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#1 Tortuga2112

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 03:50 AM

Hi guys,

its been a while since I logged in to the forums. I got a box from a friend that asked me to try to fix it. The dvd drive doesn't eject anymore. I tried ejecting it manually by inserting a paperclip into the little hole below the dvd drive , and that did get the game out, but the dashboard still says open tray when I push the tray back in.

Hitting the eject button doesn't do anything , nor can I close it /open it from the unleash dashboard.

can anyone tell me if its possible to fix this , or is the only solution to replace the drive?


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Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:57 PM

It could be an electrical problem. Can you hear the eject/laser carriage motor working? If not then it is probably electrical, possibly a decayed trace somewhere. But if the motor can be heard when you press or select eject most likely it is a mechanical problem with tray drawer itself.

There are many threads on this but in short the culprit is usually the drive belt. This is a small rubber band like thing about an inch in diameter located over two small drive wheels under the tray. If you turn the Xbox over with the drawer out you should be able to see it.

Due to ageing it can break or fall off but most commonly it stretches or degrades to the point where it slips around the wheels simply because there's not enough friction left to operate the mechanism. Normally all that is required is to recondition or replace the belt. Removal and refitting is a bit fiddly but can be done without even taking the Xbox apart.

Edited by fallenangle, 14 February 2012 - 03:08 PM.


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Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:48 AM

hey thanks,

I opened it up and it did turn out to be the belt . I found it broken when I flipped the dvd drive over. Now the problem, is where do I find a replacement for it?

I was thinking of trying a rubber band , but I'd need to find one the same size as the original belt.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 08:42 AM

You can probably find one on Ebay, but I'm not sure what size to look for. I see plenty of auctions for Xbox 360 drive belts, but I'm not sure if they're interchangeable with original Xbox drives.

I have a question for you. Is your DVD drive properly detected in any dashboard, such as XBMC? I recently bought an Xbox with what seems to be a dead DVD drive because not only does the drive not open, but it's not even recognized in any dashboard (as if there was no DVD drive attached), so I'm wondering if I should even bother to check the drive belt. In case you don't know where to look for drive detection in XBMC, it's under System Info -> DVD-ROM. Thanks.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 02:40 PM

As ^ said eBay is your friend for the DVD drive belt. Most people buy the ones intended for the XB360 Samsung DVD drive which are apparently the right size. I believe, don't quote me on this, that they'll work on all the different DVD drives they fitted to Xbox (Philips, Thomson, Hitachi, Samsung).

Last time I bought one from eBay the seller described it as being specifically for the Xbox Samsung drive. Whether he meant XB360 or not it still worked on my Samsung DVD drive fittted original Xbox and still does.

I know in the US you can find online specialist AV/electrical suppliers who do full ranges of drive belts for such purposes. I'm not sure what diameter size is actually specified so perhaps somebody else here can help. Looking through some past threads on this subject you may find more useful information.

AZImmortal - something definitely isn't right with your DVD drive as you thought. XBMC should show its make, firmware version etc in System Info and File Manager should be reporting DVD Drive (Empty). It could just be a cable connection problem but whatever it is you'll have to dismantle the Xbox first to get at it. That's your first task but if it can be repaired I won't even guess.




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Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:04 PM

Thanks fallenangle. I was afraid that the problem with the drive was electrical rather than mechanical. I'll probably open it up when I get some free time. Are there known problems for drives in such condition, such as corroded traces?

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:20 PM

http://www.ebay.com/...2#ht_1329wt_905

Just try replacing the belt first then if that does not work check other things. There is one model of the original xbox drives that this does not work on, but I can not remember what it is.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:59 AM

Well, I got some good news. it's fixed (for now) , we'll see how long it lasts, though.

I just used some crazy glue on the belt and it worked. biggrin.gif

1,001 uses , lol , now 1,002

I'll probably keep looking for a new belt , but I'll take it for as long as it lasts.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:06 PM

QUOTE(Tortuga2112 @ Feb 16 2012, 06:59 AM) View Post

Well, I got some good news. it's fixed (for now) , we'll see how long it lasts, though.

I just used some crazy glue on the belt and it worked. biggrin.gif

1,001 uses , lol , now 1,002

I'll probably keep looking for a new belt , but I'll take it for as long as it lasts.



you can get little rubber hair bands in womens shops. usualy the ones aimed at teen agers. You can look at them and tell they are about the same size and they come in bags of like 20 or more for less than a price of a tray belt. and they work just fine

Edited by shambles1980, 16 February 2012 - 06:09 PM.





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