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Week of August 2, 2009
DosFlash V1.8
>> Schtrom released new version of DosFlash(info)(info) has been released.
What's new/fixed:
* now supports LiteOn PLDS DG-16D2S 83850C V2 Geremia/Maximus LiteOn FreeKey method
* huge firmware read/write speed increase, especially if run from a floppy disk
* updated IDE/SATA motherboard chipset list
* new IDE/SATA detection for Windows and DOS
* DosFlash.typ embedded in executable file
* LiteOn V1 drive key is now extracted 10 times and compared against each other, after the extraction a summary is displayed sorted by the most common matches
* LiteOn V2 drive key is extracted 2 times and compared
* new BenQ unlock keys added to unlock all known BenQ drive firmwares
* command line parameter "EnableDrives" removed, DosFlash asks the user on application close if he wants to enable the drives or not, during the tests it seems that IDE drives have problems with the enable, SATA drives seem to work fine
* new 64-bit DosFlash edition added called DosFlash64, because some driver functions don't work as expected in the 32 bit compatibility mode on Windows x64
* Beta state removed
* ready and tested on Windows7 X86 and x64

Geremia/Maximus FreeKey method with DosFlash16
We have added one cmd line parameter for DosFlash16 in manual mode. The COM port is simply ignored and can have any value for the V2 drives.
Use the following command line to extract your free key from 83850C:
- DosFlash LITEON K 0970 1 inquiry.bin identify.bin key.bin dummy.bin enckey.bin

Official Site: n/a, by Schtrom
Download: n/a (might be illegal under EUCD/DMCA/EULA)
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(Saturday 08 August 2009 12:01 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

OpenKey v0.2
>> Seacrest released a new version of OpenKey.
What's new/fixed:
* Added an additional file validity check for matching barcode data in both inquiry and serial areas
* Added automatic .bin.key creation (prompts for overwrite confirmation if the file already exists)
* Added pretty hex display :)

Official Site: http://ABGX360.net
Download: n/a (might be illegal under EUCD/DMCA/EULA)
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(Saturday 08 August 2009 11:54 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Cygnos360 v2.0 Sample High-Res Pictures and Some Details
>> Team Cygnos sent us a sample Xbox360 with a Cygnos360 v2.0 pre-production sample some time ago. We will be posting some on-hands videos of how the device works in the next few days, but here are some high-res pictures of the devices installed already.
Cygnos360 v2.0
Cygnos360 v2.0

The Cygnos360 v2.0 has an onboard NAND-flash memory and the external addon (included) allows you to flash it with a PC via USB. With the external switch you can also easily switch between the motherboard and Cygnos flash memory, so u can switch between the lastest MS kernel and an exploitable kernel to boot Linux via the King Kong exploit. Or you could also have 2 kernels with a different game/video region for example. Another possible use is to have the lastest kernel on both and if you're concerned Microsoft keeps logs/flags on the NAND of what you play when you're offline ... u can use the cygnos flash when playing offline and the motherboard flash when playing online.
Cygnos360 v2.0 Cygnos360 v2.0

The device has everything you need to flash/read the flash memories, get your CPU key (needed to make a modified or manual-downgraded kernel work) and also includes all hardware to perform the Time Attack exploit on your Xbox360 (which allows to still retrieve your CPU key even if you're on a kernel newer than the exploitable kernels). However remember the Time Attack only works on 360s before Microsoft changed the GPU (which are all non-hdmi consoles and those made before ~August 2007) which can still boot on kernel 1888 (needed for the Time Attack).

The installation looks fairly easily although I did not perform this one myself as it came pre-installed. There are maybe 2 points that are a bit harder, but should be very doable for anyone with some soldering experience.
Cygnos360 v2.0 Cygnos360 v2.0


Here's a statement from Team Cygnos where they pledges for more support for Xbox360 Linux development and more:
[QUOTE]
In order to spark interest again in Linux on the Xbox360, we sent XS an Xbox360 with our newest Cygnos360 V2 installed to show what is already possible. The demo console runs kernel 7357 (also known as New Xbox Experience) on the on-board NAND-flash and the vulnerable kernel 4532 on the Cygnos360 NAND-flash. Booting one or the other kernel is just a matter of flipping the switch on the Cygnos360 Interface Board that comes with Cygnos360 V2.

