Question about Video Game Consoles
Often the disk being damaged by the drive is a result of a dirty spindle. ( the round part that holds unto the disk inside the machine.) this unit has a magnet on it that attracts and holds a plastic ring unto the top of the game disk. It helps clamp the disk and hold it in place. If the bottom section (which is usually a rubber ring) gets dirty it will not hold as it should and will slip causing reading errors and damage to the disk. You will need to open up the XBOX, open up the disk drive and then clean the spindle using a rubber reguvinator. If you do not have this available then you can use denatured alcohol. DO NOT USE RUBBING ALCOHOL! While you are inside this unit go ahead and clean the laser lens with denatured alcohol by gently cleaning it in a circular motion with a qtip and the alcohol. Again to not use rubbing alcohol, it will leave a film. Anyway, Check the laser and it's moving up and down. If it does not go all the way down or up you may need to replace the belt or clean it as well. If these things do not help you then you may have to replace the drive. There are several available for fair money on the net. JUST BEWARE OF WHERE YOU BUY IT!! There is no need for special software or programs. The drives are drop in and go. (by the way, to open up the unit, google for XBOX removals there are several sites with free instructions. get a couple compare them and you should do fine. Again no need to spend money on directions on how to do this. There are several good sites for free.)
Do note that the 360, unlike the original XBOX is not an easy thing to get into. It will take you some time to do it right. It can be done just be careful. I trained my 15 year old to do it, He tears them down for me before I repair them. I get 2 to 3 a week for repair.
Anyway, try these things and let me know how it goes.
Posted on Jul 21, 2008
If you had a disk, that actually got scratched inside the xbox.
This would have been damaged by it, contacting the laser head.
it seems as if the damage has actually been done to the laser head. Rather than purchase a new laser, it,s more practical to purchase a replacement Drive. Which you can,t just swap over due to the embedded key. However i do have a way of resolving this, without Flashing or hacking the drive.
If you wan,t to know how. feel free to mail me.
Mike @ Compurepair.
Posted on Jul 19, 2008
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