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Due to the very many requests I receive asking how to burn XBox360 backups on a mac, I’ve decided to put together a guide. This will be a very detailed step-by-step guide. The guide will begin with the XGD2 discs and go on to cover burning XGD3 discs.

What You Will Need to burn successful XGD2 and XGD3 XBox360 backups.

  • Latest iXtreme Firmware update for your XBox360

      iXtreme LT+ 2.0 Firmware (12.1 MiB, 1,730 hits)

  • A DVD burner compatible with iXtreme Burner Max Firmware (Buy on Amazon)
    • Liteon iHAS124B = baseline model
    • Liteon iHAS224B = 124 + LightScribe
    • Liteon iHAS324B = 124 + SmartErase
    • Liteon iHAS424B = 124 + LightScribe + SmartErase
    • Liteon iHAS524B = 124 + LabelTag + SmartErase
    • Liteon iHAS624B = 124 + LabelTag + LightScribe + SmartErase
  • iXtreme Burner Max Firmware

      iXtreme Burner Max Firmware (11.5 MiB, 2,852 hits)

  • Verbatim Dual Layer DVD’s (Buy on Amazon)
  • isoBurn 1.3 or later (Mac App Store) – to support burning XGD3 with the recently released iXtreme Burner Max Firmware. isoBurn 1.2 will still burn XGD3 discs but will force truncating of your ISO. isoBurn 1.3 has been submitted to the App Store for approval and should be available sometime this week if all goes well. There are already plans for isoBurn 1.4 that will have more features and functionality. 1.4 should be available at the beginning of next month.

What are XGD2 discs?

XGD2 (XBox Game Disc 2) is the original disc format used by Microsoft for all XBox 360 games. This format is basically the capacity of a Dual Layer DVD.

What are XGD3 discs?

XGD3 (XBox Game Disc 3) is a new format developed by Microsoft to help prevent piracy by using the extra layer of the outside of the disc basically increasing the capacity and therefore using more space then is currently available on all dual layer dvd’s on the market.

What is Truncating?

Truncating is a process by which the item being truncated is sized to a particular length. Taking a number for example 3.141592654. What if we only have 3 available boxes to fit this number into? By using truncation we could truncate this number down to 3.14, do we need the other numbers? NO we don’t. Does 3.14 change drastically because we’ve truncated it to 3 digits? NO it doesn’t.

When we truncate an ISO, all we are doing is cutting off the end of the file, most of it being meaningless data that is not needed. We do this to change the size of the ISO so that it can fit onto a standard dual layer disc.

A word of warning about truncating. In some circumstances the data being cut off while truncating contains important security information that is sometimes required for validation and could quite possibly get you banned from XBox Live. You should only use truncation as a last resort for burning XGD3 discs and when you do, make sure that you do not game online.

Layer Breaks

What is a Layer Break? A Layer Break simply put, specifies at which point on the disc, the first layer should end and the second layer should start. It has been my experience that you can set the layer break lower but not higher then what the maximum layer break supported by the media is.

Layer Breaks were first introduced to the XBox 360 scene when making backups became available. To burn a successful backup, you would have to enter a layer break that was different from the one that would be set by default.

Since we first started hearing about layer breaks several years ago, there hasn’t been much of a change, until recently. Microsoft developed a new disc format which would hold a slightly higher capacity then what is supported on all current Dual Layer DVD’s. With that came a new layer break.

It just so happens that this Layer Break is higher then the maximum supported layer break for current Dual Layer DVD’s. What does this mean? Well, on a Mac, if you try to set a layer break that is higher then the max supported by the media, the mac doesn’t know what it should do and will kindly give you your media back.

So how do we get around this issue? The very first fix was to truncate the ISO file since it was believed that the information at the end of the file was not relevant to game play. So to burn, you would truncate the ISO to the full size available on the blank Dual Layer DVD and then burn with the maximum supported layer break and your XBox360 drive firmware would take care of the rest. Keep in mind that this layer break again, was different then that used for XGD2 discs. So we are now at 3 separate Layer Breaks.

The most recent fix which seems to be the most successful is a firmware by iXtreme that will enable you to burn Dual Layer DVD’s at a higher capacity by way of overburning allowing you to use the correct layer break without having to truncate the ISO file. This method requires a special burner as well as the iXtreme Burner Max firmware.

So, what are the 3 layer breaks and when should you use them?

  • Layer Break 1 – 1913760
    - This is the original layer break and should be used with all XBox360 backups that are not labeled as being XGD3 discs.
  • Layer Break 2 - 2086912
    - This layer break can be used for XGD3 discs but only if you are truncating the ISO file to fit onto a Dual Layer DVD.
  • Layer Break 3 – 2133520
    - This layer break can be used for XGD3 discs. ONLY use this layer break if you are burning with an iXtreme Burner Max firmware updated burner that can burn the full ISO file without truncating. If you attempt to use this layer break without the special burner, your disc will be ejected.

Media

So, what media should you use when burning XGD2, XGD3, backups? Let’s take a quick second and address this. Why? because this is where most people do not believe us when we say ONLY USE VERBATIM MEDIA. Do not attempt to use anything other then Verbatim. Verbatim has been proven to be the most successful when burning backups. So unless you want to burn coasters / have your burn fail have way through, have problems with verification, etc… buy Verbatim.

Let’s put it this way, if you post a comment asking why your burn failed and I ask you what media you are using, you better answer with. “Verbatim”. If you say anything other then Verbatim, I will not help you.

Let me also add… ONLY BURN AT 2X / 2.4X. Never Never Never burn any higher then 2X. If you are impatient and you can’t wait 45 minutes for a backup to finish burning, then go ahead, burn at 4X or even at 6X and watch your burn fail or experience glitches while playing, etc… Bottom line, the amount of time you would spend burning again and again because you are using crappy media and or using a burn speed that is set too high could have been spent playing the game had you used VERBATIM MEDIA and burned at 2X speed.

So, what Media do you use and what speed do you burn at?

