How to Flash a 360 Elite

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How to Flash a 360 Elite
Connect your Xbox 360 Elite to a computer using a SATA cable. (SATA connector. A close up. Isolated on a white background. image by Andrey Khritin from Fotolia.com)

Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite consoles are equipped with disc drives that read both game and movie discs. These drives contain .BIN firmware files that can be "flashed" or modified to run backup copies of games using your computer and freeware software from the Internet. Flashing an Xbox 360 Elite takes about 20 minutes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Torx screwdriver (size 7)
  • SATA cable
  • Computer
  • Xbox 360 flashing program

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unplug all power cables and accessories from the console; then remove its faceplate. Unclasp the plastic tabs on the outer case, and lift it off the system. Remove the Torx screws on the interior metal case, and slide it open. Unplug the SATA cable connecting the disc drive to the motherboard. Then, connect a SATA cable from your computer to the motherboard. Turn on the computer.

  2. 2

    Open a Web browser, and download an Xbox 360 flashing program. Run the program, and select your Xbox 360 Elite from the drop-down menu in the program's main menu. Click "Flash Xbox 360 Firmware," then "OK." The program modifies the console's firmware, allowing it to play backup copies of games. Wait for the flashing process to finish; then close the program, and shut down the computer.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the SATA cable from the computer and Xbox motherboard. Reconnect the SATA cable from the disc drive to the motherboard of the console. Replace the interior and exterior cases, and the faceplate on the Xbox. Reconnect all power cables and accessories before turning on the console.

Tips and warnings

  • Opening the Xbox 360 Elite voids the manufacturer's warranty.

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