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Xbox 360 does not play DVD's

When I put in dvd's on my xbox 360, immediately a large black square blocks the center of the screen. What is the problem?

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  • pmmz Aug 18, 2008

    turn off closed captions

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Get a hard drive or you can not play DVDs.

Posted on Mar 18, 2008

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I just bought and replaced my drive for my xbox 360, and it reads movies and cds, but it reads my games as a dvd, and says play dvd. When I select it is either stays on the xbox logo screen, or it it says...


Sounds like the DVD drive is going bad. Pretty soon it'll stop reading everything.

You could replace the drive yourself. Just buy a replacement drive off eBay/Amazon or some other retailer. The issue with that is that the Xbox 360 DVD drives are designed to
only work with the Xbox it came with, so you'll have to do some fancy stuff to get the replacement to work in your Xbox.

Here's a link to replacement drives.
Here's a link to a guide (with excellent visuals) on how to actually replace it.

Too complicated? Just send it back to Microsoft, let them sort it out. If you're under warranty it should be free; otherwise, it'll cost you some money. Here's a link to their service center. (If you send it in, remember you keep your hard drive! They might not send it back if you forget.)

Hope it all works out!

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My xbox 360 saying play dvd then it says to play it in an 360


call microsoft and describe the problem to them, follow the steps they give you.

May 14, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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My xbox 360 saying play dvd then it says to play it in an 360


check the firmware if not compatible with you game

Mar 25, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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My x box will play cd's and dvd's but not games. do you know what i can do to fix that. when i put in a game it says to put disc in an x box 360 console.


Here's how:

1. Carefully open the Xbox by removing the torx screws and then releasing the clips that hold the case together. The clips and molding pieces all come off easily; pry them open carefully.

2. Load the flash firmware disc into the DVD drive and power off the Xbox.
3. Disconnect the DVD drive from the SATA cable and note the brand of drive used in your Xbox. Currently Microsoft uses Hitachi, Phillips and Toshiba DVD drives in the Xbox 360. Only the Toshiba and Hitachi drives have firmware updates.

4. Connect the DVD drive to your PC with a cross-wired SATA cable interfaced to a compatible SATA port. Confirm that the video cable is connected to the Xbox so that it won't turn off during the flash process.

5. Hold the two loose wires of the cross-wired cable together and press the "Start" button on the Xbox. Separate the wires immediately when the green light begins to flash on the front of the Xbox. The light will begin to flash quickly and the drive will begin to spin as it enters mode "B."

6. Turn the PC on and allow it to fully boot from the DVD drive. If Windows appears to fail the boot, eject the DVD and it will finish booting. You've successfully flashed the drive.
7. Reassemble the Xbox and enjoy playing the backup of your favorite game. Sources: http://www.ehow.com/how_2316522_flash-xbox-dvd-drive.html

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ANOTHER BROKEN XBOX 360


replace heat pads they are so cheap. wrap pennies in electrical tape and put it on were the heat pads were. use Heat Sink to glue it on

Oct 01, 2009 | Microsoft Video Game Consoles & Games

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When i put a dvd in my xbox 360 i get a black square that takes up half the screen


Make sure SAP and/or closed captioning is turned off. Also make sure PIP is not activated as well.


Sep 04, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Arcade

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Same problem


If you have a flashed Xbox 360 it could be that the new game has a protection called Wave3.

That protection makes the games to run as a DVD if the speed of the dvd is not 12X.

Because when you got a flashed DVD, your dvd doesn´t play games and dvds at 12X speed.

That makes that wave3 is feeling a higher or lower speed than it should be and blocking it and says Play DVD. Exactly the problem you got.

Jul 27, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Will not play games


Make sure discs are not scratched. Try cleaning the discs using rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth.

Jan 31, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Xbox 360 no picture but sound, works on another HDTV


did you check to see if the av conponent was on tv/hdtv?

Nov 15, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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