  • Verbatim Media (Particularly MKM-003) I’ve heard from a trusted source that they are much better because of the specific dye being used
  • 2x

Burners

So what about burners? Can the internal burner on your Mac burn XGD2 / XGD3? For the most part, yes it can. I’ve tested backups on early iMacs and MacBooks as well as a Mac Mini without issues but with the occasional coaster of course. Why do the burns sometimes work perfectly and other times they don’t? It’s because the internal burners that come with your Mac are pretty much crap, its as simple as that.

So what can you do? You can try to go through the hassle of replacing your internal burner which is a real pain or you can go purchase an external burner.

The latter leaves you with a plethora of options, in an almost overwhelming way… Which burner should I get, there are literally thousands of different ones. I will make a suggestion for you and even provide you with a link to the burner you should purchase. This particular burner I am talking about will allow you to in conjunction with isoBurn, burn backups without having to truncate your ISO file. All you have to do is flash the burner with iXtreme Burner Max firmware and voila just like magic you have now turned your Dual Layer DVD media into a higher capacity disc, that now has just enough space to hold a full XGD3 format ISO.

So, what is this magical burner? There are several models that are compatible with the firmware.

  • Liteon iHAS124B = baseline model
  • Liteon iHAS224B = 124 + LightScribe
  • Liteon iHAS324B = 124 + SmartErase
  • Liteon iHAS424B = 124 + LightScribe + SmartErase
  • Liteon iHAS524B = 124 + LabelTag + SmartErase
  • Liteon iHAS624B = 124 + LabelTag + LightScribe + SmartErase
As you can see here, you’ve got plenty of models to choose from. So if you are going to purchase an external burner you may as well purchase one that is compatible with the iXtreme Burner Max firmware so that you can burn XGD3 discs at 100% without having to truncate. You can pick these up from Amazon, NewEgg, etc… or if you’re lucky, check out your local Walmart. I found that Walmart is currently selling the iHAS324B for $25.00.
Hey, so I thought this was supposed to be a burning guide and not an informational post? Well, I thought I would educate everyone, bring them up to speed so that when I go through the guide, that everyone can understand it and then maybe there won’t be so many people out there who are confused and have no clue how to get their backup to burn.
So without further delay or blabber, here’s the guide.

Burning XGD2 / XGD3 on Mac OS X Definitive Guide

The guides below assume the following:

  • You’ve acquired an ISO file, either XGD2 or XGD3
  • You’ve purchased isoBurn 1.2, 1.3 or 1.4
  • You’ve verified your ISO file using abgx360 (Note: At the time of this post abgx360 is unable to verify XGD3 ISO’s)
  • You have Verbatim media and understand that using anything other then Verbatim could result in bad burns aka coasters.
  • You understand that you must burn at 2x
  • You understand Layer Breaks and their differences
  • You understand the difference between XGD2 and XGD3
If you’ve read the more info

first part of this guide then all of the above items should make sense to you.

Burning XGD2 / XGD3 with isoBurn 1.2

Note: isoBurn 1.2 currently does not support iXtreme Burner Max Firmware. You can still burn XGD3 discs with isoBurn 1.2 but the ISO file will need to be truncated which for the most part is not an issue. XGD2 games burn normally.

isoBurn 1.2, the version currently available on the Mac App Store is able to burn both XGD2 and XGD3 discs without issues. isoBurn will produce 100% playable backups.

To use this guide you will need the following:

  • isoBurn 1.2 (Mac App Store)
  • Verbatim Media
  • An ISO of an XBox 360 backup
After you’ve downloaded and installed isoBurn, go ahead and launch it, you will see a window similar to the image below:
This is the main interface for isoBurn 1.2. As you can see, there are not very many options. This makes isoBurn very simple to use. The following are the steps to burn XGD2 / XGD3 backups with isoBurn 1.2:
Burning XGD2 backups with isoBurn 1.2:
  • Drag your ISO / DVD file into the “Drop your disc image here” box. isoBurn will tell you the File Name, File Type and File Size.
  • Select your burner
  • Insert your blank Dual Layer DVD ONLY VERBATIM
  • Select your write speed, ONLY BURN AT 2x
  • Set your layer break - 1913760 – NOTE: If you used the .dvd instead of the .iso file the layer break will be auto populated for you
  • Check the box next to Layer Break to enable it.
  • Click Burn
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish. You’re Done
Burning XGD3 backups with isoBurn 1.2:
  • Drag your ISO / DVD file into the “Drop your disc image here” box. isoBurn will tell you the File Name, File Type and File Size.
  • Select your burner
  • Insert your blank Dual Layer DVD ONLY VERBATIM
  • Select your write speed, ONLY BURN AT 2x
  • Set your layer break - 2086912 – NOTE: If you used the .dvd instead of the .iso file the layer break will be auto populated for you and will be INCORRECT. You must manually set the layer break to 2086912 or isoBurn will eject the disc and will not burn.
  • Check the box next to Layer Break to enable it if it isn’t checked already.
  • Click Burn
  • An alert box will pop up asking you to truncate your ISO
  • Click OK
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish. You’re Done

Burning XGD2 / XGD3 with isoBurn 1.3

Note: isoBurn 1.3 will not be available until it has been approved by Apple. isoBurn 1.3 fully supports XGD3 burning and is 100% compatible with iXtreme Burner Max firmware so it will burn XGD3 without having to truncate the ISO file. XGD2 games burn normally.

isoBurn 1.3, currently awaiting approval from Apple is able to burn both XGD2 and XGD3 discs without issues. isoBurn will produce 100% playable backups.

