Firstly my apologies for long mail, but this is driving me nuts!!
My 360 – Hitachi 0046 (DH?)
My PC – Mobo GA-7N400 Pro - http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=1651&ProductName=GA-7N400V%20Pro
PCI Card – VIA VT6421A (as after reading the forums seems the best card to use)NOTE:
(I initially understood the sata will not work from this mobo to the 360 so purchased a VIA VT6421A pci card and updated all drivers, this is connected to the pci slot, no raid drivers installed etc, just the latest 07 card drivers)
(However, textbook tutorial states “Hitachi 46 / 47 / 59 These “older version” Hitachi drives can be flashed with basically all SATA chipsets. It should work as long as the SATA supports ATAPI devices (optical drives).”
To start, I purchased the blaster 360 (not the NE version), had all the usual bits in the pack including the serial adapter for the 360 ODD that is to be used with the Hitachi 46/47 models (think this is the fix if im right). I have followed the diagrams exactly, ran the xbox fine after installation and all in working order with green glow on the blaster. I then sat the 360 next to the pc and used a power cable from the pc for the blaster, lights glows blue which is correct, then I used the serial cable from the VT6421 pci card to the 360, couldn’t get this to work / detected in windows, after 5 hours of playing, got fed up and took the blaster out (after reading more posts I understand the blaster doesn’t work with all Hitachi 46 drives)SO
– After taking out the blaster I tested 360 and all works and plays fine, so back to square one.
Decided last night to flash via pc hookup. Followed the textbook tutorial and used the Slax 2 and tried the Slax 2.1 cd to put my drive into mode B, now this is where things went a little weird. The VIA 6421A sata connection and trying with the mobo (sil3112a) both reported back slow port problems and resets and hard resets etc messages coming up, although loads of errors it did put the box into mode b….. however, windows would still not detect the drive? Is this due to the fact mode b did not work properly, or is mode b going to be mode b regardless??
I had the constant flashing green light, the drive 2 presses to open and close, auto open once closed….it was defo mode b.
I haven’t just posted this without researching, I have used different Sata ports on the card and mobo, same issues with Slax and slow port issues etc….even so, it went into Mode b regardless.Tried booting into Windows = Froze (I left it for a min or so but it would not boot)
Plugged in sata cable after windows had booted = Froze
Tried at windows loading bar to plug in Sata cable etc = Froze
Used the eject button trick at windows bar = Froze
Sata cable plugged in once windows fully loaded = Froze
Moved the 6421A to different port = nothing still
Unplugged other drives in pc etc = nothing stillPLEASE PLEASE PLEASE,
any helpful advice would be great, Im going nuts and it stresses me out how some have done theirs easy and mines a pain in the b/side – im jealous! but more so FRAUSTRATED!