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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.

So if you used to be or are still an avid Windows user and are trying to take a screen shot on a Mac, then you are probably a little lost because you can’t find the Print Screen Key…

Well luckily for you there is this tutorial that will show you not only 1 but 3 different ways to take screen shots with a Mac.

  • Shift + Command + 3 – This combination will capture the entire desktop and save it as a file on your desktop as picture(number)
  • Shift + Command + 4 – This combination will turn your mouse pointer into a cross and allow you to click and drag a box around the area that you would like to capture. After you let go of the mouse button an image will be saved to the desktop as picture(number). If you are not happy with your selection or you would like your mouse pointer back, just press the Esc key on your keyboard .
  • Shift + Command + 4 then press spacebar - This will allow you to select which window you would like to capture and again will save a file to your desktop as picture(number).

In my opinion, I think that Apple has once again proven their innovation by being simplistic.

I recently ran into a situation where I ended up with a folder of VOB, IFO, etc… files. Naturally you should just be able to open Toast, click on VIDEO_TS folders and drag the VIDEO_TS folder into Toast, but what happens when Toast tells you that it can’t burn because the files are CSS encrypted ???

The solution is quite simple actually. You’ll need to applications for this ( Do a Google Search ):

  • Toast
  • Mac The Ripper

Once you have downloaded and installed these 2 applications, you can follow the simple step by step tutorial below ( Note: If you are already familiar with these applications then you can skip to the very bottom for a quicker tutorial ):

Creating A Disc Image Using Toast

 

 

Open Toast, and select DVD-ROM (UDF) under the Data Disc Tab, see the image below ( Depending on the version of Toast you have installed your screen may look different from mine )

Toast 9 Titanium

Toast 9 Titanium

 

 

Drag the VIDEO_TS folder into the big empty white space, make sure that the folder is named VIDEO_TS and that all of the VOB / IFO / BUP files are contained within this folder. You should now have something that looks similar to the image below.

Toast 9 Titanium with VIDEO_TS folder

Toast 9 Titanium with VIDEO_TS folder

 

Moving right along, Click  on Save As Disc Image  in the bottom right hand corner. As illustrated below.

Toast 9 Titanium Save As Disc Image

Toast 9 Titanium Save As Disc Image

 

You should see a box pop up similar to the one below. Again depended on which version of Toast you are using. Pick a location and give it a name, then click Save. I always like to save directly to the desktop. Makes it easy to find :)

Toast Titanium 9 Save As Disc Image

Toast Titanium 9 Save As Disc Image

 

 

You will be presented with a window similar to the one below, showing you the progress of writing the Disc Image. Once the writing has completed, you should have a new image file.

Toast 9 Titanium Writing Disc Image

Toast 9 Titanium Writing Disc Image

 

Open up this new image file by double-clicking it. This should bring up Toast and you should have something that looks similar to the image below. ( Again please keep in mind that you might see something different here depending on the version of Toast you have ) 

Toast 9 Titanium With Image Mounted

Toast 9 Titanium With Image Mounted

 

Note: Once I double clicked on my image file, Toast opened up and automatically mounted the image as a DVD and as soon as that happened DVD Player launched and started playing. If this happens, just close out of DVD player.

For now we are done with Toast, now we need our other application, Mac The Ripper.

 

Decrypting With Mac The Ripper

 

Open up Mac The Ripper if you did everything right you should see a something similar to the image below. Notice that at the top it tells you your disc size and underneath that it should say FULL DISC EXTRACTION. You can play with the settings, I usually just leave all the defaults. Click on Go

Mac The Ripper

Mac The Ripper

 

 

Mac The Ripper will create a new folder with the name of your Disc Image on the Desktop ( That’s a default setting and that’s where the folder will be unless you’ve changed the setting ). When Mac The Ripper completes the Extraction process you should see 2 folders inside the folder it created. You’ll see a VIDEO_TS and an AUDIO_TS. All we care about is the VIDEO_TS folder. You can now close Mac The Ripper, we’re done with that.

