I turned on my 360 to play a game i have played countless times before with no problems. About 5 minutes into the game i hear a ridiculously loud noise, like someone threw rocks into a garbage disposal. I rush to shut off my 360, and when i turned it back on a few minutes later i get an "unplayable disk error". What is going on with my 360? Oh, and just to let you know, my warranty expired 3 weeks ago. Go figures.
I don't know how deep you want to dive into fixing this problem, but it will probably be much easier to just pay Microsoft to fix it for you. you will probably need to start off with finding an aftermarket replacement drive. Once you have that, you will have a glorified DVD player unless you can get your PC and 360 talking to each other, and access your 360's dvd settings in the bios, and get a known good unlock code for the new drive....
Are sure that you are out of warranty? I called MS recently only to find out that my warranty had been extended by about 18 months without my knowledge. Hope this helps.
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Possibly you tilted or moved the Xbox when a game was running, this will scratch the game beyond repair, or maybe you played the games so long that they were laserburnt, meaning they were burnt from the laser inside of the Xbox that reads it, making they sometimes unplayable, you could try taking the games back to the store and returning them for a new one.
this is the laser unit that is faulty, it either needs replacing or you could try cleaning it with a cotton earbud to see if that helps. if its still doing the same after cleaning you could also try adjusting the laser power, sometimes after its been played for years the laser loses power and you will have faults such as this. adjusting the 'pots' on the laser itself to around 282 will help greatly.
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The "Unplayable Disc" error has also been heavily reported. The error
appears to be limited to the Hitachi CD/DVD ROM drives that replaced
the earlier Toshiba drives. The error message is preceded by a loud
series of grinding noises and the system returning to the dashboard.
From that point forward, any disc that is put in the unit will result
in the "Unplayable Disc" error (although if the user was to eject and
close the disc tray in quick succession the disc may sometimes play).
In the majority of cases, this error is caused by the adhesive that
holds a small magnetic washer heating up and allowing the washer to
affix itself to the metal top of the drive. After this occurs, the
system can no longer spin the disk as necessary. Numerous fixes are
available on the internet, but all involve opening the console box.
Opening the console will result in the unit's warranty being voided
some time your laser is a little wack but if you are haven trouble like that then send it to repair and youll get a new xbox so it works out for you.. or just buy the 29.99 warranty on your box and get a 350.00 new box in 2 weeks. i did that once wen i still had warranty on it so.