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My xbox will not read games, and says "insert disk into 360 console" .

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This is going to be a bit long -- but very detailed, so please readit carefully. There are several reasons that an xbox 360 system willhave problem reading discs. The error messages also vary fromunreadable disk, no message at all but the game skips, "please insertdisc in a360 console" to "open tray." There are a few reasons this mayhappen:

1.Bad disc. Check the back of your disc for scratches.If it looks good(or plays fine in another console), then the disc isprobably fine.Also-- try more than 1 game to be sure.

2. Badlaser. The XBox360 has a DVD drive very similar to a PC's DVD driveinside. The drive contains a bunch of parts including a few motors andgears and a laser.The laser is the part that actually reads the disc.The reality is...with all the hours and hours of gameplay, lasers doeventually wear out. The laser isn't very easy to replace, but it isreplaceable. You can find any and all XBox 360 lasers at the followingwebsite:

http://store.richspsxparts.com/xb360ac.html


3.BadDVD Drive. Sometimes other components inside of the DVD drive can becomebad such as the motor that spins the disk, the motors that open thetray, etc, etc. You can get a new DVD drive to just replace everything,including the laser, in one shot but there is a catch. The XBOX 360'sDVD drive is tied to the motherboard using a software lock.The easiestway to overcome this lock is to buy the exact same manufacture DVD drivethat is in your system now, remove the circuit board from the old DVDdrive (which contains the software key) and transfer the circuit boardinto the new DVD drive that you purchase. If you do this simpleprocedure, there is no flashing involved. The following website carriesDVD drives and also provides instructions on swapping the circuit boardfrom the old drive into the new one.

XBox 360 parts: http://store.richspsxparts.com/xb360ac.html

DVD Drive Swap Info: http://store.richspsxparts.com/imnooninxb36.html

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Yes, this is quite a common error and the reason that it happens is because the sensors on the back of the DVD drive have overheated and you need to stop this heat build up.

You can either do this with a good guide or you can send it back in and they will do it for you.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

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