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Original xbox the disk drive has a loose connection that goes into the laser eye how do i put it back on

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Might need to soder it, I would take it to an electronics store if you are unsure and have them do it, it shouldn't be too hard to do, or cost too much

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Open the disc tray and blow inside a couple times real hard to get the dust off of the glass laser eye lens. You can also buy a can of Airduster which will do the same thing. And if you really feel like it, you can remove the cover of the xbox, get a cotton swab, dip it in rubbing alcohol and clean the glass laser eye lens.
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original xbox??..

meaning the black one???

or the xbox 360..

if its original xbox, send it for a replacement already

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Dirty laser eye. They sell disc cleaners and the like. WARNING: If you open your Xbox to clean it yourself, you void any warranty.

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this is your laser thats losing power and needs either cleaning or the power adjusting so that its optimum again.

dont clean with the common disk cleaners as they are very abrasive and can actually damage the 360 laser eye.

instead strip down the console, then strip down the dvd drive and clean the laser eye with a cotton earbud with a little spit on the end of it. wipe the laser eye with a very gentle clockwise motion.

put everything back together and test if it works then you have done it. if it still does the same then you need to adjust the laser to make the power stronger so it will start reading again.

email me if you need help adjusting the pots on the laser.

ps: this can also happen if the disc is damaged or has the rings around it.

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Did this system play games at one time? If it isnt the original dvd drive with the original bin it will do this. Otherwise you just need to replace the laser or the dvd drive.

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