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When I put my games in the Xbox 360, it says: "reading" and then it says DVD and then it starts to play as if it was a DVD but it gives me a message saying "to play DVD put DVD into console." This happens every time I put a game in. Sometimes, it will say " play game" and after a minute of playing, it will say "disc unreadable." After doing this many times, it will say, "play game" and it will actually play the game for longer than a minute. I have tried cleaning all of my games but it still doesn't work. Thank you for your help

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Are you on warranty or not? if you are on warranty it would be best if you called their support they may fix it for you free.

the issue is most likely a dirty lens/drive there are few other unlikely things that could cause the problem but its very very likely the drive that's the problem.

use a cd/Dvd lens cleaner ment for the console to clean the lens, follow this page on how to fix the problem:
http://www.llamma.com/xbox/Repairs/xbox_dvd_repair.htm

Here is one cd / dvd lens cleaner that should be okay for the 360
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CD%2FDVD%2FXbox-360%2FPS2%2FROM%2FHiFi-Lens-Cleaning%2FCleaner-Disc_W0QQitemZ250419191174QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20090506?IMSfp=TL090506125002r38032

Just try the lens cleaner before doing anything else to it.

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http://store.richspsxparts.com/xb360ac.html

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SYMPTOMS When you try to play a disc, you may receive the following error message: Can’t read this DVD.
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Note If you receive a different error message, such as one of the following messages, the problem is a different problem:
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