RGH stopped recognizing all discs

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I randomly turned my RGH2 Trinity on the other day and it won't read any discs at all. Any disc I put in, backup, original 360, DVD movie, etc doesn't recognize it. There's no error or anything it just shows "eject disc" when I put a disc in. I can get to XELL and my main dash is FSD (don't judge!) so I have my keys. I have a new identical DVD drive coming in the mail, but not sure what exactly to do. What could randonly happen after the xbox was sitting for a while that it wouldn't even recognize discs? and what do I do to fix this?

EDIT: I want to fix my DVD drive, I don't want to run games by any other method.
 
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You have 3 Options

Option 1: Replace the PCB on the new Drive with the one from the OLD Drive.
Option 2: Replace the Laser from the Old Drive with the one from the new Drive
Option 3: Read the Drive Key from the Old Drive or From Xell and flash the latest iXtreme LT Firmware with your Drive Key to the New Drive.

Without the Key the Drive will only Read DVD Movies but won't accept Games.
iXtreme LT is required to Read Backup Discs.

You can use Jungleflasher to flash the Firmware and Key to the New Drive.
 
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You have 3 Options

Option 1: Replace the PCB on the new Drive with the one from the OLD Drive.
Option 2: Replace the Laser from the Old Drive with the one from the new Drive
Option 3: Read the Drive Key from the Old Drive or From Xell and flash the latest iXtreme LT Firmware with your Drive Key to the New Drive.

Without the Key the Drive will only Read DVD Movies but won't accept Games.
iXtreme LT is required to Read Backup Discs.

You can use Jungleflasher to flash the Firmware and Key to the New Drive.
I wasn't the one who originally glitched this box unfortunately and I haven't opened it in almost a decade. How do I determine what exactly went wrong? What if I replace the NEW PCB with the OLD PCB and nothing changes? How do I know there's nothing wrong with the PCB? Once I opened it, there was tape around the DVD drive so it looks like it's already been opened.

It's also weird that it doesn't even recognize discs as movies. It just doesn't recognize that a disc is in the drive!

Is the easiest option #3 considering I don't know what went bad here?
 

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Like @godreborn mentioned, you don't have to use the disk drive at all with a RGH'ed xbox360. You can simply put all your media (games, movies, music, etc) on a external drive/usb stick and plug it into the xbox360 to play. Is nice not having to deal with those disks!
 

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Like @godreborn mentioned, you don't have to use the disk drive at all with a RGH'ed xbox360. You can simply put all your media (games, movies, music, etc) on a external drive/usb stick and plug it into the xbox360 to play. Is nice not having to deal with those disks!
I should have put this in the OP, but this option doesn't interest me. I like discs. I want to use my backups. I want a working DVD drive.
 
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you can put in a replacement, and I think spoofing a different drive may still work, but it's been at least 12 years since I've flashed a drive.
 
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Well my other 2 cents then, would be try to find a working dvd drive exactly like yours, then take your pcb board out of your now non-working dvd drive and install it into the new working dvd drive. No flashing or anything. This will just replace the internal mechanicals of the dvd drive only, while keeping your pcb board and keys in tact.
 

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Well my other 2 cents then, would be try to find a working dvd drive exactly like yours, then take your pcb board out of your now non-working dvd drive and install it into the new working dvd drive. No flashing or anything. This will just replace the internal mechanicals of the dvd drive only, while keeping your pcb board and keys in tact.
But the old drive doesn't read discs, why would switching boards make the new drive read discs? How do I know the board hasn't gone bad, or magically lost the flash somehow haha
 

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The dvd drives in xbox360 have special keys that are married to the cpu of the xbox360. So you must use your same pcb board inside the dvd drive, or read those keys off your pcb board, and flash them to a new pcb board of new dvd drive.
So when I mentioned getting a working drive exactly like yours, that's the easiest and cheapest way to start. You can find working dvd drives for $20 ebay. Then put your pcb board in new dvd drive and try. Most likely it's a mech problem anyways and not a bad pcb board.
But if you wanted new pcb or new drive completely your looking $75+ . Then you must get a dvd drive reading tool to read/write the keys (X360 USB Pro 2) - $50
Either way good luck! :grog:
 
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The dvd drives in xbox360 have special keys that are married to the cpu of the xbox360. So you must use your same pcb board inside the dvd drive, or read those keys off your pcb board, and flash them to a new pcb board of new dvd drive.
So when I mentioned getting a working drive exactly like yours, that's the easiest and cheapest way to start. You can find working dvd drives for $20 ebay. Then put your pcb board in new dvd drive and try. Most likely it's a mech problem anyways and not a bad pcb board.
But if you wanted new pcb or new drive completely your looking $75+ . Then you must get a dvd drive reading tool to read/write the keys (X360 USB Pro 2) - $50
Either way good luck! :grog:
OK I mentioned above I have my keys and a new drive is on the way, same model#. It's easier to resolder the PCB than to flash the old DVDkey into the new drive?
 

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If you have the keys already and a flasher I'd just flash your new drive when you get. Either way is not hard. Just take your time. Here a vid, just as a example, replacing pcb board on a dvd drive, so you have an idea.
 
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you don't need the Original Firmware.

On a RGH Console the DVD Keys can obtained by booting xell.
Turn on your Xbox360 with the Eject Button.
In Xell your Xbox360 will display you DVD Key.
To generate the iXtreme LT+ Firmware just download it from a Website, open Jungleflasher and load the firmware that is for your Drive, replace the Key and save it.
You need to connect your Drive to your PC in order to flash it. there are Tutorials how to put the Drive into Vender Mode and flash it.
The Only thing you need is the Drive Key, the Key can be inserted into the iXtreme LT+ directly.
 

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I think it's been so long since I've even worked on my 360 that I completely forgotten the benefits of RGH. I think the order of checks here should be:

1) swap the PCB from the old drive to the new drive. Put the new drive into the 360 and test with disc
2) swap the PCBs back and flash the original DVD key from XELL to the new DVD drive with JF.
3) if those don't work, cry myself to sleep!

I remember back in the day it was very difficult to flash the DVD drive on newer computers, is that still the case? It's a sata drive so I would hope it could be done easily.
 

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Also I think I have a BENQ drive, which shouldn't be in a SLIM console, but in a PHAT console. I really don't know what I'm doing...
 

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I swapped the boards in the drives and was able to detect discs now at least. Every disc backup and original recognize as Video Disc now, when they weren't even being recognized before. When I boot xell with the new drive/old board combo it still has the old DVD key. So what do I do now???
 
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