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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« on: October 26, 2012, 05:19:01 AM »


Installing Updated Backup Script

First, you must download the updated script. Right-click HERE and save as. Left-clicking will just bring up a weird page. You have to right-click and save as.

When you hit Save As... it will ask you where you want to save the file and what do you want to name it. It may add a .txt or .htm file extension to it, so you will have to delete the file extension so it is just ndure Save this updated ndure script file to the /xboxhdm/linux/ndure/ folder. Since there is the old script already in there, it should ask if you want to overwrite. Say yes. If it doesn't ask you if you want to overwrite, please check the /xboxhdm/linux/ndure/ folder and make sure you named it just ndure and not ndure.htm.

Above from the firstt page it says to download an updated script. The link is not working for me. I have downloaded all software on the first page and plan on following the instructions on the first page soon but looking to see if this script is still needed.

I have installed mod chips before but this is my first attempt at a softmod. Just bought a used xbox the other day and plan on modding it.

Any help is appreciated guys



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 05:34:07 AM »

Please Guys help me!

I'm trying to softmod my old xbox. I created a disk, make it the first boot selection. Disconnect the computer hard drive. I do the hotswap, and after I type xbohd, it says, that he found the master hard drive: "my xbox hd number" and says, that my xbox hd is blocked. What should I do? I made it to be master hard drive.



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 04:01:39 PM »

I'm trying to softmod with an eeprom and an unlocked drive using 2.2 and 3.1 when I get into midnight commander I am unable to execute the ndure script if I try doing it from the prompt I get a permission Denied also, any ideas?



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2013, 09:05:00 AM »

i have softmodded my xbox using this tutorial. this tut says it installs evox n mine got unleash x
it installed unleash x as my dashboard and i can also get back to my ms dashboard but the ms dash keeps asking to connect to xbox live. and it wont let me do anything in there. i can play both copied and not copied games.

what should i do to let the ms dash work properly



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2013, 04:36:36 PM »

You haven't followed the instructions properly.

The easiest way to fix it is with HeXEn (Google Heimdall's Xbox Engineering Disc). Burn to DVD-R at 4x or slower, cold boot with it in the drive, select option 2.1.2 or 2.1.3.



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2013, 04:00:02 AM »

For softmodding via HDM you may want to consider using AutoBuilder5.1. Its much newer than Kingroach Ndure and offers many perks like dash choice, shadowc or regular softmod, XBMC and apps and emus.

If you can click an exe and follow on screen prompts you can use it lol



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2013, 11:30:52 PM »

I've been trying to softmod my Xbox this weekend using Ndure 3.1 and Xboxhdm 2.2, since I only have a single ATA port. I'm able to go through the entire process using guides I've found here and other sites, and I get the not enough space/directory not found errors in part 2 of 3 when applying Ndure, but it always ends up saying done. However, whenever I go to boot up my xbox, it does the xbox intro and freezes there. It will boot a game if I have it in the drive (I've only tried originals, since I don't have any game backups) but if I disconnect power from the Xbox I get a code 21 and have to restore from the backup I made.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I've tried tons of different things, such as choosing the generic kernel, rather than the exact one I have, tried both installing just the Ndure software and completely clearing out the c drive and copying it all over. I feel like for some reason that the install process isn't copying over the dashboard and this is what's causing all the trouble.



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2013, 03:28:37 AM »

1 IDE port is fine for HDM, just hook the HDD up as master and DVD drive as slave. I use an old HP with only 1 port and XBOXHDM1.9 all the time no issue. Also if Kingroach Ndure isnt working try AutoBuilder. Its a little more user friendly and offer more than the barebones mod in Kingroach.



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2013, 08:39:32 AM »

1 IDE port is fine for HDM, just hook the HDD up as master and DVD drive as slave. I use an old HP with only 1 port and XBOXHDM1.9 all the time no issue. Also if Kingroach Ndure isnt working try AutoBuilder. Its a little more user friendly and offer more than the barebones mod in Kingroach.

Thanks for the reply. Sorry, I should have mentioned that my DVD drive is SATA, so I can't hook it up to the same port as the hard drive. I'm downloading Autobuilder 5.1 now and I'll give it a go.



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2013, 05:50:59 PM »

Well, I tried using autobuilder, but since I have to use xboxhdm 2.2 I put the pimped folder in the hdm drive. Now I'm getting an error 21. I'll play around with it a bit, but is it not possible for me to just copy the required files over the the xbox hard drive using xbrowser?