To use this guide you will need the following:

  • isoBurn 1.3 (Mac App Store)
  • Verbatim Media
  • An ISO of an XBox 360 backup
  • A burner flashed with iXtreme Burner Max (Optional – If you want to burn full XGD3 without truncating)
After you’ve downloaded and installed isoBurn, go ahead and launch it, you will see a window similar to the image below:
Although not very apparent, you’ll notice a very small change in isoBurn 1.3 from isoBurn 1.2. With isoBurn 1.3 a verification option was added which is needed to verify 100% successful  burns of XGD3 discs… YES, ALWAYS VERIFY YOUR BURN. The following are the steps to burn XGD2 / XGD3 backups with isoBurn 1.3:
Burning XGD2 backups with isoBurn 1.3:
  • Drag your ISO / DVD file into the “Drop your disc image here” box. isoBurn will tell you the File Name, File Type and File Size.
  • Select your burner
  • Insert your blank Dual Layer DVD ONLY VERBATIM
  • Select your write speed, ONLY BURN AT 2x
  • Set your layer break - 1913760 - NOTE: If you used the .dvd instead of the .iso file the layer break will be auto populated for you
  • Check the box next to Layer Break to enable it.
  • Click Burn
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish. You’re Done
Burning XGD3 backups with isoBurn 1.3 – Truncating Method:
  • Drag your ISO / DVD file into the “Drop your disc image here” box. isoBurn will tell you the File Name, File Type and File Size.
  • Select your burner
  • Insert your blank Dual Layer DVD ONLY VERBATIM
  • Select your write speed, ONLY BURN AT 2x
  • Set your layer break - 2086912 - NOTE: If you used the .dvd instead of the .iso file the layer break will be auto populated for you and will be INCORRECT. You must manually set the layer break to 2086912 or isoBurn will eject the disc and will not burn.
  • Check the box next to Layer Break to enable it if it isn’t checked already.
  • Click Burn
  • An alert box will pop up asking if you would like to Truncate, Try Without Truncating or Cancel
  • Click OK to Truncate
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish. You’re Done
Burning XGD3 backups with isoBurn 1.3 – iXtreme Burner Max Firmware Method:
  • Drag your ISO / DVD file into the “Drop your disc image here” box. isoBurn will tell you the File Name, File Type and File Size.
  • Select your burner
  • Insert your blank Dual Layer DVD ONLY VERBATIM
  • Select your write speed, ONLY BURN AT 2x
  • Set your layer break - 2133520 – NOTE: If you used the .dvd instead of the .iso file the layer break will be auto populated for you
  • Check the box next to Layer Break to enable it if it isn’t checked already.
  • Check the box to Verify After Burn
  • Click Burn
  • An alert box will pop up asking if you would like to Truncate, Try Without Truncating or Cancel
  • Click Try Without Truncating
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish burning
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish verifying. You’re Done

Burning XGD2 / XGD3 with isoBurn 1.4

isoBurn 1.4, currently available on the Mac App Store is able to burn both XGD2 and XGD3 discs without issues. isoBurn 1.4 fully supports XGD3 burning and is 100% compatible with iXtreme Burner Max firmware so it will burn XGD3 without having to truncate the ISO file. XGD2 games burn normally.

To use this guide you will need the following:

  • isoBurn 1.4 (Mac App Store)
  • Verbatim 2.4x Media
  • An ISO of an XBox 360 backup
  • A burner flashed with iXtreme Burner Max (Optional – If you want to burn full XGD3 without truncating)
Enhancements to this version:
  • Added Optimal Layer Break button, for auto setting the layer break for XGD3 discs (Truncating / Full Burn)
  • Added Cancel button to the burn dialog so that you can cancel the burn process
  • Added Alert Popup to alert you if an error occurred
  • Added Alert Popup to alert you when the burn finished
  • Added Alert Sound to alert you if an error occurred
  • Added Alert Sound to alert you when the burn finished
  • Added Data Transfer Rate to the burn dialog
  • Added Burn Speed to the burn dialog
After you’ve downloaded and installed isoBurn, go ahead and launch it, you will see a window similar to the image below:

Although not very apparent, you’ll notice a very small change in isoBurn 1.4 from isoBurn 1.3. With isoBurn 1.4 an Optimal Layer Break button was added which helps you set the layer break by detecting the media size and determining the maximum layer break. isoBurn with the help of the Optimal Layer Break button will auto set the layer break for you for XGD3 discs. For XGD2 it is still necessary to enter 1913760 for the layer break. The following are the steps to burn XGD2 / XGD3 backups with isoBurn 1.4:
Burning XGD2 backups with isoBurn 1.4:
  • Drag your ISO / DVD file into the “Drop your disc image here” box. isoBurn will tell you the File Name, File Type and File Size.
  • Select your burner
  • Insert your blank Dual Layer DVD ONLY VERBATIM
  • Select your write speed, ONLY BURN AT 2.4x
  • Set your layer break - 1913760 - NOTE: If you used the .dvd instead of the .iso file the layer break will be auto populated for you
  • Check the box next to Layer Break to enable it.
  • Click Burn
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish. You’re Done
Burning XGD3 backups with isoBurn 1.4 – Truncating Method:
  • Drag your ISO / DVD file into the “Drop your disc image here” box. isoBurn will tell you the File Name, File Type and File Size.
  • Select your burner
  • Insert your blank Dual Layer DVD ONLY VERBATIM
  • Select your write speed, ONLY BURN AT 2.4x
  • Set your layer break by clicking on the Optimal Layer Break button or enter it manually - 2086912 - NOTE: If you used the .dvd instead of the .iso file the layer break will be auto populated for you and will be INCORRECT. You must manually set the layer break to 2086912 or isoBurn will eject the disc and will not burn.
  • Check the box next to Layer Break to enable it if it isn’t checked already.
  • Click Burn
  • An alert box will pop up asking if you would like to Truncate or Cancel
  • Click OK to Truncate
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish. You’re Done
Burning XGD3 backups with isoBurn 1.4 – iXtreme Burner Max Firmware Method:
  • Drag your ISO / DVD file into the “Drop your disc image here” box. isoBurn will tell you the File Name, File Type and File Size.
  • Select your burner
  • Insert your blank Dual Layer DVD ONLY VERBATIM
  • Select your write speed, ONLY BURN AT 2.4x
  • Set your layer break by clicking on the Optimal Layer Break button or enter it manually - 2133520 - NOTE: If you used the .dvd instead of the .iso file the layer break will be auto populated for you
  • Check the box next to Layer Break to enable it if it isn’t checked already.
  • Check the box to Verify After Burn
  • Click Burn
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish burning
  • Wait for isoBurn to finish verifying. You’re Done

 

If you have any questions that this guide doesn’t cover, feel free to ask. If you think any of the information in this guide is incorrect, please contact me and I will verify and correct the guide.