 

Burning With Toast

 

Alright, let’s do a recap. So far, we’ve dragged our encrypted VIDEO_TS folder into Toast, Created a DVD-ROM UDF Disc Image. We then mounted this disc image as a DVD and decrypted it using Mac The Ripper. We are now left with a folder on our desktop with the name of our Disc Image file that has a VIDEO_TS folder inside of it. 

We now need to use Toast to Burn this VIDEO_TS folder to a DVD. This is a pretty straight forward process and shouldn’t need to be explained in great detail, however since I’m nice, I’ll do it anyway.

Open Toast and click on the Video Tab, then click on VIDEO_TS Folders as illustrated in the image below

Toast 9 Titanium VIDEO_TS folders

Toast 9 Titanium VIDEO_TS folders

 

 

Drag the VIDEO_TS folder that was created by Mac The Ripper where it says Drag VIDEO_TS folders into this area. Once you’ve done that, click on the Big Red Circle to Burn the DVD

That’s it, wait for the DVD to finish burning and put it into your DVD player to watch and enjoy.

 

Quick Tutorial

For those of you who are already familiar with the software and just want to know the steps you need to take then you can follow this quick tutorial.

  1. Open Toast
  2. Select Data Disc -> DVD-ROM (UDF)
  3. Drag VIDEO_TS files into Toast
  4. Click Save As Disc Image
  5. Mount Disc Image
  6. Open Mac The Ripper
  7. Click Go
  8. Open Toast
  9. Select Video -> VIDEO_TS Folders
  10. Drag Newly Created VIDEO_TS files into Toast
  11. Burn, Wait, Eject, Insert, Enjoy

 

Hopefully this tutorial was useful to someone out there. I would hate to think that I’ve wasted my time putting this together just to improve my typing skills. As always, comments are welcome as well as donations :)

Here’s a good way to get discounts from Apple. I am listing a few links here. Just accept the agreement and check out the discounts you can get.

Just as an example, using one of the links above, you can get a MacBook starting at $939.00 vs. going to http://store.apple.com and getting it for $999.00. Hey $60.00 saved is an extra $60.00 in your pocket.

By now you should get the general idea. This information is listed for informational purposes only. You should adhere to Apple’s Employee Purchase Program and only accept the terms if you meet the criteria.

Just thought I’d share some knowledge with all the Apple Fans :)

As a computer technician I have had a lot of people bring in virus and spyware infected PC’s and they all seem to have 1 thing in common… Limewire.

Here is the deal with Limewire, it is a free P2P sharing program, what this means is that everyone in the world that has music, movies, games, etc… on their home computer can use Limewire to share their files with the rest of the world. In a perfect world this should be safe, but there are lots of people out there that infect files that they are sharing with viruses and spyware. So Limewire is just not safe, furthermore, most ISP’s are now monitoring the ports that these P2P programs are running on, so if you are sharing something that is copyrighted then you could be banned from your ISP.

Doesn’t sound like its worth all the hassle to me, thankfully there is an alternative and its not torrents. Let’s talk about binary newsgroups. I will share with you the tools and websites you can use to successfully download just about anything from movies to songs to games, etc…

The way downloading from binary newsgroups works is this:

  1. You need three things, a site to search for files, a server to download from and a newsreader that can open NZB files. Most if not all of these things cost money but you shouldn’t have to spend more then $20.00 / month to obtain everything needed to keep you downloading safe and not to mention fast.

There are 2 websites that you will need to sign up with in order to make this happen. They are listed below:

http://v3.newzbin.com – To search for binary files ( movies, music, shows, etc… )

  • Unfortunately at the time of this writing you can only sign up for an account with newzbin if you receive an invitation from another member. You are more then welcome to send me e-mails and / or comments and I will give out invitations at my discretion as they become available to me.

http://www.newsdemon.com – You will need to signup for this site.