Edited by Behemoth69, 03 June 2013 - 02:34 AM.



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2006, 11:26:52 PM »

How to Softmod Your Xbox Using XboxHDM (Ndure)  

This tutorial was written by Textbook and uses tools that Textbook did not make. He takes no credit for any of these, and gives full credit to the authors. All Textbook did was re-write the method involved in softmodding the Xbox using certain tools. This method would not be possible if we didn’t have many dedicated people in the Xbox-Scene. Although there are many people who helped this method become possible, the big names stand out and I feel they need to be credited. A huge thanks is given to ldots, kingroach, DaddyJ, eh/ndure protagonist, Cio, Krayzie, angerwound, pedros pad, devz3ro, and any other softmod people I missed. Without them, this would not be possible.

First of all, it is HIGHLY recommended that you read the following threads:

The Art of Hotswapping (DaddyJ)

XboxHDM For Dummies (Kingroach)

**NOTE – The creator of this tutorial, Textbook, nor or any of its members are responsible for any damage that may be caused while attempting anything in this tutorial. If you attempt in doing this, you do so at your own risk. If something gets broken, it’s only your own fault and you should not blame anybody. Please notice that according to ANSI standards, hotswapping is not considered safe and is therefore only recommended if you can’t find another way to modify your Xbox. For more information on the technical details and safety of hotswapping, please DaddyJ's FAQ titled "The Art of Hotswapping" **

Alright, let's get started...

Note:  It is recommended to update your dashboard to MS Dash version 5960.  While this may not be necessary for everybody, this tutorial will not work for people who have the 4034 dash.  To avoid any and all problems, upgrading the dash to 5960 is highly recommended because nobody should have problems if they are running that dashboard.  This softmod works perfectly with the 5960 dashboard version.

To update your dashboard, you can use any newer (post-Halo 2) retail Xbox LIVE game.  You don't have to have Xbox LIVE, you don't have to have an internet connection, and you don't even have to have a network cable plugged into the Xbox.  Just load up Halo 2 or any game made after that, select Xbox LIVE, and it will proceed to upgrade your Xbox dashboard.

Kernel/Dashboard Version

The first thing you need to do is find your current retail Xbox's Kernel and Dashboard version.  To do this, boot up to the MS Dashboard, go to Settings, and the System Info.  After the scrolling text, you should see this at the bottom.



XXXX is the Xbox kernel version and YYYY is the Xbox dashboard version.

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In this example, my kernel is 4034 and my dashboard is 5960

Write your numbers down and remember these two numbers, you will need them later.


Desktop PC


CD Recorder in your PC

Blank CD-R

ISO Recorder v2 (Right click, save target as/save link as)


XboxHDM v1.9 (Right click, save target as/save link as)

Kingroach's NDURE 3.0 (Available at Xbins, in /XBOX/exploits/_Packages/Kingroachs Installer/)

Torx 20 Screwdriver for opening the xbox

Whatever is needed to open up your computer case

Some intelligence and patience

Download the necessary files from above. Install ISO Recorder and WinRAR. After WinRAR is installed, use it to extract xboxhdm.

Edit Timeout Value To 10 Minutes (This step is completely optional, it changes your hotswap "window" from 5 minutes to 10 minutes)

Next, we will increase the amount of time that XboxHDM will stay at its menu. By default, it is only set to stay at the menu for 5 minutes before defaultly entering into VGA Mode. We will increase this time to 10 minutes. To do this, locate the following file:

- xboxhdm/linux/isolinux/isolinux.cfg

Right-click on this and choose to Open with... and choose wordpad. Change the timeout value from 300 to 600 like the picture below.

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Now it is time to set up NDURE.  When you downloaded NDURE from Xbins, it should have been a RAR archive titled “NDURE-3.0”.  Use WinRAR to extract this archive.  When extracted, there should be 4 files ( Ndure 3.0.exe , Ndure Installer 3.nfo, Ndure Installer 3.txt, and a Readme.pdf ).  I highly suggest reading the Readme, as most of this tutorial is based off of Kingroach’s provided information in that Readme.

Double-click on the Ndure 3.0 with the Xbox 360 logo to run the program, and hit Next.  You should see this screen.

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Now, here is where you can customize your install and choose the installation that is right for you.  There are different features that can be enabled/disabled, but I’ll run you through the install I performed, which should work out good for most people.  Again, this is my personal preference, so you can change some stuff around if you know what you’re doing.  If you have no idea what each thing does, just do it my way.

Ndure Options

First, I will briefly explain what each option does.

