xboxdifs.htm for some more information, like DVD
(In the official
Microsoft dashboard go to Settings, System Info, and wait for
the information to scroll by. Below the Copyright Warning
the Xbox may display the Kernel and Dashboard versions in a
format like 1.00.4920.01. The third sequence of numbers, that
four digit number, is what the Xbox hacking scene typically
refers to as the Dashboard version. If a dashboard does not
show this information, it means this is using Dashboard ?
and Kernel 3944.)
Versions. There may be more versions of stuff than just those listed here.
- I think this version number may not be displayed on the System
Info screen under the Settings option of the dashboard's main menu.
1.00.4920.01 revision 10027100 (referenced)
Contains a "C:\xboxdashdata.10027100" directory
Known to be bundled with an Xbox using 4817 kernel
4920 revision 1012a700 (referenced)
1.00.4960.01 w/ 17cdc100 directory
Contains a "C:\xboxdashdata.1012a700" directory
Obtained by using Dash 4920 revision 10027100 and getting an
"Xbox Live!" update. The dash was updated to this version
and a dialog box said the system needed to restart to obtain the
latest dashboard, and then I rebooted and saw this instead of
pushing OK in the dialog box and continuing to update.
The following files were different:
The C:\xboxdashdata.1012a700 was renamed to C:\17cdc100
xboxdash.xbe was different (slightly larger)
Files under C:\xodash\ were updated, including the two XBE files.
None of the XBE files were dated later than August of 2003, even
though I downloaded the files later. Sorry, this isn't a
salvation for Kernel 5713 users.
1.00.5659.03 revision 17F14D00
I believe this came from updating using Ninja Gaiden.
1.00.5659.03 revision 17e4cd00 (referenced)
Sealed the security breaches that let old font hacks and audio hacks
work. (All newer versions also will not work with the old hacks.)
has concluded that dashboard 4627 does not exist which is why it is
never tested in any of the homebrew software. I have seen references to
an XDK dashboard version 4627, so I suppose the official XDK developers
have some sort of thing called the "XDK Dashboard".
Some/all of these dashboard versions were simply taken from the
Dashboard DVD Region Free Patch compatibility list.
- "usa only"
- 4034 (Xbox v1.0) (referenced)
- 4036 (Xbox v1.0) (referenced)
- 4627 (Xbox v1.0) (referenced)
- 4817 (Xbox v1.1) (referenced)
- 4872 (Xbox v1.1) (referenced)
- 5101 (Xbox v1.2-1.5) (referenced)
- 5530 (referenced)
Older Phoenix BIOS Loader versions do not work on Kernels 5530 and
- 5713 (Xbox v1.2-1.5) (referenced)
This kernel will not allow the execution of dashboards earlier than
some version. Specifically any pre-live dashboards are ruled out.
Actually I suspect that anything earlier than 5659 is ruled out.
"anything prior to about Aug 5 2003" will not be recognized by Kernel 5713 as an official Microsoft dashboard that it
is allowed to run.
- 5838 (Xbox v1.6)
(Though I haven't outright heard this, one would assume that this
and all newer versions won't allow the execution of dashboards
earlier than 5530, and perhaps none of the dashboard versions that
have an earlier creation date than the kernel version.)
- (Information from XanTium's
forum post on X-S)
XBE files made can pass XBEDump's test
5558 - June 2003
XBE files made do not pass XBEDump's integrity tests. Of course these are
valid XBE files. (XBEDump is known to make false conclusions.)
(likely other versions as well)
- What is a good Kernel Version?
- Early Kernels (best for hackers)
- 3944, 4034, 4627, 4817, 5101, 5530, 5713, 5838
- Retail kernels with BFM support removed (so the good thing PBL doesn't work)
- 5530 and later
- Kernels that prevent execution of known-to-be-old dashboards
- 5713 and newer
This spot right here lists all the kernel versions I know of up to version
5838, and I am believing that none are missing: That these are actually
all the kernel versions up to 5838.
- What is a good Dashboard Version?
Dash versions of 3944, 4034, 4817 are inferior for a couple of reasons.
Upgrade 'em. The original release of MechAssault comes with dash 4920.
They do not have support for the "Xbox Live" service, and
so they have one less menu item on the main menu.
They look for files in the root drive of the C:\, and have no support
for looking for stuff in C:\Fonts\ and other sub-folders. The
double-dash exploit and its
derivatives, including Easter Egg
Exploit and UDE2. In other
words, less hacks work on this dash than 4920.
Dash 4920 is great, since it supports more hacks than anything else. (In
fact, other than older versions of hacks, like test hacks, I believe
every hack I've tested has worked on Dash 4920.) Dash 4920 also
supports the "Xbox Live!" option on the main menu, and it can
use the hacks that look in C:\fonts (like UDE2).
Dash 5659 (I think is the first version I know of to do this) supports
"Wireless Networking" options. If you want/need this, you may
be best off using a version newer than Dash 4920 and giving up support
for the old audio hacks. If you're doing this, actually, you may as
well go to the latest version, unless there is a known limitation with a
newer version of the dashboard.
The "Xbox Live!" service requires the latest version of the
official Microsoft dashboard. Currently I know of no real disadvantages