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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, 1,792 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, 2,904 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’s been a while since I’ve put up a tutorial regarding anything dealing with XBox360. There is a reason for that… Quite simply, God of War III came out on the PS3 as well as Gran Turismo 5 so I had no choice but to ditch the 360 and get a PS3. In my opinion it was a good move. I don’t want to make this post about comparing the 360 to the PS3, so with that in mind, I would like to post up a quick tutorial on how to burn Xbox 360 backups using a new app I developed called isoBurn. isoBurn, simply put is an app that burns ISO’s and DMG’s for the Mac. It is the only app that I am aware of that can correctly burn backups of 360 games using native Mac OS X API’s, better yet, I have tested this app on OS X 10.7 (Lion) the next release of Apple’s operating system and it works flawlessly.

Tools you will need for a successful Burn:

  • isoBurn 1.0 (Available at the Mac App Store – Link) NOTE: As of 10/4/2011, Version 1.2 has been submitted to the Mac App Store with support for XGD3
  • abgx360 for Mac (Available on the abgx website – Mirror 1)
  • Blank Dual Layer Verbatim Media (All the others suck in my opinion and will not constantly burn a working game)
  • A Mac running at least OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • A good DVD burner. The ones that come with the Mac’s are not the best and you would be better off with a good external burner.
  • A backup of a 360 game that you would like to burn
  • A modded Xbox360 running firmware iXtreme LT + for best compatibility

Ok, so now that you’ve got everything you need, fire up abgx360. We use abgx360 to verify the ISO and make sure that everything is properly patched and to generate a .dvd file if there isn’t one already. At the end of the tutorial I will cover briefly how you can use isoBurn to verify your disc to ensure that it has been burned properly. This is a good way to check some discs that you may have burned previously that don’t work, at least you will be able to know why they don’t work.

Verify your ISO with abgx360:

Open abgx360 and then open up your ISO file of the game by clicking on the blue folder icon to the right of the text input field. You should have something similar to the below illustration.

Now click on the AutoFix tab and copy the settings below.

When you have everything set correctly you can click on the blue Launch button at the very bottom it should turn green when you hover over it with your mouse.

After clicking on the Launch button, a Terminal window should open and you should start seeing a bunch of text similar to the below. DO NOT INTERRUPT THIS PROCESS. Let it do its thing.

Notice the lines in Red, the game I am working with has a blank DMI, a blank PFI and my Stealth check has failed. These are all bad things and fortunately are all things that abgx360 will fix for us.

You will notice that towards the bottom you’ll see some nice green lines of text. PFI, DMI, Video and Stealth have all been fixed, now it just needs to verify the CRC of the ISO. Let it finish, be patient this could take a few minutes. Finally we know that the program has finished when we see the line AutoFix was successful!

You can now close the Terminal and abx360. We can now move on to burn our game using isoBurn… Do me favor, when you get a chance, please rate isoBurn on the Mac App Store.

 

Burn your ISO with isoBurn:

Go ahead and open up isoBurn, if you haven’t downloaded it yet you can get it here from the Mac App Store. The interface of isoBurn is pretty simplistic which makes it a very easy tool to work with.

Opening isoBurn should present you with an interface as shown below:

Let’s quickly go over the interface. The big square on the top left is where you drag your ISO or DVD file into. Tip: If you drag your DVD file into the square, isoBurn will automatically set the correct layer break for you. If you drag in the ISO you have to set the layer break manually. To the right of the square you have File Name, File Type and File Size, these should all be obvious.

The Drive drop down will allow you to choose which burner you want to use if you have more then one. The speed allows you to select your burn speed, which should be 2x. isoBurn displays some general information about your chosen burner below the drive selection and speed pop ups. There is also a button that allows you to eject your disc if you need to.

The last section of the Burn interface is Burn Settings, this is where you would manually set your layer break if you used the ISO instead of the DVD file. From here you have the option of selecting to eject the disc or mount the disc after burn. Last but not least, we have the Burn button, when you’re ready to burn, click it. Now for the tutorial with a few screen shots.