Basic Files  - These are the basic files and are required for the softmod to function.

Retail Files  - These are the files necessary so that you can have MS Dash access.  Most people should leave this checkmarked, the only people who would not need this are people who do not have Xbox LIVE and have no need for the memory and music functions of the MS Dash.  You don’t gain anything by leaving this box unmarked, so you might as well include it.

Shadow C  - Recommended for all users, because it prevents your Xbox from dash updates overwriting the softmod.

NKPatcher Options

    NKP .67  - Use this if you have a hard drive over 200 gb, this will create a G partition.

    NKP RGB  - Use this if you are going to use the Xbox primarily with VGA output on a computer      monitor (Only works with Focus video encoders)

    NKP Progressive  - This forces 480p for anything that attempts to run in 480i.

Kernel Specific Fonts  - These fonts are designed to work exclusively with a certain kernel version.  It is recommended to use a kernel specific font, as it should prevent any problems and provide an incredible level of stability.

Default boot xonlinedashconsole  - Enabling this option will set up the dualboot feature.  When the Xbox is powered on by using the eject button, and the softmod detects an open disc tray, it will boot to the Xbox LIVE Online Dash.  In this screen, you can manage all of your network settings, as well as manage Xbox LIVE accounts.

UDDAE  - This is a “backdoor” rescue dash that is based off of the Easter Egg Exploit, the uberdash, and an audio exploit.  The thing about UDDAE is it allows you to completely turn off your softmod, going to a retail, unmodded state.  Now, once your softmod is deactivated, how are you going to activate it?  In order to switch it back on, we need to change some files around on the Xbox, and we can't mess with the files in an unmodded state.  Basically, the problem lies in we need to have it modded in order to 'turn on' the mod.  Which really makes no sense.  This is where UDDAE comes to the rescue.  Even with the softmod deactivated, we have a way to run homebrew code through a set of actions in the MS Dashboard.  While this is a great feature for advanced users, it will not be used by the average user, but it doesn’t hurt anybody by installing it.  If you are interested in this, you can read up on SCEEE HERE and UDDAE HERE.

Ndure Toolset  - This is a set of tools designed by kingroach to help with your EEPROM backups and other maintenance.  It is basically a simple menu that helps you to protect your softmod and keep it running smooth and provides you with the information needed to save your Xbox if anything goes wrong.  Just another way kingroach looks out for his users and wants to make them feel safe.  While I have never personally used this, I would recommend installing this.

Create XBOXHDM Installer – Obviously, we want this enabled, as this entire tutorial is for installing NDURE with XboxHDM.

My Preferences

My Setup goes like this: (X equals a checkmark)

X Basic Files

X Retail Files

X Add ShadowC

+ Kernel Specific Fonts

   X 4034 (You would choose the number of your kernel that you found using System Info at the beginning of this tutorial – I told you to write it down)

X Default boot xonlinedash console (because I have Xbox LIVE)


   X Add UDDAE

   + Select Kernel Specific ST.DB

      X 4034 (You would choose the number of your kernel that you found using System Info at the beginning of this tutorial – I told you to write it down)

X Add NDURE Toolset

X Create XBOXHDM Installer

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Under “Kernel Specific Fonts” and “UDDAE’s Select Kernel Specific ST.DB” , I chose 4034 because that was my kernel version when I looked it up in the Xbox System Info.  Please select your own Kernel versions for these options, because picking the wrong version will result in a nonworking Xbox.

After selecting all the options correctly, hit Next and you will be asked where to save your NDURE folder.

You will want to save it to /xboxhdm/linux/ , which is wherever you extracted your Xboxhdm ZIP archive you downloaded earlier.  Hit Install and wait for it to finish.  When it is finished, the last line will say “Completed” and you can hit Next, then Finish to close out of Ndure.

Now, just to make sure, browse to where you extracted Xboxhdm.  Enter the Linux folder and there should now be a folder inside there titled ndure.  If so, then you’re ready to make your ISO and burn it to a CD-R.

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Installing Updated Backup Script

First, you must download the updated script.  Right-click HERE and save as.  Left-clicking will just bring up a weird page.  You  have to right-click and save as.

When you hit Save As... it will ask you where you want to save the file and what do you want to name it.  It may add a .txt or .htm file extension to it, so you will have to delete the file extension so it is just ndure  Save this updated ndure script file to the /xboxhdm/linux/ndure/ folder.  Since there is the old script already in there, it should ask if you want to overwrite.  Say yes.  If it doesn't ask you if you want to overwrite, please check the /xboxhdm/linux/ndure/ folder and make sure you named it just ndure and not ndure.htm.

