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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Past Projects: Decepticon Box

This is one of my past projects called "The Decepticon Box".

I posted the entire progress of this build on Xbox-Scene in 2009. Basically, it's a tricked out slim box with a Transformers Deceptacon theme.
Here are some pictures:
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The first thing I did was add a USB port directly under the P/E buttons.

Then I removed the jewel, cut the jewel hole and cut the Deceptacon shape.

Then I sanded and painted the lid to look lik it "took damage".

My next step was to smooth out the left side of the face plate where ports 1 & 2 are suppose to be.

Next was the controller port re-build, the HDD indicator diffuser fins, the IR placement and the wiring.

Next was the fan bracket.

The hard drive mount... I had to lay down these caps, make this bracket to get it this close to the mobo's IDE socket.

Now to smooth out the right side of the face plate.

Then I destroyed it like Godzirra!!

Then... bigfoot came and I killed him, and we rode around on a magic carpet, then we got slurpee's, now were best friends, and we painted and finished the Deceptacon Box.

In the end all of the lights were purple and all of the navigation sounds were changed to sounds from the 80's cartoon. I gave it custom splash screens and custom emulator skins ALL to match Transformers or Deceptacon.

This project took me about 4 months working on it a few hours here and there.

About Me

Hello, My name is Joshua Lee. I have been modding xbox consoles for 7 years (since 2005). The very first mod I did was converting an xbox controller to be used on a PC for emulators. In reading how to do so, I learned that there was a whole new world out there... A community of people modifying their xbox's in ways that I never imagined. That was the beginning of the end for me.

I was reluctant, at first, to modify my console. I just paid $200 for my xbox used at EB Games in my local mall. I really didn't want to do something wrong and turn my DVD Player / stereo / game console into a $200 paper-weight. I had already had problems with having to return it because it wouldn't play games past the first level, or it wouldn't read disks etc... So I read.

The first mod that I did on my console was changing the LED's from green to blue. I remember that night... lol. I used 5mm LED's that I harvested out of a PC fan that I dremmeled down to fit. I didn't even have my own soldering iron back then, I was borrowing on from my mother. The next mod that I did was replacing the stock fan to an 80mm fan with blue LED's. I felt like such a bad ass, however, my console was still not "modded".

After fighting with myself in my head and reading page after page in forums, reading tutorial after tutorial, I came to the realization that I would not die if I screwed something up. I could always go buy another one. It might take me a minute to save the money, but by this time I had a friend at EB Games and their prices were dropping.

I didn't have money for a mod chip and to hell with trying to flash a TSOP. That was a foreign language to me! I decided to do a softmod via the hot swap method. The first time I did it was on a slower PC and it took FOREVER. I thought something was wrong so I turned everything off and YEAH, I screwed up. Luckily I was able to unlock the hard drive again, start the sequence all over again but this time I waited. And waited... and waited. Finally it was done and BAM, modded console. I felt like even more of a bad ass now.

That first soft mod that I did, 7 years ago, has taught me A LOT about computers. Back then I thought LimeWire was the coolest thing ever invented and I was altering the HTML on my MySpace page. Total n00b! Since then I have taught myself all about FTP, Linux, Networking, Skinning, TSOP flashing, hard drive partitioning, etc... You get the idea. Modding xbox's for me isn't just about playing games for free. It's more about pushing the limits and seeing what I can and can't do and the thrill of the hunt trying to find used and rare consoles.

At the time of this writing, I am still modifying xbox's. I have not dove into the 360 modding world because I have the same reservations about the 360 that I had about the original xbox 7 years ago. The only thing I haven't done to an xbox so far, again at the time of this writing, is install a mod chip. Hopefully that will change here in the near future due to a recent purchase on eBay.

I have had great support from my family and my current girlfriend, Amanda. She helps me test consoles, test games, build rom lists, gives me constructive criticism on skins and what not. She even want's to design and modify her own xbox one day. I would be more than happy to help her as I would love to help you too! Please enjoy my website. Use it to your advantage! If you find any bugs, misspellings or anything wrong, please let me know!

Contact Me

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Use this link if you find missing or broken photos:
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Use this link if you would like to submit a mod:
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Request - A -Mod!

Maybe there is something that I have not covered yet that you want to see done... well this is the place to make that request!

All you have to do is reply to this post with your request and I'll do what I can as fast as I can to fulfill your wishes.

Thanks in advance!