AID Manual Chapter 12

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Features
- Contents of the Auto-Installer
- Features of the Auto-Installer
Chapter 3: Preparing the AID disc on your PC
- Extracting the AID Archive
- Using the AID ISO Updater Program
- The AID Addon / Update Packs
Chapter 4: Burning the ISO with DVD Decrypter
Chapter 5: The AID Main Menu
Chapter 6: Preparing your Xbox Hard Drive
- Backup / Restore your Hard Drive
- Format / Prepare your Hard Drive
Chapter 7: One-Click Installs
- Modchip Users
- Softmod Users
Chapter 8: Installing Dashboards
- Installing the Microsoft Dashboard
- Installing a Hacked Dashboard
Chapter 9: Installing Applications and Emulators
- Installing Applications
- Installing Emulators
Chapter 10: Rom Installer Section
Chapter 11: The Softmod Section
- Single Boot Softmod Options
- Dual Boot Softmod Options
- Unmounting the Virtual C Drive
- Removing the SID Softmod from your Xbox

Chapter 12: The Advanced Options / Tools Section

- Installing AID to HDD
- Installing SID to HDD or Memory Card
- BIOS Checker
- BIOS Flasher
- Chimp
- ConfigMagic
- Enigmah NTSC-PAL Video Switcher
- Phoenix BIOS Loader (PBL)
- Xbpartitioner
- XSelect
Appendix A: Xbox Error Codes
Appendix B: Xbox Media Compatibility
Appendix C: Xbox DVD Drive Identification
Appendix D: Menu Structure
Appendix E: File Locations on the ISO
Appendix F: Setting up your Debug Xbox
Appendix G: Softmodding Tutorials
- Hard Drive Upgrade using a Modchipped Xbox
- Hard Drive Upgrade using a PC
- Hotswap Tutorial - Recover a HDD without Eeprom Backup
- Hard Drive Cloning using Chimp
Appendix H: What do all these Applications do?
Appendix I: Modifying the AID ISO with Addon Packs
- Creating Addon Packs
- Creating Skin Packs
- Creating Romsets
Appendix J: Using the right ROMs for the right Emulators
Appendix K: Using USB Devices for SID
- The USB -> Xbox Cable
- Preparing the USB Device to use with Action Replay

Chapter 12: The Advanced Options / Tools Section

Installing AID to HDD

This option gives you the chance to install the entire AID to your HDD in E:\Apps\AID4, F:\Apps\AID4, or G:\Apps\AID4.

Please note just copying the DVD to your HDD will not work due to the way the Auto-Installer script has been written, hence you need to actually install it through here.

Installing SID to HDD or Memory Card

This option can be used either to set up an Xbox HDD for an unmodded Xbox, or to install it directly to your memory card or USB device (such as a Mega X-Key).

The Gameshark version is included in the package; however it’s not on the installer.

BIOS Checker

The "BIOS Checker" tool can be used to check what BIOS is running from either your Modchip or TSOP. It can report back on the size of the chip, the bios, and what kind of chip it is (not the Modchip brand like Xecuter etc, the actual brand of the flashable chip).

The data that the MD5 check uses is the same as what’s in "EvoX" and "Media X Menu" for this release, and up to date including the X2 5032 BIOS.

BIOS Flasher

This is an option which will boot to the EvoX system, in order for you to flash a TSOP or BIOS.


"Chimp" is a Linux tool that allows you to upgrade your Xbox HD in place by hotplug a second HD after you have booted Xbox. We have also added various tutorials to help you use chimp. All our "Chimp" tutorials can be found in the Xbox-HQ Tutorials Database here


The "Config Magic" tool is used to backup and restore your Xbox’s Eeprom, and can also be used to view information such as your Xbox Region, HDD Key / Brand, DVD Drive information etc. It’s mainly used for changing Eeproms if you've been banned from Xbox Live. It will pull your Eeprom from your Xbox, or another Xbox, so that you can transfer it to another Xbox.

There is a SWF tutorial included in the AID 4 package which shows you how to use it in order to change Eeproms.

Enigmah NTSC-PAL Video Switcher

The "Enigmah NTSC-PAL Video Switcher" program can be used to change the Video Setting on your Xbox to either PAL or NTSC. This does not damage your Eeprom or anything and is completely safe to use.

Some good examples on when this should be used are when you’re playing a game from a different region (for example, PAL users wanting to play a NTSC game). However, this is not needed to view different region DVDs, as the DVD players have built in multi-region capabilities.

Phoenix BIOS Loader (PBL)

"Phoenix BIOS Loader" enables your xbox to boot a BIOS file from your Hard Drive, instead of completely using the BIOS on a Modchip. This is good if you have an outdated BIOS that doesn’t have the greatest support for IGR (In-Game Reset) like mine does.

The BIOS included in this package is the EvoX M8+, and I’ve pre-configured it so it has the Eject Fix and LBA48 (larger hard drives over 120 gigabytes) support.

I’ve made several versions that will allow the Xbox to boot different drives. So, basically the BIOS will boot the first drive (being the first letter after EvoX M8+), then if it doesn’t find nothing there it will check E, then check F.

The BIOS searches for an evoxdash.xbe file, so if your dashboard isn’t called this, you will have to change it. Here’s a list of the BIOSes that are included:

EvoX M8+ C, E, G
EvoX M8+ C, F, G
EvoX M8+ E, F, G
EvoX M8+ F, E, C
EvoX M8+ G, F, E

There’s also a dual-boot option which will allow you to use a second BIOS when you have your DVD tray open. I have set this to be a Debug (development) BIOS, as I feel it could be handy to a few people.

Even though I have included the Debug BIOS, you will still need to obtain the Xbox Development Kit (XDK) to finalize the installation of your debug setup. More information given in Appendix F on how to set this up. If you wish to use the Debug BIOS as your main, just simply rename xboxrom.bin to xboxrom3.bin (just temporarily), rename xboxrom2.bin to xboxrom.bin, and then rename xboxrom3.bin to xboxrom2.bin. Next time you boot, the debug will be default.


The "Xbpartition" program can be used to repartition your Xbox. There is documentation included in the package on how to use it (you can find this in Docs\Applications), but honestly should only be used at a last resort I feel, as normal formatting and partitioning are fine for most users.


The "XSelect" program is great for people that would like to launch a particular application, emulator, dashboard etc. on startup of their Xbox. Even though "XSelect" does take a little bit of configuring before you have it set the way you want, it’s not too complicated and be done quite quickly.

One small tip though, when setting the search parameters to look for files, make sure you clear the existing list and make it only search for *.xbe files, otherwise you’ll end up with hundreds of possibilities.

The best way to install this is to put it on the drive which is first booted by your BIOS (usually C, but sometimes it can be F). If you need to install a dashboard to the same drive as well, do that first. Then, rename the evoxdash.xbe file to something like evoxdash2.xbe, so that you can install XSelect without any problems. The good thing about "XSelect" is it will boot any file you want; all you have to do is set up a button to launch it.

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