We installed Ubuntu Linux 7.10 on the harddisk of the demo console, which can be booted through the well-known King Kong exploit. We thought it would be time to show some progress on the Linux side, so we took XBMC and compiled it for the Xbox360. We used Ubuntu 7.10 for that purpose (we dont take credits for the porting to PPC that fully goes to the guys at XBMC.org). We had to throw in quite a bit of work in patching here and there to get XBMC running on our Xbox360 console (so we take credit for that ;-) ). We did not have any time for any optimization whatsoever. Please view this as a "proof of concept" XBMC is still without GPU acceleration and without direct sound support. It runs stable however and you can see the news feed ticking in. We are confident that the revived interest in Linux on the Xbox360 together with the excellent hardware documentation, which is already available for AMDs similar R500 and R600 GPUs, will soon lead to 3D acceleration on the Xbox360. Hopefully great projects like "Xenkit" will see more interest now and lead to homebrew soon.
Cygnos360 v2.0 XBMC Linux

So we got a console that has the following on it:
1) Cygnos360 V2.0 installed and downgraded to 1888 kernel (piece of cake :-) )
2) NXE on the original onboard NAND-flash
3) 4532 on the Cygnos360 NAND-flash with
4) Xenon Ubuntu 7.10 on the harddisk with XBMC ported on it.

All necessary steps to run NXE and Linux on our demo console were carried out with Cygnos360 V2 alone. No other hardware was used. That includes reading and programming the NAND-flashes on Xbox360 and Cygnos360 and performing the timing-attack for downgrading.

In the mean time we will continue our own work and hope to give the scene (which has been called dead by many people) a bit of a kickstart with a defibrillator.
We have focussed with Cygnos360 V2.0 to create a piece of hardware that is really easy to install and simple to use. It should finally give a lot of people the opportunity to have an exploitable kernel for Linux with XBMC, dual region codes and whatever is to come, as well as the newest dashboards for playing latest games and on Xbox Live.
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More news (with videos) soon.
Official Site: http://www.cygnos360.com
Buy Cygnos360 v2.0 (retail final): divineo.com
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(Friday 07 August 2009 17:56 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

OpenKey v0.1
>> From ABGX360.net:
[QUOTE]
I just wanted to get a look at the super advanced crypto that goes into 83850c but apparently Geremia is not sharing source code for FreeKey... so one thing led to another and i ended up writing this little app while deciphering the (actually quite disappointing) algorithm. Enjoy!

This is mainly provided for curious people and I can NOT guarantee that the keys it gives you are correct (but it seems to work properly). Please don't ask me for help with this application unless you are working on integrating this functionality into JungleFlasher(info)(info) :)
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Official Site: http://www.ABGX360.net
Download: n/a (might be illegal under EUCD/DMCA/EULA)
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(Friday 07 August 2009 08:52 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

PayPal now available for US Xbox LIVE Accounts
>> From majornelson.com:
[QUOTE]
If you are in the United States, you can now use PayPal as a method of payment for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

You can use PayPal to buy Microsoft Points without having to associate your credit card information to your Xbox LIVE account. If you are new to PayPal, please sign up first and then follow the steps below to associate your account with Xbox LIVE.

It's pretty easy and just like adding a credit card to your account. Sign in to Xbox.com and head to the account summary page. From there choose "Manage Payment Options" (from the left navigation menu) then click "Add a new PayPal Account." Follow the instructions and you'll be set up in no time.

A couple of things to point out:
* PayPal is currently supported for Xbox LIVE users in the U.S. only.
* PayPal can only be used to purchase Microsoft Points on Xbox.com.
* PayPal accounts are not available for purchasing Microsoft Points on the Xbox 360 console.
* You can associate multiple Pay Pal accounts with your Xbox LIVE account.
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(Thursday 06 August 2009 20:16 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xbox 360 Pro Being Phased Out Pretty Soon?
>> From kotaku.com:
[QUOTE]
The staple Xbox 360 - the Xbox 360 Pro - looks set to march straight off retail shelves and into the history books, if new console packaging is anything to go by.

First hinted at by Ars Technica's ever-reliable mole in June, then further hinted at by new 360 packshot renders later that month, photos sent to us by GameStop employees earlier this week seem to offer proof that Microsoft will soon go from offering three Xbox 360 consoles to just two.
Xbox-Scene
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(Thursday 06 August 2009 00:06 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

FreeKey - LiteOn 83850c Key Decrypter
>> Geremia has released a tool to decrypt the LiteOn key data...

A thread on the xbox-scene forums shows Geremia posting a tool to decrypt the key data from the method that was originally released by foundmy. It appears to be legitamate.

Happy hacking!

