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Samsung MS28 drive wont spin disks


You seem to be wuite knowlegable about 360 repairs. Can you offer advice on the following.

I bought a 360 with the RROD and fixed it with the XClamp mod. Green lights now. However the rom drive would not open even though it tried. When i managed to get a disk in it would say 'reading', no noises just reading..Pulled it all apart, checked the belt. Although its a cheap rubber band it does not not slip as I turned the cogs. Checked the white sliding piece, made some fine adjustments to its returned position. Seemed to do the is the real problem.

When I insert a disk it wont spin. If I assist it will fire up and the laser only moves a short distance but it still is not 'actually' reading the disk.

Now i noted that the drive was quite dirty - Samsung ms28 (man 2005), which i have cleaned where i can.

Can you suggest what to do next?

Thanks alot for any advice you can offer...

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  • Lv-426 Jul 06, 2008

    Turns out the problem was two things...the motors both for the turning of the disk and drive tray. The laser is fine

    Works like a charm now......

  • Anonymous Jul 06, 2008

    My son has an XBOX 360 with the Samsung DVD internal drive, which for no apparent reason has stopped working. It will not eject or close, and if you manually insert a disc and push the tray in - the screen just keeps saying closing or opening, and the game won't start.

    To return it to Microsoft will cost me £65 as it's 5 weeks outside it's 12 months - so if I'm about to throw money away please help me.


  • teuhond Dec 05, 2008

    hi i have the same problem i try to clean all the dust in the driver, when i turn on the 360 the cd spin but the laser only move a bit, now how do you fix the motor problem?



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Sounds like a couple of possible problems. First of all, you will need to know how to use a multimeter. From the sounds of it you probably do. so...
1) check the back of the motor for where it is soldered to the circuit board. make sure that they are not cracked or broken. If so resolder them, if not then lets move on...
2) check the lens and clean it with denatured alcohol. Do not use rubbing alcohol as it will leave a film that will cause you trouble. if this does not work then ...
3)Next find the back side of the laser. There will be two small metal potentiometers. take the multimeter (on resistance reading) go across two of the leads on the pot (there are three) two of them will read 0 ohms, you do not want these. read from any one of these to the other lead, you should read around 1.4K ohms (actally 800 ohms to 2K ohms is typical) write this down!! take a small screw driver and make a minor adjustment to the pot. making the reading smaller. Note! the pot is real touchy, a very and I mean very small amount of movement will make a large reading. You do not want to go below 600 ohms as you can damage the laser. a small adjustment should get things going. Once the laser is working the unit should work fine. in a rare few occasions you may have to place a small amount of tape over the magnet to help it actually release, but this will only be a issue if and when every thing is spinning as it should and it still does not open. Also clean the belt with rubber conditioner. If you do not have this you can use the denatured alcohol but note that this will cause the belt to dry out and crack if you do it too often. Hope this helps. If not write me again with more details!!

Talk to you later!!

Posted on Jun 30, 2008


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