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Xbox-Scene Tutorial: The Complete Guide to Setting Up Evox.ini (v0.1)

Tutorial written by : Vidgms4me
Last edited: February 6, 2004


The Complete Guide to Setting Up Evox.ini
Evolution-X Version +3921, +3935
by Vidgms4me and Additional Help

The most up-to-date version of this guide can be found here.

Table of Contents

Updated 14 December, 2003.  Added some more info, formatted better. Much easier to read now IMO, if it's not, then I'll add style sheets on request.

-=The Evox.ini=-

The evox.ini is where all of EvolutionX's settings are held.  The EvolutionX dashboard is very customizable.  This is a complete guide for setting up the dashboard.  This explains options to be used by most users in a very easy, plain-english form.

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-=About This Guide=-

This guide was written by vidgms4me.  If there are any questions, please ask in the forums.  If you have any contributions to this guide, please reply to the thread about this guide.  This guide provides an understanding for most users, so it may not have covered some topics in complete detail.  If you have a more detailed explaination, please post it in the forums.  I will include it in the tutorial, and will mention you in the credits.  This guide was written in VIM, the ultimate text editor, and further edited in Word.

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-=Breakdown of the evox.ini=-

This is a breakdown of the evox.ini that comes with the Evox +3921 dash.
Quick Note:
The pound key (#) comments out a line.  Meaning, if the # sign is there, it is as if the line wasn't there at all.  This is useful for putting notes to help you remember things in your INI.
Concerning IGR:
Prior to versions of Evox before +3921, IGR was consittered very troubling.  These issues have apparently been fixed, however, I still reccomend the X2 bios IGR if available to you.

[Misc]

AutoLaunchGames    = No

This setting, autolaunchgames, instructs evox to boot a game when it is inserted in the tray.  Setting it to Yes enables it.  Setting it to no prevents it, and you will still stay at the evox screen.  Please note that this does not affect if your xbox boots to evox when the disc is in the tray when you turn it on.

AutoLaunchDVD    = No

This setting is very similar to the AutoLaunchGames setting, although this enables launching of DVD movie discs.

DVDPlayer    = "f:\apps\dvd2.0\default.xbe"

This is where the location of your dvd player.  You can set this to C:\xboxdash.xbe if you would like to use the xbox dashboard to play dvds, or change the location to an alternate player, such as dvdx2.

AutoLaunchAudio    = No

This is similar to the AutoLaunchGames setting, although this enables the automatic launching of Audio CDs.

#AudioPlayer    = "c:\xboxdash.xbe"

This is similar to the DVDPlayer setting, although this contains the location of your AudioCD player.  When commented out with the pound (#) key, it defaults to xboxdash.xbe .

MSDashBoard    = "c:\xboxdash.xbe"

This is the location of the Microsoft dashboard.  If your evox dash is named evoxdash.xbe and your xbox boots with the chip disabled, keep this setting as is.

UseFDrive    = Yes

This option enables the use of the F drive.  Please note that the F drive will only function properly on larger formatted hard drives, or on Seagate Hard Drives where F has been formatted.  Instructions on formatting F on the seagate hard drives can be found here: http://xbox-scene.com/articles/formatf.php

UseGDrive    = Yes

This option enables the use of the G drive.  Please note that the G drive will only function properly on larger (137gb+) G formatted hard drives, where LBA48 G drive is supported in the bios.

SkinName    = Original

Infomation about what skin will be used.  I suggest you leave this alone, and select the skin via the skin select in evox.

IGR        = Yes

This is IGR, or In Game Reset.  This causes problems with many games, so I suggest you set it to no.  There is a much more reliable IGR in the x2.

UseItems    = Yes

Info Pending right now.

ScreenSaver    = 5

Amount of time in minutes, for it takes to the screensaver (dimmed screen) to activate.

#SkinName    = RuDeDuDe2

Not used.  Its commented out.  Ignore this.

Fahrenheit    = No

When this is set to No, temperatures in settings and in skins that support temperatures are read in Celcius.  When set to Yes, they appear in Farenheit.

ShadeLevel    = 90

This is the shade level of the dimmed screen in the screen saver.

EnableSMART    = Yes

This option enables reading of HDD temperature for use in Skins.

HDD_Temp_ID    = 194

Attribute number for temperature. Should be 194 for most (if not all) drives.

DebugTSR       = No

Used for dumping Trainer memory info.  Leave this set to No, it's only needed by hardcore devs.

ChameleonLed = 15

0=Off 1=On 2-100 Blink.  Chameleon modchip only.

GameRegion   = 0

Adjust Game Region in Evox settings (leave this alone).
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[IGR]

Start_Button    = Yes
Back_Button    = Yes
L_Trig        = Yes
R_Trig        = Yes
White_Button    = No
Black_Button    = No
A_Button    = No
B_Button    = No
X_Button    = No
Y_Button    = No

This section is for use with the IGR.  Buttons set to Yes must be held at once to activate IGR.  Once again, I strongly advise against the evox IGR, and using the X2 igr.

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[Network]

SetupNetwork    = Yes

Setting to Yes enables the network to be setup in evox.

