I just came back from the store with a used copy of Halo 3 and the damndest thing keeps happening. Similiar to a problem answered on here, the game will sound as if it's trying to read but fails to and displays the open disk tray message on the xbox 360. I tried other games however, dvd's, etc. and there is no problem. While I do have an older console, I don't see a disc drive error leading to a problem with just one disc (first time this has happened as well). I fully intend on returning the used game (Halo 3), but if I get screwed out of not being able to get another copy, what recommendations are there to remedy the situation?
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Halo 3 is buggy disk , I have 2 brand new copys of halo 3 for testing repaired drives
and found that of all the 360 I repair, benq drives will read 99% of the time the hitachi
seem too slow on the seek time to get a
lock/read resulting in a dirty disk error.
Halo 3 does not play on all 360
its just a picky disk .There seem to
be two xboxs thoes that will load halo 3
and thoes that will not.
This sounds similar to what happened to me, except I couldn't load some multiplayer maps.
If you know someone that recently bought Halo 3,(within a week) ask him/her to return it with your defective game in the case. He/she will receive a new unopened Halo 3, and you can take your friend's recently opened copy of Halo 3.
If you don't want to be cheapskate, you can borrow Halo 3 from a friend, and save it on your hard drive. After that, you can use your defective disc just to play the game. Unfortunately, if you save it on your hard drive, it supposedly makes the game slower when searching for multiplayer matches online, and other things.
If you don't care about saving money, you could buy another copy of Halo 3.
What you can do is download another halo 3, to your hardrive with the new microsoft update.
then you can use the broken disc in the xbox 360 the disc will not spin in the console the console just needs its license to read the loading comes from the hard drive.
Halo 3 Matchmaking could have something to do with the Maps as it usually does. Try changing from Matchmaking to Custom Games and then back again and see what happens. Also if you have the Heroic And Legendary Map Packs then try re downloading them without deleting them. If none of this works try a complete new copy of the game and make sure it isnt installed to your hard drive.
First get some disc cleaner, and clean any scratches. If that doesn't work, the only way fix your disc would be to mod your 360, and to use a program called xbox backup creator, to make a backup of your original copy. If you go this route, get a Samsung SH-D162C, or SH-D162A if you have SATA. This is the only dvd-rom that can be altered to read 360 discs, and you might need it if your 360 drive can't read all of the Halo disc. Note: for the obvious reasons you run a high risk of getting booted from xbox live, I got booted and never once played any of my backups online.