If you’ve read the entire guide and followed it word for word, number for number and you are getting coasters then you haven’t followed the guide word for word, number for number OR you may have a batch of defective media which isn’t likely but possible or your burner is defective which is more likely.

I hope that you all have enjoyed reading this guide as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Seriously, I’m probably the only person with a blog that hates writing.. haha.

It is the year 2275, and earth as we know it has come to an end. The last remaining survivors have sought out to restore the planets resources using their unique space crafts known as Elementals. The Elementals have set out into deep space to collect vital elements while avoiding the deathly fireballs of deep space in hopes to restore balance to the once fruitful planet.

Time is of the essence and it’s up to you to help the Elementals in their quest to save their dying planet.

Elementals features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based world with zero gravity all controlled via the iPhone’s accelerometer. You get 30 levels in easy mode and another 30 in extreme mode that all require extreme logic, timing, skill and lots of patience to conquer. Quite possibly the hardest game that will be on the App Store.

Features a total of 60 levels (Easy / Extreme), accelerometer, Retina Display Support, leaderboards, achievements, Facebook and Twitter Integration

I’ve started development of Elementals about 5 months ago in my spare time. I’ve done all of it myself, coding, artwork, concept and design, etc…

Main Game Menu:

Options Menu:

Level Selection Menu:

Level 2

The above are just a few of the screen shots of Elementals. I am hoping to have everything done and submitted to the app store before the end of January.

Right now I’m working on memory optimization and plugging a few leaks. I encourage everyone to follow Elementals on Twitter and like it on FaceBook to stay up to date.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elementals-HD/127088354021100?v=wall”]http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elementals-HD/127088354021100?v=wall

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ElementalsHD”]http://twitter.com/#!/ElementalsHD

Beta Testing Begins Soon

If you’d like to be a part of the Beta Testing Team please send an e-mail with your info to [email]chrs944@gmail.com[/email] with the subject line Elementals HD Beta Testing

Please be sure to include the following:

  • Your Name
  • Your Email
  • Your Device Type: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod Touch, etc…
  • Your website or blog if you have one

Being a part of the Beta Testing Team will get your name / blog / website listed in the credits and also allow you to be among the first to write up a review.

Just thought I’d make a quick post about this. I’ve put up a forum called GT5 Trader for the purpose of creating an online community of GT5 fans that like to trade and gift items for GT5. Not sure how many of you have had a chance to play Gran Turismo 5 yet, but if you haven’t then you should definitely give it a try. The game is well worth the $60.00, its kept me entertained for the past week for sure.

The reason I made the GT5 Trader forum is so that people can easily request and trade and discuss all things Gran Turismo 5. I wanted to have a central spot where you can trade with fellow GT5 fans. Lets say for example you want to paint your car pink but you don’t have a pink paint chip. How would you go about painting it? Well you have one option, buy a $375,000 Lexus to get the hot pink or find someone with a pink car that is willing to lend it to you so that you can acquire the paint chip and after you use it you just gift it back.

That’s what GT5 Trader is all about, trading and gifting GT5 items.

When you get a chance, go check it out and register at http://gt5trader.com It’s quick and easy to register and best of all its free forever, although donations are always welcome.

It’s relatively simple to Jailbreak your PS3 using your iPhone but to figure out the entire process from beginning to end was actually quite a challenge for me. I couldn’t find a single tutorial that explained in detail steps what you have to do to prepare your iPhone to Jailbreak the PS3 and then how to use the iPhone to Jailbreak the PS3 and then how to load packages like Open Manager, FTP Server, SNES9x, etc.. and finally how to go about putting game backups on the PS3′s internal Hard Drive.

This Tutorial will provide you with a complete overview of what is required to Jailbreak your PS3 using your iPhone 2G and will be broken up into the following sections:

  • Preparing your iPhone 2G for Jailbreaking
  • Jailbreaking your PS3 with your iPhone 2G
  • Installing Packages ( FTP Server, Open Manager, Backup Manager, SNES9x )
  • Copying a backup game to your PS3′s internal hard drive

You will need to download the following files below:

  • Download:

      iPhoDroid 2G Mac PSFreedom (59.6 MiB, 1,352 hits)

    (iPhoDroid for Mac)
  • Download:

      PS3 FTP Server (517.9 KiB, 1,170 hits)

    (FTP Server for PS3)
  • Download:

      Open Manager 1.17.1 (1.3 MiB, 1,042 hits)

    (Manage Game Backups)
  • Download:

      Backup Manager 1.1 (527.5 KiB, 996 hits)

    (Manage Game Backups)
  • Download:

      Backup Manager 2 (525.8 KiB, 999 hits)

    (A modified version of Backup Manager that allows you to load a backup without a disc in the drive. I haven’t tested it)
  • Download:

      SNES9X PS3 (14.1 MiB, 1,016 hits)

    (An SNES Emulator)
  • Download:

      Cyberduck 3.7 (19.9 MiB, 1,322 hits)

    (A Mac FTP Client, I’ve tried FileZilla but it had issues)

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of the writing of this tutorial, there is no way of jail breaking any PS3 with firmware above 3.41. Also, this tutorial is written with the Mac user in mind, if you are using Windows you should be able to apply the same processes mentioned here.

Preparing Your iPhone 2G for Jailbreaking:

Note: This tutorial assumes that your iPhone 2G is already Jailbroken. If your iPhone 2G is not jailbroken then lookup redsn0w and perform the Jailbreak.

