Since posting our first picture of the X2:LITE final design we've been inundated with enquiries asking what the various sockets and jumpers were for, and why we chose these particular designs. Hopefully we have answered all of your questions below.
A: This socket is for two wires. Ground and the d0 onboard flash disable point. Only 1 wire needs to be soldered here as the ground point will be a screw on clip. The reason these two wires are on a separate socket is so if you connected to the board via the PIN HEADER ADAPTER (B) you would never need to solder ever again - you simple unplug. The female pins will also be included in the package.
B: This is the PIN HEADER Block. We decided to put this onto the PCB instead of a separate adapter for a number of reasons. First of course is cost. By doing this a separate adapter does not need to be manufactured and it comes as standard. You don't have to use it but at least you get the option. Using the PIN header is what we absolutely recommend. It is a far better solution than no solder pogo pins or wires. Its stable, quick and easy to install, the mod can be removed with ease and replaced in seconds. No alignment, no setting up. The main benefit is that once your pin header is fitted you NEVER need to solder ANY mod into your XBOX ever again! . It's not just for Xecuter - its a design that should be encouraged with all LPC mods. In hind sight we feel that we should have implemented this design with Xecuter1, but that is what R&D is all about. Processing feedback, listening to customers and delivering what they ask for. We believe this is it. If other mod developers simply follow the path of using the same adapters, then only the customer benefits - they never have to worry about compatibility again.
C: This is the connector if you wish to use the wires adapter (supplied). Can also be used to connect to the pogo pin adapter - or any adapter design. We encourage third party designers to step forward and design their own addons. As long as its a good idea and good quality then we're happy :)
D: This is the 512k Bank selector. The mod is designed to read 2 x different 512k BIOS's. This can include 2x256k or simply 1 x 512k per bank (The 2x256k will simply read as one mirrored BIOS - it is not for two different ones). Again you can add an external switch if you wish.
E: This is the mod disable jumper. The first thing we hear is that its not the best adapter to use - why not use DIP switches. The answer is simple - we want to make this as easy to use as possible. The jumper pins are not only for jumpers, but you can also add your own NON SOLDER external switch. Now can you see why we used these ? :)
F: This is the Flash Protect jumper. A bit silly of us not to have added this in the beginning, so thanks to those that reminded us :) This is to protect the mod from any malicious erase or flash attempt. Again you can add an external switch if you wish.
One final note is this. It has been of some concern that if you programmed the mod with the wrong flash, or you made a mistake that it would kill the mod. Yes this is true but this is why its called LITE with less features and a much cheaper price. Most of you won't attempt to flash this anyway, and you should always be careful when doing so. However, we are designing an addon cable that will simply plug into the PIN HEADER BLOCK (B) where you can program from your PC much similar to the PRO version. This will not be available yet and will not be supplied with the mods. This will be an add-on cable (which we will probably release as HOMEBREW for free - similar version of cheap lpc but designed for 1MB flash) for those that have had an accident. I hope this makes some of you happy :)
No doubt this has answered a lot of your questions and hope we've been as clear as possible.