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Had hitachi drive, installed samsung drive. Now it won't play games

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If you had a Hitachi drive you need a Hitachi drive to replace it, unless you want to get into very complicated stuff and messing with firmware, etc.

You can get a Hitachi drive for about $28 from this site: http://parts.consolerepairguy.com

All you have to do is put the old circuit board from the DVD drive (open it up and take it off of the bottom) into the new DVD drive.

Hope that helps!

Posted on Jan 27, 2010

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And your new one should also be (a hitachi ) with
the P.C. board from your old drive instaled in
your new hitachi drive. If that is true then you
need to check all your ribbon conections just
to make sure one didn't slip out on you.

You should not have to adjust anything.
It should WORK.

Rob

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Hello.

Each console has got a unique DVD-key that is stored in the actual console itself and the DVD-drive if you take a drive from another console they keys on the mainboard and DVD-drive dont match and the system refuses to play the games as it cant encrypt the DVD-drive -> mainboard connection that the Xbox security system uses these keys for.

If you replace a drive you first have to read out the key from the original drive and then flash/write it to the replacement drive so that the two keys match if the 2 drives are made by different vendors you will also have to spoof the replacement drive which means if you replace a Hitachi drive with a Samsung you will have to make the Xbox think it still got a Hitachi and spoof the drive identification string.
You can do all that with a tool called Firmware Toolbox and other various tools.

The whole procedure is explained step by step in this detailed tutorial:
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I hope this helps.

Kind regards,
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If you had bought the exact same drive as the one that came out all you would have had to do was change the circuit board from one drive to another.Byt because you havent your gonna have to use xbox 360 toolbox V4.0 and take the security key out of the Hitachi and flash it into the samsung which is alot more indepth.

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I just solved this problem, very simple actually. Possibly can happen when the drive WILL close, but then loud noise as it tries to spin the disc up. Open the drive up (4 little screws on the bottom) and lift the lid up. If you look on the top white magnet spinner, the bottom side of the magnet system broke off of the disc motor. It will look like a little metal ring stuck to the white spinner thing whatever it's called. I popped that off and examined it, then used some krazy glue to stick it back on the motor spindle and it's away and going now. The reason the drive will not close, is because when the little magnet first breaks off it can get misaligned then when it tries to shut it gets in the way. The MAY be the cause to the problem. I fixed this issue today with mine, hitachi drive.

The laser going bad is a pretty common issue with the drives, since it's a Hitachi that spindle motor could be all gunked up with dirt as well and cause that issue also.
if ya have a Hitachi, if it's a Samsung it could just be the laser.

http://www.llamma.com/xbox/Repairs/xbox_dvd_repair.htm

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bad dvd drive
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The laser going bad is a pretty common issue with the drives, since it's a Hitachi that spindle motor could be all gunked up with dirt as well and cause that issue also.
if ya have a Hitachi, if it's a Samsung it could just be the laser.

http://www.llamma.com/xbox/Repairs/xbox_dvd_repair.htm

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The laser going bad is a pretty common issue with the drives, since it's a Hitachi that spindle motor could be all gunked up with dirt as well and cause that issue also.
if ya have a Hitachi, if it's a Samsung it could just be the laser.

http://www.llamma.com/xbox/Repairs/xbox_dvd_repair.htm

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Bad Cdrom/dvd
The laser going bad is a pretty common issue with the drives, since it's a Hitachi that spindle motor could be all gunked up with dirt as well and cause that issue also.
if ya have a Hitachi, if it's a Samsung it could just be the laser.

http://www.llamma.com/xbox/Repairs/xbox_dvd_repair.htm

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Bad Cdrom/dvd
The laser going bad is a pretty common issue with the drives, since it's a Hitachi that spindle motor could be all gunked up with dirt as well and cause that issue also.
if ya have a Hitachi, if it's a Samsung it could just be the laser.

http://www.llamma.com/xbox/Repairs/xbox_dvd_repair.htm

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