I could never get the init.d script to work, so I used option 2. You’ll have to edit /etc/default/xboxdrv, I believe. Your changes will have to be just after each iteration of “–dpad-as-button”.
I did mean the cartridge select screen. I thought perhaps there was a way to get it to not come up. So it looks like we’re at the same point. I’m not at home, but I’ll share my findings for remapping an xbox controller later.