  1. Connect Your iPhone 2G to your Mac and make sure iTunes is not running.
  2. Launch iPhoDroid
  3. Click Shoot!
  4. iPhoDroid will now install Openiboot and the Android Operating System as well as PSFreedom
  5. On the final screen iPhoDroid will tell you that your phone will enter recovery mode
  6. You will notice that your phone will have openiboot loaded up.
  7. Scroll down to Install using the Volume Buttons.
  8. Press the Home Button
  9. Disconnect the iPhone from your Mac
  10. Wait for init to scroll on the screen

Your iPhone is now ready to jailbreak your PS3. It is currently running in a loop basically waiting to detect the playstation. It is important that you do not let your phone sit in this loop for an extended length of time. Allowing your iPhone to stay in this loop for hours will eventually brick your phone. Please be warned.

Note: To boot your phone back into iOS push the Lock and Home buttons at the same time and hold them until the screen turns off. You are now presented with the openiboot menu. iOS should be selected by default. Push the home button. The first time after loading openiboot and trying to get back into iOS might not work as the phone may still be in recovery mode. If this is the case plug the phone back into your Mac and launch iPhoDroid once again but instead of clicking on Shoot! click on Exit Recovery Mode. This will allow your iPhone to properly boot into iOS.

At any time you can have your phone back in the init loop by pressing and holding the Lock and Home button and then selecting Android and pressing Home. So go ahead and get your phone into the init loop mode and follow the next part to jailbreak your PS3.

Jailbreaking your PS3 with your iPhone 2G:

Assuming that you’ve followed all of the steps above correctly, your iPhone 2G should be running in the INIT loop.

  • If you have a PS3 Slim, unplug the power from the back, then plug in your iPhone to the USB port then plug the Power Cable back in.
  • If you have a PS3 Phat, flip the power switch to Off, then plug in your iPhone to the USB port then flip the Power Switch to On.

With the iPhone plugged in, press the power button on your PS3 and then immediately press the eject button. You should now start seeing some lines of text appear in-between the INIT’s. When the iPhone comes to a stopping point there should be about 4 lines of text. Unplug the USB and plug it back in immediately. Then wait for a bunch more text to scroll on the iPhone. When this text stop scrolling you, you have successfully jailbroken your PS3.

Using your controller navigate to the Games section of your XMB and you should notice 2 extra folders that weren’t there before. The folder that we are interested in is the Install Packages folder. The Install Packages folder will be used in the next section to install Open Manager, Backup Manager, FTP Server and SNES9x.

At this point I think you can disconnect your iPhone but lets keep it plugged in until we have all of the packages installed. Leave your PS3 on and your iPhone connected.

Installing Packages ( FTP Server, Open Manager, Backup Manager, SNES9x ):

Assuming that you’ve followed all of the steps above correctly and have the FTP Server, Open Manager, Backup Manager and SNES9X packages downloaded, you will need a flash drive.

  1. Plug your Flash Drive into an available USB port on your Mac
  2. Copy all of the .pkg files onto the root of the flash drive.
  3. Unplug the Flash Drive from your Mac
  4. Plug the Flash Drive into an available USB port into your PS3
  5. Navigate to the Install Packages Folder
  6. You should see all 4 of the Packages that you added to your flash drive
  7. One by one click on each and install them.

When all of the packages are installed you will be able to run each of them by clicking on their icon within the Game section of your XMB.

Here is a brief overview of the packages we have just installed:

  • FTP Server – This package adds an FTP server to your PS3 and will allow you to remotely connect to your PS3 so that you can move and copy files and folders. We will use this FTP server in the next section when I go over how to copy game backups from your Mac to the internal HDD of your PS3
  • Open Manager / Backup Manager – Open Manager and Backup Manager are essentially the same thing. They allow you to manage games loaded onto your PS3 either from your Mac or from Blu-Ray Disc. You can copy, delete and launch your games using either of these packages. We will be using these to launch the backup game that we will be copying from the Mac to the PS3.
  • SNES9X – I’m sure everyone has heard this name before. SNES9X is a Super Nintendo emulator and has been ported to just about every console on the market. It allows you to play Super Nintendo Roms. This is always good to have for those nostalgic days when you just have that need to play some retro games. I’ll briefly cover this package and how to add ROMS to your PS3 so you can play them with SNES9X.

At this point of the tutorial you should have a jailbroken PS3 with all of the necessary packages installed. In the next section I will go over how to copy a backup from your Mac to the PS3′s internal hard drive and how to launch the game using Backup Manager.

Copying a backup game to your PS3′s internal hard drive:

Now, this is the part of the tutorial that I’m sure everyone has been waiting for. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations because you are only a few steps from playing a backup of your PS3 game. Now I’m going to go ahead and state a warning.

Warning: I do not condone software piracy. I am simply providing instructions that will aid consumers in making backup’s of their originally purchased games so that they may keep their purchased games in a safe place and play only their game backups. I do not and will not host game backups for download. I will only provide a way of searching for available backup downloads, this is only in case there is something wrong with your original game ( scratched, broken in half, melted, etc… ) which means that you have already purchased the game and the store will not offer you an exchange or a refund.

Ok, with the warning aside, lets proceed.

  1. Start the FTP Server from the Games section within your XMB
  2. You will notice an IP address at the top. This address will be used for CyberDuck
  3. Navigate to Start FTP Service ( This should already be selected ) Click X on your controller

From your Mac

  1. Launch the Cyber Duck Application
  2. In the Quick Connect Text Field, enter the IP address that is displayed on the FTP Server, from Step 2 above, and press enter.
  3. Once the connection Completes, you should see a folder “dev_hdd0″, this is the internal HDD of your PS3.
  4. Double Click on dev_hdd0
  5. Find the “game” folder and Double Click on it.
  6. Find the “LAUN12345″ folder and Double Click on it.
  7. Find the “GAMEZ” folder and Double Click on it. If there is no GAMEZ folder then we will have to create one. This is very simple. Right Click anywhere in the white space and then click on New Folder and give the folder a name of GAMEZ in all caps.
  8. Double Click on the GAMEZ folder. It should be empty. This is the location where we will copy the game backup to.
  9. Drag the extracted game folder into the Cyber Duck Window and wait for it to finish copying. Depending on your network connection (Gigabit Ethernet, 10/100, wiFi), this can take a while. So go do something but leave your PS3 alone.

