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Xbox 360 will play movies but not games

My xbox 360 stopped playing games so i changed the disc drive now i can play movies but when i put a game in it says to play game insert in 360 console this unit was working fine no rrod or over heat i just turned it off one day then the next day games would not play

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  • tadowman Dec 31, 2008

    I was in the middle of playing Gears of War 2 and all of a sudden it just stopped playing and the screen said Open Tray. It will no longer play any games, but will play DVDs and CDs.

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009


  • Scbarrantes Jan 11, 2009

    my xbox only play movies and original xbox game... it wont play 360 xbox games... anyone have any ideas on howto fix it? and i dont have my waranty anymore

  • javonty Jan 16, 2009

    i got a new disk drive now it wont read games keeps saying to insert xbox 360 consal

  • mcohmer Feb 25, 2009

    I have the same problem but I have never changed the drive. Everything is the same as when I bought it.

  • mcohmer Feb 25, 2009

    I have the same problem but nothing has changed on my machine.

  • hpace71 Mar 18, 2009

    My 360 will play movie, but not games. It's going to drive me crazy

  • tyler_ford Apr 01, 2009

    i play movies on it fine but it wont play games it just overheats at menu. At first i thought it was the hardrive but that didn't work either.i bought inter cooler it dosnt work either then i got really ticked.

    some help i would appreciate ive gone 3 months without it it sux!!

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    yea ok heres my question, why should we have to. The damn should work for as much money as it cost.

  • Nicholas Holloway Sep 10, 2012

    I wish to know as well, got an mine nearly free cause this guy thought it had red ring of death.but turns out he was usin a vidio cord that has an hd or normal selection so the x-box was showing error light (wich is red) so he though it red ring so he give it to me i hook it up it works! but i try to play a game and it wont read but will play movies great ...What Gives?



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You cannot just replace the old dvd drive with a new one, you need to take the key from the old drive and then place it onto the new drive so it will work. all xbox 360 drives have a security key. If you still have your old drive then you may be ok and it may be that a technician can do the work for you.

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Everyone i have the solution!!!! all you have to do is take apart the the original drive and unplug the circuit board, there are 4 ribbon cables be careful not to bend or tear them, then do the same to the new drive and switch the boards so the new drive has the security key and firmware of the old drive and voila youre back in business

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Ok all you have to do is take the back cover off the old drive which is hardcoded to the 360 and remove the large green crcuit board and put it in the new drive and walla finished

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