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It was the drive, now its 3 red lights!!

Ill need to start from the first problem that i fixed to the one that has me stumped. Here goes....

The disc drive wouldnt eject -

I tear the xbox 360 apart and discover that the drive motor for the eject is weak, too weak to eject with a disc in it. AND teeth are sheared off from the gear that ejects the tray. So I lube up the Z shaped guide track to ease the operation for the motor and it WORKS! Ok thats one.

Drive now wont read -

In my haste for fixing my eject problem I made a mistake and screwed up the laser alignment to the disc drive motor. Or the disc drive motor to any case it spelt a whole new dvd-rom drive from So that will fix the disc read errors and "open tray indications" this was after 2 days of trouble-shooting, so yes I tried it and yes this was the only way. bummer, but eh its 40 bucks.....moving one to the stumper

3 red lights -

Now i screwed up or it screwed up but heres everything. It was working if the DVD-rom was plugged in for troubleshooting and it was working if it wasnt. either way it turned on with no problems. But when I disconnected the DVD-rom with the system on, the xbox 360 rebooted itself. Then I plugged it in and it did it again (everything is still fine). Then i did that again. Unplugged-ok, replugged-3red lights. And the second i saw them I thought, o crap, now what? The only thing that was differnet was I saw a small clip. Its a curved shape with multiple little notches that stick out of it and an end that looks like it slides in somewhere. It was apart of the xbox but I have no idea from where and whe i found it was 10 seconds after the "ring of death" placed between the RF module plug (where the RF plugs into the motherboard) and the lifesaver looking thing wrapped in copper wire directly behind it. Best I can figure is it shorted itself or that clip belongs somewhere and im clueless as to where. but until i get the new DVD-rom ill never know if its gonna work or not. But it should be turning on at least and its not. Im going to try the "heat gun to the soldered areas" trick tonight at work but if anyone can tell me whats happening it would help a ton. Im stuck in Afghanistan bored off my rocker everyday without it. I miss Ace Combat 6!! Thanks everyone for your help

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  • bit646 Oct 12, 2008

    Im gonna toss it to Microsoft when I get back from Afghanistan. But I picked up an Elite for the time being. Loving it! :)



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