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Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs.

Postby Domspun » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:37 am

So, the other day I was playing on my Xbox on some MAME and it crashed. When I rebooted, I got an error 7. So I opened up my Xbox to find out the PCB of the HDD had a burnt mark and just under it the 3 capacitors beside the CPU were almost burst. So changed the 3 caps, put in a new HDD, put Slayers Auto-Installer in and to my surprise, disc doesn't boot and it goes straight to the Error 7 screen!

I tried everything I could think of, different IDE cables, different HDDs, many CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, also tried Hexen and ALWAYS the same result. This is driving me nuts. Last time I upgraded, around 6-7 years ago, it went super smooth, just dropped a new HDD in, inserted an auto-installer and it was done.

Searched the web for the whole day and couldn't find any answer. I don't understand, usually boot discs can load even without a HDD. :evil: :evil:
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Re: Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs

Postby damotheking » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:25 am

can you shows some pics of the burn mark cap install
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Re: Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs

Postby Domspun » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:02 am

The HDD and the cap that was under it. It didn't leak on the board, but I guess it was swollen for a long time and probably helped to corrode the HDD PCB. I'll sleep on that and disassemble/reassemble the XBOX tomorrow morning. :cry:
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Re: Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs

Postby Domspun » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:11 am

I'll try a bunch of IDE HDD tomorrow, just in case I have two dead HDD.
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Re: Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs

Postby kaos_engr » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:37 am

I've seen error 7's occur because of a bad DVD drive not allowing access to the HDD so the HDD timeout error was issued but the HDD itself was not the problem. Try swapping the DVD drive.
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Re: Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs

Postby mmoye9 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:58 am

if it was a dead hard drive issue you'd be getting error 13 iirc, I'd have to agree with kaos_engr on swapping the DVD Drive
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Re: Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs

Postby Domspun » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:02 pm

But if the DVD drive was faulty, I should be able to boot by unplugging it, no? I saw a few threads online and they were all able to boot without the DVD drive. I hear the DVD drive working when I put a disc in, but doesn't load.
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Re: Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs

Postby Domspun » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:48 pm

Tested a bunch of HDD and they physically run (hear them spin), but still get error 7.
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Re: Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs

Postby Domspun » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:56 pm

Good news!
Found a HDD that made boot the disc! But I don't know if I can use that HDD, it's a noisy one. At least there is some progress. Trying out another IDE HDD now. Let's see how it goes.
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Re: Error 7 from hell! Hard modded and won't load boot discs

Postby Domspun » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:01 pm

Finally got one running. Seems like I had a bunch of defective IDE HDD and my SATA to IDE adapter doesn't work. :roll:
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