I felt like playing some of my many old Xbox games last night, so fired up my original Xbox (the black brick thing).
Upon boot (before reading disc, etc) it tells me Xbox Live is performing a software update. Then after a second it tells me it can't reach Xbox Live. If I click "OK" (only option), it tries to download again, and the same thing happens.
I did try plugging in to ethernet (wasn't originally), but that didn't work. After some googling, it looks like Xbox Live for the original Xbox has been switched off (http://majornelson.com/2010/02/05/xbox-live-being-discontinued-for-original-xbox-consoles-and-games/).
The problem is this happens before anything else on the console. I can no longer play games, I just get the software update screen.
I tried tweeting @XboxSupport, they sent back a link on how to update Xbox 360s (http://support.xbox.com/en-us/xbox-360/how-to/update-xbox-360/system-updates).
I figured the "Burn to CD / DVD" option might work, but the link to download only downloads the latest Xbox 360 software. Is there a link to software updates for the original xbox?
I also tried calling Xbox Support, but they said they no longer support the original Xbox & weren't trained in it. They suggested my best option might be to try the forums.
Wondering if anyone knows a way to get around the software update screen (there doesn't seem to be a cancel), or if there might be a location to download the software update from & then manually install.