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At the request of one of my readers, I am making a short tutorial on how to burn activate.iso on Mac OS X. This is a fairly simple process, however I will cover it in as much detail as possible.

Tools Needed:

The activate.iso file ( Download )
Disk Utility (  Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility )
A Blank Dual Layer DVD

The Tutorial:

Download the activate.iso file from the above list of tools. Once downloaded, you need to extract it, since it will be in a compressed zip format.

Open Disk Utility ( Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility ) – you should see a screen similar to the below

Disk Utility

Disk Utility

Click on Burn, you will see a browse window similar to the image below, browse to the location where you downloaded and extracted the activate.iso file. Highlight activate.iso, then click on Burn.

Disk Utility - Browse

Disk Utility - Browse

After clicking on Burn, the browse dialog will disappear and you will see a new window, similar to the following image. At this point you will need to insert your disk. When Disk Utility recognizes that a blank dual layer disk has been inserted, it will enable the Burn button. All you need to do now is click Burn.

Disk Utility - Burn

Disk Utility - Burn

After the burn has completed you will most likely need to reboot your Mac to remove the disk since for me anyway OS X did not recognize that there was a disk in the drive after the burn completed and therefore did not let me eject the disk while I was in the operating system. So what you need to do is reboot your Mac and eject the disk using the eject button before your Mac boots back up completely.

So that’s it for the tutorial, nothing special, just use good old Disk Utility to burn and you’re all set.

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.