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So my brother's Xbox 360 Arcade's DVD drive won't work, it won't shut. It'll shut then open within a second. Not to mention before it started doing that it wouldn't read most games, so I decided I'll replace it. From my understanding, all I have to do is get a DVD drive exactly like it, take the board out of the old one and put it in the new one, and plug it in, right? If I'm wrong please tell me. My DVD drive Model Number is: DG-16D2S.

This drive would work, correct?

http://www.amazon.com/Manufacturer-refurbished-Drive-Dg-16d2s-Philips/dp/B006G6UJSK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1330047160&sr=8-2
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You may have to flash some f/w on it as well. If it's the same exact model as the one in there, go for it.
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make sure EVERYTHING matches. you need to be able to flash the firmware from your old drive to your new one. If anything goes wrong, you're screwed.
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make sure EVERYTHING matches. you need to be able to flash the firmware from your old drive to your new one. If anything goes wrong, you're screwed.

I was under the impression I wouldn't need to flash anything if I took the board out of the old one and put it into the new drive?
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OP said he plans on swapping out the controller boards, I don't think he needs to flash anything assuming he does everything correctly?

I had to fix an xbox with a broken DVD drive before and it was a simple soldering job to swap the PCBs, didn't have to flash anything.
Edited by skkhai - 2/23/12 at 6:06pm
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f/w flashing is risky and can be detected by XBL, as for the PCB change thats usually how it's done most of the time. my DVD Rom quit reading...
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OP said he plans on swapping out the controller boards, I don't think he needs to flash anything assuming he does everything correctly?
I successfully fixed an xbox once and only remember having to desolder the PCB out of the old drive and transplanting it into the replacement drive.

Yeah, That's what I plan on doing. People say you don't need to flash anything this way, and that it's easier. Technically I don't need to repair this XBox, my brother has a new one, but I love learning how to do things like this, and tinkering with this stuff is fun to me. And XBL is more social than PC. (That sounds bad but I'm not a loser haha)
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If you get the exact drive and swap out the boards, you will not have to flash anything. I have done this on my xbox and my son's.
    
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As long as its the exact same model, you can swap the boards and use it without any doing anything else.
    
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If you get the exact drive and swap out the boards, you will not have to flash anything. I have done this on my xbox and my son's.

Alright then, I suppose I'll order the new drive. Thanks guys!
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