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Will play dvd wont play games

Starts up ok insert a game and message reads > To play this disc. put it in a xbox 360 console.

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Re: will play dvd wont play games - Microsoft Xbox 360 Console Video Game Consoles

Bad dvd drive common for these to have.

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