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Xecuter X3 XBOX Modchip BIOS User's Manual
X3 BIOS User Interface & General Concepts
contains basic and general information on how to use the X3 BIOS. This covers
basic controller button operations, basic screen controls, and some tips and
tricks such as special button combinations.
This virtual onscreen keyboard is used to enter text with your controller
for naming files, naming bioses, and entering IP information in the network
This screen gives you an example of how file-browsing looks
on the xbox. Directories are marked with (dir) next to them. If there is not a
(dir) next to a name, then it is a file. Enter directories by pressing "A" on a
highlighted/selected directory name.
Similiar to browsing for files, this latest BIOS lets you
browse a X3 skins server. Server links are marked with (Server) next to them.
Entried without a (Server) tag next to them are actual skins you can click on
When you perform certain actions that you should be very
careful with the X3 BIOS will display a confirmation dialog similiar to this one.
Move the D-Pad or Left Thumbstick to the left or right to select and highlight
Yes or No in white. Press "A" to confirm your selection.
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- Screen Layout
- Common Dialogs
- Common Controller Buttons
- Tips, Tricks, & Other Stuff
- Screen Layout:
- Each screen in the BIOS contains a lot of information.
- X3 Build: This is the version of the X3 BIOS you have
installed on the modchip.
- Dip Bank Select: This indicates which selected banks are being
used to boot the BIOS. Generaly this will show "1-4" or "5-8" since the X3 BIOS
is 1024KB and each single bank is 256KB.
- Harddrive Space: This line displays how much harddrive space
is available on each of the installed drives. C: & E: will be there for
sure. F: and G: are only used if you have a harddrive in your XBOX that is
- User Area: This list presents options you can select by
moving the D-Pad or Thumbstick up or down and pressing "A" on the controller.
- CPU: This displays the current processor temperature in degrees
Celcius and Fahrenheit. Temperature should range from about 40º-65ºC (104º-149ºF).
Your XBOX will overheat and shutoff at 71ºC (160ºF).
- MCPX: This displays the current Media and Communications
Processor temperature in degrees Celcius and Fahrenheit. This temperature is
generally cooler than the CPU.
- IP: This is the current IP address the X3 chip and XBOX is
using. This is either statically assigned in "Settings" under "Network" or
assigned by a router or server on your network running DHCP.
- Date & Time: The current date and time as set on the XBOX.
- Common Dialogs:
- There are a few types screens you will run into in a number of places
throughout the modchip. This section gives you a preview to save place elsewhere.
Common Controller Buttons:
A certain set of buttons works for nearly all screens for various functions.
Only buttons that are used are listed:
- Digital Pad or Left Thumbstick: Navigation only. Move up or down in
menus, or move around on the virtual screen keyboard when typing in file and/or
BIOS names. These controls are used purely for highlighting selections on the
- Right Thumbstick: Press down on this thumbstick to switch between
lower and upper case letters on the virtual keyboard.
- A: In this guide I refer to "clicking" on options because I've
written a lot of instructions for operating systems and it is a force of habit.
This button is used to confirm selections.
- B: This button is used to go "back" or "cancel" a screen in many
cases and after the main BIOS is flashed, you can press this button to
"Continue" without customizing the newly flashed BIOS' name.
- X: This button is used on the screen after the main BIOS is flashed
to bring up the virtual onscreen keyboard and name the newly flashed BIOS. The virtual
onscreen keyboard uses this button to delete the last letter entered.
- Y: This button is only used on the virtual onscreen keyboard to store
the name that is entered.
- Back + Black: Reboot your XBOX from the X3 BIOS screens by pressing
both buttons at the same time.
- Back + White: Take a screenshot by pressing both buttons at the same
time. Your screenshot will be saved in bitmap format to E:\x3screenshots on the
XBOX hard drive. (Via FTP, this is usually /E/x3screenshots).
- Power + TIME: Push and hold the power button down to turn on the
XBOX with the modchip disabled.
- Power + Eject: Push both the power and the eject button and hold them
for a moment to boot up the and make the X3 modchip load the backup BIOS. (Very
useful if you screw up your main BIOS.)
Tips, Tricks, & Other Stuff:
Take a look at the last two entries in the last section. Did you know you
could reboot your X3 modchip and could take screenshots using these shortcuts?
Speaking of shortcuts, are there programs you turn on your
XBOX to run fairly often? You can setup a shortcut button on the controller to
hold down during bootup to go directly to the application using the Quicklaunch feature.
Logging into XBINS to find updated XBOX application, dashboard, and bios
files takes a little while, right? Shadow's BitTorrent (Download Manager) Client
and a torrent tracker site like http://www.demonoid.com can be used together to find the
latest most popular files.
Alternatively, to the last possible method, eMule or other file sharing
apps can be used to find the files.
In Game Reset (IGR) is used to reboot your XBOX with your
controller. If your X3 BIOS has this option enabled you can press both Left and
Right Triggers with Back and Start buttons at the same time to cause your XBOX
to reboot. This is handy for rebooting to your dashboard.
You can boot up the XBOX with the modchip disabled by holding the power
button when you first turn it on.
You can boot up to the backup flash ROM bank by turning on the XBOX with
both the power and eject button at the same time.
If you do not install the X3 switch panel on the front of the XBOX, your
modchip will default to banks 1-4 where your X3 bios should be if you installed
You can restore your selected skin in the X3 BIOS to the
default skin by deleting the "selected" file from E:\x3skins\selected on your
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