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The Xbox 360 is the second game console made by Microsoft, and was released November 22, 2005.

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Replacement Disc Drive won't play games but will play movies

I had a 360 that would only play dvds not games so I replaced the disc drive and it does the same thing what should I do.

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I had 2 xbox 360's. One would over heat and shut down and the other wouldn't read movies or games. I tried Swapping drives but then the games wouldn't read. I immediately looked up possible reasons and came across this forum explaining how the drives are married to their motherboards. So I swapped the lasers and put the drives back in their original boxes. So now the one that doesn't overheat is working with the overheating console's laser. ALL is good.

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So what do I do when the original drive is completely dead and I can't extract the key?

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what do i do if the thing where u put the disk doesn't go in the xbox/

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I replaced my disc drive with a new and all I did to get it to play is take the old laser ribbon and put it on the new one that's it just the laser ribbon worked fine ever since!

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By changing the disk drive you mean tho whole unit? So if I change the whole dvd Rom will it play on my motherboard?

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Did you buy the console used? If it was doing that when you bought it, than it may have a "Lost DVD Key." Xbox 360 DVD drives are "Married" to the motherboard of the console that they came with. If you simply replace a faulty drive with a working one, the console will not read game discs, only DVDs and CDs. You need to either repair the original drive, or swap it's controller board with a drive of the same model. (There are a few different drive variants, so you need a drive of the same model) If repairing the drive / putting it's controler board into an identicle drive doesn't solve your problem, there is really no possibility of regaining game functionality (unless the console is on a very old version of the dashboard, but I'll go into that more, if it's nessicary)

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I replaced the original controller board with a drive of the same model and it still will not read games

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on xbox 36 i replace the old drive and everything is working !thanks Chris Green this been very helpful.

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Is there a way to see which controller is married to the MB? Serial number identification or other way? I have a few Xbox360s I had taken apart and maybe I have misplaced some parts or swapped them, and it seems it would be easier to identify them by some marker than putting each one in a system until maybe it works, and if its a bad laser, then who knows?! Whoops!

Please tell me there is some identification to check this with the MB!

Thanks you,

Harry

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Unfortunately, you can't just swap dvd drives in an xbox 360 and have them work. You have to replace with the same type of drive and retrieve the dvd key from the original drive and spoof it to the new drive. It sounds harder than it is, but it does require hooking your xbox drive to a desktop computer with a via sata pci card.

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How does somebody go about retrieving the original key and spoofing it on the new drive?

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I had the same problem, where my DVD drive wouldn't play anything at all. I swapped drives and movies would play but not games. So I swapped the Printed Circuit board from the old drive to the new and it worked just as new and no need to flash. Just make sure your replacement DVD Drive is the same model as your old. There's tons of you tutorials on how to swap PCB on youtube. Keep in mind that some models involve soldering but thats easy as well. NOTE: My Xbox in the old FAT one NOT the slim. No sure if this would work on a slim.

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What can i do if it is from another model could you e-mail me. bassettcase420@gmail.com

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The problem is not only that the drive and motherboard are cryptographically married.

There seem to be a lot of checks being made between drive and motherboard, that will cause your console to not being able to update if you have a replaced drive.

The last update in spring 2011 was specifically made to detect modified drives, and in turn a lot of consoles with swapped out drives would not be able to finish the update, as the altered firmware on the replaced drive was not properly flashable by the update.

So essentially, if you want to continue to play the latest games, that require an updated firmware, do NOT attempt a self repair.

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You can't swap the drive without extracting the key from the old drive and flashing it onto the new one. This is a service I repair (UK based) as a mail in service. If you want any more information you can email me at GizmoWishlist@gmail.com.

Swapping the PCB is possible but it's easier to just replaced the laser.

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Hay can u email me would like Yur services as I replace disk drive and can't play games email me on cefroboy@gmail.com

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Hey I just swapped out DVD ROM drives and it plays movies but not games email me w.jeremy@ymail. Con please and thank you

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I have swapped out the disc drive and stupidly threw the old one away now it will not play the games can you email me on Markymark124@gmx.co.uk for your help please. Thanks Mark

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i swapped drives originally, I was trying to swap the lasers's. However i broke the first drive trying to swap them and threw it out.... please help ..... :) I am addicted to games and i need a fix...

"get it".... e-mail me @ bassettcase420@gmail.com.

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I find swapping and soldering to be an easier and quicker task over extracting and flashing. If someone messes up and bricks it they're gonna find themselves swapping & soldering the PCB anyway.

Not sure how only replacing the laser works when the fingerprint the system checks for coded onto the PCB.

The most logical & simple solution when swapping optical drives is to change the PCB. One skipped/missed step when messing with software raises the probability of bricking the drive which gets written to the PCB. So bricked w/ a now junk PCB. Anyone can solder; those who lack the knowledge, skill and/or ability need only practice. Find a junk PCB and practice desoldering with a solder sucker and also with a copper wick meant for soaking up melted solder.

Try starting with capacitors, they are easy to desolder and solder & make a perfect practice medium. Both methods are necessary to know. One is always more preferable to the other depending on how the soldering was done. Then take that which was desoldered and practice soldering it back to the PCB. Get more practice by soldering some wires to random points on the PCB.

After you've practiced a bunch and feel confident with your ability go & tackle the project at hand. You may find that soldering is far easier then anticipated. I know I did....my first time went as so:

My exe was given a TV that would power on but the screen would remain black for a little as 5 minutes up to over 30 minutes. So I investigated the issues and learned that it was likely caused by blown capacitors. I further investigated by removing the rear housing. I immediately noticed the distinct domed tops of blown capacitors. I went searching for the replacement capacitors that I would need. I ended up using the TV model in my search and found an eBay listing for a capacitor replacement kit made specifically for the TV model I had. Everything was included down to the soldering iron, solder, wick, solder sucker, flux & a replacement capacitors for every one that read in the TV. The day I received the kit I watched a couple of YouTube videos & practiced for 5-10 minutes on a dead motherboard. I had to change out 6 blown capacitors on the TVs power board and with zero experience prior to my short practice session. I desoldered all the bad capacitors & soldered in the new ones, put the TV back together, plugged it in and....nothing; not even the light on the front....devastated....but then I noticed a loose fuse that shouldn't have been laying around. So I opened the TV back up and lo & behold...an empty fuse slot. Inserted the fuse, put the TV back together, plugged it in. This time I pressed the power button & the TV, as if nothing was ever wrong with it immediately turned on. As far as I know that TV is still functioning with my mediocre solder work.

Disclaimer: It's always suggested that if you're replacing even one bad capacitor, you replace every capacitor on the board so they're all new and lower the chance of more capacitors blowing out on you again. I only replaced the 6 that needed replacing because I was too lazy to do the entire board, didn't feel like taking the time to change perfectly good capacitors.

Welp, th-th-th-th-th-that's all folks!

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You can just swap the drive, you just have to make sure you swap the old drive pcb into the new drive (requires a bit of soldering). As everyone has said, the pcb is married to the motherboard so it needs to stay with that console. Yes it's easier to just swap the laser over. Gotta make sure it's the same kind of drive though.

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If there is any way to transfer the old key electronically. I know Microsoft and Bill Gates are greedy bastards, but it's un-American to sell a guy a car and never expect him to repair it. let me know. Thanks

Eric

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