How To Take Apart and Clean An XBOX 360

Fixing an XBox 360

If you are having problems with your XBox 360, you can attempt to fix it yourself by taking it apart and trying to clean it out, and if you are not 100% sure how to do that, you can following the following guide for taking apart your XBox 360 and cleaning the disk drive/laser.

Just remember that if you screw up your XBox 360 more than it already is, you don't really have a leg to stand on in regards to your warranty, so it is advised that you call and check out your warranty options.

WARNING: THIS WILL VOID YOUR XBOX WARRANTY. If you're having problems the first thing you should do is call Microsoft at 1-800-4MY-XBOX(469-9269) and inquire about warranty options for sending your XBox in to be repaired.

Tools Needed:

  • Very small flathead screwdriver or a flat point such as a kitchen knife or pushpin
  • Small Phillips head screwdriver
  • A torx style star head screwdriver size T10

Take Apart the XBox 360

Step 1. Disconnect ALL wires from xbox, once everything is disconnected hold power button in for 2 seconds to clear any electric charge left in the console

Step 2. Remove Hard Drive and any memory unit/cards you might have plugged into the console. You will remove the hard drive by pressing button on the hard drive and pulling straight up.

Step 3. Remove the faceplate by gripping the top and bottom near the left side of the console(the side that the disc drive is on) and pulling firmly but slowly until it pops off, then repeat this on the other end.

Step 4. Remove top and bottom gray mesh panels by prying them off with any small objects by inserting them into holes on the sides of the xbox console at the left, middle, and right points where you can see the grey tabs and pushing in to release the catches.

Step 5. Separate top and bottom of white case by inserting flat head screwdriver or knife blade into the back of the console at the points shown in the picture. You should hear a pop when each one releases; go down the line starting from left to right. You should hold the side that you're starting on and start to separate the case pieces so that they don't click back together when you pop the tabs

Step 6. Complete separation of the case by using a fingernail to unhook the tabs on the front of the console starting on one end and working your way to the other side, there should be 4 tabs to release, after that's done the top of the case should just slide right off.

Step 7. Using your Torx T10 star screwdriver remove the 6 screws shown in the following picture, you don't need to remove any other screws even though there's a bunch on there.

Step 8. After all 6 screws are removed and SET ASIDE SO YOU DON'T LOSE THEM, flip the console over so that the remaining half of the white case is on top. Make sure that the metal part that you just unscrewed the screws from is facing down, on the table or ground, etc.

Step 9. Pull the white case straight up, it should separate easily from the rest of the console, and set it aside.

From here you should see the "guts" of the console, you have the disc drive, cooling fan, motherboard, and a white guard to direct air flow in the console.

Cleaning the disc drive/laser:

Step 1. The disc drive will be the big gray square on the left side of the console, there are 2 plugs plugged into the back of the drive. These plugs need to be unplugged from the drive before you remove it completely. You can grab the drive on both sides and lift directly up to give you a little room to reach behind the drive and unplug the plugs. Then it should slide right out.

Step 2. Using the small phillips head screwdriver, unscrew the 4 screws in the corners of the drive and SET THEM ASIDE SO YOU DON'T LOSE THEM

Step 3. Slowly but firmly grip the underside of the drive case and lift up, it should pop right off without any difficulty.

Step 4. Turn the drive back over and slide the top of the case off and set it aside.

Step 5. Using a q tip with a little bit of rubbing alcohol gently rub the laser eye to clean it, then flip the q tip over and gently rub the laser eye to dry it.

Step 6. The circular piece in the middle is the thing that spins the discs when they're in the drive, this can get pretty dusty, using a new q tip with rubbing alcohol clean this off as well.

Then you put it all back together!

Take Apart an Xbox 360

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Comments 193 comments

evelyn 3 years ago

I just got done cleaning my husbands Xbox 360 thanks to your instructions which were perfect and I'm a my husband can have his games and country music he has over 500 songs of country he didn't want to loose thank you

Justice 4 years ago

I still cant it apart. when I put a disk in it says play dvd, it wont do anything!!!!!

WatsAnXbox 4 years ago

Awesome I don't no what an Xbox is, but awesome

silvergamer 4 years ago

second xbox i have stripped using this guide thanks for refreshing my memory again ... ps new drives are cheap from ebay and using this guide are a doddle to fit.

roomummy 4 years ago

Excellent info, saved me £65 repair service from Xbox. Fixed sons machine from not playing any disks in around 1 hour. cleaned all the dust out in the process and machine now working great. Excellent if your xbox is out of warranty, got nothing to lose BUT if your machine is in warranty contact Xbox as opening will the device will invalidate any legitimate claim. Great for those that like to dabble in DIY repair before paying a fortune to a manufacturer.