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(Wednesday 05 August 2009 22:50 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xbox LIVE Summer Update Puts a World of Entertainment at your Fingertips
>> From the press release:
[QUOTE]
Less than a week from today, the Xbox LIVE summer update will arrive to more than 20 million Xbox LIVE members and with it will come the next evolution of connected entertainment on Xbox 360. Get ready to meet the many new faces of your Xbox 360; whether it's new Avatar clothing and awards from Adidas or "Splosion Man", or even a private home cinema, Xbox LIVE has something for you.

Movie night on Xbox LIVE
Browse, select and jump right into your favourite movies from the top genres: comedy, action, horror...even a tear-jerking chick flick. There are hundreds to choose from, with many in HD.

Avatars are people too!
Now thanks to Avatar Marketplace the options for customising your avatar are endless. With an ever-expanding selection of stores, full of premium outfits and accessories from your favourite games and fashion brands, you can express yourself through your Avatar like never before. Your Avatar's one-stop-shop will launch with a growing collection from the top names in fashion and gaming including:

• Top Brands: Adidas, Quiksilver, Roxy, Tokidoki
• Unique Fashions: Steampunk, Recessionista
• Your Favourite Games: "BioShock 2," "Halo 3," "Halo 3: ODST," "Gears of War 2," "Fable II," "The Secret of Monkey Island SE," "Splinter: Cell Conviction," "Star Wars Clone Wars: Republic Heroes"

You can also earn special Avatar clothes and items just by playing your favourite games, starting with a hot logo t-shirt from "Splosion Man," the hit Xbox LIVE Arcade title that kicked-off off the 2nd annual Summer of Arcade. And to keep your Avatars from getting bored, we're giving them fun new props to play with; everything from a basketball to pompoms, even a mobile phone...just try to stick with nights and weekends.

Full Xbox 360 games at the push of a button
Xbox 360 games: Games on Demand. Launching with a library of 21 great titles, Games on Demand marks the introduction of digitally distributed full Xbox 360 games: the titles you want, when you want them, straight to your Xbox 360 at the push of a button. You'll also have the option to easily purchase Games on Demand titles directly via credit card.

From award-winning hits like "Mass Effect," "and "Assassin's Creed," to family favourites like "LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga" and "Sonic the Hedgehog," Games on Demand gives you access to a growing catalogue of full Xbox 360 titles, updated weekly and available to browse and download 24 x7 from the comfort of your couch. Check out our line-up at launch:

Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft)
Burnout Paradise (EA)
Call of Duty® 2 (Activision)
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Fight Night Round 3 (EA)
Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios)
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (LucasArts)
Mass Effect (Microsoft Game Studios)
Meet The Robinsons (Disney)
MX vs. ATV Untamed (THQ)
Need for Speed Carbon (EA)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (EA)
Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios)
Prey (2K Games)
Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis (Rockstar Games)
Sega Rally (Sega)
TEST DRIVE: UNLIMITED (Atari)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
Tomb Raider Legend (Eidos)
Viva Piñata (Microsoft Game Studios)
Viva Piñata 2: Trouble in Paradise (Microsoft Game Studios)

No more hide and seek
Now you can view, find and arrange your content on Xbox LIVE the way you want. Want to send a specific friend a message? Sort your friends list by Gamertag, status and even activity, so you can easily find the friends you want. There are also new options for viewing your Achievements and progress, improved matchmaking support and more.

Best of all, you can now rate every single piece of content on Xbox LIVE Games Marketplace using a five star system. Support your favourite XBLA game with a five star rating, or find the top-rated titles in the newly-updated Indie Games Marketplace - it's never been easier to find the best and most beloved game content on Xbox LIVE.

Just the beginning...
The Xbox LIVE summer update brings all new ways to play games, and connect with friends or friendly rivals anywhere in the world. It's another step toward realising the Xbox 360 promise of entertainment for everyone, and another reason why Xbox LIVE is hands down the best entertainment value in your living room. But this is just the beginning...

Coming soon, we're bringing a whole new wave of partnerships and custom features straight to your Xbox 360 - instant on 1080p streaming video with 5.1 audio from Zune, personalised digital radio stations from Last.fm, and the biggest forces in social networking: Facebook and Twitter.

In the meantime, have fun with your Avatar, or download that classic Xbox 360 game you've been meaning to pick up. Sit back, relax and enjoy and stay tuned for the next evolution in connected entertainment, courtesy of Xbox LIVE.
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(Wednesday 05 August 2009 13:13 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

JungleFlasher 0.1.65 BETA
>> >>A new version of JungleFlasher(info) has been released...

