Of late, my 360 has no audio when playing CDs or music on its drive. DVD's and video games are no problem and produce audio fine. I have checked and rechecked the connections. I use an use an optical cable to a Sony receiver.
It had been working and now no audio from CDs or other music.
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Does the screen eventually read "Open Tray"?
This is a very common error, you need a DVD drive replacement. Only an experienced person can do this, if you don't do it correctly you won't be able to play games again. If you'd like I can do the repair for you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
every DVD drive is "married" to the motherboard. They both have a special key that keeps them together. Without that key the motherboard will not accept the DVD drive and it won't be able to play games ever again. You can extract the key from you old DVD drive and "spoof" it to the new one. That's the only way it'll work.
It is possible that this is a drive issue, I've seen drives that one of the optical reader device has gone out, but generally it'e the DVD reader and will only read CD's. It's very rare that the CD reader goes and the DVD reader works. Before you replace drive, if it's only music CD's (you didn't mention program CD's), then update your media player. If it still won't play, then unistall the media player and completely reload it. At this point you can replacse the drive.
I'm also having this problem as well, it has to do with the OS and it is corrupted. It seems like the "Game mode" has been corrupted preventing us from playing games on the hard drive or reading games.
Since the audio is actually part of the video stream and your Video software decodes that, I would say you need to re-install whatever program you're using. On a side note, if it's a recorded DVD, you may have to use the program's setup to select the correct Audio.
Play Recordable CDs Containing MP3/WMA Audio Files
To play recordable CDs containing MP3 and/or WMA audio files:
Press the eject button on the Xbox 360 console (or select Open Tray from any area of the Xbox Dashboard) to open the disc tray.
Place a data CD-R or CD-RW containing MP3 and/or WMA media on the
disc tray with the label facing up (to the right if the console is
Press the eject button (or select Close Tray from any area of the Xbox Dashboard) to close the disc tray.
Go to the Media area of the Xbox Dashboard. Select Music, Current Disc.
To play all tracks on the CD, select either Play All or Add to Current Playlist.
If you have an existing playlist open, Add to Current Playlist will
append all tracks on your current CD to that playlist. Selecting Play
All will clear a current playlist and create a new one consisting of
all the files on the current CD. (Be sure to save your playlist, if
desired, prior to selecting the Play All option.) Files are added to a
playlist in alphabetical order by file name. Playlists start again from
the beginning once the final track has played.