CRAP 5 years ago

I did everything step by step, (i did this because the stupid xbox didn't want to read a lot of discs)

But now it don't want to read anything at all! it just makes a weird sound

Alisha M. 5 years ago

Thank you sooo much! Your instructions were very clear and I'm just sooo happy to have my Xbox back to working order before Mass Effect 3 gets here.Oh and I guess my boyfriend is pretty happy too with Operation Raccoon City coming out so soon as well.Now we can plays games to our hearts content!Thanks again.

tashasully 5 years ago

i did everything,, that it said and it didn't fix anything gonnaa have to get a new fxcking x box :(

skillz607 5 years ago

This was the best help ever, I wish I would've known this sooner I would've saved so much money in the past on Xbox systems. Now I'm back in the game, thanx!!!!!

NoelleNoir 5 years ago

Thankyou for saving my boyfriends xbox. Amazingly clear instructions and worked like a dream. xx

Marc 5 years ago

Solved my problem! Thanks for the great instructions!!!

Timid 5 years ago

I just saw this and used to clean my xbox (which was FULL of dust) and it is now considerably quieter so I formally Thank you... :D

richie 1604 5 years ago

thanks my friend, so helpful. was dreading taking my x box 360 apart,but after watching the clip of film you did, i went in!!! wow went like clock work , no problem at all.your a life and money saver, thanks again. your a star :)

captain kirk 5 years ago

I appreciate the help brother... you saved me money I didn't have!! live long and prosper

X360Guru 5 years ago

Here it is guys!!!! If this doesn't work for you, then you either need a new disc drive, or a new xbox360!!! a used 360 is $60, a new drive is $40+shipping and you have to figure out how to flash the drive!!!! If this doesn't work, check your warranty, if warranty is up, BUY A NEW XBOX360!!!!

fredballer 5 years ago

I have the (RED RING) of death problem, followed the instructions but to no use.What else can be done(Please I'm a junkie) I need my fix.

Bmel031 5 years ago

This works really good thanks for all your help. Thought I would have to buy another.

noname 5 years ago

this was awesome got it done and now it works fine i called to check first to see if i still had a warranty on it but that is no more so i decided its not working if i try this and it does i have fixed if i try this and it doesn't work then i have lost nothing and it worked so thanks for your help

Julia 5 years ago

Worked like a friggin charm!! Would not read anything, just said open tray. Now reads everything.. Thank you sooooo much!!!!!!!!

jj 5 years ago

i had to use them cuz my xbox was full of dust underneath the grey side covers

Bryce 5 years ago

On Step number 5 I can't open it up, I think the tabs are worn out because I have opened it up a few times before :p

Linda Jane 06 06 5 years ago

I have just followed your guide and yipee!!! It worked I now have a very very happy 10 year old. It was difficult to open but well worth the challenge. Thank you very much for your clear concise intructions.

fallen016 5 years ago

This just saved my life. Thank you so much. Even though I still plan on buying a new Xbox 360 model, this deffinately bought me time and saved me a lot of money. Kudos!

racheal 5 years ago

oh my god this actually works. i tried it on our "old" xbox when our new one started playing up. now we've got two!

galacticmom 5 years ago

I called Microsoft before opening mine up. They had us go into "System Settings" and clear "System Cache." They said that was a good thing to do periodically, and does not erase any gamer info. It's working right now. Hopefully it will last....

ganstalicious 5 years ago

this is soooo gansta i like this gansta stuff xbox working yeah *itch

BioHunt 5 years ago

Nice guide for taking it apart, but didn't the title say something about cleaning it too.

Mrsstonewallhog 5 years ago

Great instruction... But still unhappy hubby :(. Still reading open tray and grinding!! Hope you all hsve better luck!

kclaass71 5 years ago

want to thank you for all this wonderful took me a little while to get the cover off, but that was more due to lack of lighting rather then the instructions...this day we have saved two xboxs and made two gamers very very happy!!!!

Adam  5 years ago

This is a great guide for taking your xbox apart but cleaning the lense doesn't always fix the not reading disk error

player 1 5 years ago

Just followed these instructions to completely disassemble and reassemble, including the drive unit. The instructions were accurate and I had no trouble. You will have to break two hologram Microsoft stickers to get it apart, so this will void your warranty (if you still have one).

kingspade 5 years ago

shellebelle mine has the same problem but i do not think all is lost im gonna find a replacement drive and switch them out, thanks for this guide though and ps a small flat head does the trick for the screwdriver part, don't use too small of one or it will twist your screwdriver and render it useless

yup 5 years ago

microsoft sent us a new unit about a year ago because we were havin so many issues with it--- called today to see if it was still under warranty and they said they don't renew your warranty when you send it in...... so they can go suck it b/c we are in the middle of takin it apart as we speak and hopefully it will actually start reading disks again--- Thank you!!!

ch33kych4ppy 5 years ago

Hi many thanks took apart my xbox cleaned it thoroughly and cleaned dvd laser and BINGO it works first time every time. Many thanks i have two to very happy happy sons :)

bored 6 years ago

lol cant put it back together

kokoloro 6 years ago

i was also suffering from the "open tray" problem. i used regular glass cleaner to clean the lens and now my xbox doesn't have any problems playing discs. thanks a lot!