Create the ISO and Burn It

Go back to the main xboxhdm folder and you will see a bat file titled “make-iso-win”.  Run this, and wait for it to finish making the ISO.  You should now have a new ISO file in the xboxhdm folder titled “linux”.

You should have already downloaded and installed ISO Recorder v2.  If not, right-click HERE and save target as/save link as and install the program.

All you need to do is insert a blank CD into your CD Recorder and right-click the “linux” ISO File and hit “Copy Image to CD”.  Just hit Next on the burning screens and wait for the recording to finish.

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Force the PC BIOS to Boot From CD

Now that your CD is burned, it’s time to do the actual softmod.  First thing you want to do is check to make sure your computer’s BIOS is set to boot from CD first.  I believe it is set to boot from CD first on most models, but it’s always best to make sure.  To check this, restart your computer.  When it starts up, you will have to hit a key in order to enter the BIOS configuration screen.  Usually it will say on screen to “Hit key to enter Setup”.  Watch for this.  If you can’t see it anywhere, I have listed the following BIOS config keys for some computers.

Acer: - Ctrl+Alt+Esc

ALR PC: (F2) or (Ctrl)(Alt)Esc)

AMI BIOS: (Del), (F1) or (F2)

AST, Advantage, Award, Tandon: - Ctrl + Alt + Esc

Award BIOS: (Del) or (Ctrl)(Alt)(Esc)

Compaq: (F10) (do this when the cursor is in the upper right corner of the screen blinking)

Dell: - F1 or Del.

Dell: - Some require pressing reset twice

Dell: - Ctrl + Alt + Enter


Gateway 2000: - F1

Hewlett Packard: - F1


•Older Models - In order to get into the configuration of the IBM setup screen (CMOS) screen you need to hold down both mouse buttons during bootup.

•Aptiva - Press F1

•IBM PS/2: (Ctrl)(Alt)(Ins) after (Ctrl)(Alt)(Del)

•IBM PS/2 with reference partition: - Press Ins during boot

•Some PS/2s, such as 75 and 90: - Ctrl Alt ?

•Some PS/2s when pointer at top right of screen: - Ctrl + Ins

NEC: - F2

Packard Bell: - F1 or F2

Phoenix BIOS: (F1), (F2), or (Ctrl)(Alt)(Esc)

Phoenix BIOS: - Ctrl Alt S

Phoenix BIOS: - Ctrl S

Phoenix BIOS: - Ctrl Alt Ins

Sharp Laptop 9020: - F2

Sony: (F3) while you are starting the PC, then (F2) or (F1)

Tandon computers: - Hold down the key after turning on power

Tandon: - Ctrl + Shift + Esc

Toshiba Laptops: - Toshiba Utility

Toshiba: - Press Esc during boot

Toshiba, Phoenix, late model PS/1 Value Point and 330s: - Press F1 during boot

Olivetti PC Pro: - Shift Ctrl Alt + Num Pad Del

Miscellaneous PC's: - Ctrl + Esc or Ctrl and Alt and +

Zenith: - Ctrl Alt Ins

Most PC BIOS Screens will look similar to this one:

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You will need to make sure the BIOS is set to boot from the CD first.  Usually this can be found in the BIOS BOOT menu, CMOS Menu, or Advanced Menu.  Just make sure that CD-ROM is the top of the list, so that it will look for a bootable CD before booting any hard drives.

Xbox and PC Preparation

Now, since you are hotswapping, you will need to have your Xbox very close to your computer.

Method 1:  You have both the Xbox and PC hooked up as normal.  You will use the Xbox power supply to supply the power to the Xbox hard drive.  In order to make up for the floating point ground, you will connect a wire with alligator clips from the PC metal case chassis to the metal Xbox chassis to short out any possible extra voltage and keep them equal.

Method 2:  You have a 4-pin molex power cable in your PC long enough to reach the Xbox.  So you hook up the power cord from the computer into the Xbox hard drive.  So therefore, the computer’s power supply is supplying the power to the Xbox hard drive.  This way, there is no floating point ground (because the hard drive is connected to the computer’s power supply) and you don’t need the chassis connecting wire.

Method 3:  You don’t have a wire with alligator clips to short out the extra voltage and you don’t have a PC power cable long enough to reach the Xbox hard drive.  Although not recommended, you can still try the hotswap.  You can try it by hooking up the Xbox and PC as normal and not using a ground wire.  According to ANSI standards, it won’t be as safe as method 1 or 2, but I have never had a problem with it.  Use at your own risk.

