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The MCPX is the southbridge chip of the Xbox chipset by Nvidia. It contains the sound processors (APU and ACI) and also the USB, PCI, IDE, etc, controllers [1], [2].


The MCPX is home to the secret MCPX ROM.

Pin L21: PC Speaker

The MCPX has a PC Speaker pin which can be controlled using the standard PC Speaker interface. However, no actual speaker is connected to the pin, so while the signal exists, there will be no audible sound on a stock Xbox.

A speaker can be soldered to this pin in order to make the signal audible [3][4]

The original Microsoft code does not drive the PC Speaker at all, so this otherwise unused pin can also be used for inaudible forms of unidirectional communication.

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