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First off if this is in any way a violation of the ToS, I apologize and delete this thread.

Anyway, I'm the guy that if something breaks no matter what it is I try to fix it or make sure it's broken permanently. My 360 was doing that fun fun disc drive scratching thing. Ruined my Bioshock completely. So with some research I found out how to dismantle the console and do the little pad mod to keep the disc from scratching. Didn't work, almost ruined my Rockstar game and made my 360 sound like an airplane taking off. So I found a site that sells replacement parts. I ordered a new drive, same model, same everything, but when I put a game in it tells me to put the game in a 360 console. I'm assuming it's a driver issue but I've found no way to fix this.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
    
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go to http://www.xbox-scene.com and search your problem you have to flash your new dvd firmware to tell your xbox it is your old drive
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Yeah its the firmware, I read that somewhere.
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You might have to flash the DVD drive to one of the hacked ones. There are a lot of tutorials online. I mainly used the ones at www.360mods.net to mod mine.
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Ok im new to this... but could you not just open the DVD drive and swap out the boards inside? I imagine this would tell the xbox that this is your old drive right there. or is this just a failed idea?
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yeah, you need to ether A get a new drive, same model and flash the filmware from the old into the new, and B swap the PCB boards, take the new one out, and put your old drives pcb board into the new drive. that way the xbox reads the old PCB board with the currect key...
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It is so much easier than flashing or *theft*

See on your Xbox's disc tray, there is that little circuit board underneath the drive, you see it? Well there is nothing wrong with it, there is something wrong with the motor of your drive or something similar.

So this is what you need to do.

1. Purchase another Samsung drive. Make sure it is samsung, there are 3 different drive models for the 360, Hitachi, Samsung, and BenQ, you HAVE to get a Samsung. use EBAY it looks like the cheapest to me. 31 bucks for the drive, 10 for the shipping (may go up or down thanks to our economy).

NEW Samsung TS-H943A Replacment DVD drive for XBox 360 - this is your needed part

Then upon receiving the new drive. Dissasemble the drive like so.

Toshiba/Samsung TS-H943A Xbox 360 DVD Drive-
(http://www.llamma.com/xbox360/repair...isassembly.htm)
thats the tutorial link. ^

Only dissasemble it until the step in the Tutorial says Now the PCB is free.

OK. That was easy right? Now dissasemble your not working drive that you have right now to the same state.

So you have 2 circuit boards, and 2 Plastic Metal things without circuit boards

Here is where it gets tricky.

You have to take the Circuit board from YOUR DRIVE, and hook it up to the drive that you bought off line. To make this step less frustrating i would make each board.

So you should have your circuit board from the broken drive hooked up to the working (*NEW*) drive.

Assemble and hook up to your 360.

Should work perfectly.

Any more questions, email me (majormatt125@yahoo.com)
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It is so much easier than flashing or *theft*

See on your Xbox's disc tray, there is that little circuit board underneath the drive, you see it? Well there is nothing wrong with it, there is something wrong with the motor of your drive or something similar.

So this is what you need to do.

1. Purchase another Samsung drive. Make sure it is samsung, there are 3 different drive models for the 360, Hitachi, Samsung, and BenQ, you HAVE to get a Samsung. use EBAY it looks like the cheapest to me. 31 bucks for the drive, 10 for the shipping (may go up or down thanks to our economy).

NEW Samsung TS-H943A Replacment DVD drive for XBox 360 - this is your needed part

Then upon receiving the new drive. Dissasemble the drive like so.

Toshiba/Samsung TS-H943A Xbox 360 DVD Drive-
(http://www.llamma.com/xbox360/repair...isassembly.htm)
thats the tutorial link. ^

Only dissasemble it until the step in the Tutorial says Now the PCB is free.

OK. That was easy right? Now dissasemble your not working drive that you have right now to the same state.

So you have 2 circuit boards, and 2 Plastic Metal things without circuit boards

Here is where it gets tricky.

You have to take the Circuit board from YOUR DRIVE, and hook it up to the drive that you bought off line. To make this step less frustrating i would make each board.

So you should have your circuit board from the broken drive hooked up to the working (*NEW*) drive.

Assemble and hook up to your 360.

Should work perfectly.

Any more questions, email me (majormatt125@yahoo.com)
Or he could just take his old drive and get the drive key from it and spoof it to the new replacement, but whatever.

And there are more than 3 different drives.
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Ok im new to this... but could you not just open the DVD drive and swap out the boards inside? I imagine this would tell the xbox that this is your old drive right there. or is this just a failed idea?
Well, you could try, but you **could** end up wrecking both drives. Which would, in one word, fail. I have taken apart dozens of the things, and it is VERY easy to break mounts, boards, etc, not to mention that the drives must be identical, or the person very smart.
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