With isoBurn opened, drag your DVD or ISO onto the big square on the left hand side, you will know that it worked when isoBurn shows you the File Name, File Type and File size of your image. See the screenshot below for an example:

If you used the DVD file you should have noticed that the layer break was automatically set for you, please reference the screen shot above.

If you used the ISO file you will need to enter the layer break manually, the proper layer break is 1913760. You should enter this into the layer break text field under Burn Settings.

Select your burner if you have more then one.

Select the Burn speed, IMPORTANT: Do not burn faster then 2x, it does not produce consistent results and may very well leave you with coasters.

Click the burn button. Wait about 45 minutes and your game should be ready.

 

Verify your burned disc with isoBurn:

isoBurn, is not just an ISO / DMG image burner but is also a tool that can provide you with useful information about any of your discs. One thing I’ve noticed with coasters is that for the most part, either the layer break was incorrect or the session was not properly closed. isoBurn can verify this for you, with the Media Info tab.

With isoBurn opened, go ahead and click on the Media Info Tab and put a burned 360 game in your burner. isoBurn will immediately analyze the disc and give you a few important pieces of information. See screen shots below for a game that has been correctly burned and one that will never play in a 360.

Screen Shot A

Screen Shot B

If you’ll notice on screen shot A, the key pieces of information are the layer break, Sessions and Appendable. A correct layer break should be 1913760 and there should be 1 session and Appendable should be No.

Now if you’ll look at screen shot B, you’ll notice that the Appendable is set to yes and that there is no session. This is an example of a disc that will never play on a 360.

This feature adds a valuable troubleshooting ability to your tool set. This will allow you to rule out if there is anything wrong with the burn itself or if there is another issue. How many times have you asked yourself after a burn and finding out that it doesn’t play if its because of a bad burn or because of outdated firmware that doesn’t support Wave ‘X’

Well with this tool at least you will know that the layer break is correct and that the session is closed and if abgx360 verified before you burned then there must be an issue with your 360 or the firmware you are using.

Please don’t forget to rate isoBurn on the Mac App Store, it only takes a minute, do it while your waiting for a burn to finish :)

Tutorial Disclaimer: This tutorial or the software isoBurn does not claim that it is able to produce working backups of Xbox360 games. This tutorial is only based from my own experiences and does not guarantee results. Use this tutorial and isoBurn at your own risk.

Legal Disclaimer: Copying or downloading games that you have not legally purchased or own is illegal in all countries. This violates not only laws in your own country, but international copyright laws as well. The purpose of this turoial is for making backup copies of games that you legally own. Software piracy is illegal carries a huge penalty if convicted, is ethically wrong, and hurts the game companies. Support the game developers by purchasing the games you play. You wouldn’t work for free would you? I am offering a SERVICE to those who cannot make backups of the games they legally own. Chris Fletcher is not affiliated with ANY of the companies, Microsoft, Xbox 360 or any others.

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.

Requirements:
- Mac OS X 10.4 or later
- Intel Processor
- Dual Layer DVD Burner

Installation:

So today I have decided to release the an Alpha Version of ISOx360. You can download it from my projects page.

ISOx360 makes burning XBOX 360 games on your Mac just about as simple as it can get. Simply download ISOx360 and extract the .dmg then open the .dmg and drag ISOx360 to your Applications folder to install. Once installed you can launch ISOx360 and you should be presented with a screen similar to the illustration to the left.

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UPDATE 6/23/2011 – isoBurn has been submitted to the Mac App Store, to read more about it and see some screen shots please visit http://empoc.com/isoburn

OSx360 probably the only application that is available for Mac that can properly burn XBOX 360 games. It seems as though the developer has abandoned the project. I have checked the developers website and a few forums where he interacted with a few people that had issues with OSx360.

I’ve tried to contact him to see if he would release the source code to the application so that I could continue development and work out all of the bugs, including the ability to verify stealth on the newer released games. However, I have not been able to make any contact so I will be developing a new burning application for Mac OS X that will burn XBOX 360 games.

