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Does not read disc sometimes reads them as dvd

New xbox 360 played ok for one day and then would not read discs and sometimes only reads them as dvds

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Re: does not read disc sometimes reads them as dvd

If the disks are old they wont work, or the disks are for the old xbox console.

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