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Unplayable disc so i use to lay my xbox360 flat until one day for no aparent reason i stood it up. soi played for about an hour or 2then shut it off. when i came back i turned my xbox on and it went to the dashboard and where it should have said the name of the game in the disc trayit read unplayable disc and none of my games work please help im haveing withdrawls

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  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2007

    I tried to play Halo 3, Timeshift, and other games, but it always reads them as unplayable. The inly games i can play on my 360 are game demos.

  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2007

    My xbox 360 says unplayable disc when ever i put any games on it in the xbox menu,what is there to do about this??

  • rea rea Nov 24, 2007

    unplayable disc continues to show up on my dashboard even when i put in a brand new game it started after having a regular cd in it then when i changed it out with another game it started to show me this please help

  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2007

    my games are reading as unplayable disk

  • rob mann Dec 03, 2007

    yeah, i have the same problem every game,movie and cd says that and like the other "post" i can play demos too


  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2007

    I was playing my xbox all day one day. then the next day i turned it on and ever game dvd or cd i put in reads as unplayable. all i can play are demos from xbox live or arcade games.

  • Bigman 42 Dec 26, 2007

    I'm tryin to play Need for Speed ProStreet and College Hoops 2K8 and both discs showed up as unplayable. There is no damage to the discs

  • sheldo Jan 05, 2008

    screen reads unplayable disc on all games and dvd's hope you have an answer to fix problem.

  • ivoryline13 Jan 16, 2008

    Same problem

    I took my 360 to a local video game store and they replaced my DVD drive for $128

    I come home excited to play after waiting 2 weeks, and it does the exact same thing as before
    I then furiously punched a hole in my wall.

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  • emeryross Feb 27, 2008

    Same really, the drive is also louder than normal kinda like a grinding sound. Some times the games play, sometimes they dont.

  • FredyGibb Feb 28, 2008

    All of a sudden got unplayable disc error when trying to play game or audio cd in xbox 360.
    Contacted xbox toll free number and was told it would cost 110 dollars US to fix.

  • shaychick25 Jun 19, 2008

    Ours is doing the same. every disk we put in it reads as UNPLAYABLE. sooo...has anyone figured out why they are doing this?????

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  • cod4champ Jul 07, 2008

    in the afternoon my 360 was working fine i left for about 5 hours came home to play cod4 and it read unplayable disc i tried every game after that and none of them would play i tried wrapping my 360 in a towel that didnt work so now all i can do is try demos

  • dagwood8667 Jul 25, 2008

    it telling me unplayable disc

  • okmssoccer9 Aug 08, 2008

    i  put in a  x-box 360 game into my x-box 360 console and it went to the dashboard where it should say the game it said unplayable disc, but my disc worked perfectly fine on my friend x-box 360 console.

  • Gunslinger13 Dec 03, 2008

    Well i was playing Halo 3 and i got tired and went to bed and when i tried to play it the next morning on the dash board it kept saying unplayable disc. What should i do?

  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    it has a ring around the disc

  • Anonymous Apr 28, 2009

    my xbox starts but as soon as the game gets going it frezzes up plays dvds just fine but there are spec dance around the scrren

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Posted on Jul 19, 2008


Okay we had the same problem...
we always laid it on its side and one day we switched rooms it was in and we could stand it and we did... then the screen was hard to read so we switched back to the other room laying it down agian and then it stopped reading the disks... but all we had to do was find a way to sit it up leave it off for 2 days so it could cool down got it near a vent so it stays cooler and now it works... occasionally we have to restart the system when it doesnt work but only once or twice never more... i hope that can work for you guys too...

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Ok here it is The first time it did it to me it took almost 10 to 12 times of turning off and takin out to finally get it to read it. Now somtimes it only takes like 2 maybe 10 last 3 times i played it took 2 times. Ok sounds are loud reading and I think i can hear laser :(.

Posted on Jul 04, 2008

Same here disc's are find but still report disc as unplayable.

I call MS and they said this is a known issue but not covered by the new warranty.

It looks like it an issue with the dvd player. The

Posted on Feb 27, 2008

Okay so here is the thing with mine. I bought Timeshift and put it in my X-box 360 and it said unplayable disc. So i took the disk back because i have no problems with any of my other games. I put the new timeshift into my console and it still didn't work. Then i put it in my brothers 360 and it works. so its not the disc. i have no idea what the problem is

Posted on Jan 01, 2008

Magnetic washer holding the disk in place wore of due to heat.

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3 year warrenty only covers the red ring of dealth.

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The other suggestion is overtly wrong - you have a fatal error that needs to fixed by xbox repair center in McAllen,TX. This should now be covered by the new 3 year extended warranty. This problem is one of two major flaws with the xbox 360. The first is the heat problem which is the underlying cause of the three rings of death(now covered). the next is your problem which is a hardware failure of the disc drive. Rumor is that xbox live update actually crashed alot of drives by mistake trying to ban modders from xbox live via the update. So either cheap drives to begin with or funky firmware, your guess is as good as mine. Call xbox support - get the ball rolling cause it takes about a month for them to ship you a refurbished xbox with all the same problems - alot of horror stories out there about people getting 3 or 4 xbox 360 deaths......

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Your system is fine, the disk is a different story. By moving your Xbox 360 the drive does some funky things. The disk probably has some deep grooves around the egde. In future, dont move the 360 or backup your xbox 360 games with Support Rich

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