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Hey guys

Basically, me and a good friend of mine fixed up an old xbox of his, once we did it we realised that the xbox clearly didn't want to be brought back from the dead haha, we kept getting error messages stating that we should put xbox discs into an xbox (I was thinking dafuq you are an xbox :S ...) now after some google searches I figured out that apparently it was a common problem and that we should send it off to Microsoft.... now this xbox is probably a launch date xbox (It's definitely an original 360) and sending it off isn't really an answer, so is there anyway I could maybe fix the drive? From my understanding it really just sounds like bad drive firmware to me, but I'm no expert. If not fix the drive, would there be anyway to play games straight from the harddrive? Buying them online isnt an option either, this xbox is probably never gonna be connected to the net since it isn't really readily available, and by playing from the harddrive, I do not mean pirate games and play them, I genuinely mean playing my own games straight from the harddrive, not pirating them or anything

Could anyone help me?
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:)looking on google there are several method except that it does not necessarily mean that if you dump the firmware that your reader will necessarily work because if the current firmware is corrupted there is necessarily a problem with your drive I SUGGEST you take the model of your drive and its firmware code (if the original console player as if it does not there is a good chance that it does not work the firmware is recorded in the motherboard and it is impossible to change it) if your original drive is the firmware code and the make and model and looking on ebay to find a reasonably priced player to replace yours is probably dead.smile.gifsmile.gifthumb.gif
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From the sounds of it you probably don't need to do anything as extreme as louiscool suggested. Corrupting the DVD drive's firmware usually only happens when you were messing with the DVD drive, such as flashing it, or if you installed a bad flash on a JTAG. Neither of which it sounds like you were trying. And if you were there are even easier fixes to a bad DVD drive than what I am about to tell you. As long as you kept a record of your original DVD serial number.

What I would do first, and this is a super easy fix if it works, and it works about 99% of the time, is check the POT tuning on your laser. I can't tell you how many times the little dials that tune the DVD laser come out of place and ruin everything. So many Xbox's tossed when all you need is a small screw driver.

Here is a great tutorial on how to adjust it.
http://team-xecuter.com/forums/showthread.php/61768-Disc-Read-problems-How-to-POT-Tweak-Xbox-360-DVD-Laser

I've had this happen to so many friends. Unfortunately once it happens once it will usually happen again so I would recommend keeping it assembled for easy access. Had a friend who decided it would just be easier to leave the top off everything and instantly had a ghetto top loading xbox 360. Worked great too.
Edited by Wicked x Josh - 9/18/13 at 11:37am
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I would have to agree with Josh here. I have an old white Xbox 360 ( Probably a launch date one) that seems to do the same thing but two things I have noticed:
-Tapping the top of the xbox above the drive will sometimes get it to read a game
-The problem is definitely isolated to the DVD-Drive
With those two problems in mind I would look into replacing the laser which is usually a 5 buck job or trying to adjust the laser every time you wanna play it most likely. Although I can not say for sure as I never replaced my drive/laser.
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I would have to agree with Josh here. I have an old white Xbox 360 ( Probably a launch date one) that seems to do the same thing but two things I have noticed:
-Tapping the top of the xbox above the drive will sometimes get it to read a game
-The problem is definitely isolated to the DVD-Drive
With those two problems in mind I would look into replacing the laser which is usually a 5 buck job or trying to adjust the laser every time you wanna play it most likely. Although I can not say for sure as I never replaced my drive/laser.

Lasers themselves are a pain in the ass to replace. Tried it once or twice and never managed to put it back together. Not impossible. Just not very fun.
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Just buy a replacement xbox disc drive, make sure its the same brand (there are 3 different ones Microsoft has used), and take the pcb out of your original disc drive and put it in the new one and your good to go nice and easy.tongue.gif
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I had an issue where the disc couldn't be read not too long ago. The kicker? This was one of the free (100% download) monthly games. tongue.gif
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