Nic 6 years ago

Dude thanks so much for this. i just used this to clean my xbox. never woulda did it by myself.

Eugene  6 years ago

Fantastic! Helped me clean the unit. Found a HUGEe clump of dust on the CPU heatsink. Many thanks

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xboxermom 6 years ago

i helped my son do this to clean out his 360 when it red ringed, there was quite a bit of dust! it still has the red ring, but at least we know it isn't because of being dirty :) thanks

WhiteRob7 6 years ago

If you are having the open tray/closed tray problem take a look at the circuit board that is in the disc drive because this is where my problem was, maybe a little bit of moisture has gotten in there and caused a small problem. All that I did was lightly rub away the area that looked like it had a dry liquid on it and it worked perfectly. I did this after doing this walk through and attempting the methods others have posted. I hope this can help others that may be having the same problem.

aggravated 6 years ago

actually i did this to mine and it didn't help

pixiemom81 6 years ago

FYI: My xbox 360 was saying OPEN TRAY when a disk was in and CLOSE TRAY when I would open it. Turns out it just needed some good sprays of air duster! So, before you take it apart, perhaps try this. It worked for me. ALL FIXED!!!

stuart 6 years ago

you a life saver i was gona buy a new one but now i do not have to

i owe you beer

Bobby 6 years ago

This worked well!

Go Seahawks!

Clair 6 years ago

Great, thanks so much, saved us money we don't really have this time of year and son is now very happy.

chris Q 6 years ago

Good stuff.. Quick fix.. Now reading games and dvd's with out any tbl

Victor 6 years ago

Thank you soooooo much for this helpful walk through. For all the people that said they have he problem when you insert a disk and it just says open tray and you have to keep doing it....follow the video and once you get it open take the disk reader apart by unscrewing the 4 screws and just clean the inside. I had so much dust and dog hair built up that it was clogging the laser eye. This is by far the best help ive had. Xbox supprt just tells you to send it to them but if you can handle taking apart your xbox i suggest doing it. Thanks again.

lovethatjewel 6 years ago

I was ready to throw my xbox 360 away and look into buying another one because it would no longer play any disks. I was suggested to try cleaning it first. I found this site here and it saved me a couple hundred bucks. My system works perfectly now. Thanks so much. Now its back to my madden '11

Paul 6 years ago

Thank you so much, this fixed my xbox at least for the time being. You are the man.

Brock 6 years ago

Thank you for the step by step instructions, i followed it and now my xbox is back working.

perks1975 6 years ago

dude u rock i just got done ripping apart my 360 hoping its going to work and it does tank you very much...

Madden11 6 years ago

Wow I did this whole proscess and my x box still says open tray when I insert my discs

DreamZ 6 years ago

this was very helpful for taking apart my console i cleaned the lens off and dusted it out, but the problem still accurs, I think my disk drive is fried cuz I get a crazy grinding noise still

mike jones 6 years ago

how do i fix a mechanical problem for the drive? I know its not the laser its the slide but i would like to try to fix it without having to buy a new drive. what should i do?

blak 6 years ago

thank you for this video, really help my xbox 360 is running great now. really like to say thanks

Dan 6 years ago

Hi Can you please advise me what might be the issue if I get the remove and clean disk error each time I try to play either Fifa 10 or Fifa 11, it seems to be just these two particular games. I have UFC 2010 and Mafia 2 and never have this issue with them games. I don't think it is the xbox because why would them games work? I looked at the discs for both Fifa games and neither have any scratchs or smudges of dirt, it is really annoying. I entered the query in google and a few threads were advising to delete any memory pertaining to those two games, is this a flaw with the xbox, it is pretty bad form if it is. Cheers in advance.

Wap 6 years ago

My issue was open tray. Directions to open case worked fine. Cleaned laser. Repositioned laser by moving it on track. Redistributed white lithium grase on laser slides. Put back together and up and running. Sved the 99 microsoft repair plus shipping. Thanks for online directions!!!!!!!!!!!!!

st3 6 years ago

super fantastic happy fun times

ocho needs help 6 years ago

so i did this and for some fricken reason it will sometimes call it a dvd and ill eject and put it back in and it will read it. then ill click play but it goes back to the main thing after 10 seconds of darkness.... what's this mean?

