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Disc Drive Problem with disc being read.

Basically, whenever I start up my xbox 360console, it always says "open tray" on the dashboard, so I open it. When I close it, it says "reading", then I heard like a grinding sound, as if it's starting up, then I see "open tray" on the dashboard, again. If someone could help me, I'd appreciate it. Could this problem be dust covering up the laser sensor, which reads the disc?

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How old is the unit?
Do you keep it at floor level alot? Because this thing ( like all the game consoles) is a dust MAGNET.
Get a can of compressed CO2 ( Dust off)
Open the drawer and shoot into the draw over and under. Reboot .
Cant guarantee anything though

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