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Firstly, I do not support piracy nor do I have any future intentions to do so.
I would simply like to know if it is possible to copy my existing Xbox games than rather risk destroying the original copies.
I would assume that I would possibly need dual layer discs (I think?) and they apparently say the Xbox itself needs to be fitted with a MOD chip?
I have heard of people installing MOD chips into their Xbox's which enables them to play copied games? I would assume the same would apply for my situation. I don't even know if the MOD chip is legal either and what implications it would have on the Xbox.
I guess my real questions would be which route would be legal and the most safest for my Xbox.
I know I could go to other forums and ask but to be honest the Linux community is the only forum that I have felt comfortable with.
At this point I doubt Microsoft would care about you pirating your original xbox games. The original box was extremely easy to mod and although your intentions sound good there is no "legal" way to copy the games without getting it in writing from the Microsoft lawyers(Ha).
Plenty of youtube guides and places online to buy the mod chip.
in all honesty you may be pleasantly surprised by the power your orginal xbox has after you mod it. Modding an xbox is basically flashing the bios of the system or buying a third party "mod-chip" which enhances or modifies the existing bios.
We are currently living in South Africa where I think as long as we own the original it is fine to make a copy for yourself only.
Before proceeding stop to think that it may be legal and inform yourself if it is legal in reality, can save you some nasty experiences if it is indeed illegal in your country.
1) if get a professional to install the MOD chip will there be any physical implications on the Xbox itself? IE: Is it safe if installed professionally.
Yes. If it is done by a professional you should choose one who gives you a guarantee for his work anyways.
2) Will the MOD chip void my Xbox live account or on that particular console that the MOD has been applied? IE: Will i still be able to use Xbox live without being banned.
It depends on your luck. I have already seen XBox 360 that were banned from XBox Live because of a mod chip (not only your account is banned, your XBox too), while other people never had any problems with a modified box.
While coping a game is unlikely to result in a legal action, and if you had enough money you could probably challenge the current situation in court, as it stands now copying a game even for personal use is illegal in south africa.
*edit- 'solved' is in 'thread tools', top right above the 1st post.