running an xbox 1 without a dvd drive (softmod)

Discussion in 'Microsoft Xbox' started by feendarrell, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. feendarrell

    feendarrell Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    west sussex , england
    hey guys , my blinkin xbox 1 dvd drive has given up the ghost and died
    nowadays this isnt much of a problem because it was only used as media centre under my tv
    but , i'd like to know if possible if i cant revive the old box as currently it wont boot , showing error codes 7 or sometimes 12
    i have checked all the ide cables & power cables all secured
    i did a tear down on the drive , cleaned the lens etc , put it back together - dvd drive now wont open

    so i guess a few options
    (1) new dvd drive
    (2) a chip with a bios supporting no dvd check
    (3) ?????

    is there a way with a softmodded box to run the thing without a dvd drive ?
    somewhere i read about just using the dvd controller board with the drive attached ?

    anyways , much thanks in advance , hopefully i can breathe a bit of life into the old timer !

    oh and i know its still a bit early - but Merry Xmas
  2. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    I guess this would be 3) (assuming 1) is replacement DVD drive from another xbox).
    As long as you do not care about official games from official discs you should be able to use any old IDE DVD drive, trouble is it will require you to be able to swing a soldering iron to pull off.

    While the following tutorials should work if you follow them I instead suggest reading them so as to figure out what is going on.

    Softmod is out for the same reason you have to find a drive that locks to do hard drive upgrades on a softmod.