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Hi. I have just recently bought a second hand xbox 360 from gamestation and got it home to find that it had trouble playing most of the games i had. but it would play pgr4 all day witout any trouble, sometimes it locked up but this was only once in the day, i got intouch with game in aberdeen and thay said i was more than likley the dvd drive was on its way out so i have ordered a new laser that im waiting to come from china. and sure enough i am now getting the disk read error so i know that this should be sorted with the new laser. However there has been something else that has been worring me somewhat. this has to do with graphical glitches in the games i play. It dosnt matter what game it is i always get it just on varring levels. i dont know if this is to do with the amount of detail the games have in them or not. what happens is i have spikes comming up from diffrent structures. in some games its the glare from the sun that has the spikes. others its the shadows and recently its buildings and characters. but its ponly at certian angles and these spikes can sometimes appear 3d and cast there own shadows. i need to know if this is to do with hard ware or software or could this be because the dvd lense is on its way out and has trouble reading the information properly. sometimes i can restart the machine and the spickes dissapear from where thay were in the display but will with out doupt reapear when u change direction. i can still play the games but it spoils the whole point of the x box and at the moment i just find that microsoft shouldent have releced this console as its more unstable than plutonium and has more problems than a man plummiting to earth with no parachute. have u heard of this problem and do u know what the likley cause is please?

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Hi there. Well, you got it narrowed down pretty well. The DVD drive is probably failing, either the lens itself, or the sliding posts on it need some greasing (you don't wanna crack it open to grease it yourself if you don't wanna void warranty, tho), or the lens might be just dirty. Hard to tell without actually opening it up and doing a few tests tho. The only thing i could think you could try to clean the lens without opening the console, is to unplug the power cord when the tray is open, and to blow compressed air (canned, or compressor source) into the drive, trying to clean the lens. If it doesn't work, best bet is probably sending to MS still. I don't think you'll end up getting a worst condition console, from the few times i've had refurbs from them the 360's are still fine to this day. Now, on a side note, just remember to avoid overheating, never block the console's air flow (intake and exhaust), that's the 360 #1 killer still. Hope that helps, cheebster.

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The problem is that the laser is either dying out, is dirty, or is not getting enough power.

so try to fix it using these steps...

- first open the 360 and pull out the dvd drive and open it up too.

- clean everything out good with compressed air, and q-tips dipped in alcohol.

- now you need to adjust the power going to the laser.Sometimes you may have to try multiple settings before getting it justright. Just keep adjusting the resistance lower and lower until itworks.

- if you tried multiple settings and still get the errors, then either get a replacement drive, or a new laser for it. Click Here for how to properly install the new laser.

- if you get a replacement drive, please not that there is a key in the pcb of the drive that must match the key from the motherboard, so you must either spoof firmware with the key, or swap out the old pcb board and put it in to the new drive.

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try going into your settings and family prefrences and if tht doesnt work tht means your game is scratched

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it could be that u got **** like food in your x box360 open it up and clean it out put it back to gether and try it if this dose not work tell me at ty

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