I’d like to ask my readers to please leave me comments with feature requests, etc…

In the meantime, OSx360 will still properly burn XBOX 360 games even if stealth is not verified. What I would suggest is this, use abgx360 to verify the ISO to ensure it has been properly patched. You can follow my tutorial on how to do that by clicking the link here. http://chris-fletcher.com/2009/06/07/how-to-stealth-patch-xbox-360-games-on-a-mac/

After you’ve finished with abgx360 and everything appears to look good, you can proceed to open OSx360. Follow my tutorial by clicking the link below on how to burn XBOX 360 games using OSx360.

http://chris-fletcher.com/2009/06/05/how-to-burn-xbox-360-games-on-a-mac/

You’ll want to follow the tutorial step by step, here’s the exception, If everything checked out fine in abgx360 but you are seeing stealth not verified in OSx360 then you must make a minor change to the configuration.

  • Configuration
  • Burn Options Pane
  • Uncheck Require Stealth Verification

 

OSx360 - Configuration - Uncheck Stealth

OSx360 - Configuration - Uncheck Stealth

After you’ve made the configuration changes you can proceed to burn your game. I have been able to this without any problems, but don’t blame me if this ends up producing coasters for you.

Just wanted to mention again that I will be developing a new burning application for Mac OS X to burn XBOX 360 games and urge anyone reading this blog to submit any type feature requests.

The goal of the application will be to mimic OSx360 in that you can open an ISO it will verify stealth, dmi, pfi, etc… and allow you to burn the game. I’d like to try and keep it as simple as possible but will consider all feature requests.

That’s it and thanks for reading.

This is a tutorial on How To Stealth Path your XBOX 360 games on a Mac. After much searching on google I have had a really difficult time finding anything to help me stealth patch XBOX 360 games on Mac that I’ve downloaded from the internet.

OSx360 Stealth Not Verified

OSx360 Stealth Not Verified

 

So this is sort of a follow up tutorial for How To Burn your XBOX 360 games on a mac. If you’ve opened OSx360 and the Stealth verification failed then you can’t burn the game and even if you could, you probably wouldn’t be able to play it in your XBOX 360 console.

This tutorial will explain in detail what you should do if Stealth doesn’t pass verification in OSx360. First you must download an application. The application we will need is called abx360, you can google for it or download it below. This application will fix an unverified stealth patch. ( Most of the time )

Download and install abgx360. Once it’s installed, open the application and then open up your ISO file of the game that didn’t pass the Stealth verification by clicking on the blue folder icon to the right of the text input field. You should have something similar to the below illustration.

abgx360 Open

abgx360 Open

Now click on the AutoFix tab and copy the settings below.

abgx360 AutoFix Tab

abgx360 AutoFix Tab

 

When you have everything set correctly you can click on the blue Launch button at the very bottom it should turn green when you hover over it with your mouse.

abgx360 Launch

abgx360 Launch

 

After clicking on the Launch button, a Terminal window should open and you should start seeing a bunch of text similar to the below. DO NOT INTERRUPT THIS PROCESS. Let it do its thing.

Notice the lines in Red, the game I am working with has a blank DMI, a blank PFI and my Stealth check has failed. These are all bad things and fortunately are all things that abgx360 will fix for us.

abgx360 Terminal

abgx360 Terminal

 

 You will notice that towards the bottom you’ll see some nice green lines of text. PFI, DMI, Video and Stealth have all been fixed, now it just needs to verify the CRC of the ISO. Let it finish, be patient this could take a few minutes. Finally we know that the program has finished when we see the line AutoFix was successful!

You can now close the Terminal and abx360. Now you can follow my tutorial on how to burn your XBOX 360 games on a mac using OSx360 and when the Verify screen pops up you should see something similar to the following.

OSx360 After ISO is fixed

OSx360 After ISO is fixed

Everything looks good, Stealth Check has passed, PFI and SS Sector Data are Valid, DMI is Valid and all is right with the world. Now go ahead and burn your game and enjoy.