Tip 6 years ago

I didn't own a T10 so i used a small flat screwdriver instead, works great (for those wo didn't obtain a T10)

Xenali 6 years ago

This really helped me. I was never an avid electronics person and I had no idea how I was going to clean out the machine. Now I am confident! Thank you so much :)

Jonny 6 years ago

Worked great! THx! First my ipod wasn't working and when i went to try to plug it in it had the 1 red light thing,f**K! Then i followed steps and found a lot of dust! I cleaned,put back together, and it work! Thx a lot for the help!

MolecularGraph 6 years ago

My Xbox was just saying open tray, with any disc it acted like it didn't know it had a disc in it, just kept saying open tray, so i followed these instructions without the video, and while i had it apart i painted it a dark green color, when i put it back together it worked again. Btw a torx T9 will work.

t-man 6 years ago

is the ONE red light a hard drive problem?? or should i just clean everything??

Ryan 6 years ago

woop! thnx for the help! you rock

zig 6 years ago

just did everything according to your directions and im still having the same problems.... f-in frustrating!!! but overall your video was extremely helpful for disassembly, thanks for that but otherwise, still not happy i gotta buy a new x box 360 :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

zig 6 years ago

My xbox is says reading disk and then it stops and says open tray with any of my games, even brand new ones. could cleaning it fix this problem?

jay 6 years ago

this worked great for me! i fixed my nephews for his birthday and i fixed my sons microsoft is getting paidddd boy im thinking bout starting a little service 30$ a pop and ill get em up and

John 6 years ago

Did everything listed here. The open tray problem persists. Looks like I'll be buying a new box.

sam 6 years ago

Thanks it worked like a charm :)

Jun bug  6 years ago

Thx a lot this helped so much, my 360 wouldn't play my games @ times but web I did this it wrkrd 4 me thx u :)

drew 6 years ago

awesome, that worked great! thx for the info!

old guy 6 years ago

DUDE, thank you...this xbox has only been running netfilx for 6 months until I saw this.

cj 6 years ago

this didn't work for me. idk y, bt wen i put the xbox bak togethr afrter doing all the steps, it still was reading then went to "open tray". its really frusterating....

kb 6 years ago

this method worked for me but it still sometimes will play a disk then mid game give me they "clean disk/restart console msg"

tfeva 6 years ago

my xbox didnt have the ring of death, but it wasn't reading any games. i took the xbox apart, cleaned the laser eye, and so far its been working great! thanks a lot for the help. they were gonna charge $120 to fix this problem.

Jay 6 years ago

I've been reading through the comments, and tho some of them are old, I've seen a lot of "can't find t10" and even one "it isn't a t10 it's a t12."

1. It is a t10

2. t10 can be bought at RadioShack, comes in a little kit that also contains t12

If what this article suggests DOES NOT work for you, you may also order a brand new dvd drive from (just make sure its the right model), then the work to replace them isn't too difficult at all. You have to open them both up and swap the circuit boards, put the new one back together and BAM! It works.

Mike 6 years ago

My xbox wouldn't read discs but then I saw this and it worked perfectly. Thank You!

Ryan 6 years ago

When I'd put a disc in my xbox it would say reading,then open tray.It got so bad,that every time the xbox would get shut off,it would take at least 30mins to get the game to work.I had called microsoft and they said 6 to 8 weeks to even TRY find a problem...I found this,tried it,took a minute and now the games work perfect!!Reads em right away!This took 30mins to do,and saved me tons of future aggravation!I can now play any game I want without worry!

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TwO1FouR 6 years ago from Dallas, TX

I tried this a while back with my old xbox and it does work!

Sam 6 years ago

Great instruction and video, but unfortunately didn't fix the problem. I cleaned the lens but still get the "reading" then "open tray". So I open and close the tray, the game seems to be read, but screen stays black (like it doesn just before the game really starts).

No idea what to do now. The problem is so intermittant. Sometimes dvd's will get the "can't read media" error too.

TommyBoy 6 years ago

my disc reader stopped working completely and it wouldn't read anything.I called microsoft and they wanted me to pay $100 to fix it (iam sort of poor so i told them to go die and i filed a complaint). well long story short i was able to get a fried xbox whos reader still works so i literally pried open both of them (Microsoft did a terrible job of constructing them and the 2nd layer is made of aluminum i was able to open it with a knife and a pair of pliers. its time consuming though)i put in the new reader and i started it up and it reads the disc as a dvd and says i need to put this disc into a xbox 360 console. i am opening up my disc reader at this very moment and hopefully if it gets cleaned it will work again. thanks for the advice will probably post a follow up after this. P.S. Microsoft SUCKS every experience i have with them is bad. they will try and screw you over every which way. Never pay them fix it yourself and have fun with it now i am able to customize my cover and not worry about paying $100 dollars for an outrageous repair.

rochelle 6 years ago

thanks! just fixed my xbox360 and am CRAZY happy about it. VERY helpful. :D

Jacob 6 years ago

Thanks For The Help, our 360 said play dvd now we hope we fixed it. Thanks a lot.

zach 6 years ago

i still have 3 red rings

please help me!