StaticIP    = No

Setting this to Yes uses the values given below for the network.  Setting to No uses dhcp to obtain this info.  If using a router, dhcp is your best option.

Ip        = 192.168.0.2
Subnetmask    = 255.255.255.0
Defaultgateway    = 192.168.0.1
DNS1        = 0.0.0.0
DNS2        = 0.0.0.0
SkipIfNoLink    = No
SetupDelay    = 10

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[Clock]

JumpToMsDash    = No

If set to No, the dashboard gets the time from the time server.  If Yes, it gets the time from the time server.

JumpIfNoLink    = Yes

If set to Yes, Evox will get the time from the MS dash if the connection to the time server fails.

Use24        = Yes

If set to Yes, the 24 hour time format is used.  When set to No, it uses the 12 hour time format.

SwapDate    = No

If set to Yes, European date style (day/month) is used.  If set to No, the

SNTP_Server    = 216.244.192.3

Sets the time sync server.

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[FTP]

Enable        = Yes

When set to Yes, FTP access to the xbox is enabled.  When set to no, it isn't.

Password    = xbox

Set this to the password you would like to use for ftp access.  Please note that the username is fixed at xbox.

IGR         = No

Once again, IGR.  Refer to the other parts about IGR for info.

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[Telnet]

Enable        = Yes

When set to Yes, Telnet access to the xbox is enabled.  When set to No, it is disabled.

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[RDTOOLS]

Enable        = Yes
Name        = XBOX_V1.1

The RDTOOLS section is development related.  It is best to leave this as set.

IGR        = No


IGR. Refer to past sections.

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[BIOS]

#
ROM        = "EvoX 2.0",0x76fd88337b8d8c1f116f85f3984b98b6
ROM        = "EvoX 2.1",0x99487615bb30670cb65993388fcf2a63
ROM        = "EvoX 2.2",0x220ade778785cfc3c98bb5ea8bbd8608
ROM        = "EvoX 2.3",0xd79bc87c2caa1a50dcc7016adf2ccc0a
ROM        = "EvoX 2.4",0xe3ce66b99957a92fdac40af951c3f1fd
ROM        = "EvoX 2.6",0xdd3de3542bff7b36cdb0dbe078c27fbe
ROM            = "EvoX 3.6",0xcb73b4914bb6c70b66e21377989726a0  
ROM              = "EvoX 3.6ef",0xf754767b388ce7a08bf57304e24c9ae9  
ROM              = "EvoX D.6",0xc349c2b047a3d6c2de2e1c10185ecf86  
ROM              = "EvoX D.6ef",0x74c6235497f474bf88b54b3fc52a20b2
#
Flash        = 0x01d5,"AMD - Am29F080B",0x100000
Flash        = 0x04d5,"FUJITSU - MBM29F080A",0x100000
Flash        = 0xadd5,"Hynix - HY29F080",0x100000
Flash        = 0x20f1,"ST - M29F080A",0x100000
Flash        = 0xbf61,"SST - 49LF020",0x40000
Flash        = 0x015b,"AMD - Am29LV800B",0x100000
Flash        = 0x01da,"AMD - Am29LV800B",0x100000
#Flash        = 0x89a6,"SHARP - LH28F008SCT",0x100000,0x20,0xd0,0x10
#Flash        = 0x378c,"AMIC - A29002",0x40000
Current        = 0x5aec431e5fefb8cf420dfb29fa0b1ddb

The above bios section is a list of chip flashing info and a list of hash values of bios for identification purposes.  For an updated list of the top part (NOTE: do not remove or edit the bottom part.)  Add the info found here:  http://forums.xbox-scene.com/index.php?act=ST&f=38&t=43437


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[Skin_Original]

#
# <Time>   =
# <IP>     =
# <Name>
# <Version>
# <CD>
# <BIOSVer>
# <KernelVer>
# <RDName>
# <Temp1>
# <Temp2>
# <SpaceC>
# <SpaceE>
# <SpaceF>
# <SpaceX>
# <SpaceY>
# <SpaceZ>
#
Text    =       30,37,0.5,0x000000,0,"<Time><CrLf>MB Temp <Temp1><CrLf>CPU <Temp2>"
Text    =       28,39,0.5,0x808080,0,"<Time><CrLf>MB Temp <Temp1><CrLf>CPU <Temp2>"
Text    =       620,420,0.5,0x000000,1,"<Name> V<Version>"
Text    =       618,422,0.5,0x808080,1,"<Name> V<Version>"
Text    =       620,37,0.5,0x000000,1,"<CD>"
Text    =       618,39,0.5,0x808080,1,"<CD>"
Text    =       30,420,0.5,0x000000,0,"RD Name : <RDName>"
Text    =       28,422,0.5,0x808080,0,"RD Name : <RDName>"
LogoType=    0

This is skin info about the default skin.  I reccomend you do not change this.

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-=The Menu=-

At last, the menu.  I think this deserves a section of its own, because it is very involved.  Here is the default menu.