Hopefully I’m not repeating what someone else has already done but like I said, I have not been able to find a good / if any tutorial on the internet. Please let me know if I missed something or you have some questions or need some help.

UPDATE: 6/21/2011 – I am in the process of finishing the development of ISO Burn which will be available on the Mac App Store hopefully sometime mid-July. Once the app becomes available I will add a new tutorial on how to burn XBOX 360 Games on a Mac using ISO Burn. To stay current, be sure to subscribe to my RSS feed.

UPDATE 6/23/2011 – isoBurn has been submitted to the Mac App Store, to read more about it and see some screen shots please visit http://empoc.com/isoburn

Burning XBOX 360 Games On A Mac is relatively simple. All you need is the ISO of the game and the right software and you’re on your way to burning 360 games on your Mac.

This application is pretty much automated and handles much of the work for you. You could probably figure out on your own how to use this application to burn your games but I’ll give you a quick walk through just in case.

Once you’re done downloading, extract the file and place OSx360 into your applications folder. Now launch OSx360 from your applications folder. You should see something like this:

OSx360 Open

OSx360 Open

 

Once this screen pops up, you’ll need to drag your ISO ( game image ) to the big question mark. After you drag the image to the question mark it will verify the image and you’ll see a screen similar to this one.

OSx360 Verify

OSx360 Verify

 

What you need to pay attention to here is making sure that everything is Valid and Everything has passed especially stealth. If you’ve downloaded an ISO that doesn’t have the stealth patch, don’t burn it or you will get banned from XBOX Live. Everything should look similar to the illustration above.

NOTE: If your ISO didn’t pass / validate everything then follow my tutorial for how to stealth patch your ISO here or everything seems to look good and the burn button doesn’t seem to do anything, then first if the extension is not ISO then you must rename it to .iso and then follow my tutorial on how to stealth patch your game. http://chris-fletcher.com/2009/06/07/how-to-stealth-patch-xbox-360-games-on-a-mac/

If everything looks good then go ahead and click on the Configuration button on the top right hand side of the application. You can mirror the configuration below. Once you’ve set your configuration settings you can close the configuration dialog.

OSx360 Configuration

OSx360 Configuration

 

If you haven’t done so already, go ahead and insert your blank DVD+R DL disc you might get the following popup, if you do just click on ignore and proceed to the next step.

Finder Inserted a blank DVD

Finder Inserted a blank DVD

 

Now you can click on the Burn button, you should get a screen similar to the below. Click burn and be patient as it takes a while to burn a dual layer DVD. I always burn at 4x and the discs turn out just fine. On a side note, I am using Memorex DVD+R DL discs and they haven’t left me hanging yet. You can pick up a pack of 15 at Wal-Mart for $20.00.

OSx360 Burn

OSx360 Burn

 

When the burn has completed the disc usually auto mounts and opens DVD player instructing you to eject the disc and put it into the XBOX 360. Do as it says and enjoy your game :)

I’m hoping that you’ve enjoyed the tutorial and as always if there’s anything I’ve left out or anything that you don’t understand, feel free to leave me a comment. Happy Burning

UPDATE: 6/21/2011 – I am in the process of finishing the development of ISO Burn which will be available on the Mac App Store hopefully sometime mid-July. Once the app becomes available I will add a new tutorial on how to burn XBOX 360 Games on a Mac using ISO Burn. To stay current, be sure to subscribe to my RSS feed.

So I went out and bought an XBOX 360 the other day and the first think I did after opening the box of course, is, I took it apart to have a look at the guts. I purchased the Arcade version of the 360 which came with a Lite-On DVD drive, and so the search began.

Being new to the whole XBOX community I had no idea how to go about modding it so that I can play backup’s and the tutorials on the internet are not very descriptive for a new comer. So I found a few sites with some good information and found all the tools I needed after hours of searching.

So now I’d like to give back to the community and write a very simple easy to understand tutorial, as well as providing you with all of the necessary tools and show you how to flash mod the xbox 360 to play copied games. It should be noted that this is an xbox 360 liteon drive mod and wont work for any of the other DVD drives.

