Just like standard PCs, Xbox 360 console game units have a motherboard that has a Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) used to store important hardware settings for the machine. Occasionally, Microsoft releases BIOS updates for the Xbox 360 that can resolve compatibility issues and improve performance of the unit. Additionally, many third-party BIOS updates for the Xbox 360 expand the unit's functionality or allow you to play games designed for other console systems. Flashing (updating) the BIOS on an Xbox motherboard is not difficult and takes about a half-hour.
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- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- SATA cable
- Phillips screwdriver
- PC with a motherboard that has a SATA connector
- BIOS flash utility
- Torx No. 7 screwdriver
- BIOS update file
Open your Web and navigate to the JungleFlasher website. Download the JungleFlasher application and save it to your computer. Double-click the JungleFlasher set-up file to install the application on your computer. Shut down the PC.
Find and download a suitable Xbox 360 BIOS update file for your machine. Save the file to a folder on your computer.
Unplug the power cord and other cables from the PC. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the retaining screws on the PC case cover. Remove the case cover and set it aside.
Unplug all cables and cords from the Xbox 360. Use a Torx screwdriver to remove the seven metal case screws. Remove the cover from the Xbox 360.
Disconnect the red SATA cable from the Xbox DVD drive and the motherboard. Connect a SATA cable to the connector on the Xbox motherboard and to a SATA connector on the PC motherboard.
Power on the PC, then log in to Windows. Launch the JungleFlasher application on your computer.
Click and select the Xbox 360 from the main drop-down menu in JungleFlasher. Click the "Save BIOS to PC" button. Wait while the application backs up the current Xbox 360 to the PC hard drive.
Click the "Flash BIOS to Xbox 360" button in the JungleFlasher program. Browse to the BIOS update file you downloaded earlier, then click the "OK" button. Wait while the JungleFlasher application updates the BIOS chip on the Xbox 360 with the updated BIOS or firmware file.
Close the JungleLauncher application, then shut down the PC. Reinstall the cover on the computer, then reconnect all cords and cables.
Replace the cover for the Xbox 360 and secure with the Torx screws. Reconnect all cables and cords to the Xbox 360, then power on the unit.
Tips and warnings
- Never attempt to flash the Xbox 360 BIOS with the power cord connected; doing so could result in serious damage to BIOS chip on the console motherboard.
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