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From reading to open tray

Ok when ever i put any game (even when it's cleaned) my xbox will go back to "open tray" and then I got to start the thing all over again, and it's doing it with all my games! and I don't want to buy a new xbox 360 please help!!!!

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  • mikebutler94 Jan 13, 2009

    my xbox, i opened it up down to the disc drive, only works when i have my finger on the disc. and only xbox original games work and if the game dosnt work it says i need to insert the disc in to an xbox 360 console. So ive tried cleaning the laser and everything, i want to know if there are anyother possible ways to fix this before i buy a new dvd drive.

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You have one of two options you can take the drive apart and replace the laser with a new one because it's not reading the disc correctly anymore this is the easiest option but if you are electrically inclined like one of my friends using a voltmeter you can set the laser potientiometer higher but your best bet is to replace the laser flat out if its under warranty let microsoft do it if not you can go to llamma.com i believe it is and there are tons of tutorials on how to change the laser as well as determine which drive so you can order the correct replacement and shop around for replacements divineo has them for as low as 15 buccks sometimes but when stock is low they casn be as high as 30 console shop also carries them too from time to time

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Thats no fun, ive come across this problem and was able to fix it by replaceing the dvd- romdrive which is the thing you put your games inside. its quite easy to switch out, the problem is finding one. I scrimmaged one off an old useless regular xbox....good luck. if ud like the steps on how to take out the dvd -rom drive just holla and ill give u the process step by step.

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