General items Updated
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KeyDB and Log to Notepad fixed for windows 7 and foreign languages

Lite-On-Erase
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- Extra check added, Drive Serial is compared to Target f/w
- a mismatch will cause a warning... Just in case user were
- to hook up a new lite-on and forget to do DVDkey32

MtkFlash32
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- Disable related windows drive letters on Intro
- Windows interfers with read-back verify as it thinks drive is
- still present after into. This occured primarily with benq
- running ix > 1.41. The half tray unlock also give windows
- drive letter. On intro, drive list is refreshed, scanned for
- the drive on the current port and disabled if found..

Lite-On 83850c support
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- ix 1.6 83850 support added ( cross spoofing of ix revs NOT supported )
- conversion of [barcode].bin.key to dummy.bin
- Autoload dummy, auto-load ix, spoof ix
- extract of [barcode].bin



Official Site: http://www.jungleflasher.net
Download: here
News-Source: xbins.org
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(Wednesday 05 August 2009 00:40 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

LiteOn iXtreme 83850c - THX v1.6
>> A version of Team HyperX's ixtreme has been released to support the new LiteOn 83850c revision...
IXtreme fw for Liteon 83850c drives!

Happy third anniversary for the xbox360 fw and despite all attempts we are still here, flashing fw, after several ban waves and several drives including the mighty LITEON we have triumphed! It is a testiment to all involved on how far we have come and the massive teamwork it has required. Thanks go to all involved and here's to the next three years!

At the moment the only way to get your key data is through the foundmy.com method. At this time we have no alternative solution. Props to foundmy for providing a solution. Team HyperX will keep working to find a alternative solution!


Please note that in order to mod the current liteon you must retrive the key data from the drive. The only solution to that at the moment is here at foundmy.com

It appears Team HyperX is atleast working on a solution. Lets hope for the best, but for the moment there is only one method. We have many confirmed reports of successful purchases from foundmy and have not seen any issues relating to the processing of key's.

It is currently recommended by THX to NOT cross spoof between 7x and 8x LiteOn (rev1/rev2) drives!

A version of JungleFlasher(info)(info)(info) will be released in the next 24 hours to support the new ixtreme.

Official Site: n/a (by Team HyperX)
Download: n/a (May be illegal under EULA/DMCA)
News-Source: xbins.org
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(Tuesday 04 August 2009 11:58 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

LiteOn 83850c Hack
>> >> foundmy.com has apparently released a solution to get key data from a LiteOn.
[QUOTE]
The Foundmy DVDKey83 Retrieval Service enables you to retrieve your drive key from your Liteon 83850c drive.

This will allow you to facilitate a replacement drive in case your original drive fails.

This is done without any hardware tools or modification just a simple 360 Power Unit or Connectivity Kit

Our service will, after collecting some initial data from your dvd drive and combining it with already known data, calculate the key for your drive.

There are a few easy steps you have to do to get your key:

If using Windows

1 - Download and install Portio32 Package -Click here
2 - Download and and unpack Lo83info_32.exe -Click Here
3 - Connect your Liteon 83850c drive to your PC via SATA
4 - Run Lo83info_32.exe (sata port) and follow the prompts
5 - A file will be saved with a drive unique name as a .bin
6 - After purchasing this service, you will get an email requesting this file.

If using Dos -

1 - Download and unpack lo83info.exe - Click Here
2 - Connect your Liteon 83850c drive to your PC via SATA
3 - Run Lo83info.exe (sata port) and follow the prompts
4 - A file will be saved with a drive unique name as a .bin
5 - Rename this file to correct name format
6 - After purchasing this service, you will get an email requesting this file.


You will receive your drive key in an electronic delivery via electronic transfer only (email) once the process has been completed!

If you do alot of repairs and require the ability for larger quantity of this service, do contact us for larger quantity pricing!

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This site has apparently been validated by several users so far and appears legitimate. iXtreme will likely be released soon in response to this method!

Official Site: www.foundmy.com
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(Monday 03 August 2009 01:22 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )

Xbox Live Preview Dropping Game Install Sizes
>> From kotaku.com:
[QUOTE]
Those in on the beta of the new Xbox Live Preview are reporting some significant decreases in file size of games installed directly to the hard drive.

Gamers describe conspicuous size reductions for games like Street Fighter 4, Left 4 Dead, and Bioshock with no performance decrease.
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(Sunday 02 August 2009 21:07 EST) - (Category: Xbox360) - (Posted by:: )


 

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