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Drive problem I just installed a new dvd drive but and when I put a game in it says to put it in an xbox console I

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Hello.

Each console has got a unique DVD-key that is stored in the actual console itself and the DVD-drive if you take a drive from another console they keys on the mainboard and DVD-drive dont match and the system refuses to play the games as it cant encrypt the DVD-drive -> mainboard connection that the Xbox security system uses these keys for.

If you replace a drive you first have to read out the key from the original drive and then flash/write it to the replacement drive so that the two keys match if the 2 drives are made by different vendors you will also have to spoof the replacement drive which means if you replace a Hitachi drive with a Samsung you will have to make the Xbox think it still got a Hitachi and spoof the drive identification string.
You can do all that with a tool called Firmware Toolbox and other various tools.

The whole procedure is explained step by step in this detailed tutorial:
http://xbox-experts.com/e/tutorial.php?n=flashdrive

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Wilhelm@Xboxexperts.com

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

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