First of all : Read the disclaimer at the bottom of this post as well!
As of 8 November 2004 Microsoft has been updating their XBOX Live configuration. This resulted in a global ban sweep of a lot of XBOX Live accounts.
The troubles have been discussed over and over on the various l33t forums around the internet and they all come to the fairly same conclusions:
Your account WILL get banned if one of the following is active/installed :
- Another harddisk than the original
- Another EEPROM(flash) than the original
- Enabled modchip/eeprom
The main focus here is the check between harddisk and eeprom.
Your account WILL NOT get banned if you apply ALL of the following
- Original unmodified harddisk
- Original unmodified EEPROM
- Modchip disabled/stealthed
The XBOX Live banning has NOTHING to do with Halo2. People who don’t even have Halo2 get banned while playing Rainbow Six or other games as well.
Halo2 however does have internal scanning programs inside it’s default.xbe file. A hex edit of the file shows the following information:
I got banned, now what?
Rumors have it that neither your xbox serial or your xbox live account is banned, but the check between internal eeprom plus the harddisk is the reason for bannning. If you manage to obtain another eeprom, you’re still fucked, since it doesn’t cohabitate with your harddisk.
You would need to get a harddisk and an eeprom alltogether. Until ‘someone’ comes up with a nifty checking/crack it now means buying another xbox.
I want the best of both worlds while i’m still not banned
What you could do is purchase a modchip that can be stealthed/disabled and then purchase a IDE flatcable with FOUR connectors on it. Connect BOTH your original and your upgraded harddisk on it and use a Y-splitter (http://www.ct-systemen.nl/images/y-splitter.jpg) to give them both bower. After that you apply a power switch on the Y-splitter so that you can give either your original harddisk or your upgraded harddisk some power.
Be noted that these conclusions are NOT 100% confirmed facts, so if your xbox still gets banned after you applied the above rules, don’t whine at me.