a “locked” condition. This is a privacy mechanism which was intended to prevent you or hackers from looking at the contents of the original disk.

Locking the drive permits the Xbox to utilize a replacement drive in the same manner as an OEM drive. During startup, the original “protected” bios will temporarily unlock the locked drive during the boot (flubber animation) phase and be none the wiser. When the unit is powered off, the drive goes back into its fully locked state.

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