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Replaced dvd drive in xbox but it will not work

I am told it will need reflashing to recognise the new drive I am trying to find out how. any help would be appreciated Thanks stan

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I have not done this personally, however I know you need the serial code from your original DVD drive to flash to the new drive, I believe you use a program called SAM KEY and its all done in DOS. I believe this site has the best tutorials.

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