XBoxDude 6 years ago

So instead of the TorX bits, I used 5/64 L wrench.

Worked like a charm (didn't have to force it at all).

CB7Man 6 years ago

Worked Perfectly! I don't have TorX bits, so I used a #2 screw driver and put a lot of weight on it. Then used wire cutters to grab the screw heads. Now its all back together and playing games! I got a nice FREE 360! :)

Shawn 6 years ago

Thanks Man...this totally worked for me! Saved me $119 that xbox was gonna charge me to fix it.

Jonathan 6 years ago

I cant find ANY screwdriver or torx that will fit the Xbox screws. :(

I have a set here with about 50 screwdrivers,torx,philips ect. But not one of them work.

Please help.

Brandy Lee 6 years ago

I am so happy. Its 6/1/10 here in beautiful Des Moines Iowa. My son's bday is this Sat. Because I lost my job I thought I would trade in his Xbox360 for one of the black ones, but it wasn't reading discs. NOW IT IS and I can get my full trade in towards a new one! You have no idea how happy we are and how you touched our lives! From DM IA

dude01 6 years ago

worked for me this is awesome

greenthum 6 years ago

worked 2 a T thanks afk playing X BOX!

Dendo 6 years ago

My drive was doing the whole reading then back to open tray. Took mine apart then Sprayed it out and cleaned the laser. Working great now.

Ethan 6 years ago

Resurrected my Xbox 360 "Open Tray" with q-tips and a vacuum..... Back up and running. Thank you!

matt 6 years ago

the guide worked great...sadly, i think my disk drive is toast

ste 6 years ago

just used ur guide....... worked well. my 360 has been playing up for months and is now fine. the inside was coverd'ed in dust.......... thanks!

Damian  6 years ago

thanks for the gude though i will message you if it helps, i am trying it right now.

damian 6 years ago

Any other ways that you can think of to fix this issue? It will not read games. Simply says "Reading" then "Open Tray"

What type of issue do you think it could be?

Scott 6 years ago

TOM - Hell yes it will! Microsoft will know you were tampering with it and void your warranty. I do not suggest following this tutorial IF your Xbox is under warranty. This absolutely will void your warranty and do not for a second think they wont know you did it if you send it in after you have tried to do it. I promise you they will know. So, in conclusion, if your Xbox is under warranty call their customer service number and ask for warranty help. If your Xbox is out of warranty then by all means give this tutorial a shot.

TOM 6 years ago

will breaking one of the clips on the grills voids xbox 360 warrentey

Diesel487 6 years ago

my xbox 360 is making a strange rattling noise when i turn in it on and play a game. After a while of ignoring the rattling i noticed that my game sisk was getting scratched. does anyone have any idea what would do this?

landfill4eva 6 years ago

my xbox 360 isn't reading dics of any kind do i have to take it apart to fix the problem?

wally  6 years ago

i just wanna give you a hug. My xbox wanst reading mw2 or any other game not that other games even matter. I just followed your easy instructions and BAM it worked. You are the best

Jeff 6 years ago

Thanks a lot man. My disc-tray wouldn't open but it turned out to be jammed. I got it all fixed and I'm ready to keep playing my 360 again. You saved me a lot of time...thanks again.

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janecidro 6 years ago from Liberty, MO

Your Xbox hub is very informative. It’s true that many Xbox issues can be solved simply by cleaning it. Regardless of the way it’s all put together. We would be happy to provide you a link on our Xbox website

nick 6 years ago

that was the best instruction ever thx u so much

Troy Cole 6 years ago

These instructions worked so good that I got a bonner right when i looked at this page. And when it was clean, I stuck my dick in the disc drive and cummed in it. Then, I had to clean it again. And then I fucked again. And then the process repeated itself for 4 weeks. Thanks Man!

Jonny 6 years ago

I followed the instructions and tried out your method, but my xbox 360 still wont read discs. I put it in and it attempts to read it for about 30 seconds, then it stops and says "Open Tray" as if nothing was in the disc drive. I was wondering if you had any other suggestions about what my problem might be?


kja 6 years ago

My xbox wouldn't read disks (just said 'open tray' after 'reading')

After cleaning this laser drive's lens it fixed it right up.

Surprising how much dirt accumulates inside the case, even inside the disk drive housing after a few years.

So if your having problems reading disks, forget sending it back, just follow this guide and it should fix the problem.

