Make sure that you are copying the XBMC to the correct location. There is a file called "default.xbe" in both XBMC and at the /E/Dashboard/ location. This XBMC version should overwrite the MXM version.
Also make sure the files are located in the proper folder. For example, you might end up with all of your XBMC files located at /E/Dashboard/XBMC/
when they should be at the root /E/Dashboard/
Another problem is that if you downloaded XBMC of their official site, you downloaded the source code, not the actual program. Copying the source code to your Xbox does not work. You need a compiled version, which is ONLY on bitTorrent or Xbins/XBMC FTP server. How to use Xbins can be found here
I installed the mod, it doesn't work at all, but I can still play original games, what should I do?!
Put in Mech Assault, and run that game. Then load the "Run Linux" game save. Once you're there restore your C-Drive and dashboard. That should bring things back to the way they were. If that doesn't fix it, then you probably deleted some vital files from your hard drive, or never backed up the C-Drive and dashboard in the first place. In that case you're going to have to do a hard drive swap and fixup the Xbox hard drive from your PC and load on the proper files.
Xbox and Home Networking
After installing the mod I can't connect to my Xbox help!
Change DHCP to true and try again, but when you connect first you have to find what IP address your Xbox has, because it's probably not 192.168.0.3
Why does it take so long to FTP to my Xbox?
Make sure you have passive mode unchecked in your FTP program.
How do I share media from my PC?
Follow this guide
on windows file sharing.
XMBC is installed but it can't detect my network!
Can I hook my Xbox to my network through a wireless adapter?
Setup a bookmark to the folder. Follow this guide
Yes, but you have to use an ethernet bridge. You can't use a normal USB wireless adapter.
Softmod and Xbox Live
Will I get banned from Live?
Long answer no with a but, short answer yes, with an if.
You can play on Live with a modded Xbox, but you have to be extremely careful not to trigger one of Microsoft's bans. As soon as you've gone on Live, Microsoft records two numbers, your EEPROM id and your Hard drive serial number. If any of those change afterwards, they'll know you've modded your Xbox and ban you good. Therefore, if you're planning on upgrading your hard drive, then don't go on Live until after
you've performed the mod. If you've already gone on Live before doing the mod, then you have to get a new EEPROM id to go along with your new hard drive.
The other thing that will get you banned, and fast, is accessing Live with the softmod activated. There's only one
way to boot the console with the mod deactivated. Turn on the console with the original legit Xbox game already inside the closed drive with the little power button. The original, legit game has to be inside the Xbox while the console is off. You can then access Live like normal. Running a game, original or backup from a softmod dashboard and connecting to Live will get you banned.
I've been banned, now what?
Easy answer: buy a new Xbox, you can get one for less than $100 used now.
Otherwise you have to replace your Xbox's EEPROM serial. It's a pretty complicated process and you have to get a vanilla EEPROM drive to replace yours with. People sell them for about $10 on eBay or www.xbox-scene.com forums.
After the mod
Can I install a larger hard drive with this mod?
Yes - After the mod is installed you can install a larger hard drive. Take care though, that when you go on Live Microsoft stores the Xbox's serial number and HDD serial number. So if you go on Live again after switching the hard drive, they'll notice the difference and ban you good.
Here's a guide on how to install a new HDD
How do I run emulators and other programs other than XBMC?
. It's pretty advanced though so make sure you can do it without fritzing your drive. Personally, I see no need for a larger hard drive since I just stream all my media.
Can I run movies and games off of the Xbox Hard drive?
If you're with a default hard drive, then all programs, emulators, etc you'll be transferring over will go to the E drive, with games being transferred to the F-drive. Now, you can put the program anywhere in the E drive (obviously make sure you maintain the directory structure) and with XBMC just go to "My Files" and you can run the program that way. If you want the programs to show up under Emulators, Games, etc in the My Programs section, then you have to put the programs in the proper place.
All of these directories can be viewed in the XboxMediaCenter.xml file. I'll list them out here and I believe these are the defaults, so you can change them if you want to (in the .xml file).
Games - F:\Games\,F:\HDDLoader\
Emulators - E:\Emulators\
Programs - E:\Apps\,C:\xboxdash.xbe
When you transfer over a program or something they should have their own directory. So say you're putting on MameoX then you should put it like E:\Emulators\MameoX\ with the .xbe and all other files in the MameoX directory.
Yes, but the Xbox harddrive is only 8GB, and you can only save about 4GB worth of data to the harddrive, so it's not THAT useful. Some people do a mod to the Xbox to swap in a larger harddrive, up to 320GBs.
Where can I download emulators, Xbox games, and homebrew applications?
We don't provide links to game backups. But you should be able to find everything at any major torrent site. Note: Pirating games is annoying. If everybody pirated games then devs wouldn't have money to make the games we love, so don't be stupid.
Can I clone the hard drive?
Sure, here's how
Can I watch movies from a burned DVD or CD?
Does XBMC handle High-Definition?
In theory yes, but the Xbox isn't powerful enough to process HD video.
What are some useful websites?
Xbox Media Center official homepage