[Tut] How to install BlackStormX dashboard [TUT]

CopperniX Aug 14, 2012

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    BEFORE YOU START:
    1. Have a client FTP and a text editor (and a hex editor if your wanna run the dash from another drive ... you need to know how to use them !

    2. Verify that you have a FTP access to the hard drive of your Xbox (Chip or Exploit)

    Please Note:
    IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE A M$­ DASHBOARD 4920 ON YOUR XBOX !

    STEP BY STEP:
    1. Download the dashboard BlackStormX. It is actually the version 1.1. ALL sources available on the #blackstormx channel (EFnet server), by usually typing /msg bsx !list

    2. Launch the .exe file in a directory on your PC in order to extract the archive.

    3. This directory should now contain 2 directories and 1 file:
    - WIN32 [DIR]... to make your own preset
    - XBOX [DIR]... what will be transfered to your Xbox
    - Readme.txt ... PLEASE READ IT !

    The directory XBOX contains 1 directory and 2 files:
    - BlackStormX [DIR]
    - BlackstormXCP.xbe
    - bsXdash.xbe

    4. Open the file config.xbx in the subdirectory /BlackStormX/Config with a text editor and set it up to your needs.

    For that, i post and explain you mine (based on Discworld's tutorial for tHc Lite :

    [default]
    ;THIS MUST BE CHANGED .:IMPORTANT:.
    Xbe Name=bsXdash

    Attention to change this option every time you rename your .xbe file. EG: I get my bios booting on xboxdash.xbe, so i have to rename the file BlackStormX.xbe to xboxdash.xbe and to set Xbe Name=xboxdash... BUT test the dash before making it as your default boot dashboard

    ;Skin Related Values
    Skin=Blue

    Set to the skin you want to load (can be changed "on the box" through the SKINS menu of the dashboard). Blue is default.

    ;Music Related Values
    Background Music=YES
    Background Music Volume=0.7

    Background music : simple YES or NO
    Background Music Volume : set your default volume, between 0 and 1

    ;Menu Text Related Values
    Menu Item 1 Text=MEMORY
    Menu Item 2 Text=MUSIC
    Menu Item 3 Text=WARP
    Menu Item 4 Text=TUNE
    Menu Item 5 Text=SKINS

    Just replace TUNE etc. with what you want your orbs to be called
    .
    ;Quick Launch L+R+Button
    Quick Launch A=E:DashboardsXbox Media Centerdefault.xbe
    Quick Launch B=E:DashboardsUnleashXdefault.xbe
    Quick Launch X=
    Quick Launch Y=

    Quick launch is a command line that lets you go straight from the main menu to a game with a button combo. Simply put the location of the .xbe you want to load after each option. Maximum no. of quicklaunches is obviously 4. EG: Quick Launch A=E:DashboardsXbox Media Centerdefault.xbe by holding down L + R + A, XBMC launches on my xbox.

    ;Sections Related Entrys
    Number of HD Menu Items=4
    [section0]
    Title=Games
    Path=games
    [section1]
    Title=Applications
    Path=apps
    [section2]
    Path=Dashboards
    Title=Dashboards
    [section3]
    Title=Emulators
    Path=emulators

    First, you need to say how many option tabs you're going to have. Default is 3.
    Title= what'll be displayed on the orb thing.
    Path= Which folder the stuff that fits into this category is located. Don't worry about the drive name. The dash searches all drives.
    Remember to use to define subfolders. EG: to let the dashboard scan E:pERSOGames, you need to set Path=DeviceHarddisk0Partition1PERSOGames

    So it's done !

    5. Save the file config.xbx

    Note : I prefer to edit this config file by text editing. BUT once you get the dash launched, you can also press the X button on the mainmenu to get into the configuration menu and change all these settings. If you will use this "online config" don't forget to Restart and Reboot once finished

    Just transfer the folder BlackStormX with your modified config.xbx, and these files bsXdash.xbe and BlackstormXCP.xbe on the Xbox in the root of C:/ drive. Your C: drive should contain at least 5 directories and 4 files:

    - Audio [DIR]
    - BlackStormX [DIR]
    - fonts [DIR]
    - xboxdashdata.10027100 [DIR]
    - xodash [DIR]

    - BlackstormXCP.xbe
    - bsXdash.xbe
    - XBox Book.xtf
    - Xbox.xtf

    6. Start boxplorer or another file manager and launch the file bsXdash.xbe for testing

    Naturally it's allright and in order to boot on the dashboard BlackStormX, you have to rename the file bsXdash.xbe to xboxdash.xbe (or evoxdash.xbe), depending of your bios settings. AND set your Xbe Name=xboxdash or evoxdash in your configuration file

    Note : In order to run the dashboard from another drive, i.e. from E:

    Edit the file bsXdash.xbe with a HEX editor, search for BlackStormX and just replace:

    DeviceHarddisk0Partition2BlackStormX

    with that :

    DeviceHarddisk0Partition1BlackStormX

    partition1 is corresponding to your E: drive and the dash will run from the root of E:/. Use partition6 to run all the **** from the root of F: or partition7 for G:

    7. Copy the folder BlackStormX, and these files bsXdash.xbe and BlackstormXCP.xbe to the root of E:/ drive

    ATTENTION ! When you have done with your dashboard on another drive than C:, you are no more able to change a skin "on the box" (just per FTP : the xbe can not be patched and colors will not change. That's because the ColorPatcher BlackstormXCP.xbe ONLY RUNS ON THE ROOT OF C: !

    I hope you've checked out the readme !
    Anyway here are usual dashboard commands:
    - X = config... don't forget to Restart and Reboot once finished
    - R+L+White = Screenshot... stored on your Box in the root of E: drive in bmp format
    - R+L+Right = Screensaver... to start/end animation
    - R+L+Left = Harddrive INFO
    - black = Memoryx... to start/end the game
    - R+L+Up = Turn on Background Music (BGM) / Change ST
    - R+L+Down = Turn off BGM

    Note : If your screenshots seem to be cut at the bottom, please use the Screenshot Mod patch by *****db (THANKS to him !) to apply it on your .xbe file (initially called BlackStormX). Depending of your standard, download this patch for PAL or NTSC.

    Here some screens you should see on your Xbox with the default blue skin

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    8. Next step is to apply a skin (other than blue or green) and customize the dashboard (i.e. texture and transparence)...

    9. Your all done ALL CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS GO TO

    .:Team BlackStorm:.

    BobMcGee - Dash Coding
    acidbath - 3D Modeling/Graphics
    ZogoChieftan - C++ Coding
    iCeCool - Web support/MIRC support
    Tayior7 - Dash Coding
     
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