Sega Chihiro

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Sega Chihiro
Manufacturer SEGA
Year 2003
CPU Pentium III 733MHz
GPU NVidia MCPX X2
Wiring Standard JVS
Predecessor Triforce
Successor Sega Aurora

The Sega Chihiro is an arcade system produced by Sega in 2003. It is based upon the Microsoft Xbox, but supports up to 1GB of RAM and uses GD-ROM media instead of DVDs. Because of the similar hardware, it is in theory relatively easy to port Chihiro games to the Xbox and PC.

There was also a Satellite Terminal version of the Chihiro.The network board is 100% the same as the one in the Triforce v3 with the same firmware also.The system requires one of the various Sega JVS I/O boards to operate.

Hardware Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Pentium III 733MHz (133MHz FSB)
  • Graphics: Nvidia XChip 200MHz (based on the Nvidia GeForce 3)
  • RAM: Upgradable module, from 128MB upwards
  • Polygons: 125M polys/sec

Changing Region

If you have a netboot PIC, plug that in and power up with it.

  1. Enter the test menu (push the test button)
  2. Go to the System Information menu.
  3. Press the Service button 30 times in a row and a hidden menu will appear to change the region.
  4. Once the region is changed, exit from the menus and after the Chihiro reboots, power off the system and power on again.


Type 1 Chihiro uses the Naomi style DIMM board that plugs in to the top of the unit. This version isn't compatible with as many games as Type 3 and I think there are two games that ONLY play on this version - Crazy Taxi High Roller and House of the Dead 3. I know for sure CTHR as I have this game.

Type 3 Chihiro has a built in DIMM and looks like a cube (they come with either 512MB or 1GB). It's the most common version and is able to run pretty much all games except the two noted above.

I'm pretty sure 512MB is the minimum for both boards and not sure it's worth upgrading to 1GB as very few games take advantage of the extra capacity.

One other thing I know is that while OutRun2 will run on both versions (Type 1 without link system), OutRun2 SP runs on Type 3 only.

Common Fixes

Check the memory capacitors on the Xbox motherboard. There should be either 3 or 5 (depending on revision) 3300uf 6.3v caps around the CPU that will often need to be replaced. This is very common and will often be the only thing keeping the board from working!

The fans are also known for dying, causing the Xbox GPU to overheat and cause the BGA solder under the GPU to crack. Reflowing the solder under the chip will usually fix this. This is the same problem the Xbox 360 commonly has, so if you aren't comfortable with BGA rework you can usually find someone locally who will fix it for under $50. Make sure you replace the fans too.

Making an AVIP cable

The AVIP cable is a small pass-through cable that connects the audio and video output of the Xbox motherboard to the Sega baseboard. This cable is REQUIRED for the board to boot, otherwise it will FRAG (Flashing Red And Green Lights), just like a retail Xbox will with no AV cables connected. Often when purchasing a second-hand Chihiro unit, it will be missing this cable, and replacements are of limited supply. To make this cable, you only need a few parts:

  • Any Xbox AV cable
  • 3M MDR 10126-3000PE connector
  • 3M 10326-3210-000 housing (optional)
  • some thin-gauge wire

Then, get your soldering iron and connect the terminals as such:

Chihiro AVIP cable wiring.jpeg

Known Game List

Title Publisher Year Media Key Chip Satellite Terminal Type 1 Type 3 Type 3 (1GB)
Crazy Taxi High Roller Sega 2003 GDROM GDX-0002 317-0300-COM Red x.svg Red x.svg
Crazy Taxi High Roller (Rev A) Sega 2003 GDROM GDX-0002A 317-0300-COM Red x.svg Red x.svg
Crazy Taxi High Roller (Rev B) Sega 2003 GDROM GDX-0002B 317-0300-COM Red x.svg Red x.svg
Firmware Update For Compact Flash Box Sega 200x GDROM GDX-0024
Firmware Update For Compact Flash Box (Rev A) Sega 200x GDROM GDX-0024A
Ghost Squad Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0012 317-0398-COM
Ghost Squad (Rev A) Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0012A 317-0398-COM
Gundam Battle Operating Simulator Banpresto 2005 GDROM GDX-0013 317-0400-JPN
Ollie King Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0007 317-0377-COM
Out Run 2 Sega 2003 GDROM GDX-0004 317-0372-COM
Out Run 2 (Rev A) Sega 2003 GDROM GDX-0004A 317-0372-COM
Out Run 2 prototype (Rev P) Sega 2003 GDROM GDX-0004P
Outrun 2 SP (Japan) Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0011 Red x.svg
Outrun 2 Special Tours Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0014 Red x.svg
Outrun 2 Special Tours (Rev A) Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0014A Red x.svg
Quest Of D Sega 2004 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D (Ver.1.01C) Sega 2004 CDROM CDV-10005C Yes check.svg
Quest Of D (Ver.1.02) Sega 2004 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D (Ver.1.10) Sega 2004 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D (Ver.1.10a) Sega 2004 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D (Ver.1.20) Sega 2005 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D (Ver.1.20a) Sega 2005 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D (Ver.1.21) Sega 2005 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D: Gofu no Keisyousya (Ver.2.00) Sega 2005 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D: Gofu no Keisyousya (Ver.2.01) Sega 2005 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D: Gofu no Keisyousya (Ver.2.02b) Sega 2006 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D: Oukoku no Syugosya (Ver.3.00) Sega 2006 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D: Oukoku no Syugosya (Ver.3.01) Sega 2006 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D: The Battle Kingdom (Ver.4.00) Sega 2007 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D: The Battle Kingdom (Ver.4.00b) Sega 2008 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D: The Battle Kingdom (Ver.4.00c) Sega 2008 Yes check.svg
Quest Of D: The Battle Kingdom (Ver.4.01) Sega 2008 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen Sega 2005 DVDROM CDV-10022 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen (Ver.1.002) Sega 2005 DVDROM CDV-10009D Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen (Ver.1.03) Sega 2005 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen (Ver.1.10) Sega 2005 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen (Ver.1.11) Sega 2005 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen (Ver.1.12) Sega 2006 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen 2 Sega 2006 DVDROM CDV-10029 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen 2 (Ver.2.007) Sega 2006 DVDROM CDV-10019A Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen 2 (Ver.2.01) Sega 2006 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen 2 Firmware Update Sega 2006 DVDROM CDV-10023 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen 3 Sega 2008 DVDROM CDV-10036 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen 3 (Ver.J) Sega 2008 DVDROM CDV-10036J Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen 3 War Begins Sega 2008 DVDROM CDV-10042 Yes check.svg
Sangokushi Taisen 3 War Begins (Ver.3.59) Sega 2008 DVDROM CDV-10041 Yes check.svg
Sega Club Golf 2006: Next Tours Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0018 Yes check.svg
Sega Club Golf 2006: Next Tours (Rev A) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0018A Yes check.svg
Sega Golf Club Network Pro Tour Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0005 Yes check.svg
Sega Golf Club Network Pro Tour 2005 Sega 2005 Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 2 Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0006 Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 2 (Rev A) Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0006A Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 2 (Rev B) Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0006B Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 2 (Rev C) Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0006C Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 2 (Rev D) Sega 2004 GDROM GDX-0006D Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 2 (Rev E) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0006E Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 2 (Rev F) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0006F Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 2 (Rev G) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0006G 317-0374-JPN Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 3 Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0017 Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 3 (Rev A) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0017A Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 3 (Rev B) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0017B Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 3 (Rev C) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0017C Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 3 (Rev D) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0017D Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 3 (Rev E) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0017E Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 3 (Rev F) Sega 2005 GDROM GDX-0017F 317-0414-JPN Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 3 Evolution Sega 2006 GDROM GDX-0021 Yes check.svg
Sega Network Taisen Mahjong MJ 3 Evolution (Rev A) Sega 2006 GDROM GDX-0021A Yes check.svg
The House of the Dead III Sega 2002 GDROM GDX-0001 317-0348-COM Red x.svg Red x.svg
Virtua Cop 3 Sega 2003 GDROM GDX-0003 317-0354-COM
Virtua Cop 3 (Rev A) Sega 2003 GDROM GDX-0003A 317-0354-COM
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (Export) Namco 2004 GDROM GDX-0009 317-5101-COM
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (Export) (Rev A) Namco 2004 GDROM GDX-0009A 317-5101-COM
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (Export) (Rev B) Namco 2004 GDROM GDX-0009B 317-5101-COM
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (Japan) Namco 2004 GDROM GDX-0008 317-5101-JPN
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (Japan) (Rev A) Namco 2004 GDROM GDX-0008A 317-5101-JPN
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune (Japan) (Rev B) Namco 2004 GDROM GDX-0008B 317-5101-JPN
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 2 (Export) Namco 2005 GDROM GDX-0015 317-5106-COM
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 2 (Japan) Namco 2005 GDROM GDX-0016 317-5106-JPN
Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune 2 (Japan) (Rev A) Namco 2005 GDROM GDX-0016A 317-5106-JPN

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