Brandon 6 years ago

I tried this but I accidentally stripped two of the screws and now I can't open the metal box to gt to the hard drive. They are the two screws at the edge wherehalf of it is surrounded by a semi circle so i cant get a pair of pliers to fit in there to loosen the screw. what do i do?

xxshamelessjayx 6 years ago

Top man!! was just about to bin it,YOU ROCK!....Cheers m8 works like new.

Deep 6 years ago

This Guys is a Genius.. Thanks bro. U saved me a lot of Money and time :)

Luke 6 years ago

I got the Open Tray problem, Found this website, Followed the video instructions, rubbed the eye with a little alcohol and as if by Magic, my xbox worked again! THX!

W├śRD 6 years ago

AWESOME THANKS BRO! works like a charm.

Ricky 6 years ago

Excellent instructions and video. I took mine apart while following the video and had it was easy. Thank you.

neilc 6 years ago

Splitting the twp plastic shells was the hardest part,but after that the rest was easy.

Recluse 6 years ago

I had the Open Tray error happen on two different Xbox systems while I was deployed to Afghanistan. The first one I trashed, but the second one I sent home. I'm glad I happened across this site, and I hope I'll be able to repair it with this method when I get back home. Thank you very much for your insight and here's hoping!

Memphis Mom 6 years ago

I paid for an extended waaranty at best buy and my kids XBox refuses to read discs. It says reading then jumps to open tray. I sent it in but they say my warranty is voided but they don't tell me why, they just send a list of possibilities, and none of them apply to ours. I found your video and read all these positive comments now I'll try to fix it with your help. To all that purchase that warranty, I hope you never have to use it because they will find a reason not to honor it.

crooks 6 years ago

this site is freakin awesome cleaned my driver works like flippin new

david 7 years ago

i tried using this guide to take apart the whole xbox and i got everything apart including the circuit board thing separated and i tried using the heat sink gel/cream stuff on the cpu-gpu to help fix the over heating problem i thought me xbox had the problem with since i had 2 red lights and me xbox was in a cramped space, it had no dust anywhere of the xbox as it is fairly new however it still flashed toe 2 red lights now i cant get it sent away to get it fixed since iv tampered with it, what else could i try since i think the problem is something to do with the motherboard....

Banana Piper 7 years ago

It worked Fantastic for me

needshelp 7 years ago

My 360 won't load games, it takes forever and tries to play the games as a dvds. Eventually after half an hour of restarting the console and opening ad closing the tray it'll work. Any ideas on what's causing this. I took the console apart and cleaned it and it's not really any better.

Jimmy 7 years ago

Awesome help me and my buddy are stuck in iraq and that sand and dust killed our xbox this helped us repair it

Fermer 7 years ago


My 2 year old son had stuffed food into the xbox and it was jamming the gears. This really showed me how to take it apart to get the food out.

Thanks again.

Jessica 7 years ago

Thank you!!! I was so sad, I thought it would never work again =-)

scotty 7 years ago

thank you for your instructions i got my 360 used and been wanting to get it cleaned out you have saved me money and most important time with my 360 once thanks you rule.

Bruce G. 7 years ago

Very nicely written instructions, well done!! Saved me a lot of messing around. My son's machine was very dusty and would occasionally overheat; hope this is the cure.

:D 7 years ago

OMG, Thank you, mine just went out, had my system since the first month it came out and had nearly no problems, i cleaned the laser reader and Viola, it worked brand new. Thanks again.

skinnypin 7 years ago

My 360 kept on freezing and the screen would turn all green. Tried this out and cleaned all the dust and cleaned the lense and now it works great again. Really great walkthrough.

christopher butts 7 years ago

thank you so much you method worked !!!!!! i cant thank you enough!!!!

Exsania 7 years ago

Do you think cleaning my Xbox by following this instructions will fix my problem I mean you see my Xbox my brother and his friends were playing and they dropped it so now it still turns on and you can hear sounds but the pictures won't display on the screen... PLEASE HELP ME!

KK 7 years ago

We thought that my husband's Xbox was done. We were just about to take it to the shop when we thought of researching how to clean it ourselves. I am so glad we found this hub. After following the instructions, which are great, the Xbox worked like new again. You saved us a lot of time and money!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!!

Sean 7 years ago

Thank you so much! These are AMAZING directions. I just got the "Ring of Death" today and was extremely upset. Then I found this site, watched the video, cleaned my CPU and Disk Drive/Laser, turned it on and it works perfect now.

