Tip & How-To about Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

How To Fix Xbox 360 Games Not Reading! You Don't Need A New Drive!

If you have the disc reading error with your console then don't despair this is not your DVD drive that is faulty.

You do not need to replace it!

What normally happens with this error is the sensors on the back of the drive overheat and you are left with an Xbox 360 that every time you put a disc in it does nothing!

Well if you stop the heat build up getting to the chips you will be able to play again with no problems.

To do this you can use a good video repair guide or of course you can send it in and they will fix it for you.

Check out the full guide through the link below and see how to get back up and running with ease:

Click Here For Xbox 360 Drive Fix

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It says unable to read disc when i put the game in.


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What Is It? The Disc Read error is a simple one. It simply means that the Xbox is unable to read the disc that you have placed in the drive. In the majority of instances, this error has nothing to do with the functionality of the console, but, rather, hinges on the actual disc that has been inserted into the DVD tray.
Disc-Related Errors The most common reason for Disc Read errors are related to the disc itself. Numerous conditions can keep the laser from reading the information contained within the game, DVD or CD in the DVD drive.
  • The disc is scratched - Game discs, audio CDs and DVDs can become scratched very easily. Usually this is because they have not been kept in their cases, but left in the open. Simply resting two discs atop one another can scratch the bottom disc. If discs are sufficiently scratched, the data contained on them will be inaccessible to the drive.
  • The disc is dirty/dusty - Dirt and dust can build up on the faces of discs left exposed. When sufficient dirt or dust has built up, it can block the laser beam used to read the disc, resulting in a Disc Read error.
  • The disc is the incorrect region - DVDs come in formats called "regions." These regions match the region specified in the software of the DVD player. Some games also have these regions. If the region of the DVD and that of the player do not match, the disc will not play.
Can I Fix These Errors? Repairing disc-related issues may or may not be possible. If the cause is simply dirt and dust, you can certainly repair the disc. However, if the cause is due to extreme scratching, then replacing the disc is likely your only choice. If the disc is from the incorrect region or from another country, you will have to obtain the correct region. Returning the disc to the retailer for exchange may work.
Non-Disc Related Errors As mentioned, there can be some Disc Read errors that have nothing to do with the disc at all. In this case, it's time to troubleshoot the Xbox.
  • First, simply try to reboot the machine. Often, this will flush the cache or other error and allow the game to operate or the disc to play.
  • Second, try removing the hard drive and/or memory units. Once removed, reboot the console and attempt to load the disc with the hard drive and memory out of the unit. If this works, you can simply shutdown and reinstall the hard drive.
  • Attempt to play the disc in another type of player. For instance, attempt to play the DVD in another DVD player or the CD in a CD player. If the disc plays in these players, you may need to clean the Xbox DVD player.
  • Check to make sure that all air vents are open and are able to provide sufficient airflow. Overheating can cause Disc Read errors, as well. In addition, ensure that the power supply is unobstructed and uncovered. Much like the Xbox 360, the power supply can become quite hot and can cause errors if unventilated.
  • Check for disc tray errors. Depress the eject button and watch the tray extend. If the tray partially extends and then retracts immediately, you may have a problem with the DVD drive. If your Xbox is under warranty, this can be replaced at no charge. However, if you are out of warranty, you can install a new DVD drive on your own.
  • As a note, make sure that the new DVD drive comes with the same firmware as your original console, or you may experience additional error codes after the installation of the new DVD drive.

May 09, 2011 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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xbox 360 disc drive is not reading discs, comes up with


time for a new reader only around 15 pound or 28 or so dollors on ebay and see you tube on how to replace drive its not to hard to do

Nov 20, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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disc read error clean disc


The laser hasn't necessarily failed. This has happened to me in the past with certain games. I solved this problem by deleting the Xbox 360 cache. This can also solve various other problems on the console.

Clearing the cache removes all game updates which means you have to download them again but it WILL NOT remove your save games and your content so it's safe.

To clear the cache, do the following:

1. Go to the System Tab and select Storage Devices.

2. Highlight your HDD and press Y for options.

3. Enter the following button sequence: X, X, LB, RB, X, X.

4. When the system asks if you want to perform maintenance, choose yes.

5. Now restart your console.

If this doesn't work I'm not sure what to suggest, it probably is a hardware fault.

Hope this helps a little.

Nov 15, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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wont read any disc


The problem is quite common.

When your console does not read any disk, that is usually because of a problem with the optical laser lens that is dirty, faulty or opaque, and will start operating on certain disks better than others.

In that case you will hear disk spinning, whirring and clicking, but the TOC (table of content track at start of CD/DVD will not be read, therefore the error.

Whe this problem is starting you may be able to read only few CD, DVD. After more prolonged usage , often the PS start losing the rest of functions, and ends up not reading anything at all.

If instead there is no noise, and disk does not spin at all , then there is a faulty motor, or the motor micro-switch is bad. This situation is far less common than the lens problem.

Try first using a CD/DVD cleaner disk to clean the lens. If that does not work you will need to disassemble the PS, and clean lens directly with q tips and isopropyl alcohol, or to replace the CD/DVD lens, or the whole drive unit.

before doing tis, contact Sony to check if the unit can be replaced or repaired by Sony, you find the number on the Console documentation.

Sep 10, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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