Mod Chip

Memorial Day weekend is rather rainy and wet here in Norwalk. So I’ve been spending some time today learning more about how to modify my Xbox. Here are a few things that I’ve learned, posted here mostly for the purposes of me referecing later.

Xecutor 2.1 Lite
This is the mod chip that I ordered. It’s the latest version of the most popular chip, the Xecutor 2.0 Lite. It will be released early June.

New Hard Drive
I ordered a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 – Hard drive – 120 GB – standard – 3.5″ – ATA-133 – 7200 rpm – 2 MB. This will replace the Xbox’s original 8GB hard drive.

Xbox Version
I learned that there are three versions of the Xbox: v1.0 , v1.1 and v1.2. It looks like I have v1.0 because “K:1.00.4034.01” appears in my settings.

Once the chip and hard drive arrive, I’ll need to make sure I have the following tools available so that I can open the Xbox and solder in the chip.

  • A Torx 20
  • A Torx 10
  • 15-Watt Soldering Pencil with Grounded Tip (RSCN 64-2051)
  • 0.032″ Diameter Lead-Free Solder (RSCN 64-025)
  • Adjustable Wire Stripper/Cutter (RSCN 64-2129)
  • Desoldering Braid (RSCN 64-2090)
  • Anti-Static Wrist Strap with Cord (RSCN 276-2397)
  • 20 guage wire for an external switch