The important part comes in your IDE configuration of your drives.  You will want your CD/DVD drive anywhere but the primary master.  Some people have said they have problems with their CD drive hooked up to to primary slave.  I personally use mine hooked up to secondary master and it works fine.  Leave the primary master vacant, as this will be the connector used during the hotswap to connect the Xbox hard drive to your computer.


Ok, we are almost ready.  Please run down this checklist and make sure everything is perfect.  If just one thing is incorrect, you will run into problems, your setup has to be exactly like this.

--My PC BIOS is set to boot from CD-ROM before anything else.

--I have a safe way to connect the Xbox hard drive to the PC

--My IDE cable that will be used for hotswapping is connected to the primary IDE channel

--My CD/DVD drive is connected to anywhere but the primary IDE connection

--My primary master IDE connection is vacant, as this is the one I will hotswap the Xbox drive to

Only if all that is correct can you proceed.  It is very important that you can answer “yes” to every statement.  Skipping a step will only lead to more problems later.

Softmod Time!

Make sure your XboxHDM disc is inside your CD/DVD drive.  Boot up your Xbox and PC at the same time.

Your Xbox should go to the MS Dashboard.

Click For A Picture If You Need It

Your PC should go to the XboxHDM main menu.

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For a hotswap to be successful the Xbox hard drive needs to be unlocked.  So determining when the Xbox hard drive is unlocked is of great interest.  The answer to this question can be found in daddyj’s hotswapping FAQ:

The Xbox is unlocked inside the MS Dashboard and during gameplay.  So if you have an error-free Xbox, hotswap during gameplay or while sitting at the MS Dash.  An extra tip was to do the following:

-put an audio cd in the xbox

- copy one track to the hd

- play the track from the HD, let play for a few seconds

- pause the song

- you HDD is now ready for hotswap!

This helps unlock hard drives on 1.5/1.6 Xboxes that may not unlock by themselves in the MS Dash.  Of course, anybody with any version Xbox can follow the process above just to make sure their Xbox hard drive is unlocked before hotswapping.

What about error codes?

 The Xbox HD DOES NOT unlock when your xbox boots into an error 6 or 7. The drive is usually unlocked for a short period on Xbox Errors 11, 12, 13, 16, & error 21, but Errors 11 & 12 are the preferable errors to do the hotswap.

Because you changed the timeout value from 300 to 600, you have ten minutes to make the swap.  Please make sure the drive is unlocked when you make the swap.  Many people who encounter problems with this particular mod are trying to hotswap into a locked drive, it just doesn’t work.

After making the swap, type 1 on the keyboard to enter the VGA console.  (1 and 2 are basically the same thing)  After the scrolling text, you should eventually end up at a screen like this.

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type xbrowser and you should see a screen that looks like this


|              Name         | Size  | MTime      ||               Name            | Size  |   MTime    |

|/..                        |UP--DIR|            ||/..                            |UP--DIR|            |

| ABOUT_THIS_CD.txt         |   1392|Apr 14 17:48|| C                             |   4096|Apr 14 17:48|

| C                         |   4096|Apr 14 17:30|| E                             |   4096|Apr 14 17:48|

| E                         |   4096|Apr 14 17:30||                               |       |            |

| eeprom                    |      0|Apr 14 17:30||                               |       |            |

| F                         |   4096|Apr 19 02:13||                               |       |            |

| check                     |   6013|Apr 18 21:47||                               |       |            |

| isolinux                  |   4096|Apr 14 17:30||                               |       |            |

| ndure                     |       |            ||                               |       |            |

| readme.txt                |       |            ||                               |       |            |

| xbox                      |       |            ||                               |       |            |

|                           |       |            ||                               |       |            |

|                           |       |            ||                               |       |            |

|                           |       |            ||                               |       |            |


|/..                                             ||/..                            |       |            |


GNU Midnight Commander 4.6.0


1Help   2Menu   3View   4Edit   5Copy   6RenMov   7Mkdir   8Delete   9PullDn   10Quit

Enter the ndure folder and you should see this screen:

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Hit enter on the *ndure script and you will be presented with the NDURE Installer Menu.

