Xbox 360:Drive Flashing

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Flashing an Xbox 360 DVD drive involves overwriting the DVD drive firmware with a custom firmware (usually LT3). This can be done with as little as a USB tool, but may range in materials and difficulty, up to and including drilling into a chip with a very small dremel tool (known as the "kamikaze" hack). The guide below is the best walkthrough for any model. Credit to Nomadic Dagger for the list of compatible chipsets for drive flashing.

Winchester DVD drives cannot be flashed!

  • If you have a Lite-On 93450/83850 and it dies, you can buy a Lite-On 74850 and flash it with 93450/83850 firmware
  • Original Xbox games have to be a 1;1 rip, as it must contain the full security sectors to run
  • Special care needs to be taken for XGD3 games

A video demonstration for flashing every phat Xbox 360 drive, DG-16D4S MXIC, and DG-16D42 Winbond on MrMario2011's channel.

Exclamation-circle-fill.svgWe do not currently have a text guide for drive flashing, but Noobert's Flashing Guide is a great guide in the meantime.

Xbox 360 DVD Drive Models

  • Philips-LiteOn 16D2S
  • Philips-LiteOn 16D4S (S)
  • Philips-LiteOn 16D5S (S/E)
  • Hitachi GDR-3120L
  • Hitachi-LG DLN10N (S)
  • Philips-BenQ VAD6038
  • Toshiba-Samsung TS-H943

Compatible Chipsets for Flashing

  • NVIDIA nForce 2 IDE Controller
  • NVIDIA nForce 4 IDE Controller
  • Intel P45 (ICH10R) ASUS P5QC
  • Intel ICH9
  • Intel ICH (i810,i815,i840)
  • Intel ICH0
  • Intel ICH2M
  • Intel ICH2 (i810E2,i845,850,860)
  • Intel C-ICH (i810E2)
  • Intel ICH3M
  • Intel ICH3 (E7500/1)
  • Intel ICH4 (i845GV,i845E,i852,i855)
  • Intel ICH5
  • Intel ICH10
  • Intel ICH10R (Asus P6T V2 Deluxe)
  • Intel ICH10R+P45
  • Intel ESB (855GME/875P + 6300ESB)
  • Intel ICH6 (and 6) (i915)
  • Intel ICH7/7-R (i945, i975,945P with silicon 3231 sata controller)
  • Intel ICH9R
  • Intel PIIX3 for the 430HX etc
  • Intel PIIX4
  • Intel PIIX4 for the 430TX/440BX/MX chipset
  • Intel PIIX
  • Intel 82801EB (ICH5)
  • Intel 6300ESB (ICH5)
  • Intel 82801FB/FW (ICH6/ICH6W)
  • Intel 82801FR/FRW (ICH6R/ICH6RW)
  • Intel 82801FBM ICH6M
  • Intel Enterprise Southbridge 2 (631xESB/632xESB)
  • Intel 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7, identical to ICH6)
  • Intel 2801GBM/GHM (ICH7M, identical to ICH6M)
  • Intel SATA Controller IDE (ICH8)
  • Intel Mobile SATA Controller IDE (ICH8M)
  • Intel SATA Controller IDE (ICH9)
  • Intel SATA Controller IDE (ICH9M)
  • NVIDIA nForce 4 SATA Controller
  • NVIDIA nForce 2 SATA Controller
  • NVIDIA nForce 3 SATA Controller
  • NVIDIA nForce MCP04 SATA Controller
  • NVIDIA nForce MCP51 SATA Controller
  • NVIDIA nForce MCP55 SATA Controller
  • NVIDIA nForce MCP61 SATA Controller
  • NVIDIA 750i
  • NVIDIA Nforce630i (flashed a benq and lite-on)
  • NVIDIA Nforce570 (Samsung M28)
  • Silicon Image SIL-3512
  • ATI SB600 (configured to legacy IDE)
Not Working
  • NVIDIA Geforce 8200(ABIT A-N78HD)
Working for some
  • ATI SB400 (1 member said not, another flashed a Liteon 7 series).
  • EVGA X58 with Intel ICH10 (flashed Lite-On and BenQ)
  • Intel 82801 G ICH7 (flashed BenQ)