This mod is considered a soft mod for the XBOX 360 and will allow you to mod the xbox 360 without a mod chip. This is done by flashing the firmware of your xbox 360 dvd-drive.

Required Software:

  • ixtreme_15.rar – Download this file, it has everything we need in it. Thanks to ixtreme we can save ourselves a lot of time.

Required Hardware:

  • A PC with an available SATA port as well as a COM ( DB-9 / Serial ) port.
  • TX Probe, Scroll down for a schematic on how to build one, or pay me $20.00 and I’ll send you one.

Prerequisites:

  • Disassemble the XBOX 360 and take out the DVD Drive – Look for a tutorial on YouTube

There are 4 Steps to this tutorial, they are:

  1. Building The TX Probe ( approximately 30 min. depending on experience )
  2. Preparing Your XBOX 360 DVD Drive ( approximately 15 min. depending on experience )
  3. Key Dumping ( approximately 5 min. depending on experience )
  4. Flashing ( approximately 5 min. depending on experience )

Total Time:

  • Disassemble XBOX 360 — 30 min
  • Follow My Tutorial — 55 min
  • Reassemble XBOX 360 — 20 min
  • Playing Any Game You Want — Timeless !! :)

Building The TX Probe:

For your convenience I have hyperlinked all the parts back to their respective Radio Shack links.

TX Probe Schematic

TX Probe Schematic

Parts List:

Tools List:

Optional ( To Make It Look Nice ):

  • Enclosure
  • PC Board

(All of these parts should be readily available at Radio Shack)

Note: Don’t want to build one yourself ? or can’t seem to do it right ? Purchase one from me. I’m selling them for $40.00 each.

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Preparing The XBOX 360 DVD Drive:

Before we can do anything else we need to make sure that the XBOX 360′s DVD drive is half open. To do this push the eject button on the XBOX and after the drive is fully open remove the connection cable from the back of the drive and then push the tray until it is half open. DO NOT RECONNECT THE CABLE YET.

Before we reconnect the cable we need to remove pin 3. This pin controls the opening / closing of the tray. With this pin removed the XBOX will not be able to eject or close the drive tray.

Now that we have the DVD drive set the way we want we can move on to the next step.

Key Dumping:

Connect your XBOX 360′s DVD drive via the SATA cable to your computers SATA port and power on your drive. If you are powering your drive from the XBOX 360, then make sure that you removed Pin 3 from the connection cable before turning the 360 on.

Back of DVD Drive

Assuming that you’ve already downloaded ixtreme_1.5.rar we can move right along and open up jungleflasher.exe which you can find in the JungleFlasher .26 BETA folder within the folder that has the extracted contents of ixtreme_1.5.rar

Probing TX Point

Probing TX Point

  • Go to the DVDKey32 tab and go through the I/O ports until you see the info for your liteon drive under drive properties.
  • Make sure your drive is ejected and pushed in half way. Select your COM port, connect your TX Probe and probe to the Tx (R707) point while pressing the Get Key Button.
  • Save all the files to a folder

Note: If you get an error saying your hardware isn’t working. check over the adapter make sure everything is correct. try testing it with a multimeter. If all else fails, you may need to buy/build a “proper” max232/max3232 adapter.

If the above step worked, dump the key another two times just to be sure you get the same key! and SAVE ALL THE BIN FILES TO A DISK OR USB STICKTHIS IS YOUR BACKUP LIFELINE.

  • Go to the FirmwareTool32 tab and click Load From Dump Files.
  • Select the files you saved previously, and chose where to save the dummy.bin
  • Click Open Target Firmware and select ix15-liteon.bin which you extracted from ixtreme_1.5.rar. It should show YOUR KEY in the box
  • Press Spoof Source to Target and save your CFW.bin

You should now have the keys dumped, and your new firmware spoofed. We can now proceed to the next and final step.

Flashing:

Now that we have everything prepared, we can flash the firmware of the DVD drive. Up until now we have not modified anything on the DVD drive. If you want you can put your XBOX 360 back together right now and it will still work.

