Halo 2 Xbox 360 Multiplayer Map Pack Download - All 4 Map Packs with 1.5 Update

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  1. InsaneNutter

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    Halo 2: Multiplayer Map Pack [RF] (Homebrew / All Map Packs / Update 1.5)

    Includes:


    • Halo 2 1.5 Update
    • Bonus Map Pack
    • Killtacular Map Pack
    • Maptacular Map Pack
    • Blastacular Map Pack

    Note: This map pack includes the Blastacular map pack and the Halo 2 1.5 update released on April 17th 2007. These are not included on the original Halo 2: Multiplayer Map Pack disc you could used to purchase in shops. This is a user modified disc created by feudalnate with the additional map pack and 1.5 update included. This is the only way to install the Blastacular Map Pack and 1.5 update on a flashed Xbox 360, as it is no longer possible to download them off Xbox Live, since Xbox Live for the classic Xbox has closed down.

    For use on a modified Xbox Classic (Extract the ISO with Qwix) and Flashed Xbox 360 only

    Download:

    Download Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack - All Map Packs and 1.5 Update For Xbox 360


    How to use:

    1) Open "Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack (Homebrew).dvd" with IMGBurn
    2) Burn to a dual layer disc (LBA 1913776 is correct, do not change!)

    FAQ:

    Q: What is this?
    A: This is an edited version of the original Halo 2: Multiplayer Map Pack game

    Q: Why call it homebrew?
    A: I called it homebrew because calling it Custom, Modded, or Edited may give the indication that it doesn't offer the retail data - which it does.

    Q: Wait, homebrew? For a retail Xbox 360?
    A: Yes. Although many files have been removed, added, and edited the main executable (default.xbe) has not been tampered with and Microsofts' digital signature is still valid, thus allowing the executable to be launched on retail consoles.

    Q: How is this possible?
    A: By dumping the original Halo 2: Multiplayer Map Pack image, I found that the default.xbe (original Xbox executable) was really the CDX menu system by Microsoft. The CDX menu was designed for kiosk style discs (ie: demos, videos, content, etc. all-in-one disc) and is totally configurable from external files and the executable never needs to be touched to offer something completely different.

    This meant by editing certain files and adding the necessary content, I was able to edit the game to offer whatever I pleased. All this is possible because the executable file is cryptographically valid and external files aren't checked for validity. A mistake on Microsofts' part but a benefit for those that understand how CDX works.

    On another note, although it would say Halo 2: Multiplayer Map Pack when launching the game, this executable and its files could be used to install ANY original Xbox content on retail Xbox 360s as long as all the required files for the particular DLC are present.

    Q: Does this really install all 4 of the map packs!?
    A: Yes, it really does.

    Q: What title update does this install?
    A: The latest update, which is version 1.5 (aka Auto-Update 5)

    Q: Does this contain all the content from the original Halo 2: Multiplayer Map Pack game as well?
    A: No. The exclusive videos, E3 videos, and sound test have all been removed. Only the 4 map packs, title update, and Bungies' game type variants are included.

    Q: So what are the requirements for using this?
    A: A few things are required:

    1) The original Xbox emulator for Xbox 360 (most consoles have this pre-installed or have installed it via a system update)
    2) iXtreme 1.6 firmware (or higher (LT/LT+ also)) (Hitachi drives do not support playback of burnt original Xbox games, sorry you're out of luck)
    3) Have ran Halo 2 atleast one time (needed to create the content folders to store the maps and update)

    Q: Will I get banned booting this on my console!?!
    A: You run the same risk as you do booting any other burnt game.

    Q: Is this stealth patched?
    A: Yes! Because I ripped the original game with my 0800 drive, the image is patched with the proper SS(v2) and DMI sectors and because the default.xbe has not been touched, the sectors are valid for the executable

    Q: I can't run this through ABGX360 arrrrrrggggggggg!!!
    A: Nope.

    Q: Why do this?
    A: Because I can. Halo 2 has always been my favorite game and has been the most enjoyable multiplayer experience on a console for me and I'm sure many people share the same feelings towards it.

    So why do this? To offer all the content as it should've been mainly, for personal use, and for those that still enjoy Halo 2 over system link emulators to this date. Also, at the time of this post, this image (ISO) is the ONLY way to get ALL the map packs and latest update on a retail Xbox 360.
     
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    Bungies game types (which appeared on OXM disks) included on this disk. I wonder where he got that idea. :)
     
  3. mesz77

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    Unsuccessful Attempt

    Thank you for your post and the time you took to make this package. I just recently dusted off my Xbox (original) and brought it into work for some fun when we have downtime--and this looks like the perfect thing to have!

    Unfortunately I cannot get the disc to work, and it may be due to a bad DVD-ROM drive. IMGBurn completes and verifies successfully (with layer break 1913776), but when I insert the disc into my Xbox it comes up as empty. My DVD-ROM can still read retail games, but no other media seems to work. I have tried with Memorex and Verbatim DVD+R DL (again with layer break 1913776) to no avail.

    With that said, I then tried a plethora of applications to try and mount the image and transfer it to my Xbox via ethernet. I've tried Qwix, UltraISO, Xiso, C-Xbox Tool, and a few others with no luck. Some say the image is empty, others just say there only exists a VIDEO_TS folder.

