Xbox Open Tray Repair Procedures
So you have the open tray problem on your Xbox 360. The open tray problem is when you insert your disk and it says reading. Then a few seconds later you get a message to open tray again, you game has failed to load. The Xbox, in essence, doesn't acknowledge that the game is there. This is a common problem for many owners of the Xbox yet it can be a simple fix.
So assuming you already know how to disassemble your Xbox and get to your disc drive, if not , download the "Ultimate Xbox Repair Guide. After opening up your Xbox you will be able to see the disc drive. On the disc drive you will see the wheel the CD/DVD spins on and the laser to the right of it. The laser slides back and forth on two rails. The problem is likely not your laser itself, meaning the laser is not dirty or blocked by dust. Its best not to attempt to clean the laser unless you see debris blocking the laser.
Likely the main problem is, the laser is not returning back to the correct starting point. This means that when you have a disc on the tray the laser cant read the disc because the laser is to far to the right. This is because the laser never moved back to the starting position to read the inserted disc. They way to fix this is to gently slide the laser on the rails back to the starting position which is located at the wheel that spins the DVD/CD disc.
When sliding the lazer back to the starting position, it wont slide smoothly. When you slide the laser you will feel moments of notches as you slide it back to the starting point and that's what is should feel like. Don't think that your breaking the Xbox or anything, however, don't use such force that anything is broken.
So if you open up your Xbox and you see the laser off to the right and not close to the CD/DVD spinning wheel than assume its the laser that needs to be repositioned. This is why its not reading your games or DVDs One possible reason that could cause this open tray problem is when the tray door is open and you power off the Xbox. When powering off the Xbox make sure the tray door is closed. There are other reasons for the laser not returning back to the start position but the method of fixing this issue is the same.
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- Open Tray Error
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- Xbox 360 Stuck Tray
- Xbox Not Reading Games
- Open Tray / Disc Reading
- How To Take Apart And Clean Xbox 360
- How To Repair DVD Disc Drive
- How To Solve Disc Read Errors On Xbox 360
- Grinding Noise And Laser Hitting Disc