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Motherboards How do you get the motherboards unique key if the rom was replaced before you got it and the new rom is not working.

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Contact xbox may be able to do a firmware upgrade or reflash the bios.But they will let you know.You may need to return to factory for this. your link is here. Check both support and firmware download.RICHARDM69

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Xbox 360 DVD Drive Not Reading Games Only DVD,CD after replacing the dvd rom

If you replaced the DVD-ROM drive yourself, some newer Xboxes do not recognize and/or function properly with older drives. I tried replacing a drive in an older Xbox with an older yet DVD-ROM drive, and it would not work. When replacing a DVD-ROM in an Xbox, it is advisable to use the same model drive, as the Xbox does strange things when you introduce different hardware. The url of a page is below that details the different drives that Xboxes use. See if your new drive is the same as the old one, and if not, that is almost certainly the issue.

Good Luck!

Jul 07, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Some games don't read, and the ones that do come on then turn right off, why is that?

sounds like your rom his on the way out if its in warranty contact microsoft if not you can get a rom the same has yours then u just need to swap the motherboards in the rom so the new rom identifys your xbox ebay u will get a new rom

Feb 04, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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When i put a 360 disk in the screen says that this disc must be used in a 360

This can mean a couple things.
1) Incorrect DVD-key-
EVERYSINGLE Xbox360 motherboard is "married" to it's dvd drive with a unique dvd-key. If an idiot attempted to mod the console, or "repaired" it by putting in a new dvd drive. The key is lost forever, and nobody other than Microsoft can fix it. (It'll cost you like $30 more, just to buy a new 360 Vs paying them to repair it)

2) The laser is dead/dying
The optical laser in the dvd drive needs to be replaced, (or tweaked for a temporary fix) A brand new laser costs $8-$13 off of eBay with free shipping included. Email me at for more detailed instructions or part numbers.

Aug 15, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Meeko changed cd rom drive now say play dvd


Aug 02, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Readinbg discs

DVD-ROM either motor seized or lazer died or the magnet has come out of the dog
you need someone to help you to replace it
each rom has an unique code matched to each xbox

Feb 23, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox Console

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Bought a Replacement Samsung TS-H943 DVD-ROM Drive for Xbox 360

Hello. The pcb board is "married" to the motherboard with a certain firmware. If you didn't flash the new drive with the correct firmware it will not work. The best thing to do is just replace the laser if you have DVD drive problems. I hope you still have the old one! Good luck to you. Thanks!

Jan 17, 2009 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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Xbox 360 disc drive

If you are unsure of how to flash a drive DO NOT DO It!! Sorry for yelling I just don't want you to brick your drive when you don't have to. Only a modder or hacker would ever have to flash their drives because they want to either play backup versions of games burned to media or exploit the software in someway. Your problem is much simpler and will not get you banned in any way. Just purchase the same exact model numbered drive, ROM version is not necessary but if available purchase it to be safe. Open up new drive and remove circuit board making sure your very gentle with the 4 or 5 small ribbon cables you will have to pull from their little connections. Most ribbon cables will simply need to be pulled straight out but depending on manufacturer or model number some ribbon cables will need you to flip up a simple little locking flap and then pull out. This is very important, as soon as you remove the brand new circuit board out of your new drive, grab a felt tip pen and write something directly on that board that will identify that board as not being your original. The unique key that matches original drive to original motherboard is on a chip on the board your now going to remove from your non working drive. Once the board is removed from the drive all that is left is hardware so by installing your old board into your new drive hardware you now have a brand new drive with your unique code still intact. Since you have to open your device to do this and that's what you planned on doing anyway I still want to let you know what you already know that this will void your warranty. Make sure you open up your device first before you order the replacement because believe it or not 9 out of 10 times all you will need to do is open up your so called bad drive and clean the lens very gently with a Q Tip dipped in Isopropyl alcohol. Now back to your desire to learn how to Flash a drive, well guess what, you now have something to practice with. Put the new board you can't use in the old drive hardware and flash away on that one using different scenarios you make up yourself depending on what you want to learn and if it ends up getting bricked you will still learn something without risking your precious gaming console

Aug 25, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Dvd rom

I,ll assume this regarding the X-Box 360 ?
If you,ve replaced the Drive on a 360.
It will not work, due to the fact that the dvd rom drive, is paired to the motherboard. you can,t simply swap a faulty drive.
When the 360 boots, it,s looking for a Key On the dvd rom, before it will initialise it, and bootup.
I,d suggest looking on the net, regarding XBOX 360 drive flashing. if you still have your original drive, keep it. as your xbox won,t boot without it. you have to backup the drives key ( number ) And have it reflashed onto a replacement drive.
you could try a laser lens cleaner. Or possibly laser unit replacement.

Mike @ compurepair.

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Mar 08, 2008 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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Xbox 360 unable to play discs

if you get a disc read error, or it wont play games at all this means that your DVD rom is bad. there is a few solutions to this. You can either

A. Send it back to microsoft and they will fix it for free if you still have your warranty
a.1 If your sticker underneath the face plate is still there, then your good to go. Send it to MS and have em' fix it.
a.2 If your sticker isnt there, then you can buy replacement lenses off of ebay and change it yourself.
a.3 You could just buy a new DVD rom, but theres a lot involved including taking the xbox apart and connecting the SATA cable to your computer VIA 18-25" SATA cable / SATA card. You will also need to download key extracting software to extract the key. You will also need a USB flash drive and make a boot sequence for your xbox. After you do all of this, then you extract the key, copy the boot, flash the drive and reboot your xbox. if all works, then your new dvd drive will be mated with your motherboard. If it doesnt work, then your going to have to try to flash the motherboard again.

Hope this helps. A.3 is a lot of work, so I would recommend to just buy a new dvd lense for it and replace it. there are a lot of tutorials that show you how to replace the lenses as well.

Good Luck and sorry to hear about your xbox

Feb 28, 2008 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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New Xbox 360 disk drive doesn't play games

well my friend thats because each xbox 360 drive is unique for each console so it only works on the original console, to solve this you have to flash the firmware from the old drive and put it the new one, there are many sites explaining it just google it.

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