  • Pricing at the time of this writing is $17.99 / month for unlimited downloads.

You will also need some sort of newsreader. Here are a few

  • http://www.panic.com/unison – This is a newsreader for Mac, they offer a trial download and after that expires you have to purchase the full version for $24.95. Here’s a quick tip, download unison, then go to newzbin and do a search for Unison
  • http://www.shemes.com – This is a newsreader for Windows, they advertise it as free. I haven’t tried it much since I have a  Mac but it looks very simple to use.

I’ve had lots of people ask me, should I purchase a white MacBook or the new Aluminum MacBook. I thought it might be worthwhile to do a side by side comparison to help consumers make an educated decision with their purchase.

Price:

The new white MacBook’s start at just $999.99 while the new aluminum MacBook’s start at $1,221.00. Pricing is a very important factor for some people but what’s more important are the feature differences between the 2 which I believe is well worth the extra $200.00

Features:

Let’s Talk about the similarities first:

  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1066MHz frontside bus 3MB shared L2 cache
  • Screen Size: 13.3-inch (viewable) glossy widescreen
  • Software: Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
    • Time Machine
    • Mail
    • iChat
    • Safari
    • Photo Booth
    • Front Row
    • Boot Camp
    • iLife ’09
      • iPhoto
      • iMovie
      • GarageBand
      • iDVD
      • iWeb

Now for the differences:

  • Memory: While both MacBook’s have the same amount of memory ( 2 GB ) and can both be upgraded to 4 GB, the speed of the memory is quite different. The white MacBook supports 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM while the aluminum MacBook supports 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM, which is quite a bit faster but would not be a reason for me to spend the additional $200.00 to purchase the aluminum MacBook
  • Hard Drive: The white MacBook comes standard with a 120GB Serial ATA 5400 rpm drive and supports up to a 320GB hard drive. The aluminum MacBook comes standard with a 160GB Serial ATA, 5400 rpm drive and supports up to a 320GB hard drive, much like the white MacBook but it also support the new 128GB solid-state drives. This is definitely a reason to purchase the aluminum MacBook over the white one.
  • Display: While both MacBook’s offer the same 13.3-inch (viewable) glossy widescreen with a 1280×800 pixel resolution, there is one major difference that the aluminum MacBook offers which is that the screen is LED-backlit which helps with power consumption and longer screen life. This is definitely a big plus for the new aluminum MacBook and is also a reason I would spend the extra $200.00 
  • Graphics Card: Both the aluminum and the white MacBook have an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB shared but since the memory is shared the GeForce in the aluminum MacBook uses DDR3 vs. the DDR2 that the white MacBook offers. Not really a reason to spend the extra money though, in my opinion.
  • Battery: According to apple, the battery in the white MacBook lasts 4.5 hour while the one in the aluminum MacBook lasts 5 hours. I’m thinking that there is no real difference between the 2 batteries but mainly the LED display that the aluminum MacBook uses that prolongs the battery charge.
  • Enclosure: Not too much to be said about this other than the white MacBook has a Polycarbonate enclosure and the aluminum MacBook has a precision aluminum unibody enclosure. In my opinion, more stylish and more durable.
  • Weight:  The white MacBook weighs approximately 5.0 and the aluminum MacBook weighs 4.5 pounds.
  • TrackPad: The TrackPad on the aluminum MacBook seems to be far superior to the old style used on the white MacBook. My favorite feature is that the TrackPad is glass and doesn’t wear down like the ones on the white MacBook’s. It also offers Multi-Touch gestures and what’s best of all is that the whole trackpad is a clickable button, so you can click anywhere on the trackpad. In my opinion this is one of the best features of the new aluminum MacBook and is definitely worth the extra money.

Overall in my opinion I would definitely spend the extra $200.00 on the aluminum MacBook unless you really like the white color, I would recommend the new style and the extra features speak for themselves.

Hopefully you enjoyed this article and it was somewhat educational to you. Please feel free to comment and ask me any questions you may have.

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