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Xbox Modding (Part 1) - What You Need to Know

By: Julian Shapiro | Editorials in Gaming | Posted: Jan 13, 2004 5:00 am

Mod chip History


Installing a mod chip inside your console system (Xbox, Playstation 1+2 and even GameCube) is only one of the many ways a gamer could modify his or her system. It is also the absolute most vital upgrade for those looking to improve their console gaming experience.


Mod chips sell at a varying range of prices, in plenty of flavours and pre-customized for all sorts of needs. Depending on your monetary budget, you can purchase a mod chip for your system ranging from $28.00 to $55.00 USD price range on average. Keep in mind; prices are usually influenced by the "solder factor": Whether or not your mod chip needs to be soldered to your Xbox's motherboard in order to function. Varying upon your soldering skills and willingness to risk damage to your Xbox (soldering mistakes), this factor will most likely play the largest burden weighing upon your future purchase.


Mod chips can either come in a pin-state (no soldering needed), or a pinless-state where one must solder various wires from the mod chip to their Xbox's motherboard, including a very tiny wire which must be precisely placed upon, and soldered, to a minuscule hole entitled the "d0 point".


After this factor is decided, there are many paths to pursue. Fortunately for gamers, there are several companies both manufacturing and designing their own console mod chips; quality and build are all very similar, but features are not. In this market, you truly get what you pay for. Pay under $30.00 and you can expect a half-heartedly designed mod chip, unable to offer you support for installation of multiple operating systems, multi-BIOSes, harddrive swapping, customized programming, and a plethora of other such features.


One of the more popular manufactures, Team Xecutor, produces a line of mod chips for the Xbox, entitled Xecutor. Current models range from 2.2 LITE to 2.3 PRO both of which support all of the features we have previously discussed. These mod chips are a favourite of both pre-modified-console-companies and general consumers alike, due to their sheer price-per-feature ratio and mass online availability. As you might have already guessed, the Xbox we will be dealing with today boasts Team Xecutor's latest mod chip, the infamous 2.3b LITE.


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