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Xbox 360 wont play the games but will play cds and dvds !!!!

Hi please help got xbox 360 for my sons birthday from Ebay, it will play dvds and cds but wont play games , just keeps saying put game in 360 console to play, i have now bought 4 games and all say the same thing. PLease help !!

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  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2007

    i put games in console and say unreadable disc but it will play dvd's and cds

  • pernicious Dec 30, 2007

    same with my console, have tryed flashing bios but will not flash,i have 1 light on in left hand top corner, will read dvd's data dvd and mp3

  • pimp31 Jan 03, 2008

    it will play dvd and cd but not games

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2008

    It will play dvds and cds but wont play games , just keeps saying put game in 360 console to play, i have now bought 4 games and all say the same thing. PLease help !!

  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2008

    will not read any of my games

  • mitchell5121 Jan 08, 2008

    i restarted the xbox over and over until it works

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2008

    my xbox is doing the same thing, i even bought a new drive for it but it continues to do the same thing. something tells me that it is not the drive but the console, motherboard or operating system itself.

  • jaxjack Mar 01, 2008

    I have the same problem plays dvds but not games. I put in a new drive still does not work on games

  • jaxjack Mar 01, 2008

    I have the same problem plays dvds but not games. I put in a new drive still does not work on games

  • jaxjack Mar 01, 2008

    Hi does your book just fix a red ring problem or other problems ?,, Mine will read dvds but it does not even recognize there is a game in it,,, just says play dvd ? Says "TO PLAY THIS DISK PUT IN AN XBOX 360 CONSOULE" No choice for play game,, I tried 4 games and installed a new drive, same problem. Do know for sure your book will have the answer to fix this problem.

    Standing by for your reply,

    Thank's much,

    Jack...

  • Buzzzmannn Nov 22, 2008

    Xbox 360 will not play games but will play dvds

  • youngpws Nov 24, 2008

    xbox 360 plays cd's and dvd's but will not play any games..

  • misscmartin0 Dec 07, 2008

    we bought a fix guide online when our 360 got the 3 red rings thing and the box worked fine for two days then got one red ring...we did the "fix" again and although it turns on it wont play anything other than dvds....NO GAMES!!

  • CaptKiller Dec 13, 2008

    my xbox dvd drive stoped working so I replaced with a new one now I have the same problem plays dvd just fine but will not play games

  • khaoskalan Jan 02, 2009

    I got my 360 when it first came out. Up until about a year ago I started having problems playing games. Dvds and cds work fine. If I open and close the tray about a million times the game will eventually play, but it's a pain in the ***. Right before the game goes to play if it says play dvd I know that the, "To play this disc, put it in an Xbox 360 console" screen will come up. If it's going to play, the drive always speeds up, and that's how I know that I don't have to open and close the tray again. It's just a pain, and I was wondering if there are any solutions to it. I've already torn it to peices several times, and nothing seems to be amiss with the drive itself, or the console. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • xbox nightma Jan 16, 2009

    My son saved his own money and purchased an xbox 360 last year. Up until a few months ago he finally went live because i had to get a new router etc it was nightmare and gets worse. As i was setting up his prepaid live card I entered his birhtday and now he is locked out in playing any EA sports games but can play call of duty live. Is there anyway to reset the birthday and if not if I purchase another prepaid card and enter my birthday will that work? Personal all these gameing systems are a pain the @#$

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    mine always says play dvd and barley ever play the game

  • dudejonrocks Feb 16, 2009

    no matter what game i put in it just ses "to play this game you must put it in a xbox 360 consle" but it still playes dvds

  • mikeytaylor Feb 27, 2009

    same every game i put in it just says please itsert this game in a xbox 360 consle and its ticking me off!

  • Anonymous Apr 09, 2009

    XBOX 360 WONT PLAY GAMES BUT WILL PLAY DVDS AND CDS WHEN BRING UP THE DASH BOARD IT SAYS PLAY DVD BUT ITS A GAME

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Mocrosoft only entended the warranty on the "ring of death" issue which was hardware related to overheating.  They did not extend the warranty to any other issues.  DVD/CD emulators and the games emulators are handled by different software.  
You can try a factory reset of the console...

Before trying this, it's highly recommend that you remove all hard drive and memory cards. Once you've removed all hard drives and memory cards, navigate to the systems tab in the main menu and select the “Initial Setup” option. Once you select the option, it will ask you if want to run the initial setup that occurred when you first started your console. Say yes and it will do its thing. When it asks for a memory card/hard drive, just decline and it should be done. You should see the default dashboard screen as confirmation that it did, in fact, rerun initial setup.

Resetting to factory defaults / resetting parental locks
This might work only with older versions of Xbox 360 dashboard.

Press the following key combination

Left Trigger, Right Trigger, X, Y, Left Bumper, Right Bumper, Up, Left Bumper, Left Bumper, X

This should give you a dialogue asking whether or not you want to reset your system to factory default settings.

If none of this works contact Microsoft and see if the console is still under warranty.  If not they will repair it for usually 99.00

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Help i need to know wy i can plY DVDS BUT NOT GAMES

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Mine plays cds and but no games why

Posted on Dec 06, 2009

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I know how to fix your problems.. =) You can either send it to me for repair for only $50 bucks or I'll tell you how to fix it yourself for only $20... =)

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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    I have $20 how do I get this fixed

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Guys have you tried downloading the games you have onto your hard drive. By doing this it does not use your Xbox 360 Lens to read the disc while you play only when starting up. This could save alot of "life" for the lens. Just a thought.

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Try a software update from xbox live

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I would call 1-800-4MYXBOX and tell them the problems youre having with what is a relatively new machine.

Xbox realized that the consoles were peppered with problems like this and extended the warranty from one year to three.

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

My is doing the same i put it from walmart

Posted on Dec 30, 2007

Simple you used ebay to buy a console there you go

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Hi my name is liam, i have plm with xbox it not working it plays dvds but wont play games huh and got 3 red lights, i just want know how much for repair let me know on my e-mail is liamwalsh31@hotmail.com

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To xbox nightma
you have to go back and put a different email adress and make shure you put the birth date over 21 and you should be ok.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

  • e-123-omega Oct 02, 2010

    my xbox has been experienceing the same problem for the last 2 years.......but im still playing games on it =)
    You just have to keep restarting the xbox over and over again untill it says play game or w/e the game u have in is called.
    Remember only restart the xbox if it says"play DVD" or "play game". Do not restart the xbox if it says the game name on it, for example if it says "Play Halo Reach" then do not restart it. =)

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