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Be careful of what you buy.......,
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This review is from: Complete DG-16D2S Philips Lite-On Replacement DVD Disc Drive for Microsoft Xbox 360 (Accessory)
I bought this replacement part for my broken dvd drive in my older xbox 360.
First, the drive says that it is the same model and everything on the outer case, but the inside components are a different story. You cannot simply plug in the drive and expect it to work either; I somewhat didn't expect it to work anyway but that is just Microsoft's way of screwing over the consumer and preventing him from replacing anything on a product of theirs.
Secondly, in order to get this drive to work, you will either have to flash the drive "illegally" to get the old console's motherboard to recognize the drive, or you have to swap out the PCB boards of the old and new drives. Swapping out the boards is not a very hard project if you have the right equipment, however, the new drive MUST be an EXACT replacement of the old drive. The one that I ended up receiving had a manufacture date of 2010 and it had an extremely different PCB board than the 2008 version that came in my original xbox. Flashing the drive is risky and not to mention usually costs extra money for flashing software (and if you're not careful, this method could get you banned from xbox live if the big brothers at Microsoft catch you playing online with this type of modification even though it doesn't give you any sort of advantage in gameplay).
Overall, this replacement product is what it says it is, but you really have no way of knowing which model type you will be receiving when you order it, so buyer beware!!!!!!
UPDATE: The seller was unaware of my needs and generously offered to replace this drive with the correct one. Overall, just be sure of what drive you need before buying and possibly e-mail the seller first if you can. You can always just use it as a DVD drive if you can't get it to work out for you.
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Initial post: Aug 3, 2011 1:13:14 PM PDT
Gavin F says:
Flashing your drive isn't illegal. It's how you use what you might flash it with that is. Don't scare people away from this product because of legality confusion.
Posted on Sep 2, 2011 1:01:14 PM PDT
I would like to also add that as of the recent system updates out by Microsoft, all LiteOn models of DG-16D2S (which have either 74850C, 84850C, and 94850C) are all interchangeable since the system update made all 3 revisions unified among other changes.
For example: If you have a 74850C drive from LiteOn and you receive a 94850C drive, you can still flash your 74850C firmware to it. Same with 84850C.
Posted on Sep 5, 2011 4:15:26 PM PDT
looking to replace the driver in my old halo 3 edition 360. i have this type of disc drive but im wondering how similar the solder points are. the build date on my drive is june of 2009. i have done other xbox disc drive soldering jobs just curious about this drive and how closely it matches.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2011 6:06:02 PM PST
There are ways to find out which drive you have without opening the console. Just google "how to tell what xbox 360 drive you have" and you'll find multiple guides.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 2:24:12 PM PST
I need to replace my dvd drive. It's a 74850C, Sept. 09. If I order a new one and it's a 2010 or later model, will I be able to get it to work?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2012 5:43:23 PM PST
You can just replace the laser lens. I ordered mine from gamerepair.com and it was about $20. They have a youtube video also showing the replacement. There may be cheaper versions around elsewhere. It works fine, and is cheaper and no hassle about flashing the drive or soldering and desoldering.
Posted on Feb 25, 2012 10:52:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2012 11:02:35 AM PST
T Smith says:
This review is wrong in so many ways. Firstly, it is not illegal to flash your drive or retrieve it's DVD key. That's the big one. Secondly, the software to flash it is FREE, always has been (google jungle flasher), people need to do their research more before they buy a new drive, of course it's not plug 'n play. Thirdly, you WILL NOT get banned for a bad flash. Worst possible outcome is you're Xbox will get a hardware error or just play the DVDs only. If people are really uncomfortable with flashing it themselves (which for most people with any computer knowledge is really very easy), Craigslist and $20 will work just as well. Just use Google and YouTube to make sure you know what you're getting into.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 10:30:38 AM PST
I have a few questions about my xbox 360 about flashing it to make it work i got a new disc drive and it will only play dvds not games...and i have watched the youtube videos about flashing and i have a few more questions and wanted to see if you could help me
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 12:07:26 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2013 12:10:03 PM PST
ok i got a new disc drive and threw out my old disc drive not knowing i would need it and now the new disc drive is only in dvd mode and wont play games...is there anything i can do?