Needed: Dvd Drive Replacement Advice!
Posted 14 May 2007 - 11:01 AM
Posted 14 May 2007 - 03:25 PM
The DVD drives are not plug and play, you have to have the "key" extracted from your old drive and injected into the new one. If that is not done the new drive will only be able to play CDs and DVD movies, no XBOX or 360 games will play in it. The DVD drive and Motherboard are "keyed" together when they're made, so only that drive will work in that 360. There is also no way, at the moment, to get the key from the motherboard, so if your drive turns out to be bad and the key can not be extracted you're in for some more work or even the possibility of it being unfixable.
Take the lid off your drive and see if the spindle motor (where the disc sits) spins freely, that thing has a nasty reputation in Hitachi drives to get full of crud and it doesn't spin free enough for the motor to turn it, thus making the drive seem bad. Same thing with the laser, a weak or bad one will cause the drive to not function correctly either.
Posted 14 May 2007 - 06:05 PM
i then proceeded to oil the spindle (based on the advice that i got). to cut a long story short, i think i must have done somethin wrong because after i inserted a cd it didn't read it at all, i tried this with all sort of media but the same thing. the laser light doesn't even come on anymore, that is why i said i have every reason to believe that the drive is dead.Even if i hadn't tinkled with it i guess it was something that would have happened sooner or later.Is there any other thing i can try? or should i buy another laser and see if it works? cause i have the gut feeling the spindle and laser are done for. Thanks in advance
Posted 14 May 2007 - 09:34 PM
Edited by RDC, 14 May 2007 - 10:37 PM.
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