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Help: My New X-Box Won't Play DVD-Rs!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Kevo, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. Kevo

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    I've just bought a new xbox from Curry's and it won't play any of my DVD-Rs (bar one) and one DVD+RW

    They all play fine on my other xbox (3 years old) and my sister's (few months old).

    All X-Boxes in question were bought new and are PAL, unmodified in any way what so ever.

    I'm using the same dvd dongle & remote with my two x-boxes.

    Have they changed the drive in the new xboxes for some reason?

    These are legit DVD-Rs (Home movies and VHS transfers).

    Interestingly the only one that it will play is the only DTV archive recording, yet it was authored the same way as the others via my PC.

    Is it faulty or are all new ones like this?

    btw, the new xbox has no problems with commercial DVDVs.

    Thanks
     
  2. paulw77

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    Your new one prob. won't have the same drive as the old one.

    Better in the console forum.
     
  3. Kevo

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    Thanks.

    Do I have a case to exchange it?
     
  4. broona

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    Have a look here for more info on your drive (may need to register to view the thread). :)
     
  5. Kevo

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    Thanks broona, some useful info there.

    Obviously i've got one of the 'worse drives' but does that class it as faulty?
    Me sees some awkward sales assitants ahead when I take it back tomorrow, but i aint gonna budge!

    No wonder thet were on offer for £80!!
     
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    £80 where was that from !!!
    Good luck with the swap, to be honest you will get, does it play Xbox games.. errmm yes... thanks for coming..
    Lots of different DVD drives in the xbox, thompson was the best, but its totally luck of the drawer or batch as it were. You could always swap the drive with your sisters when she is not looking. :devil:
     
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    I have the Samsung drive in my xbox
    plays everything except DVD+r
    ain't life grand!
     
  8. Kevo

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    OK, just got back after returning it to Curry's.
    No probs at all (after waiting half an hour to be served!), gave me a full refund and said there's no point in exchanging it as they'll all be from the same batch. Fair enough

    Apparantly I'm the only one to have returned it with this problem :confused:
    Obviously not many people using it to play recordable DVDs!

    The one I returned had the Philips drive which according to the link that broona posted is the worst for DVDs and Samsung being the best and Thompson is 'so so'.

    My old xbox (un-mod) which seems to play anything and everything has a Samsung drive. Going to ring sis later to see which she has.

    Anyway, i've got a print out from that link of the three drives and I know what to look for in future. I'm just going to feel a little bit daft when I insist on checking the drive before I purchase!

    QUESTION: Will Philips drives be in all the lastest models or is it pot luck?
    Is it like the old Playstation where they brought out new versions, cut corners etc to make it harder to hack?

    buzlightyear

    It was on offer for £80 last weekend to the first 50 customers (Sat & Sun) as it was a new Superstore that opened just round the corener from me.
    Maybe that's why they wanted to get rid!

    Sacrificied me Sat morning lie in for that too :mad:
     
  9. broona

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    I've got the Philips drive in mine, and it plays all my DVD-R's, strange! :confused: I tend to stick to Ritek dye for my -R's, and only use Ricoh +R's, as it's REALLY fussy with + media.
     
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    Very strange.

    My DVD-Rs vary....Panasonic, Verbatim, Datasafe, Datawrite, Maxell....Not one of 'em would play!
     

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