(still need to get a screenshot of the installer menu, should get it soon)

First, you will want to backup your C drive.  This is very important.  So choose Option 4 to backup your C drive to E:/backup.  It may take awhile, but let it finish.  When it's done, it should go back to the installer menu.  Now, we're ready to install Ndure.  Select option 1 to install ndure.  It will proceed through the 3 parts.  Be patient, this process takes a long time (around 15 minutes or more).  Part 2 takes the longest.  Even if you think it might have frozen, let it go.  There have been many times where I was wondering if it had froze, and then just see it finish up.  After all 3 parts, it should give you a message saying “Done, now exiting.”  At this point, you can turn off your computer and turn off your Xbox.  Connect the hard drive back into your Xbox, and if everything went well, you now have a softmodded Xbox running Kingroach’s NDURE 3.0.  And the best part about all of this is it was free!


Q:  How will this affect all of my saved games, profiles, and music?

A:  The softmod does not affect these in any way at all.  All of your Xbox saves and music are saved in the Xbox hard drive's E:/ partition, while the MS Dashboard is saved on the C:/ partition.  The softmod only makes changes to the C:/ partition, and adds an alternate dashboard to the E:/ partition.  This is the only change that occurs on your "saves" drive.  You will not lose any information if you follow the tutorial correctly.

Q:  What if I have so-and-so version Xbox?

A:  This softmod is Ndure, the most current (and probably last) softmod for the Xbox.  It will work with any and all versions of Xbox, no matter what hardware revision, video region, or kernel version.  It is highly recommended to update your Xbox dashboard to version 5960 before installing this softmod.  This softmod should work with every Xbox you try it on, if you follow the tutorial correctly everytime.

Q:  What will I be able to do with this particular softmod?

A:  You will be able to do anything any other modded Xbox can do.  You can play backup games, run homebrew software, use XBMC, etc...  It's the same thing as a gamesave-softmod, just a different method of installing it.

Q:  Can I still play on Xbox LIVE after installing this softmod?

A:  Yes, just like with any other (current) softmod, you can coldboot your retail games and play them on Xbox LIVE.  This works because the softmod does not load unless a retail disc is not found.  When you coldboot your games, the retail disc is found and loaded.  Your softmod never loads, so it looks like a normal Xbox.

Q:  Do I have to use ISO Recorder?

A:  No, you can use any recording program that can record ISO image files.  Other popular burning programs that do this are Nero, Roxio, and DVD Decrypter (DVD Decrypter only works with DVD Recorders)

Q:  How do I unlock the hard drive?

A:  There seems to be a confusion about this, and for good reason.  There are so many different methods of unlocking your hard drive.  Some may work for you, while others won't.  So, just try all of them listed here.

1.  Let the Xbox sit at the dash for a little while and then hotswap

2.Play a music track off of a soundtrack, pause it, then hotswap

3.Boot a game and start playing it, then hotswap

4.Unplug the DVD drive’s power cable so you get an error 12 and hotswap

5.Hotswap right after you see the MS splash logo

6.If not connected to a TV, unhook the DVD drive’s power cable and hotswap right when you get the red light.

Q:  My computer won’t load the XboxHDM bootdisc.

A:  If you created the ISO and burned it correctly, then there is just one other thing it can be.  In order to be able to boot from CD, the setting must be enabled in the computer’s BIOS menu.  While booting up your computer, you are usually shown a title screen with your computer manufacturer’s logo.  On this screen, look for “Press key for setup” or something along those lines.  Once in the BIOS menu, look for your Boot options.  Set it so that the computer’s CD drive is the first thing on the list (normally, you use the + and – keys to move things up and down).  Remember to save and exit.

Q:  This isn’t working.  I have tried everything.

A:  If all else fails, Here are a few suggestions.

1.Try on a different computer, preferably a custom-built AMD computer.  With these, you are less likely to run into frozen drives and BIOS issues.  Sometimes switching computers works just fine for people.

2.Cio suggested these possible problem-solvers that would otherwise cause XboxHDM to lock up.

-Disable Auto Detection for the Primairy Master HD (also explained as setting IDE0/HDA to “NONE”)

-Disable S.M.A.R.T. monitoring

-Unplug all USB devices (use a PS/2 connector for your keyboard)

-Make sure all networking cards have a connection (xboxhdm hangs on unplugged network cables)

-Remove any add-on cards if all the above doesn’t help

3.If you feel it is XboxHDM that is causing your headache, you can try XboxHDM safe mode.  Musashi wrote a little guide for that Here.

Q:  Help, I really fux0red something up and my Xbox is broke now.  Why is it broken?

