Manual Eject for Xbox 360 DVD Drives
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From time to time you may find yourself with an Xbox 360
that will no longer power on or eject properly with an all important game stuck
in the drive. Here is a quick solution to retrieving it without the need
to void your warranty by opening your console.
You will need a paperclip that has been bent straight.
Remove your 360 faceplate, you should now see something
similar to this.
Each drive behaves a little differently so we will need to
identify the version of drive. If you have already
determined the version of DVD
drive that is in your console based on the tray you can skip the peek through
hole #3 method to follow.
To figure out what drive you have look to hole #3 if you
and red wire= Samsung
divot = Hitachi
wires and empty space = Benq
||Toshiba/Samsung- This one is a lever
and pretty hard to miss, when you hit it, it will go in about a 1/2 inch
and then you will feel some resistance, keep pushing and the tray will
begin moving out. (Thanks Kelendral for the tip our previous advice
is below, our method works but yeah Kelendral's way is much easier)
Go after hole number 1 inside is a gear that needs to be
spun from left to right. This is one of the more difficult ones if
you haven't already done one in the past. It takes four pokes if
you are hitting it just right and there are plenty of opportunities to
miss the spot. If you are not hitting anything at all aim left. If
you feel you are hitting the gear but it only moves an 1/8th inch aim a
little higher. You should be finding a spot that moves about a 1/4
inch per poke with minimal resistance
||Hitachi- Go after hole number 1 this one is a lever and
pretty hard to miss, when you hit it, it will go in about a 1/2 inch and then
you will feel some resistance, keep pushing and the tray will begin moving out.
||Benq- Go after hole number 2, this one is pretty
easy but requires a firm hand and a beefy paper clip. The hole in the
drive is tapered so it guides the clip to the right spot. The first prod
will have some resistance as the gear begins spinning you will then feel the
paperclip stop or slip past. Go for the second prod, again some pretty
hefty resistance but the gear will spin an the tray will pop open. If you
seem to be missing the spot you are probably aiming to the right try to get it
straight in or a bit to the left
In all instances once the drive has partially opened grab
the tray and gently pull it out.