When the copy process has finished go back to your PS3, Exit FTP Server by navigating to Exit to XMB and pushing the X Button on your controller. When you are back at the XMB, scroll to Backup Manager and push X to Launch it. If all went well then your game should appear there. You will need to insert an original Game disc for this to work.

When you launch your game from within Backup Manager it will require you to have an original game in the drive, doesn’t matter which one just be sure its an original. Once the game is launched it will take you back to the XMB, now when you scroll to the game disc in the drive, the actual name of the original will be replaced with the name of the backup you are loading. So go ahead and push the X Button. on the game disc and your game should load. Remember to say no or cancel to ANY AND ALL UPDATES. Try to not be signed into PSN, I am not sure of the repercussions of playing backups online.

NOTE: The game folder that you are copying to the GAMEZ folder via FTP should have a similar file structure to the below:

BCUSXXXX ->

  • PS3_DISC.SFB
    PS3_GAME
    PS3_UPDATE

If you’ve downloaded the game from NewZBin or any other USENET site then this will most likely be the format after extraction.

Well that’s it for this section. I will now briefly cover SNES9X and will list some links to an example game NZB and a link to a great SNES Roms site.

SNES9X How To for the PS3:

If you’ve followed all of the above steps, which you should have, then SNES9X should already be installed. If you didn’t install it then please scroll up to installing packages and install SNES9X. If you’ve already got it installed then follow the steps below:

On The PS3

  1. Launch FTP Server
  2. Start FTP Server

On The Mac

  1. Launch CyberDuck FTP Client
  2. Type in the IP Address into the Quick Connect Text Field and press enter.
  3. Navigate to dev_hdd0 and double click.
  4. In here we will create a folder called ROMS. Right click anywhere within the window and click on New Folder.
  5. Name the folder roms
  6. Double Click on the roms folder. This will be the folder to copy all of your downloaded roms to. This procedure is the same as copying a PS3 game you just drag the SMC file to the roms folder. See below for a site that has many SNES roms available for download.

On The PS3

  1. Exit the FTP Server by navigating to Exit to XMB and then pushing X on your controller.
  2. Launch SNES9X
  3. Navigate to the dev_hdd0 folder and push X
  4. Navigate to the roms folder and push X
  5. Select the ROM you wish to load and push X

You should now have SNES9X running with your selected ROM. If it isn’t working feel free to leave me a comment. Now as promised the next and last section has some links for you.

Links:

Last but not least an NZB file for Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe for PS3

Hopefully you’ve found this tutorial useful, as you can imagine it takes a lot of time to put something useful together and make sure that its 100% correct. If I missed anything or have made a mistake along the way or if you’ve got questions feel free to comment as always.

NOTE: Just wanted to mention that after you have booted your PS3 with the Jail Break hack, you can disconnect your iPhone and turn it off. The iPhone is only needed in the beginning when you turn your PS3 on. Any time you reboot your PS3 you must reconnect the iPhone and perform the Jail Break hack in order to use any of the installed packages or play backed up games. Remember that leaving your iPhone running for an extended period of time in the INIT loop can eventually brick your iPhone.

I take no responsibility for any hardware damage or PSN banning that might result in performing any of the above steps.

So apparently there are some tutorials floating around that show you how to convert wave 4 games to wave 3 games. What most of them don’t tell you is that by doing this, you are setting yourself up to get banned from Xbox Live.

Patience truly is a virtue here. I know everyone is eager to play Tekken 6 and a few of the other wave 4 releases. I honestly don’t see problem with it as long as you play those games offline. Is it really worth the risk of getting banned ?

For those of you that absolutely must play wave 4 games, I have listed the tutorial for you below on how to convert wave 4 games to wave 3 games, but again please don’t play on Live with these games because there is a very good chance that you will get banned. What this hack does is it uses a wave 3 video file and since the sizes between the wave 4 and wave 3 video files differ, you will receive CRC errors in abgx360.

Here’s the tutorial:

You’ll need the following software:

NOTE: You can use either Xbox Backup Creator or abgx360 to patch the wave 4 game to a wave 3 game. I’ve put together 2 tutorials. One using Xbox Backup Creator to patch and then abgx360 for verification. The other one is at the bottom and uses abgx360 for both patching and verification.

Using Xbox Backup Creator

  1. Under Action, change it from extract to inject
  2. Click on PFI Sector and choose the ISO of the game and then choose the PFI file provided with the wave 4 to wave 3 packs.
  3. Click on Video Section and choose your game ISO and then choose the provided video file
  4. That’s it for Xbox Backup Creator

Using abgx360

  1. Open your ISO
  2. Put check marks in the following on the Options Tab
    Check/Create .dvd file
    Check Stealth
    Verify is Stealth Passes
    Check/Fix Video padding
    Use Colors
    Check for updates
    Check Game Partition CRC when needed
  3. On the Manually Patch or Extract Files Tab make sure nothing is selected.
  4. On the AutoFix Tab Check Mark the following
    Adjust angle 359 for iXtreme < v1.4
    Fix C/R Table if data is invalid
    Adjust angles that deviate more than 3 degrees from their CCRT targets
    AutoFix Threshold – Level 3
  5. On the Misc Tab
    SplitVid: Add it if it doesn’t exist or isn’t valid
    Images: Extract images when using HTML output
  6. Click on Launch
  7. abgx360 will most definitely present you with CRC errors because the game is no longer stock.
  8. When abgx360 has completed you can go ahead and burn your game using the regular burning method