Dean 7 years ago

when it reads it then says open tray its a dirty disk reader. when he opens the xbox and lifts the disk drive out there are screws to undo then you need to rub the lense in the middle with a cotton bud and alcohol...tjhen it should al work fine

Jennylynn 7 years ago

thank you for your help

Willy  7 years ago

im going to do this tomorrow and by the looks of the comments it works i need to clean the dust out bad to i can see it already plus i have had mine for 5 years so just think 2+2 is 4 meaning there gonna be a load of dust

Wayne 7 years ago

Now I am a good among men, in the eyes of a certain youngster. Thanks.

Also, anyone know if the disk tray track rods ought to be lubricated?

jimmy 7 years ago

very helpful im going to try it right now but you really helped me take apart my x box with ease thanks a lot

Matt 7 years ago

This really worked i would have never known how to take this apart by myself and I tried i cleaned my lense and the rest of the fans and coolers the board and my xbox works again thank god thank for showing how to do this

Luna 7 years ago

This worked excellently! Thank you so much! Such a great help! Turns out my drive was offset! I fixed it and saved me a bunch of money! Taking it apart is difficult, but I did it! This works! I recommend this so much.

mad 7 years ago

xbox will just give you a brand new refurb, no matter if you just bought it, screw xbox

Anthony 7 years ago

Thanks so much!! This worked for us!! We didn't have the red ring yet but our box was giving us problems not playing games and dvds so we thought what the heck!!

Jessica 7 years ago

Thank you so much for this information it really helped us out... This really does work Thank You so so so much

Bianca 7 years ago

I was about to trash my 360 because it wouldn't read my games. It would say reading and then go back to open. I ran across these instructions and decided to try opening it and cleaning the laser eye. IT WORKED!! Thank you sooooo much!!!

E-rock 7 years ago

can someone help me b4 I through my 360 in the trash it says reading then straight 2 open n close

Brad  7 years ago

Your instructions were very good. Detailed and to the point to get the job finished.

Peach2u 7 years ago

My xbox 360 was giving me the red ring of death. So, I found this "How to do it yourself" page. I followed the detailed video. I opened it up and cleaned out everything but the disc drive. I put it all back which was much easier than taking it apart. It was been running for 3 hours and no red light. Thank you for making it easy for us to do it ourselves instead of paying lots of money to "repair it" As for the Star head screw driver, I didn't have one and used a small flat head screwdriver that fit snug instead. Worked fine for me. ;-)

Geo 7 years ago

Good instructions ... but did not fix problem ... but hey, at least my Xbox 360 lens is clean. Thanks!

tim 7 years ago

hey does this fix the Ring of Death? mine keeps freezing. I have it all the way taken apart except for the last side. I need the T12 screwdriver. Just wondering in advance. Figure i might as well try and clean out the dust and see what happens

Game Crazy 7 years ago

These instructions helped me fix my son's xbox 360. When putting in a disc it would say it was unreadable and wouldn't run the game. I thought the DVD-ROM was toast. I figured why not try cleaning the lens before starting to replace parts. That's all it needed and now it works fine. Once you learn the tricks (following the instructions) to disassemble it then the rest is easy.

xbox lover 7 years ago

Thanks man this video really helped a lot my 360 would just say open tray so i took it apart and cleaned it works like a charm now THANK SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!

Ozzy 7 years ago

For those who have problems finding or simply don't have the small screw divers for the back. U can simply use the tip of a clicker pen head. ( Make sure u don't have to use again ) but extend all the way out when u use. Also for Black-n-mild u may want to check ur video cable. Check the tip of the cable on the thin copper cover. If it has a crack or totally disconnected, that may be ur problem. My copper tip simply came off and got stuck in the tv inlet. Also for those trying to get the Gray mesh off the sides, and u have that one corner that its hard to get, you can fiddle with it alil with OUT yanking it, and u should be able to pop it off. (Just watch what ur doing and u don't break it, i got it off but i did think i was going to break it) All in all this is a great page, even though i got stuck not having a torx bit :/ Tools i used was a Clicking Pen, and a Flat Head.

Tanner 7 years ago

Thanks a lot man i thought i needed a new hard drive for sure!! this worked great!! and for people out there that this is not working for try cleaning the guide bars and everything else in the hard drive make sure there is no dust at all inspect all the wires and make sure there are no wires that are broken or disconnected

Black-N-Mild 7 years ago

When I turn my 360 on I can hear the games but I can not see them i tied everything i know somebody help me please

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Blanco 7 years ago

It worked 100%!!!! I'm sure you knew already it would. This is also probably something you should do maybe once or twice a year (not clean the laser, but open up the xbox, and carefully clean the dust out). I'm also going to look into that custom coooler that was in the video over top the GPU.

THANK YOU A MILLION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Blanco 7 years ago

My friend just got an xbox from someone, they said it doesn't work. he turned it on, it plays dvds, plays music cds, but not xbox games, so we are going to try this out, seems easy enough, i will let you know the results (tonight is fight night and tomorrow is football night, so maybe monday!)


