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Xbox keeps freezing up

I have a regular xbox and it only lets me play five mins before it freezes and then says my disk is dirty or damaged my disks work on my friends xbox

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The old black xboxes had trouble with the aging cd drive. There are only 2 things that can be wrong with it. 1. The IR laser lens has become dirty. This is particularly common in households with smokers, but it is possible with typical use as well. This fix invovles taking the xbox apart, taking the top off of the cd drive and finding what looks like a small contact lense in the middle of the drive. Dip a q-tip in windex or alcohol and then flick it with your finger to remove excess liquid. Then, you can VERY GENTLY wipe across the lense with VERY LITTLE pressure. Wipe across the lens a couple of times and you should be good. If that doesn't fix it, there is a worm gear that moves the laser eye back and forth to read the CD. If that worm gear is not well lubed or dirty enough to be stopped consistantly at the same place it would duplicate yoiur problem exactly. You will want to get electronic gear lube from your local electronic supply dealer. Ask them for white grease. Radio shack will not have this grease. Apply the grease to the worm gear fairly lightly. There is no need to smother it and smothering the gear with grease is likely to just attract more dirt and therefore more problems.  In either case, put the top back on the cd drive before testing it as the laser is an eye hazard.  If you can find a replacement cd drive that might work too. If all else fails take your xbox to gamestop and get some trade-in value for it so you can buy the newer version. Good Luck!!

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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