The Microsoft X-Box gaming console has been replaced with
the X-Box 360 . . . and that makes secondhand X-Boxes very cheap indeed.
And now you can fit a ‘mod chip’ that allows the X-Box to
become a full multimedia centre – at a lower price than sourcing a used PC – and
with an end result that looks far more at home in your lounge room, not to
mention working seamlessly with your TV.
It’s also possible to fit a large hard drive which will give
you an almost endless source of multimedia entertainment.
There are several approaches that can be taken to X-Box
One approach is to take your X-Box to a specialist who will fit
the mod chip, load the new software, upgrade the hard drive capability and even
convert the output to suit HD TVs.
At the other end of the spectrum, you can do it all yourself.
However, you’ll need to plough through lots of very geeky instructions from a
number of web sources, do a very big web download and be familiar with open
Doing it yourself also means it’s possible to make big enough
mistakes in the software installation to completely disable your X-Box.
We chose a middle road of buying and installing the mod chip
and then having someone else install the software and configure it for our home
And since the X-Box was being used solely as an MP3 music
player, we also kept the standard 8GB hard drive. If required, it can be
Overleaf, we show each step required – it’s not hard to do as long as you’re