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Re: rings around the disc
It's caused by badly pressed discs - due to shake caused by the high speeds of the disc spinning and then catching the laser assembly. There are things you can do such as place foam pads inside the DVD drive itself, so discs cannot move as much when they spin.
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Your disc was most likely laserburned. The xbox will do this if you run a disc for a long stretch, this problem may occur... To continue playing the game, you will need to obtain a good disc and install the game to your hardrive. You will then be able to play the game on your laserburned disc.
We all know how much off a bummer it is if you're playing a game and it suddenly says your disc can't be read. You open the tray and there is a perfect ring around your disc. Well the good news is, you DO NOT have to purchase another copy. To play your game and the laserburned disc, obtain a flawless copy and install it to your hardrive (maybe a friend's or family member's copy). On the xbox 360, you install it to your hardrive by hitting the "x" button on the play disc screen and simply selecting "install to hardrive".... You can then give your friend their disc back and you should be able to play the game on your faulty disc.
is there a red ring around the power button? if so then there is a fault in the machine. This is formally known as the "red ring of death" see wiki for ways around it; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360_technical_problems
Xbox DVD-Drive's often scratch circles into your discs and some even got malfunctioning lasers that will burn rings into games. To prevent the circular scratched from happening avoid moving your console at any time while it is running however it often also occurs just in regular use especially for older consoles with Hitachi or Samsung drives. As far as I know Microsoft replaces discs that were clearly damaged by a console free of charge, at least here in Europe they do. Try calling Xbox Customer Support and ask for a replacement it is worth a try for sure even if they shouldnt replace it they will at least give you a 1-month subscription for Xbox LIVE in exchange.
It sounds like the console's reader scratched your disc. This can occur when moving the console while it is on, the disc can slip off and get heavily scratched.
I would try grabbing a blank (unimportant) cd or disc and place it in the disc tray, then turning on the console to see if the console is scratching the disc.
Also, be sure to have the console FLAT on the ground, NOT vertical. This can greatly decrease any chance of the console scratching your discs.
I personally have had my XBOX wreck 3 different game's now due to just tapping or nudging the console. I took my wrecked games to a local used game shop like GameStop where they will take the disc from you and allow a discounted price (usually around $10) for a replacement used game.
There is not much you can do about the wrecked disc. You can attempt to have the disc resurfaced (local video rental shops can do this). Microsoft does have a disc replacement program however it takes weeks to have the game returned, and they only allow certain games to be replaced. More information on that can be found here: http://support.xbox.com/support/en/us/xbox360/gamesandmedia/games/discreplacement/DiscReplacementPlan.aspx
do u no what the ring means?
it means the laser is faulty and when it reads the disc it using like a real bright light
if the light is to bright the laser is playing up it will actually burn into the disc
thats why its bad to look at the laser
i would get the laser replaced