Xbox Alpha build
Building an Xbox Alpha pc is done before, and its not that hard after all.
You are only very limited in wich parts you can use. You need specific hardware and the software will only run with the correct setup and settings.
So ill just post wich parts I got with a few images allong (ill add more details later so you can try matching them againtst your parts)
There are cool projects going on to make a XBox run in an Qemu and Cxbx is already doing an awesome job emulating a few more games and applictation these days, even the Sega Chihiro Arcade system :D .
I builded my system because of, well,.. Because I can, and its a fun thing to build a pc with a specific purpose in mind :P
These parts are needed at a minimum to run in the 3251 Recovery disk.
Costs are inclusive shipping
- Intel VC820 Motherboard (Ebay, Germany),(Euro 24)
- 128Mb Ram (with terminator)I actualy got 2, 128mb and 2 terminators so 1 set for 5.75? (Tweakers.net sale, NL)(Euro 11,50)
- CPU INTEL P3 SLOT 1 733MHz CPU SL3XN 133MHz 256KB 1.65V , (Ebay UK)(GBP 6,98 ~ Euro 8.50)
- 64MB AGP Dell 3J562 nVidia Geforce3 NV20 DVI / VGA Graphics Card (Ebay UK)(GBP12.99 ~ Euro 15,81)
- Some IDE and power cables, Powersuppply (free from leftover PC, 25 ?)
- Screen, secondhand, free (25 euro and you have a nice flatscreen one secondhand)
- Harddrive (SDK says minimal 20GB, IDE) 80Gb free harddrive (5 euro secondhand?)
Still to Arrive, 2 port USb card :
Belkin F5005 2-Port USB PCI Adapter Card with a OPTI 82C861 Chipset (Get a OPTO 82C861 card), £10,98(13.37 Euro)
And I realy like to have a Controller working (Hammerhead) or hack some files or xbox controller to be accepted. (saw one for 30 USD but US only)
Here is my combo wokring: (second run :P) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdeZpKyPhxI#t=190
UEFI bootmanager and writing to nvram
I had some experience with installing Windows on my Lenovo Thinkpad E530 and later also Ubuntu as a multi-boot environment next to windows. It all works fine.And somehow I managed to install an uefi shell aswell, but after I got an SSD and installing windows and Ubuntu, I was unable to recreate a working uefi shell, the Uefi partition i created was stored on the SSD instead of the hdd.
I dont know if moving the files to a hdd partion has serios speed implications, but I want the freedom to replace the now "Data and personal files" disk anytime in the future without destroying the ssd boot options.
So, anyway. I think I fixed it by finding out how efibootmgr works, the man pages can be found here :http://linux.die.net/man/8/efibootmgr
And maybe using bcdedit you could do it from windows, but I had a hardtime getting acces to the uefi boot partition (linux is a lot easier if you happen to be Root)
So, basicly one can list all bootoptions stored inside the uefi nvram using just
You get the following result for example:
Timeout: 0 seconds
Boot0000* UEFI Shell
Boot0001 Boot Menu
Boot0002* Windows Boot manager
Boot0003 Lenovo Diagnostics
but thats not all (if you are not root, add sudo) efibootmgr requires that the kernel support access to EFI non-volatile variables (through /proc/efi/vars on 2.4 kernels, /sys/firmware/efi/vars on 2.6 kernels). modprobe efivars should do the trick.
and to get more info: type -v (verbose)
Now the output will be slightly bigger:
Timeout: 0 seconds
Boot0000* UEFI Shell HD(2,96800,32000,24d8753a-ba2c-4cda-8ef9-8e115d00d4f4)File(\EFI\Shell.efi)
Boot0001 Boot Menu
Boot0002 Windows Boot manager
Boot0003 Lenovo Diagnostics
You properbly notice that my shell shows up with more info. You can find more info at the man page. but ill show you one for my ubuntu aswell windweos
Boot0013* ubuntu HD(2,96800,32000,2ff9953a-ba4c-4cda-8ef9-8e235d01d4e4)File(\EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi)
so well, il explain what these entry mean, because maybe your say HD(1, ... something something
I exlained that My boot partition is stored on the SSD and I noticed in Linux that my SSD is a second drive device, the HDD is first, so no problem, sda and sdb under linux. sdb is my ssd.
