9780072227925

Xbox : Blow the Lid Off!

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    9780072227925

  • ISBN10:

    0072227923

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
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Summary

Achieve a whole new level of game play with this tell-all hardware guide. You’ll learn how to network your XBOX and challenge your friends online, and get a glimpse into the gaming industry through “sneak peek” sidebars. Packed with inside tips and advice, this book helps you unlock secret levels, discover hidden characters, and maximize your gaming experience.

Author Biography

Brian Underdahl is the best-seling author of more than 60 books on all aspects of cornputing. His critically acclalmed books have received numerous honors, including an Rward of Merit from the Northern California Technical Communications Competition, With a background in electrical engineering. Underdahl enjoys getting undemeath the casings and discovering the in-and-outs of the latest hardware.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Bring It On!p. 1
Busting out Your Xboxp. 2
What You Do, and Don't, Getp. 3
Cables--They Make a Differencep. 4
One Big and Bulky Controllerp. 5
One Skinny Little Manualp. 7
I Wonder Why the Box Looks Like a PC?p. 7
What You See Is Not What You Get!p. 8
Beyond Gaming: Tweaking Your Xboxp. 8
How Not to Get Ripped Offp. 10
Places to Look for a Dealp. 10
Bundles: Are They Worth It?p. 10
Buyer Beware: Online Dealsp. 11
Being Nice to Your Xboxp. 13
Don't Do This at Home!p. 14
Hook Yourself Up!p. 17
Creating the Ultimate Game Centralp. 18
The Bigger the Better--Connecting to Your TVp. 19
Identify Your Connectionp. 19
Trouble with Video? Fix Itp. 21
Getting Great Sounds--Connecting to Your Stereop. 23
Yup, You Need an Amplifierp. 24
Trouble with Sound? Fix Itp. 25
Getting out of the Family Room--Connecting to Your PCp. 25
Setting the Xbox Optionsp. 27
Set Your Timep. 29
Choose Your Languagep. 31
Get the Right Audiop. 32
Get the Best Picturep. 32
Choose Your Game and Movie Ratingsp. 33
Save Some Powerp. 34
Protecting Your Box and Your Fusep. 35
Maintaining Your Game Domainp. 37
Be on Top of Your Game!p. 39
Enhance Your Game Playp. 40
What Is Available and What Is Comingp. 41
The Not-So-Average Controllerp. 41
Cool and Programmable Controllersp. 42
Shooting Guns Without Bulletsp. 45
No Wings? Fly Anywayp. 45
Oh Yeah! Going Wirelessp. 46
Using PlayStation Controllersp. 46
Finding the Gear and Dealp. 47
Standing in the Brick and Mortar Storep. 47
More Options--Go Onlinep. 48
Even More Options--Buy It Usedp. 48
Save Lives, Discover Hidden Power, Burn Music, and Morep. 51
Small and Expensivep. 52
Do You Really Need a Memory Card for Every Game?p. 53
Not All Memory Cards Are Created Equalp. 53
Finding the Cards with Preloaded Game Savesp. 54
Making Room on Your Memory Cardp. 55
Copying a Game Save to Your Memory Cardp. 58
Burn. Burn. Burn.p. 59
Copying Music to Your Xbox's Hard Drivep. 59
Creating Your Own Game Soundtracksp. 61
Viewing an Xbox Easter Eggp. 64
Hidden Possibilities: Modsp. 65
What Are Mods?p. 65
Not in a Store Near Youp. 66
What It's All About: Games!p. 69
It Is All About the Gamesp. 70
What Can You Play?p. 70
Domestic vs. Importedp. 71
Finding Your Best Dealp. 72
Ratings: Ethics Are Optionalp. 75
Murder, Stealing, and Breaking the Rulesp. 76
Parental Controlsp. 77
Game Reviewsp. 81
Magazine Reviewsp. 81
Online Reviewsp. 81
Late Breaking Game Shopping Newsp. 82
Get Connectedp. 85
Multiplayer Game Optionsp. 86
Cooperating with Your Buddiesp. 87
Competing Against Your Buddiesp. 88
Getting a Real Army Goingp. 90
Taking Your Xbox Onlinep. 90
Online Gaming Sitesp. 91
Using Xbox Connectorp. 92
Using GameSpy Arcadep. 93
What's This Xbox Live!?p. 95
Connecting to Your Friends Onlinep. 95
Another Online Xbox Gaming Projectp. 96
Go Hardcore--Network Your Xboxp. 99
Xbox to Xboxp. 100
The Official Hardware Optionsp. 102
The "Unofficial" Hardware Optionsp. 102
Adding an Xbox to an Existing Networkp. 102
Trouble? Fix It!p. 103
Go Wireless With Your Xbox?p. 105
Cheat Now! It's Allowedp. 107
Nobody Plays Fairp. 108
How Cheats Workp. 109
Secret Extrasp. 109
Xbox Cheat Hardware Optionsp. 110
GameShark--The Authorized Hackersp. 110
The Xbox Code Breakerp. 112
Cheat Hardware vs Cheat Codesp. 114
More Cheating--Online Xbox Cheating Resourcesp. 117
The Magical, Mystical World of Cheat Codesp. 118
What Are These Cheat Codes, Anyway?p. 119
Where Do I Find My Cheat Codes?p. 120
What Can Cheat Codes Do for Me?p. 126
Cheat Codes Are Programmed Inp. 126
Looking at Shark Codesp. 127
What Are Shark Codes?p. 127
Warning: Void Your Xbox Warrantyp. 131
Going Undercoverp. 132
Going Inside Will Void Your Xbox Warrantyp. 132
Warning: Danger for Your Xboxp. 133
Taking a Tourp. 133
Are You Really Going to Open It Up?p. 135
Do-It-Yourself Xboxp. 136
Simple Xbox Modificationsp. 136
Not So Simple Modificationsp. 137
Is It Worth Modifying Your Xbox?p. 141
Xbox Beyond Gaming--DVDs and CDsp. 143
Get More from Your Xboxp. 144
Your Xbox and Your DVDsp. 145
What Does It Take to Play DVDs?p. 145
You Need a DVD Remote--No Argumentsp. 146
Optimizing DVD Playbackp. 148
Xbox and Musicp. 154
Playing Audio CDsp. 154
Playing Your Recorded Musicp. 155
Viewing the Xbox Light Showp. 157
Indexp. 159
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