Question about Toshiba Samsung TS-H943A Replacment DVD drive for XBox 360 DVD Drive

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Hi, I have an Xbox 360 with a Samsung DVD drive. This is kinda embarrassing that I have to ask for outside help, as I specialize in Xbox 360s, but I've been racking my brain for a month now and i still can't find a satisfactory answer. My DVD drive won't open on a consistent basis. When it's horizontally oriented, it opens just fine, but when its vertically oriented, it won't open AT ALL. WTF? I have traced the problem back to the drive magnet; apparently, the drive magnet is too strong and won't let it open. I know this because it opens fine when i remove the drive magnet. I have also heard this is a common issue with Samsung drives. HELP! I make my living off of fixing these things. Any suggestions? Anyone? Don't tell me to replace the drive; I'm not going to do any flashing. Period. I'm at my wits end here. Maybe a demagnetizer? But I don't own one, so...

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  • Eddie Chen Apr 01, 2011

    Good idea though.

  • Eddie Chen Apr 01, 2011

    unfortunately, no. I can't do that without removing the entire spindle; even then the magnet cannot be completely removed from the plastic.

  • Eddie Chen Apr 01, 2011

    No. The magnet is attached to the plastic in a way that makes it impossible to separate from the spindle.

  • Eddie Chen Apr 01, 2011

    what if I forced the end of a magnet with the same polarity onto the spindle? Could that theoretically demag it?

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You could try heating the magnet up then cooling it down apparently the magnet would still be magnetized once cooled down but would not be as magnetic
hope this helps

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  • Eddie Chen Apr 01, 2011

    I would try that, but the temps required to demagnetize something are very high, and i dont want to melt the drive spindle

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    Brian Sullivan Apr 01, 2011

    can you remove the magnet from the drive

  • Eddie Chen Apr 01, 2011

    no i cannot. Its attached to the spindle in a way that makes removal impossible

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    Brian Sullivan Apr 01, 2011

    that makes your problem into another problem you dont want to damage the spindle by any overheating.
    Thats the only thing that might provide a solution to your problem is to demagnetize the magnet maybe just continually overheating and cooling might degmatize it

  • Eddie Chen Apr 01, 2011

    What if i forced the same pole of another magnetonto that one? could that theoretically demagnetize it?

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    Brian Sullivan Apr 01, 2011

    im not sure how you would force the pole (but in theory) i have tried this with 2 batteries and all that happens when forcing them back to back is they just force themselves apart if you do the heating make sure the you have some cooling substance around the spindle end/s

  • Eddie Chen Apr 01, 2011

    thanks. I'll try that. 4thumbs up

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    Brian Sullivan Apr 01, 2011

    yes you could place a lesser magnet next to this magnet hopefully it will draw the energy from your magnet

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    Brian Sullivan Apr 01, 2011

    if you drain a magnet first then place it next to your magnet to draw some magnetism from it
    this might work

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That does not seem to make sense.. The magnet thing I mean.
You said it works fine when horizontal, but not when vertically oriented. I should think, you need to figure out what part is hanging, when vertical, and causing it to jam up or catch on somthing, that does not happen when it's laying flat.
If you want to tackle it by working with the magnet, all you need to do is to add a layer of non conductive material, like a disk of cereal box card, or birthday card etc.. on the surface of the magnet, creating a small additional gap between the magnet and it's contact point. This will reduce the initial holding force. May take 1 or 2 layers to make it work. I still think it's not that. Good luck.

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