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Structure

[Menu]

Section "Root"
{
    Item "Launch DVD",ID_Launch_DVD
    Item "MS Dashboard",ID_MS_Dash
    Item "Reboot",ID_Quick_Reboot
    Item "Power Off",ID_Power_Off
#    Item "Flash Evox BIOS","c:\bios\d6.bin",ID_Flash_Bios_File

    Section "System Utils"
    {
        Item "Settings",ID_Settings
        Item "Flash BIOS",ID_Flash_Bios
        Item "Backup",ID_Backup
        Item "Skins",ID_Skins
    }
    Section  "Launch Menu"
    {
         Section "Games"
        {
            AutoAddItem "e:\games\"
            AutoAddItem "f:\games\"
            SortAll
        }
        Section "Apps"
        {
            AutoAddItem "e:\apps\"
             AutoAddItem "f:\apps\"
            SortAll
        }
    }
}


Notice that the root of the menu is held in a section called Root.  This brings up the first part of the menu.  All things are divided into sections. 
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Submenus

A section is structured in this matter:

Section "Root"
{
}

Between the two brackets, { and }, there is more information.  Here is where you can add other sections, which function as "folders".  When you click on them with the A button, they display information contained within them.  Heres an example of using other sections.

Section "Root"
{
    Section "My Games"
    {
    }
    
    Section "My Applications"
    {
    }
}

It is very important that every { has a corresponding }.  Also note that I indented the menus.  This is not needed, but I like to do this for organization.

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Items

Now that you know how to make different sections, you need to put things in that section.  There are several ways this can be acheived.

First, you can either AutoAdd items, or manually add them.

The AutoAddItem function automaticly searches immediate subdirectories for a default.xbe file, and adds it to the menu.  For most people this is a very good thing.  Here's an example of the use of AutoAddItem.

Section "Root"
{
    Section "My Games"
    {
        AutoAddItem "f:\games"
    }
    
    Section "My Applications"
    {
        AutoAddItem "f:\apps"
    }
}

You can also manually add these items.  Use the Item tag to add them.  Heres an example:

Section "Root"
{
    Section "My Games"
    {
        Item "NHL Hitz 2003","f:\games\nhl2k3\default.xbe"
    }
    
    Section "My Applications"
    {
        Item "Boxplorer","f:\boxplorer\default.xbe"
    }
}


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Special Items (thx to heinrich)

Commandline parameters option:

SYNTAX:
Item "NAME","PATH",ID_CMD,"PARAMETER"

Example:
Item "Bubble Bobble","e:\Mame\mame.xbe",ID_CMD,"\roms\bubble.rom"

Desc. of syntax-
Name - Display name
PATH - Path to XBE of app/game.
ID_CMD - additional options desc. below.
PARAMETER - App-specific. Parameters will only work with certain apps. Check the documentation or try it. No guarantees.

ID_CMD explanations
ID_Reg_NA   : force region to NTSC US for that XBE/
ID_Reg_J    : force region to NTSC-J for that XBE
ID_Reg_ROW  : force region to PAL for that XBE
ID_No_D_Mount.  This is used to mount the D:\ drive when launching a default.xbe from the hard drive.  This is especially useful for trainers.
ID_SwapStick - Swaps Movement and Button Press*
ID_SwapStick_Move - Swaps only Movement*
ID_SwapStick_Press - Swaps only Button Press*
*I haven't played around with these, you will most likely have to have TSR_TYPE = 1 and you might have to have IGR on.

There are many other functions that you can perform, such as the Reboot and Shutdown.  I am looking for people to add to this list.  Reply to this thread if you have more info on this:
    Item "Launch DVD",ID_Launch_DVD
    Item "MS Dashboard",ID_MS_Dash
    Item "Reboot",ID_Quick_Reboot
    Item "Power Off",ID_Power_Off
    Item "Settings",ID_Settings
    Item "Flash BIOS",ID_Flash_Bios
    Item "Backup",ID_Backup
    Item "Skins",ID_Skins
    Item "Power Cycle",ID_Full_Reboot
    Item "Trainers",ID_Trainer
New in +3921

In addition, lines can be added, which cannot be selected, and are just scrolled past.  This format of the line is:

    Line "text if line",n

Where n is nonexistent for a line the color of the skin text, 1 for a red line, and 2 for a green line.  So, for example,

    Line "------------",1 - Creates a red line
    Line "------------" - Creates a line of the skin color of the text.

Sorting

Any way you have these items, you need to sort these items in Alphabetical order.  Add SortAll to the end of the section if you want to do this.

Section "Root"
{
    Section "My Games"
    {
        AutoAddItem "f:\games"
        SortAll
    }
    
    Section "My Applications"
    {
        AutoAddItem "f:\apps"
        SortAll
    }
}

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-=Credits=-

Thanks to:
BIG THANKS TO heinrich - Info on 3921, clocks, and all the other info that you could only get from an Evox tester :) .
lordvader129 - info on clocks.  Thanks :)
Team Evox - Do I have to explain?
Xbox-Scene - Once again, self-explanitory.


NOTE: please add to this guide if you know more!
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Tutorial written by : Vidgms4me

 

 

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