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bhagwat dig it 7 years ago

If you have hacked it, and was able to login to consol, you can just format it, using mkfs commands, first unmount the partition you want to format, check the mounted partitions using fdisk -l or mount command.

Cb312 7 years ago

And sorry but you have to take it apart to clean the lens. Disc cleaners normally make it worse too. It really isn't that hard though if you can find the right tools.

Cb312 7 years ago

To the kid who asked for help with step 5. You push the tabs up. It's easier if you try to separate it gently with ur hand while popping the tabs. Also, it is easier if you start on the side with 5 tabs.

SikHonda93 7 years ago

is there a way to clean off the eye without taking it apart

help 7 years ago

im having trouble with step 5, i popped them all, but the side that only has 2 tabs wont budge, iv tried like 4 times... any1 know wat the problem is?

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CaliZo 7 years ago

very good post my 360 kept reading then say open tray I took it apart and did the cleaning put it back 2gether but still nothing but I found the problem b4 you put the top back on the drive hook it back to the box and turn on power insert a disk and you will see it won't spin while it is still trying to load spin the disk and it should start spinning it worked for me good luck all

andy 7 years ago

would cleaning the laser help the play dvd error go away so i can play a game? it says it to every game i play.... i have to pop it open then close ah shit load of times... now its getting so bad that it wont even read the discs anymore...

will 7 years ago

I am definitely will try this after i contact microsoft and see if they can do anything.

someone 7 years ago

The reason your having problems with the top screen is because there is another latch to pop under the rubber foot

Roflcopters 7 years ago

They arent impossible to find, they sell them at any hardware store. They arent expensive either.

Thank you for the great guide. Works great.

wow 7 years ago

i need the screw driver to open the blasted thing still there impossible to find

marquis 7 years ago

thanks man ones again on that video on how to take unpart of a xbox 360 instructions i really need it the info man, but keep doing what you're doing your changing my life. but not just mine pretty much every body that watches your videos but good lookin for me and the homies.

MAD 7 years ago

First off i cant get the 2nd grate off and i cant get the t10 =(

dude 7 years ago

I don't have and my xbox is showing red ring also. And many people complained when they sent theirs in. I'll most likely try this. Hope it works.

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FunFacter 7 years ago from Canada

grat piece of article i really wanted to clean my xbox360 thx

so so 7 years ago

my x box does what shelle belle' s does says reading then says open tray.what could that be?

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RetroBrothers 7 years ago from Sunny Scotland

What a great guide... very useful!

John 7 years ago

This definitely works, my mate asked me to fix his 360 for him and a was more than impressed when i came across this. Thank very much!!

Tad 7 years ago

Thank you so much ive emailed the microsoft support email, and they would give the same response for every thing i am going to try this when I get home hopefully it will save me time and money

Diane 7 years ago

This site is awesome. Xbox 360 would not load disk took it apart cleaned lense. Works great. I now have a happy boy again.... lol

Lion 7 years ago

for opening the side which you didn't achieve to do so, you need to remove the rubber nearest to the power input, there you may find a hole which would pry open the whole thing

frustrated 7 years ago

it isn't a t-10 its a t-12 which is impossible to find and im stuck on the opening of the top piece of the case

sean 8 years ago

my 360 would just spin up then stop i followed these instructions and its running fine now thanks very very much please try this people.

Tony 8 years ago

Thanks but mine looks different to urs it has something added onto the Graphics thingy

Z-Man  8 years ago

thank you so f-ing much my xbox would never work before i bought used and

every time i put in games they wouldn't work because of the disk drive so thanks to u i opened the xbox 360 and fixed once agin thank u

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Xbox Wireless Wiz 8 years ago

Great guide. My 360 doesn't need cleaning yet, but I'm sure it will. I hope that's all it needs. The things tend to be finicky I hear.

ShelleBelle 8 years ago

Any other ways that you can think of to fix this issue? It will not read games. Simply says "Reading" then "Open Tray"

What type of issue do you think it could be?

jnam 8 years ago

omg!!! i thought my Xbox 360 was a goner =( but i followed these easy steps and had it up and running in 30 min. u saved me a lot of money and time!! thank u!

michael 8 years ago

thanks for this post... took mine apart just to clean up the fans and board.. and i may order a black case replacement now that I know how to take everything apart.

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sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

I think you may have just saved a lot of people out there time and money. I wish this hub had been around before I finally gave up and trashed mine.

ethan 8 years ago

do this really work

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dougmachan 8 years ago

does anyone have the schematics showing a video card in the 360?

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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Great instructions. I hope I will never have to use them.

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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia

I'm not an X boxer myself but my son is, so I will pass along the info .

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