Although its almost impossible to brick your drive with this method, there’s still that 1% chance that something can go wrong. Please know that I am not responsible for what happens to your 360. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself then scroll down to the bottom and read my instructions for sending me your XBOX 360 so that I can do the mod for you.

  • Turn your DVD drive off and then back on, then go to the MTK Flash 32 tab. select the sata port which displays the info for your liteon.
  • Press Lite-On-Erase.
  • Once you see the “…” quickly turn your drive off and back on.
  • When that’s finished it should display xx72 and some flash information. this means your drive is ready to be flashed!
  • Click the Write button. It should flash and verify all 4 sectors. if all goes well you are done!

Hopefully just as with my other tutorials, you have enjoyed this one or at least found it useful or helpful. Well as always if I left something out or there’s something I could simplify then leave me a comment and I’d be happy to edit the tutorial.

Purchase TX Probe:

$40.00 is all it will cost you, the TX Probe is required for Flashing Lite-On DVD drives since the drives keys need to be dumped and spoofed.

Just click the Add To Cart Button and checkout. [wp_eStore:product_id:5:end]

Purchase XBOX 360 Mod:

$50.00 Flat Fee To Mod ANY Version of the XBOX 360

Price Includes, MODDING of 360′s DVD Drive, CD containing your DVD Drives Orginal Firmware, Key, Identify and Inquiry .bin files, and one (1) backup game of your choice!

NOTE: Your Xbox360 will have to be opened to apply the hack which WILL VOID your Warranty if you have one, or you can take the Warranty sticker off under the faceplate (some are small and silver, others are a big white/green square)

I offer no compensation or guarantee for you voiding your warranty while trying to take it off, by getting me to mod your console you accept that your warranty(If still valid and not removed) WILL BE VOIDED!

How To Order:

Leave me a comment with your e-mail address and I’ll send you a payment link with a ship to address and instructions.

XBOX 360 Modding FAQ:

Q: Can my 360 be flashed back to its original unmodded state?
A: YES! When you get your 360 flashed by me, I will give you a CD which contains the DVD drives original Firmware for that very reason! Please keep the CD safe and don’t lose it.

Q: Do you offer a guarantee or replace my 360 if you break it?
A: No I offer no guarantee, but if your 360 gets messed up while flashing, I will replace it free of charge.

Q: Once my xbox 360 is modded, is there any way I can accidentally brick, break or ruin my xbox 360 or the MOD(or hack) will mess up or ruin my xbox 360?
A: NO. The MOD (or hack) is applied to the DVD drive itself, nothing inside the 360(Mainboard, CPU, GPU, etc) is touched. The MOD is a “Firmware” hack and its physically impossible for it to ruin/brick/mess up your Xbox 360.

Q: Can I play on Xbox LIVE without getting banned?
A: YES! The latest hacked firmware (iXtreme 1.51) offers excellent protection from getting banned from Xbox LIVE. There is always a risk of getting banned, but the chances are very low. You can safely play Wave 3 games now without worry of being banned! There is always a risk of getting banned, but the chances are very low. You can only be banned from playing an improperly burned game or someone who is inexperienced and flashed your xbox wrong.

Q: Do you offer compensation if I get banned from Xbox LIVE?
A: NO. I offer no guarantee/compensation of ANY kind if you get banned from XB LIVE.

Q: Is this LEGAL?
A: YES. Having backups of games is LEGAL if you own the original copy. See legal Disclaimer below…

Legal Disclaimer-

Copying or downloading games that you have not legally purchased or own is illegal in all countries. This violates not only laws in your own country, but international copyright laws as well. The purpose of the firmware hack is for making backup copies of games that you legally own. Software piracy is illegal carries a huge penalty if convicted, is ethically wrong, and hurts the game companies. Support the game developers by purchasing the games you play. You wouldn’t work for free would you? I am offering a SERVICE to those who cannot make backups of the games they legally own. I am not charging money for the game, but for materials, wear and tear on our dvd burners and for making the backup. Chris Fletcher is not affiliated with ANY of the companies, Microsoft, Xbox 360 or any others.