The original Xbox was released in 2001 and was Microsoft's first successful entry into the area of console gaming. This console was followed by the next generation Xbox 360 in 2005. Currently there are two semi-functional Xbox emulators for the PC and these are the Xeon and Cxbx. Gamers can experience serious downtime if the emulator is malfunctioning.
Won't Recognize The Disc
A common problem with emulators of any type that require CDs for game playback is simply not having the disc properly recognized. When an Xbox game is burned to a DVD but won't play, it could be burned with the wrong region selected, could be missing files or the burn was corrupted in some way. Xbox emulator forums recommend using a program called ImgBurn and burning your discs at 4X speed. Select the proper region before burning -- "NTSC" or "PAL."
Game Images Won't Work
If you are using ISO images stored on your PC's hard drive, there are a number of reasons they may not work. When you download or rip an Xbox game, it may be saved in a "compressed" format such as .ZIP or .RAR. Make sure your compressed files are extracted into an ISO image. Some people with "chipped" Xboxes use a program called Xbox Media Center and this file type can be downloaded unintentionally. XBMC images will not work on a standard Xbox emulator.
Insufficient Computer Power
If your PC doesn't meet the minimum required specifications for the Xbox emulator you're using, it may run slow or may not start at all. Consult the "readme" files that accompany your emulators to ensure your PC is capable of running it. The minimum specifications will typically start your emulator but may not be able to actually run any games.
If you turn off your PC's power while your Xbox emulator is installing, it may leave you with a "corrupted" installation of your emulator. When you try to install the emulator again, it may fail and give you an error message. To avoid this, do a complete uninstallation of the emulator, restart your PC and install it again.
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