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How do I restore the Xbox dashboard after I replace the hard disk?


I had replaced the Xbox hard drive and attempted to reinstall the Evolution X dashboard, when I attempt to start the Xbox I get an error code 16. I’m using the Xecuter 2.6 CE mod chip with external switch. Form the research I have determined the problem lies in the boot sequence. If the clock values are messed up it will attempt to find the Microsoft dashboard in order to set the time correctly. If it cannot find the dashboard it will return an error code 16. My problem is how to I install the Microsoft dashboard on my hard drive so I can correct the time. I do not have a friend who’s Xbox I can borrow and I no longer possess the original hard drive to work with. I do have the Evolution X dashboard on a CDROM but I have no way I can install it.

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  1. 16 – dashboard – Clock cannot be set.

    Basically it comes down to this. Error 16 has to do with not finding the menu setting with which you can set the clock of the hdd. This happens to a lot of people that erase their hdd (original/upgraded) or MS dashboard files and after that they don’t immediatly install the hdd but leave the xbox without power longer than 5 hours.

    It’s all about the hdd can’t find the menu with which it can set the clock. This is mostly because the xbox hdd is empty (you removed dashboard or fux0red it via ftp). The problem arises when xbox searches for menu to set clock with, can’t find it and voila: error 16. Well read on please!

    So you have an error 16 huh? Don’t worry “nothing” is broken!

    You have an xbox hdd that is locked. And normally you can boot in original and modded mode. Retail or upgraded doesn’t matter. You start playing around with xboxdash.xbe etc. using ftp programs. While doing this you “accidently” remove your MS dashboard and also your alternate dashboard (Evox, etc.) so there is no dash anymore on the xbox hdd.

    You end the ftp session and after that you shut off your xbox. Normally when you would start up again it gives you an error 13/14 ( no dashboard found). No worries with a slayer Evox cd (and a hardmod), all is ok. BUT this is only WITHIN 3 hours or so.

    This is because the internal clock of the xbox will only be kept alive by the capacitors for only 3 or 4 hours. So when you leave your xbox unplugged from electricity for over 5 hours after you have played with the.xbe’s AND you have removed your (ms and evo-x) dash from your xbox than you are fux0red. Why do you ask?

    Why can’t I boot from disc?

    Its as follows Xbox starts booting==> (almost 1st thing a xbox does is) searches for internal clock==> doesnt find internal clock because there hasn’t been any electricity on the xbox for 5 hours so battery that kept clock alive is empty and clock is gone==> searches for the proper dashboard menu to set clock with ==> doesnt find msdashboard or evo-x dashboard menu becuz you have removed it from the hdd for whatever reasons you had==> xbox gives error 16: cannot set clock.

    So what do you do about it? Two options!

    1. There are some bios’es around that allow the chip to boot past the clocksetting. (do a search!). So how do you get that bios on your chip because you cant boot to a flash program or something? Well you need to have an external flasher.

    It seems the m8 bios will take care for you of booting past the clocksetting. Or use the latest Xecutor bios

    2. This is the more easy and newbie friendly strategy

    -Get a friend with a modded xbox.

    -Unlock his hdd with eeprom management from a slayer evo-x cd.

    -Than, place his hdd in your xbox.

    -Boot with your chip on.

    -Now the xbox DOES find a dashboard when you boot in original mode and you can set the time in the msdashboard clock settings.

    -Shut off xbox and remove your friends hdd

    -PLace his hdd back in his xbox and lock it again

    -Install your hdd

    -(clock has been set) So boot up with slayer cd.

    -Install normally whatever you wanna install

    -lock hdd

    If you get an error 13 after this, please read up on the error 13 explanation!

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