A buddy of mine, who shall remain nameless, has apparently completed a real XBox 360 mod. He’s at work right now, so he could discuss much, but he’s jiggered the laser to read cheaper media, flashed the firmware, and can now back up – ahem – his 360 games with reckless abandon.
Apparently he used information from a certain website after purchasing 30 hardware mod chips that he didn’t even use. It seems the 360 was quite amenable to his attentions and he is now playing ISOs without incident. I’ll pick his brain this week and we’ll figure out what specifically he did.