    Just to make sure my image isn't corrupt, here is my MD5 checksum for it (just the .iso): 582e39bdcced8fe3f5bfcd4dd599cc3d
    And here are 3 screenshots of my IMGBurn settings: https://imgur.com/T68G0if,mr15gS9,AENBKGK#0
    And lastly my Xbox information:

    [TABLE="class: grid, width: 500"]
    [TR]
    [TD]Xbox Version[/TD]
    [TD]1.0[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]Bios Version[/TD]
    [TD]Xecuter2 4983.06[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]DVD-ROM Model[/TD]
    [TD]Thomson-DVD[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]DVD-ROM Firmware[/TD]
    [TD]1.24[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD]DVD-ROM Region[/TD]
    [TD]0[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

    Is there any course of action I can take to get this release onto my Xbox? If it makes any difference, I was looking to get this package for the additional game version update, the Blastacular Pack, and the additional game modes.

    Thank you for your time.
     
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    :-$ Yikes, I was confused. I read the following line from your post and thought I could do it on my original, modded Xbox:

    Thanks for the alternate link, I will try that out. And hey, at the very least, I just got reacquainted with all of the Xbox tools! lol

    Thanks again.
     
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    Are the maps and update profile locked? As I want to move them from one xbox to another.
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    No there not, however they are signed to the console you install them on. So you would simply use the disc to install them on another console.
     
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    Sorry if this is a stupid question but I've never really been knowledgeable about these kinds of things. A short time back I stumbled across the Portal 2 DLC page but that said you had to have a JTagged console so I can't download that DLC to either of mine. How do you flash a 360 though?

    Halo 2 is one of my favorite games of all time and I desperately want all of the maps to play on.
     
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    The Jungle Flasher Tutorial goes pretty in depth on how to flash an Xbox 360 console. That would be a good starting point, you probably would need to buy some hardware to enable to flash a console today however.
     
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    I can´t play the new maps

    So i downloaded the file and burn with imgburn with the layerbreak 1913766 and all is OK, the console play the disc and i proceeded to install first the update and them the map packs, when i put my copy of halo 2 is not updated and the new maps aren´t. So wich was the mistake? Can you help me?
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    When you load Halo 2 up what version does it say the game is at on the title screen (if any).

    Also what console are you using this on, the Xbox or Xbox 360?
     
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    I have a Xbox 360 slim with LT 3.0. I burn this image with imgburn at 8X in a verbatim disc with layerbreak 1913766 and I play in my console and run, so first install the update, choose english and finish with actualization suceeded or something like that, then install the map packs in order and when I put my copy of halo 2 to play the number 1.5 isn't and the maps less. Thanks for answer me.
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    That's strange, if you go in to storage on the 360 dashboard and find Halo 2, what is displayed in there?
     
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    I think that the problem is in the update, the HDD doesn't recognize this because the folder Halo 2 sized 555MB(only the maps) but when i select the folder found in to a game data with 561MB are 6MB between them, the 6MB are the update. I have a question, i need to have installed the update 1.1 before to install the 1.5 because i don't have this update. I tried to find the original disc converted with the update 1.1 but nothing. It's frustating. Do you have it?
     
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    You shouldn't need the 1.1 update, the 1.5 update contains everything.

    I presume you had loaded Halo 2 at least once before trying to install these updates?
     
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    Yes i played halo2 before in Xlink kai and when downloaded this image and burned was recognized that i had a copy of halo 2 and i could install the update and the maps,Otherwise it went wrong when updating and could not get the maps either because he told me that in this console you had not I pull halo 2 before, I know because I took out my profile up and I am here to load it again with the hope that she recognized me the update. I don't know what else to do.
     
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    I'm not really sure what else to suggest unfortunately (i didn't create the disc) do you have a Jtagged or RGH hacked Xbox 360? We have installers created by a member here which work perfectly for modified consoles.
     
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    Hey if I hotswap the normal map pack with the mod on a unflashed 360 would that work????
     
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    I'm little tired and maybe I'll get an email replay later. But is this possible on an un-flashed 360? When I was re-reading it, I kept reading "retail". Or if I had a modded 360, would I be able to copy the data to my 360 memory card/flash drive and then move it over to my regular 360? I want all these maps and I want them all on one console.
     
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    It's not sadly now Xbox Live for the Classic Xbox has been switched off.

    Xbox Classic content can't be moved to a memory card, its tied to the console it's installed on. Even putting your hard drive in another 360 then back in the 360 it was installed on corrupts the content, so you have to re install it.

    If you have a flashed DVD drive capable of playing burned games then you can use this, this is easier than doing a full hardware hack such as the Jtag or RGH hack. If you do have a Jtag / RGH 360 then you can also use this, however using the installers by Harcroft would be the easier option as you don't have to burn any discs.

    Softmod an Xbox Classic? it's still well worth having a Classic Xbox in your collection if you ask me. They can be modded with an exploitable game and memory card, so you don't even need to open them up.

    Cheap too if you want to buy multiple for system link play.
     

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