ok taking out the ../ seamed to work a bit better, it now doesn't just loop but now getting a new error.
*EDIT* ok it was another error on my part with a driver installation. but i got it now and its in the X8 mode. next question is Xbee setup and barameter setup. in the compiler i told it i want the barameter altitude hold but didnt see a section to test that out to make sure its working right.