”Where do I find Evolution
This is a popular question. Unfortunately,
finding EvolutionX can be challenging. The reason is
because it uses hacked Microsoft development code, which
some contend is illegal to reproduce. The latest version
The best places to look for EvolutionX are IRC,
Newsgroups and Google.
Good IRC channels to check are #evolutionX,
#xbins, #xbins4newbies, #xbox-ps2, and #xboxiso. If you
have never used IRC, then you will want to download
mIRC. You can read more about mIRC here.
As for newsgroups, I recommend using Xnews as
your newsreader program. It is available here. You may also
want to subscribe to a commercial newsgroup server such
as Easynews.com. The Xbox newsgroup where you should
look is alt.binaries.cd.image.xbox – You should be able
to find almost any xbox related hacking program you’re
looking for at this newsgroup. If you’re not familiar
with newsgroups, they are one of the oldest forms of
Internet file sharing, around decades before P2P
networks existed. Newsgroup readers can post files,
which can be downloaded in multiple parts and assembled
to form a complete program. For a better introduction,
try doing a google search on “newsgroup tutorials” –
Newsgroups are worth learning about.
When you do find EvolutionX, it will be in one of
two forms. It will either be in ISO form, or it will
just be all the individual EevolutionX files standalone.
If the files are standalone then you will have to
convert them into ISO format. If the files are already
in ISO format, then proceed to “Burning EvolutionX
If you have never heard of an ISO file, don’t
worry. ISO’s are basically exact images of CD’s. This
kind of storage is created to make sure there will be no
buffer-under runs while writing CD’s using your PC. When
you copy a CD, the contents of the CD will first be
stored on your hard disk. (the ISO or "image" file) When
the reading process is done, the CD will be burned on a
cdr(w), reading it from the image file on your hard
disk. But this way of storage is also the perfect way to
trade cd's using the internet: Simply create an image
file of your data, compress it in different volumes and
let others download it. Often, when you download an ISO
file you actually receive two files: a .bin and .cue
file. The original extension for an ISO file used to be
.ISO, but as the files became more popular, the standard
has evolved to include two files: .bin and .cue files.
The .bin file contains all the useful data on the CD.,
and the .cue file contains the table of contents. If the
version of EvolutionX that you download contains both
.bin and .cue files OR an .ISO file then you’re set.
Just proceed to “Burning EvolutionX Dashboard”,
otherwise you will have to take the individual
evolutionX files and convert them to an ISO file.
The individual EvolutionX files include
“default.xbe”, “evox.ini” AND two optional
subdirectories: BIOS & Skins. You do not need the
BIOS files if your xbox mod chip already has a BIOS
pre-installed (such as X-ecuter v1.0 and X-ecuter LITE).
The Skins are just graphical enhancements to the look of
the evolutionX dashboard. Although you may not need
either of these subdirectories. If you burn these
subdirectory files to the cdrw though, it won’t hurt.
They are optional.
The reason that you have to convert the
EvolutionX files to an ISO format is because your Xbox
uses a special “xISO” format to read the DVD’s. That’s
why Xbox DVD’s can’t be read on a standard computer. You
use a program called xISO to create that ISO, then burn
the ISO to a CDRW. It’s in a format called “UDF” so that
your Xbox can read the disc. Since the data is encoded
in the UDF format, you won’t be able to view the files
on your PC once they are burned to CDRW. We’ll explain
So, if you need to convert your EvolutionX files
to ISO format then you will need this program: XISO by
Yursoft. It is one of the easiest to use. You can
download it here.
Open XISO :
Go to "Tools>Make a xISO"
Select the directory on your PC Harddrive where
the files are. All files in that directory and
subdirectories will be added in the iso file. Include
default.xbe & evox.ini (there's no need to include
the "bios" & "skins" directories , but it won't hurt
if you do).
Make sure there's a "default.xbe" in the root of
Then click on "Open"
Select where you want to save the xISO file. Make
sure there is enough space left on your
Give a name for the iso file in the "File name:"
form. Then click on "Save".
Once the iso file has been created , xISO will