QUOTE(fallenangle @ May 8 2011, 04:36 PM)
Whilst the magnet fix will of course work the problem is still down to the drive belt. It is slipping because it's old, worn or greasy and so can't overcome the (over)strength of the disc clamping magnet. That's where the problem really lies.
So before dismantling the Xbox you should try just replacing the or re-condtioning the drive belt. The belt can be externally removed/refitted quite easily from its drive spindles when the disc tray drawer out.
Thanks for all the help. guys. I think I'm going to go with the more permanent solution of just buying a new belt since I understand the reconditioning technique is still a temporary fix. I acquired this old Xbox (used) only recently, or rather it's been sitting in a corner in storage for about 6 years, untouched. I discovered the DVD drive wouldn't read discs - any discs - so I took the DVD covers off & blasted the laser works, mirror & laser cannon on all sides with compressed air. Now it appears to work fine (though 1 audio CD seems to skip Track 2 mid-song to the next track, probably a dirty scratched CD). I was very happy to bring this drive back from the dead. Very satisfying feeling.
I've already softmodded it successfully, now want to FTP some apps & alternate dashes to it and install a bigger hard drive soon.
Here's the link to a vendor I found in the other links posted here: http://www.studiosoundelectronics.com/belts.htm#SQ
Anyone know off-hand which one fits the Xbox's rev 1.6 Samsung DVD drive? It would save me having to take the extra step to measure it. TIA