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Tim'A

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I've bought a xbox off a friend for 25.00(USD). Everything works except for the disk drive. . .
It will play audio CD's perfectly, however, it won't play DVD's or Official XBOX games.
When i put in a DVD or game it just does nothing, the disk spins but doesnt load. . .
I have used one of those lens cleaning disks (with the little brushes on them to clean the lens but no luck)
I've checked eBay and found that a new lens to replace the old one is US $14.99 and Shipping costs: US $5.50. (adds to be $20.49) while a complete drive replacement is $37.00(USD) (shipping and item cost combined). What would be the best way to go or if there are any suggestions on how I could simply repair mine, please help me out!!!! ( :blink: need to save money for a car!!! :help: )

(I think this post belongs in hardware because the XBOX drive is just like a regular Disk drive except it uses a different connector for power and DVD reading)

(Also the XBOX its self is a computer. . .The Xbox is a legacy-free PC by Microsoft that consists of an Intel Celeron 733 MHz CPU, an nVidia GeForce 3MX, 64 MB of RAM, a 8/10 GB hard disk, a DVD drive and 10/100 Ethernet.)

THANK YOU (I probably have my facts wrong somewhere in this post but o well :whistling: )
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I'd advise you replace the entire drive (assuming the replacement drive is new & not used). I think for the extra $20 you'd be better off having a complete replacement unit so all you need do is disconnect the old drive & plug in the new. A laser might be cheaper but it involves dismantling the drive to a certain extent which could potentially lead to other problems (such as getting it back together properly!).
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I think I'll ask the kids @ school if they would know of any one that may have a xbox for sale or if they know a cool site with cheaper replacement parts but I'm pretty sure I'm not going to replace the laser alone. Now if only I had more true geek friends and not as many Holister/American Eagle friends. (HS needs more computer classes!!!!)
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