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Old Sep 10, 2002, 10:55 PM
Stephen86 Stephen86 is offline
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Question Xbox live used to scan modchips? Look in..

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From a recent article from ZDnet.... here's what it says

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Microsoft may backtrack on an earlier pledge not to use its Xbox Live online gaming service to crack down on "mod chips" -- chips that modify the Xbox console so it can run copied game discs and unlicensed software.

The 14-page user agreement and privacy notice included with the first Xbox Live kits sent to beta testers specifies that Microsoft reserves the right to revoke Xbox Live privileges for anyone with a hacked Xbox and to scan consoles on the network to enforce its rights.

A handful of grey-market Xbox mod chips have gone on sale in the past few months. Once soldered onto the Xbox's main circuit board, the chips disable various copy-protection measures, allowing the machines to run legally or illegally copied discs, imported games and unlicensed software. Numerous hacking projects have emerged to use the chips to adapt Xbox units for use as media players and Linux boxes.

Although Microsoft has said it will take legal action against any modifications that infringe on its intellectual property, a representative for the software giant said last month that Xbox Live, the upcoming online service for the console, would not be used to detect modified consoles.

Yet language in the initial Xbox Live user agreement appears to allow Microsoft to do exactly that. It states: "Xbox Live may only be accessed with an unmodified, except for Microsoft authorized repairs and upgrades, Xbox video game console. Any attempt to disassemble, decompile, create derivative works of, reverse engineer, modify, further sublicense, distribute or use for other purposes either the hardware or software of this system is strictly prohibited."

The agreement further states: "Microsoft may...retrieve information from the Xbox used to log on to Xbox Live as necessary to operate and protect the security of Xbox Live, and to enforce this Agreement."

The privacy statement accompanying the agreement says information collected about specific consoles connected to Xbox Live will be used to update the console's software, protect the network's security and "protect and defend the rights or property of Microsoft."
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Old Sep 11, 2002, 02:03 AM
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Oh man...how many times is this gonna be stated......you are about the 5th or 6th person to start such a thread...please have a look through the forum or search a little before posting these things..chances are its already been reported. And for the record there is no actual statement that MS will scan for modchips, they have just left there T&C's open for doing so if they ever wanted to. As to how they would accomplish scanning for modchips is another thing. Additonally, this will only effect you if you want to play on Xbox live...

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Old Sep 11, 2002, 02:14 AM
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[i]Originally posted by hazzad66 [/i]
[B]Oh man...how many times is this gonna be stated......you are about the 5th or 6th person to start such a thread...please have a look through the forum or search a little before posting these things..chances are its already been reported. And for the record there is no actual statement that MS will scan for modchips, they have just left there T&C's open for doing so if they ever wanted to. As to how they would accomplish scanning for modchips is another thing. Additonally, this will only effect you if you want to play on Xbox live...

HaZ [/B]
Here Here! thats what I keep saying to people. they are bound to put it in the T&C's - doesn't mean they will do it.
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Old Sep 11, 2002, 05:23 AM
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and anyway.. this has praps been said before a million times following each of these threads as well, but if Microsoft would rather that somebody hosted their own broadband network mimicking their own system (How hard do you really think that will be to set up for broadband users - and no I'm not talking about gamespy.com)

But I would rather use that free one than pay the microsoft 50 sheets subscription anyway.. If they want to push these hackers away even more and not take any subscription money off of them for xbox live then so be it.. looks like the little box will have another challenge to fill taking away more MS business and moving it to shareware..

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Old Sep 11, 2002, 06:29 AM
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