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Re: do I need to clean the laser lens manually or replace...
Lens cleaners are too abrasive and do not work properly. to clean your laser it is best to strip down your 360, remove the dvd drive top cover and get a cotton earbud, spit on it and then very carefully with a clockwise rotating motion clean the lens this way. you may also need to re-align the laser to read 280-300 ohms as by the sound of it the laser might be set too high. we can offer a repair www.fixmyconsole.co.uk or if you want to have a go just pm us and we will try to help you step by step.
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Your disk drive is dirty or broken try to clean the laser inside it. You can get a ( Wii Lens Cleaning Kit ) or fix it manually. For that you will need a tri wing screw driver and take the Wii apart. Use some rubbing alcohol and q-tips to clean the laser lens. Be vary gentle with it, don\'t use hardly any force to clean it. If that dose not work then the drive has to be replaced.
If you have recently tried to mod your Xbox 360 then you did not get the drive key installed correctly. Otherwise the laser lens is either dirty/ starting to weaken. You can either replace the laser lens in the disc drive, try to clean it, try the POT tweak or replace the whole disc drive. Keep in mind if you replace the disc drive you will need to swap the PCBs or the drive keys.
Hope this helps.
I believe you can use a DVD cleaner
without voiding your warrenty. If you have a warrenty then call Xbox
tech support to get it fixed. And if you don't buy an extended warrenty
for $50 and then call them and tell them you need your Xbox fixed
steps to be followed.
a DVD lens cleaning disc.
Turn on your television and Xbox just like you normally would to play a video game.
your Xbox's disc drive, placing the lens cleaning disc in the drive
face-up. A lens cleaning disc works by sweeping small brushes over the
laser lens surface. These brushes are located on the bottom of the
disc; be careful not to touch the brushes---the microfiber brushes are
delicate and can become damaged easily.
the Xbox and let the machine power up; make sure your television's
volume is turned on. Your Xbox should automatically take you to the
system's standard CD player menu. If this does not happen, select the
menu manually using your Xbox controller.
playing the first track of the cleaning disc. Listen carefully, because
audio directions will play indicating the steps necessary for properly
using your cleaning disc. Each brand of lens cleaning disc will have
different steps, but they are typically very simple, involving tasks
like skipping ahead to different tracks or briefly putting the CD in
fast forward mode. If you cannot hear the audio directions, consult the
written instructions packaged with the disc.
the cleaning CD after you've followed the audio directions---a typical
cleaning cycle only takes a few minutes, and the audio directions will
tell you when cleaning is complete.
place the lens cleaning disc back in its case, avoiding damaging the
brushes on the bottom. Lens cleaners can be used multiple times, so
plan on using the cleaning disc regularly to help avoid future problems
with your Xbox console.
If your XBOX 360 is under warranty just send it back to Microsoft and let them fix it. If not, you need to find instructions on YouTube to disassemble your XBOX and then you will need a cotton swab that has two ends on it like the ones you clean your ears with. Use lens cleaner like you would clean eye glasses with or something that will not streak. Be very careful not to damage the laser. Gently take the swab with the cleaner on it and rub it around the laser lens in a clockwise motion about 3 times. Do the same thing counter clockwise. Now turn the swab around to the dry end and perform the same tasks in reverse order. So...you will use the dry end counter clockwise 3 times and then clockwise 3 times. Now put your XBOX back together and see if it has fixed the problem. There are a couple of other options to try as well but you didn't mention anything about it grinding so I did not post those fixes. Let me know if you need them.
It is prob your laser needs replaced, you can try a cd lens cleaner (this gave me another month or so out of my last lazer) The clicking noise is the drive trying to read the disc, are you trying to load backups or original discs?
Try a dvd lens cleaner because it sounds like the lens may be dirty. Make sure to use a DVD lens cleaner not a CD lens cleaner. If that doesnt work you will probably have to get the lens replaced which since its sony and they've been around for years it should be rather cheap. Hope that helps you out!
Try to use cd rom lens head cleaner, the one with the small brush at the middle of the disk, never use cleaner using liquid solution. the best cleaning method is to open the cd and clean manually the laser lens using a cotton buds, the lens are so delicate so don't apply too much force. you can easily locate the lens in the cd case, it is a round bluish lens. cd rom cleaner works best when your unit is clean!! Huhh? Run it once a day, regularly, its like sweeping the floor of your house before you work for that day. Cd rom cleaning depends on playing back the No 1 and jumps to no 3 tracks, cleaning takes place on track 2 of the disc, you cannot clean if you cannot play the unit.. get that?