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 Post subject: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 25 Sep 2019, 20:28 
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I need a new belt for my XBOX but I don't know how to look for one. it is a small belt. any ideas or just a random lot and hope one will work?
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 00:58 
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I know you can get packs of belts for Xbox 360 DVD drives, have a look on amazon and you should see drive types listed.
The size is also mentioned, so if this is for original Xbox maybe they're usable for that too idk.

I've had quite a few of these consoles, both generations, but never had any broken belts myself.
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 15:05 
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this says XBOX so do you think it would work?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-Original-Xb ... 4d07feb1d9
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 15:22 
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xtempo wrote:
this says XBOX so do you think it would work?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2x-Original-Xb ... 4d07feb1d9


Mentions Samsung drives, is that what you have? There are different DVD drives for that console (Xbox 360 has different DVD drives too).
As I said I've never encountered broken belts before so I'm not even sure if there would be one belt to fit all the drives.

If I did have to deal with a broken belt I'd probably pull some belts from old PC DVD drives I have to see if one fits instead of spending money on something I'm not 100% sure would work.

Also, the listing says CD tray :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 15:31 
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 16:36 
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That isn't Samsung so idk if the belt would be the same. I wouldn't be surprised if a belt from a Hitachi LG PC DVD drive from around the same time would fit though. I have no way of testing this myself without tearing down one of my Xbox consoles myself. I think I have 2x PC DVD drives that might be possible donors.

If you don't have access to any junk PC DVD drives for free you could just take a gamble on those Samsung belts I guess, maybe they fit maybe they don't.

Is there any real reason you need to have a working drive? You can swap in a DVD drive from another Xbox even if the drive is a different type, people sometimes use later DVD drives (v1.6 source) on early consoles.
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 16:44 
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I don't want to buy another drive. I only bought this one maybe 2 years ago to replace the Thompson drive. I haven't used it in about 1 1/2 years though since it was in storage. It seems to be cheaper to get a belt so I might just gamble on that one since it does say XBOX as oppose to being XBOX 360.
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 17:25 
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:lol: I wasn't telling you to buy another drive.
I'm just giving you info besides looking for a specific replacement belt which you haven't been able to find.

The DVD drives aren't married to the console so they can be swapped. If your Xbox is chipped you can use a PC DVD drive but you will only be able to play backup discs on it, not retail discs. If you soft modded your console you shouldn't need the DVD drive anyway just transfer via lan, I mean if you dumped all your discs years ago and didn't wipe whatever HDD they were on.

I keep forgetting these consoles have actually become worth something again, for years they were being binned or given away. I've given some away myself but I do have 3 right now.
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 26 Sep 2019, 19:41 
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I know but I also don't have it modded and want to go with the cheapest route. It seems mine is one of the later drives anyway. I only want to play a handful of games.
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 27 Sep 2019, 05:59 
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Fair enough.

As your console originally had a Thompson drive, have you removed the clock capacitor from the motherboard?
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 27 Sep 2019, 14:19 
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I haven't done anything with the caps since I don't know anything about them.
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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2019, 14:27 
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Well you should remove the clock capacitor unless you don't mind having a mess in there and even potentially end up with a faulty board. All pre v1.6 clock caps leak eventually. Plenty already have.
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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2019, 15:10 
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What does that one do? I will see if I can remove it.
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PostPosted: 27 Sep 2019, 15:17 
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xtempo wrote:
What does that one do? I will see if I can remove it.


There is no onboard battery for the operating system clock. The console uses a capacitor that holds charge so the clock settings aren't lost, I can't remember how long until the clock resets (the cap discharges completely) but it's like around a day or less.

You remove the cap and the clock will always need to be set when you boot the console. You can replace the cap if you want but most people (because little skill is required) just carefully snip it off the board.

If you don't remove it the contents of the cap will eventually leak all over the motherboard, possibly damaging the surrounding area.


Just google remove xbox clock capacitor and you'll find guides, probably even videos. It has been a known issue for years it's no secret.
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 Post subject: Re: finding a belt for XBOX drive
PostPosted: 27 Sep 2019, 22:10 
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Only pointer I can give with belts is measure and ask the seller.
I bought a belt from a seller in FL and they did measurements differently than other sellers, so I had to buy 2 and it was still wrong and returned one.

So find out from the seller first how they measure.
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PostPosted: 30 Sep 2019, 18:47 
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installed the belt and it works except it won't come out all the way. Would I might need to grease some gears or something?
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PostPosted: 30 Sep 2019, 19:12 
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xtempo wrote:
installed the belt and it works except it won't come out all the way. Would I might need to grease some gears or something?


Try doing a manual eject to see if that fixes the issue. Use a paper clip in the tiny hole underneath the tray.
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PostPosted: 30 Sep 2019, 19:52 
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there isn't a hole. it is just stuck somehow.
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xtempo wrote:
there isn't a hole. it is just stuck somehow.


There is a hole. It's tiny, just big enough for the end of a straightened paperclip to go in.
It's a manual eject you can use with the power off.
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PostPosted: 30 Sep 2019, 21:00 
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May be slightly too small????
My only guess, I had a similar issue with a CED player years ago.
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