Using Only abgx360 to perform the hack and verify

  1. Open your ISO
  2. Put check marks in the following on the Options Tab
    Check/Create .dvd file
    Check Stealth
    Verify is Stealth Passes
    Check/Fix Video padding
    Use Colors
    Check for updates
    Check Game Partition CRC when needed
  3. On the Manually Patch or Extract Files Tab do the following
    Check Patch even if stealth passes
    Check Patch even if these files are invalid
    Check Patch Video
    Check Patch PFI
  4. Still on the Manually Patch or Extract Files Tab, next to Patch Video you should see an empty text box and a gray button with 3 dots, click on that button and choose the Video File from the pack. Do the same thing for Patch PFI and choose the PFI file from the pack
  5. On the AutoFix Tab Check Mark the following
    Adjust angle 359 for iXtreme < v1.4
    Fix C/R Table if data is invalid
    Adjust angles that deviate more than 3 degrees from their CCRT targets
    AutoFix Threshold – Level 3
  6. On the Misc Tab
    SplitVid: Add it if it doesn’t exist or isn’t valid
    Images: Extract images when using HTML output
  7. Click on Launch and wait for abgx360 to finish patching the ISO when abgx360 reads Press any key to exit … then it has completed patching.
  8. You can now close abgx360 and re-open it to verify that the ISO is indeed a wave 3 now.

I myself haven’t tried this particular tutorial, I just placed it here from gathering bits and pieces online. I would urge you to do this as a last resort and remember not to play these modified / downgraded to wave 3 games on Live.

So… Microsoft just recently went through a wave of banning a small percentage of modded Xbox 360′s from Xbox Live. After receiving feedback from several of my readers, whose consoles have been banned recently, I thought I would share some valuable information with the rest of my readers.

Here is some information about the XBox 360′s from the feedback I received:

Lite-On Drives A0A1
iXtreme 1.51

To the best of my knowledge, the games that were played were correctly stealth patched and not pre-releases of any major game titles.

So, my suggestion is, DO NOT play any backups on XBox Live. If you absolutely must play a game on Xbox Live, make sure that it is an original game. That is the best advice I can offer in regards to not being banned from Xbox Live. If anyone is questioning if it is possible to reverse the ban of a banned Xbox 360, I am here to inform you that as of today there is no way to reverse a ban.

The following information is for informational purposes only and may be considered illegal in some states or countries. Please use this information at your own risk and do not ask me for any help or further information.

A few friends of mine have successfully been able to obtain a new XBox 360 after theirs has been banned. What they did is go to K-Mart or Wal-Mart and purchased a new XBox 360. They then opened the box, took out the new 360 and replaced it with their banned one and then took it back to the store for a refund. The only thing that MUST be done to do this successfully is switch the serial numbers of the 2 XBox 360′s so that the banned one matches the serial number on the box and sometimes on the receipt as well.

Like I said above, I do not encourage this method, I do not endorse this method, I have never used this method but know that it works. Do this at your own risk, I will not be held responsible in case something bad happens to you for doing anything mentioned above.

Hopefully this post has been educational and I wish you all the best of luck with not getting banned from Xbox Live. Have a good weekend everyone.

At this time I’d like to welcome anyone that has a broken or damaged / non-working XBox 360 to send it to me. XBox 360′s I receive will be used for testing purposes, for releasing new software, etc…

If I receive enough working / non- working / damaged XBox 360′s I will try to get some of them to work by swapping parts from other systems. I hope to have some systems working by Christmas time and on Christmas day I will have a drawing that people can enter to win modded XBox 360′s and will include a little certificate listing every person that donates either a used one, a non-working one or just parts.

This is just me wanting to help out and give back during the holiday’s. Times are rough for a lot of people right now including me and it would be nice to be able to give back to the community.

I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their donations and promise that I wont let your donations go to waste. It’s for a good cause.

Please contact me for shipping details and any other questions you might have.

As many of you may have noticed, Wave 4 games have started surfacing and if you have a previously flashed Lite-On drive with iXtreme 1.51 or lower, you will not be able to play any Wave 4 games.

However, using iXtreme 1.6 together with a special Activation disk, you can play all of the new Wave 4 titles. I have personally tested this and it does work, playing a backup of Tekken 6 as I write this post. I have previously flashed drives for several of my readers, any drive I have previously flashed, was flashed with iXtreme 1.51.

For anyone that has had their drive flashed by me, I am offering a $25.00 firmware update and will also include the activation disk when shipping the drive back. For anyone that has not had their drive flashed by me, I am offering for a limited time a firmware upgrade with activation disk for $30.00. Contact me for instructions.

If you have a drive that has not been modded and would like to play backups then I will continue to offer my services for $50.00 per mod for all Lite-On A0A1, BenQ, and Hitachi Drives.

A second generation of Lite-On Drives has started surfacing, A0A2 83850C. These drives require a different procedure for flashing. I am charging $60.00 for modding these drives. Please check on your drive lid for your HWVer and FWVer.

Note: As of today any drives that are shipped to me for modding will be flashed using iXtreme 1.6. If you would like your drive modded please contact me for more information.

This tutorial should work no matter which operating system you are on, however I am writing it with more emphasis on how to do it on a Mac, since there isn’t any software that will help with backing up original Wii Games on a Mac.

The best thing about this Guide is that if your Wii has a mod chip installed and you have an SD card and a home network, then you wont have to spend any money on any additional hardware. So on to the guide.