A:  I guess I could just say it's broken because you didn't follow directions, but that would be too easy.  The Xbox hard drive has a primary (important) partition which is the C:/ drive.  This important drive contains the operating system, just like your computer’s C:/ drive does.  A softmod will overwrite files in this C:/ drive and basically do it’s own thing, renaming folders and creating new ones, deleting stuff.  In other words, whether you did the softmod correctly or your xbox is broken, your C:/ drive is nothing like it was before.  If you want to get your Xbox working again, you will need a completely retail C:/ drive that has not been modified in any way.  You can get this off of a SlaYer’s disc.  The SlaYer’s torrent file can be downloaded at the usual place.  After downloading the torrent, use bittorrent to download SlaYer’s.  Once SlaYer’s is downloaded, you will notice it is actually a self-extracting archive.  It is password protected, so enter this password:  sevx2.6.  It should extract an ISO file.  To get the C files from the ISO, use Qwix to extract the ISO and your files are in /SYSTEM/ALL/C/.  Yeah, I know – it’s a lot of work, but it has to be done if you want a completely retail C drive and you didn’t make a backup of yours.

Q: I think everything installed correctly, didn't get any errors, but when I turn it on, I get the MS Dashboard or clock setting screen?

A: It's telling you that the clock needs to be set, set the clock correctly, then press the A button (green) so the settings will save

then do "In Game Reset" or power cycle.

Q:  What must I backup after I have softmodded the Xbox successfully?

A:  Basically, everything.  First, launch EvoX, go down to System Util, and hit Backup.  It will look like it didn’t do anything, but rest assured that it did.  Now, FTP into your Xbox and backup your entire C and E drives to your computer and keep it safe.

Q:   How can I change the default dashboard?

A:  The default dashboard is launched from E:/Dash/.  To change to a new dashboard like XBMC or Avalaunch, FTP in, delete everything in E:/Dash/ and upload the new dash files.  Double check to make sure there is a default.xbe in E:/Dash/ after transferring.  If there is, you should be fine.

Q:  Why can't I launch the MS Dashboard?

A:  The MS Dashboard is normally loaded from C:/xboxdash.xbe.  Well, if you take a look in your C: drive, it's empty.  That means the ShadowC is working correctly.  Copy all the MS Dash files into the C: drive (from your backup or from an extracted SlaYer's) and the MS Dashboard should work.

Q:  Softmod went fine, but I can't change my video settings using the MS Dash.  They change fine, but after I reboot, they go back to normal.  WTF?

A:  This is caused by a safety protection called Virtual EEPROM.  In order to make your settings "stick" do this.

1.  Create a file in the root of the E:/ drive and title it "EEPROM_off.bin" without the quotes.  It can be any size.

2.  After creating the file, manually reboot your Xbox by powering it off then back on by using the power button.

3.  When the softmod loads back up, there will be no virtual EEPROM protection, so you can change your video settings and they should stick from now on.

Q:  Can I use the empty C drive/why can't I use the empty C drive?

A: Yes you can, for whatever you like, as it's not the real C drive (that's hidden). If it doesn't let you AND you got a disk space error during the install, then try this:


Here's a workaround for those of you with the unusable virtual C...

1) hotswap and boot the disc you used for the install;

2) run xbrowser;

3) delete the shadowc.img AND filler*.img files that are the shadowc directory;

4) copy the shadowc.img from the disc into the shadowc directory (it's large so takes a while);

5) then copy the filler2.img from the disc into the shadowc directory;

NOTE: it might run out of space when copying this filler file, but that's fine!

6) now copy the filler1.img from the disc into the shadowc directory (even if the previous step failed).

NOTE: it will run out of space when copying this filler file, but that's fine!

When you boot with the Power button the (virtual) C drive should be writable and most find it's worthwhile copying their MS dash backup into it...


Q:  How can I upgrade the hard drive with this softmod?

A:  I'll give you the answer, but I'm going to throw up some red flag warnings here, just so I don't get flamed.

If you have Xbox LIVE, you CANNOT just upgrade the hard drive.  You will be permanently banned from Xbox LIVE if you do that.  The reason being is Micro$oft matches/pairs your Xbox's EEPROM to your Hard Drive's Serial Number.  Your EEPROM is your Xbox's unique ID, your "fingerprint" persay.  It contains all the information like your serial number, mac address, region information, video settings, and hard drive settings.  Now, if your Xbox has ever been on Xbox LIVE, your EEPROM has been married to the hard drive.  If the marriage is broken (EEPROM changes or hard drive is replaced), then the Xbox gets banned from Xbox LIVE.  You can read more about the marriage theory Here.

