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Over a year ago, I flashed the firmware on my 360's DVD drive, only to realize that I quickly misplaced the original firmware. My question is: can I just buy another drive and pop it in there? Does it have to be the same brand of drive? At one point in my life I could have answered these questions on my own but these days my brain is overrun with knowledge confused.gif
post #2 of 14
I believe you need the original drive key and then spoof the replacement drive. It's been a while since I did it myself so I can't remember the specifics, but if you've lost the original I'm not sure if it's possible.
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You need the original firmware from your drive. If you have lost that then you are really screwed. There "might" be a away to get the key from the nand on the xbox but that requires you jtag'ing the box.

What drive did you have? I might have a firmware file from either mine of a buddies drive I could let you try. Besides that you might just wanna replace the xbox frown.gif
    
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Its the Toshiba/Samsung TS-H943. And this is just an extra xbox that is just sitting in its respective parts in a box in my closet. If I remember right isn't the DVD drive firmware specific to the motherboard?
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The DVD drives firmware is keyed to the MB. You have to have that firmware or your borked. If you still had it you could just swap PCB's between drives. If the Drive you have is not working buy another identical and swap out the bad parts with the good ones from the new drive. Thats all you can do
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Originally Posted by Captain318;11822046 
The DVD drives firmware is keyed to the MB. You have to have that firmware or your borked. If you still had it you could just swap PCB's between drives. If the Drive you have is not working buy another identical and swap out the bad parts with the good ones from the new drive. Thats all you can do

The DVD drive is not working because of the firmware that is on it (straying away from specifics).
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The DVD drive is not working because of the firmware that is on it (straying away from specifics).

wink.gif Gotcha I think the only option you have is a new 360 im affraid
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Connect your current drive to your PC and see if you can get a copy of the dvd key out of the firmware. Without the key the Xbox 360 will never play a game disc again.
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Originally Posted by CryWin;11822098 
Connect your current drive to your PC and see if you can get a copy of the dvd key out of the firmware. Without the key the Xbox 360 will never play a game disc again.

this. when the drive was modded you should have spoofed over the key for the drive, so if you hook it up and it detects it then you will be able to get your key, but if not your going to need a new 360
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Firmware is firmware. You can go to xbox-scene.com and download the original firmware for your drive. You can get your drive key by dumping the current flashed firmware you have and then use that key to flash the drive with the original firmware.

Not sure why you would want the original firmware though. You can just dump your current firmware and flash it with an updated firmware unless you don't want a flashed drive anymore.

Either way though do at least 5 or even 10 dumps of your current firmware to make sure you successfully extract the key. It's very important since you don't have the original firmware and key because if you flash it with a bad drive key you might as well throw the whole console away.
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You need the original firmware from your drive. If you have lost that then you are really screwed. There "might" be a away to get the key from the nand on the xbox but that requires you jtag'ing the box.

What drive did you have? I might have a firmware file from either mine of a buddies drive I could let you try. Besides that you might just wanna replace the xbox frown.gif

Wouldn't work, the drive key needs to match the motherboard key and they are all unique.

As for everyone else, please stop guessing. A new console isn't cheap and not everyone wants to just buy a new one because you say nothing can be done. Because of some of your posts he could have went and did something to his drive that would in fact brick it and therefore you would be the cause of him needing a new console.
Edited by Sam1990 - 12/29/10 at 4:18pm
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