Prerequisites:

  • Wii with a mod chip
  • Wii with Version 3.2 ( If your version is higher then 3.2 then you must downgrade )
  • Wii connected to your network
  • A Mac connected to your network
  • An SD Card ( Must be less then 2GB )

Required Software:

  • WiiOSx Tool - A custom application I developed to aid the process and make life easy. WiiOSx Tool will format your SD Card to the proper specifications, prepare your SD card to install the Homebrew Channel, prepare your SD card to install custom IOS and the Wii HTTP server. Finally, WiiOSx will make it easy to download your ISO. Go ahead and download WiiOSx Tool, install and launch it and then proceed to Step 1.NOTE: Only works on OS X 10.5 ( Leopard ) 

 

Step 1: Preparing Your SD Card

The first thing we need to do is prepare the SD card. We will need to format the SD card with FAT16 and then add the necessary applications to it. To do this follow the steps below:

Formatting Your SD Card:

Format SD Card

Format SD Card

  1. Launch WiiOSx Tool
  2. Click the Format SD Card Tab
  3. Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  4. Enter A New Name for your SD Card ( It can be the same name as the current card name )
  5. Click Format SD Card

Preparing the SD Card for Homebrew Channel Installation:

If you already have the Homebrew Channel installed, you can skip this part and go on to Step 2

BannerBomb Hack

BannerBomb Hack

  1. In WiiOSx Tool click on the BannerBomb Hack Tab
  2. Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  3. Choose a version from the Drop Down ( Start with the first and work your way down until one of them works )
  4. Make sure Erase Card is checked.
  5. Click Make BannerBomb SD Card
  6. Take the SD Card and put it into your Wii’s SD Card Slot
  7. Press (Wii), Data Management, Channels, SD. It should either pop up Load boot.dol/elf? or freeze. If it freezes then repeat steps 1 through 5 and choose a different version.
  8. Click Yes and Install Homebrew Channel

 

Step 2: Checking Your Wii’s Current Version

The first thing we need to do is check which menu version your Wii currently uses. To do this follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on your Wii
  2. On the bottom left hand corner of the Wii menu you should see the Wii Logo. Click on it
  3. Then Click on Settings
  4. On the top left corner of the screen you should see your version
  5. If your version is higher then 3.2 then continue to Step 3.
  6. If your version is 3.2 then continue to Step 5.

 

Step 3: Fixing Your Wii

This is a step you need to take if your version is above 3.2 before we begin, we need to prepare the SD Card with the necessary files. If you haven’t formatted your SD Card yet, then follow the beginning of the tutorial. If your SD card has been formatted already then all you need to do is as follows:

Additional Apps

Additional Apps

  • Launch WiiOSx Tool
  • Click on the Additional Apps Tab
  • Select your SD Card from the Drop Down
  • Make sure Erase Card is selected
  • Then click on Add Applications
  • Wait for it to finish and then insert your SD Card into the Wii’s SD Slot

Follow the steps below to Fix your Wii (This fix will enable WAD’s to run properly on your Wii)

  1. Update your Wii to the latest version. 
  2. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “WAD Manager”.
  3. Press “A” on the Wii Remote once. The Wii should detect a SD Card. Press “A” again to see a list of WADs on the SD Card. Use the “D-Pad” to select “IOS16-64-v257-prod.wad”. Press “+” to install the WAD. Once installed, press the “Home” button, to restart you Wii.
  4. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Custom Manager”. Using the same method as in “Step 3″, install the “cIOS_Fix.wad”. Once installed, press the “Home” button, to restart you Wii.
  5. Using the ‘Homebrew Channel’, open ‘IOS Downgrader’. Just follow the instructions on the screen and wait until it finishes installing the necessary IOSs.
  6. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Install Shop IOS51″. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “IOS51″, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the IOS Patch, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “No”, and DO NOT install the “Wii Shop Channel”.
  7. Using the ‘Homebrew Channel’, open ‘WAD Manager ’. Install ‘WAD MANAGER 1.3’. 
  8. The Wii is now able to install WADs and Homebrew Apps should work properly now. 

 

Step 4: Downgrading Your Wii To 3.2

  1. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Firmware Downgrader”.
  2. Press the ‘A’ button on the Wii Remote. You should be presented with a list of different firmware versions. Select and press ‘A’ on one of the following:
    - 3.2J = Japan Firmware
    - 3.2U = American Firmware
    - 3.2E = Europe Firmware
  3. Press the “Home” button on the Wii Remote to restart the Wii. 
  4. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Install Shop IOS51″.
  5. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “IOS51″, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the IOS Patch, by pressing “A”. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install the “Wii Shop Channel”
  6. Using “The Homebrew Channel”, open “Mii Channel Updater”.
  7. Use the “D-Pad” to select “Yes”, and install “Updated Mii Channel”, by pressing “A”.
  8. You are now on the Wii Firmware 3.2X and can use the Mii Channel and Shop Channel. 

 

Step 5: Installing cIOS249

  1. Start the Homebrew Channel
  2.  Launch the Custom IOS249 Installer. 
  3. It should only take a few seconds before the IOS is installed.

 

Step 6: Starting The HTTPD Server

  1. Start the Homebrew Channel
  2. Launch the WiiHTTP Dumper
  3. Once it loads, it will connect to your network, and display the IP address of the Wii.
  4. Insert the Wii Game that you want to backup!

 

Step 7: Downloading Your ISO

  1. Launch WiiOSx Tool
  2. Click on the ISO Tab
  3. Type the Wii IP Address that is displayed from the HTTPD server into the Wii IP Address box
  4. Click on Save ISO To, to select a location to save your ISO to.
  5. Select the type of ISO you are creating, the choices are do-wii-sl.iso (Wii Single Layer Disc), do-wii-dl.iso (Wii Dual Layer Disc), do-gamecube.gcm (Game Cube Disc).
  6. Click Save ISO, the process can take anywhere from 1.5 to 5 hrs. depending on your connection speed.
WiiOSx Tool - ISO

WiiOSx Tool - ISO

 

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So, here’s what you do, from the Main Menu go to Extras and then go to the Skin Manager. Towards the bottom you should see Pre-Order Code. On the XBOX 360 it’s Y it may be different for the PS3, PC, and Mac.

Once you click on Pre-Order Code you’ll be presented with another screen to type in the code. The code to type in is:

525858542

This code will enable 2 additional skins, the original Prince skin from Prince of Persia: Sands Of Time and a new outfit for Princess Elika.

I’ve tested this code on the XBOX 360 if anyone has tried this code on any other system please leave a comment to let the readers know if it works on other systems as well.

 

Prince of Persia Skin Manager

Prince of Persia Skin Manager