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My xbox 360 now has the 2 red lights on the left side of the power button. but before it happens i have two or three problems/occurances that happen before the console turns off and flashes. right now i know its my disk drive, but i can have it on and be on the dashboard with no problem, once i play a demo or a game (even an arcade game) the disc drive start to sound like a fighter jet coming into my house (its starts spinning excessively fast). then it turns off, but the controller is still on, and the drive continues to run. but the lights come on and flash, mind you on 2. not the rrod. now when i have it on the dash board, it is fine. is there a quick fix? i dont feel like waiting 2 months for my system to come back from microsoft. by the way, this doesnt have the Jasper card (or whatever that new thing is) inside it. and its impossible for my 360 to over heat in like 2 mins, but now also my 360 doesnt spin the disc, and reads ''Open tray'' please help, ive had this 360 for two years with no problems until 2 days ago.

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The description of your problem indicates your DVD drive is malfunctioning.

You mentioned that you've had this console for 2 years. As such, the warranty coverage for this particular problem has expired. However, it may be worth the time and effort to send your console back to Microsoft to have it repaired. If you do, you can be assured the problem will be fixed by technicians who are familiar with the various hardware failures of the 360's. Further, it will not take 2 months to have your console repaired. You will have your console back within 2 weeks and... you'll have a 90 day warranty on the repair.

Now... if you still do not want to send it back to Microsoft to have it repaired, then you'll either have to find someone to fix it for you or fix it yourself. In either case, it will be an unauthorized repair in Microsoft's eyes.

If you get someone to do it for you, you assume all the risks involved and you could potentially end up with a console that's in even worse condition than it was before.

The first thing you should try is to buy a cd/dvd lens cleaning kit to see if your problem is due to a dirty lens. If that doesn't resolve the problem then you will need to replace the dvd drive if you're certain that's where the problem lies.

To replace the dvd drive yourself, you have to open the console and find out what type of dvd drive is inside the console. You'll need the mfr name and model so you can find an appropriate replacement.

If you're able to find a replacement, you'll also have to obtain the dvd drive key associated with your existing dvd drive that is having problems. The dvd drive is absolutely necessary for the proper operation of your console after you've installed the new dvd drive.

The easiest method of obtaining the dvd drive key is to take your existing dvd drive apart and remove the circuit board inside of it. You'll then open the new dvd drive and replace the circuit board inside of the new drive with the circuit board you took out of your old dvd drive.

If you're not familiar with fixing / building computers and the procedure above seems complicated to you, then your best option would be to send it back to Microsoft to have it repaired.

Why you may ask... because even after you've replaced the dvd drive, you may find there are other problems with your console as well. Once you attempt to fix a console yourself, all of the problems with it become yours to resolve.

My recommendation to you...

"Send it back to have it fixed by Microsoft!!"



Posted on Sep 06, 2009

  • Cliff Hunter Sep 06, 2009

    "The dvd drive "KEY" is absolutely necessary for the proper operation of your console after you've installed the new dvd drive."



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