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Learning How to Flash XBOX 360 Consoles

February 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 213

If you don't know how to flash Xbox 360 consoles, then you have come to the best place to learn. You're going to get familiar with the basics of flashing your XBOX 360 and appreciate the reasons why people would wish to flash their consoles.

What can you get from flashing your XBOX 360?

You may very well recognize that the XBOX 360 is perfect for enjoying your video games, but it is able to do so much more than merely being a video gaming unit. For starters, having the capability to play your backup game discs would be a significant benefit to discovering how to flash XBOX 360 consoles.

Let's face the facts; video game CDs will get marked as time passes, for whatever reasons there can be. When you want to play your favorite games and you find out that you cannot because they are all damaged, that's going to be a real frustrating moment for you. Owning a backup game CD would really hit the spot right then, am I correct?

Even so, if you don't have a flashed Xbox 360, it won't make any difference if you had one hundred back-ups of each of your games. It is basically impossible to play backup video game CDs on an XBOX 360 that is not flashed yet, end of story. That's the reason why learning how to flash XBOX 360 consoles will be an exceptionally useful skill.

Moreover, you can also play game CDs that have differing region codes than what your console is initially designed to play, and that goes the same with regards to games that you obtained from torrents. What's more, your flashed XBOX 360 will now let you download movies, songs, and other media. I don't know about you, but that sounds quite neat to me.

How to Flash Xbox 360

To start with, you must learn what "flashing an Xbox 360" means. The phrase means that you put in place a firmware upgrade that allows you to do more functions on your gaming system, just like the ones I defined above. There are numerous types of firmware upgrades available for download on the internet, but they are really all fundamentally the same thing plus get the job done much the same way.

Now, if you want to flash an Xbox 360 console, you're going to have to open it up and gain access to the DVD drive inside. This is the problematic part for beginners, because once you open that console, your warranty will become void, so be careful if you still want to continue.

If you don't know yet, all XBOX 360 drives have a special encrypted key that connects the motherboard to that drive. So take all precautions necessary to be sure that you never forget this key, or else you're most likely to find yourself with a 21st century brick. Come to think of it, you might want to download Jungle Flasher first and make a backup of your key before continuing here.

The next thing you have to do is to figure out exactly which type of DVD drive your Xbox 360 has. It's a good guess that you will discover either a Lite-On, a Samsung, or a BENQ, considering that these brands are the most common models used these days. Should you have an earlier model, though, it's entirely possible that you will have a Hitachi drive.

Just pull off the faceplate from the DVD drive and look at the marked hole. If you find white or gray cables, that's a BENQ. If you see black and red wires, it's a Samsung. Lite-On cables are almost always yellow. I also suggest that you do some more research so that you will be able to know exactly what brand your DVD drive is, just to be certain.

You will need to have a computer with a SATA connector plus compatible cables, Torx screwdrivers (7, 10, 12), and the software for flashing the XBOX 360.

Ensure that the Xbox drive's power lead is in the drive itself, and that the power unit of your console is connected to the outlet (but not turned on yet). You should now disengage the cable that connects to the drive in the XBOX 360 console. Connect that drive to your PC's SATA port using the crosswired SATA cables.

Turn on your console and separate the loose wires as soon as you see the green light start flashing. The Xbox will then go into "Mode B". This mode will let your computer recognize the DVD drive of your Xbox 360 console, and all you need to do at this point is to turn on your computer and wait for the DVD drive to boot up. You will know that you're successful when you see that DVD drive boot up. Congratulations, now you know how to flash XBOX 360 consoles with the "crosswire" method.

This article about how to flash XBOX 360 was written by Emmanuel Barrios. Emmanuel is part of the Raisin Games team, where you can find articles and tutorials about XBOX 360, PS3, Wii, board games, card games, and iPhone games.

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