But how was I supposed to add the second partition of my ssd? just /dev/sdb dint work and /dev/sdb2 also not.
- -p | --part PART
- Partition number containing the bootloader (defaults to 1)
so, I need to use P to specify the partition number if they are not 1 ;)
to add my Shell efi file that was stored in this partition, i used the following command:
sudo efibootmgr -c -d /dev/sda -p 2 -l '\EFI\Shell.efi' -L Shell
where -c means Create a new entry, -d means where the loaders is located (on wich disk) -p specifies wich partition, you could leave this away if its partition 1. -l (small L) means the location of the loader in the filesystem on the partition. and -L means label (using ' ' is also allowed)
To remove a entry
sudo efibootmgr -b 3 -B
- -b | --bootnum XXXX
- Modify BootXXXX (hex)
- -B | --delete-bootnum
- Delete bootnum (hex)
you get that HEX number from the list of boot entries.
Good luck and use google (leave a comment or mail me if you want help from me, but hey, Im no expert yet, this just worked :D )
openWRT on the Sitecom WL-559 / WL-173 54g Turbo ?
Doing some reseach on getting openWRT working on the Sitecome WL-559 from Ziggo (I found mine while dumster diving ;) ) and doing so i can confirm, the WL-559 is just a relabeled WL-173 Sitecom just for Ziggo (NL (BE? FR?))
This is based and hopefully helps the openWRT pages : http://wiki.openwrt.org/oldwiki/openwrtdocs/hardware/sitecom/wl_173?s=wl&s=173
This router runs on the Realtek RTL8650/RTL8651(B): http://www.realtek.com.tw/products/productsView.aspx?Langid=1&PFid=11&Level=4&Conn=3&ProdID=70
I found so far:
- Serial com (TTL Rx Tx)
- Posible JTAG (some people already found out, and got memory access)
- USB 1.0 !! its not populated but datasheets and other family members of the RTL8650B has USB !
- Sources availeble
- Telnet ?
And some guy who build some of them? https://web.archive.org/web/20130606111447/http://www.csie.nctu.edu.tw/~cfliu/work/8650.htm
Please click readmore for all the research ive done sofar and ill update this article when im finding more.
Vcc, Vdd, Vss or Vdd. What are they and wich one is ground and power?
Ive heard it earlier from a electrician and a teacher, but I seem to keep forgetting it. So to start remorizing it I started to write this article. Its actualy pretty easy when you remember why it is called VDD or VCC for power and VSS and VEE for ground.
Because of the Transistors inside the IC your connecting it to. ill qoute: "Apparently this terminology originated in some way from the terminals of each type of transistor, and their common connections in logic circuits (i.e., Vcc is often applied to BJT collectors, Vee to BJT emitters, Vdd to FET drains, and Vss to FET sources). This notation then carries across to integrated circuits" Eric Seale and Wilf Rigter.
and the table from there:
|Vcc||Vdd||Positive supply voltage|
|Vee||Vss||Negative supply, ground|
The AMR, Audio/Modem Riser card WM9707
So I was doing some research into the Soundcard of the Xbox Alpha. Because I want to create a franken Alpha myself I need a soundcard. Well, it can work without one but thats kinda stupid and I want sound. According to some people on Assemblergames.com the Dash should work without one. Games will crash.
Me and a few other wanted to find or create such a sound card ourselves. But the resources to do so are very limited, in a way that you cant realy find documents or parts very easy. but it all changed yesterday, 14/10/2013. I contacted Intel, searched the archive and after a while Espes send me the Intel doc I was searching for http://www.ms-infobytes.info/pages/AudioModemRiser.pdf ,
Bad_Ad84 commented in the chat "
and here we are :D I found first one for the WM9705, but this morning I used the Archive again:
On the whole wide web there is little to no information about the AMR slot used in many 2000 era computers, it was supposed to be kinda closed and such.
But here are the specs and some other intresting images :P original source also noted.
I hope this info and the files can help you If you stumbled on this, I try to make this sound card into something real in the next couple of month and maybe sell some boards if I have leftovers. Otherwise, make it yourself, order the main ic from somewhere like china and build it :D or source your own board. Original retail price, $99.
I spend $8 so far, and 6 hours searching.
I have made a backup of all the said files, so might one disappear, please contact me.
Image from borman, his Soundcard behind the Nvidea video card:
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