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Xbox 360 how would i get my new dvd rom to work in my xbox 360, i have read about it and i need to no how to get the key from the console and i have no clue can sum one plz tell me how to do this and program my dvd rom properly

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First point is you need to extract the firmware from the old original (very important) drive which involves opening up the xbox 360. there are many guides online which show how to do this. Try and select tutorials where there are nice video tutorials which you can pause and do at your own pace on almost anything xbox 360 related. To explain this in full detail here would take an eternity and i find that video tutorials work best. I know that I'm sending you to another site but trust me that site is a goldmine of information and well put together too.

Should mention that within thisa firmware lies the dvd key if you follow the video tutorials and successfully extract the dvd key then i suggest you make many copies of this key called (orig.bin) if you lose it then your xbox 360 £200 odd pound machine becomes a very expensive dvd player.

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