The only way to upgrade your hard drive and still be able to go on Xbox LIVE is if you buy a new EEPROM that has never been on Xbox LIVE.  After upgrading your EEPROM, you will be able to logon to LIVE with a new hard drive because the Xbox appears to have never been on Live, and the hard drive has never been on Live.  In MS's eyes, you are a brand new Xbox connecting to Live for the first time.

You can buy a new EEPROM in the B/S/T forums.  I have bought from Zodiiak before and recommend him.

If this is something you want to do, post in the thread before doing it, we will give you instructions.

(I may include the EEPROM upgrade instructions in the FAQ later on, but for now, I feel it would hurt more than help, as EEPROM editing is dangerous if you don't know what you're doing

Oh yeah, the question....

Q:  How can I upgrade the hard drive with this softmod?

A:  Thanks to wivenhoe for the quick tutorial.

for dotsyntax (and any others)


1) Get xboxhdm and extract it.

2) Use ConfigMagic to extract your eeprom. FTP this to your pc, rename it to eeprom.bin, and put it into the /eeprom folder of xboxhdm.

3) Go into File Manager on your xbox, navigate to e:/ndts and run the default.xbe in there. This will load an altered version of unleashx with full access to C and E.

4) FTP your C and E drives onto your pc and put them in the respective folders in xboxhdm.

5) Run make-iso-win in xboxhdm and burn the iso with alcohol 120% or any other alternative image burning software.

6) Place the xboxhdm CD in your cd drive and then shutdown your PC. Disconnect your hard-drive. Connect your new hard-drive to the primary master and then boot up your computer.

7) When xboxhdm loads up choose option 1, then when it's loaded type xboxhd. Choose option 1 again to prepare xbox hard-drive from scratch. Answer Yes to all the questions and when it is finished hit reboot.

8) Now when xboxhdm comes up choose option 3, and then once this is loaded type 'lockhd -a'. This will find your eeprom.bin and lock the hard-drive.

9) Your new hard-drive is now ready to put into your xbox and will be an exact mirror of your existing xbox drive but obviously with a lot more free space.

Q:  Xboxhdm is telling me my drive is frozen, what can I do?

A:  This seems to be a BIOS issue and happens more frequently on store-bought Intel-based computers.  If your drive is showing up as frozen, do this.  When you’re booting up your PC, hit the Pause Break button on your keyboard.  Now - boot up your Xbox, let the drive unlock, and do the hotswap.  Hit the Pause Break key again and it should work fine.

Q:  How can I uninstall the softmod?

A:  Since you backed up your C drive before installing the softmod, you can "reload" the backup and go back to a retail state.  To do this, launch Ndure Toolset and choose Restore From HD Backup.


(June 19, 2006)

- Added default dash and MS Dash to the FAQ.

(May 29, 2006)

- Changed an image which showed C and E folders in Linux, even though they are suppossed to be moved to the Ndure folder

(May 27, 2006)

- Noticed that downloading the ndure script adds a .htm or .txt file extension by default, so that needs to be deleted.

(April 7, 2006)

- Revised the ShadowC info in the FAQ as suggested by Ndure protagonist.

- Decided to note that the edit timeout is optional

(March 30, 2006)

 - Recommended Dash Upgrade

 - Deleted a few unnecessary images

 - Made most images thumbnails

 - Included Backup C instructions

 - Added FAQ

Edited by Textbook, 06 August 2006 - 05:46 AM.



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2006, 04:22:39 AM »

not bad at all,

good quality, and should help many people....



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2006, 05:23:25 AM »

Well looks like I will be one of the first testers...... left my xbox in NZ when I moved to the uk so just ordered a new one from Was going to use your old tutorial but will go thru this tonight or tomorrow..

Thanks for your great work and I will let you know how I get on



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2006, 06:11:23 AM »

outstanding tut!

i used TEXT's other tut last night (uxe with hdm) and it worked fine!

i wont get into it, but not soon after i fragged my drive (error 21)

a quick question in this thred: can i use this method of soft modding to mod a brand new retail hd?

i have another box thats chipped..

what would be my best option?



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Ndure Softmod Through Xboxhdm
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2006, 06:32:57 AM »

Excellent tutorial
Just one question before I give it a go:-
in your checklist you say
--My CD/DVD drive is connected to the primary slave IDE connection.

Will it not work with the cd rom connected to the secondary master or slave as this way leaves my IDE cable rather short.

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