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Wave 4 to Wave 3 Tutorial & Software Mac & Windows

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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.

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68 Responses to “Wave 4 to Wave 3 Tutorial & Software Mac & Windows”
  1. Chris says:

    Glad to hear it.

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  2. Katim says:

    HI chris can you help me trying to convert a wave 4 to wave if the disc is already burned? thx in advance :D

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  3. Chris says:

    Katim,

    I’m not sure if this method will work or not but you can try the following. I’m also assuming that you are using a Mac. Insert the disc into your burner.

    Open up a Terminal Window ( Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal )

    Type the following command “dd if=/dev/DVDDRIVE of=/gamename.iso” without quotes where DVDDRIVE is the path to your dvd drive such as sd1, sda, etc… and gamename.iso is the name you want the iso to be.

    When that’s done you can follow the rest of the tutorial for converting from wave 4 to wave 3 and then re-burn the game.

    I haven’t tried this method and therefore cannot guarantee that it works. Your best bet is to get the original ISO back from wherever you got it from and do the conversion before you burn it.

    Chris

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  4. mikey™ says:

    Hej!

    This app is intel macs only, right?

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  5. Chris says:

    mikey,

    Yup, only for Intel Macs

    Chris

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  6. Robert says:

    Hey chris

    i have a stupid quastion, how do you exactly do to verify with abgx360 that it´s a wave 3

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  7. Robert says:

    please answear how to verify that the iso is wave3 with abgx360

    thnx in advance

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  8. Chris says:

    Robert,

    When you run your ISO file through abgx360 the software will tell you in the terminal screen what wave the ISO is.

    Chris

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  9. dannyput says:

    hi cris when i try to burn a iso file i get :
    Unable to automatically determine image type
    do you know what this is?

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  10. Lenny says:

    What about wave 5 ISO ‘s for macs?

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  11. Invisiblekid says:

    Using the abgx360 only method on iMac.

    Blur worked %100 fine following the guide.

    But tried Red Dead Revolver I got “Play DVD”. This is not uncommon anyways, but tried Dans method mentioned on the 1st page of comments and it worked perfectly, so make of that what you will.

    So super thanks to both Dan and Chris.

    BTW, didn’t like Blur. Come on Bizarre, bring back Project Gotham!

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  12. Chris says:

    Invisiblekid,

    Glad you got it working, I agree with you on Blur, it sucks. I think Forza is awesome.

    Chris

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  13. Chris says:

    dannyput,

    Which software are you using?

    Chris

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  14. Chris says:

    Lenny,

    I have not had a chance to test Wave 5 yet.

    Chris

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  15. hilfigers says:

    Chris!

    I’ll always got “The Installation Failed” messega, every time I try to install abgx360-1.0.1.mpkg.
    os X 10.6.4 macbook core2 2.4

    Can u help me out?

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  16. Chris says:

    hilfigers,

    There may be a newer version of abgx360 out then the download I am providing here, if you go to abgx360.net you should be able to find it.

    Let me know if you need any help.

    Chris

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  17. hilfigers says:

    I got it! Thank You!

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  18. jeasky says:

    hi man i can’t find the pfi file in my pack from prototype 2. what do i have to do?

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