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Hopefully this is the right place for this, not redundant, and something someone will know about:
So I have an ages old Xbox 360, obviously not a slim. The disc drive started throwing an error code when trying to read discs about a month ago. I finally got around to ordering a replacement from whatever shadowy Amazon marketplace retailer. The original is a Hitachi, so I went with a Hitachi so I could just swap the circuit board as per a million online tutorials.
Opened everything up, swapped the drives/boards, slapped it all back together. I am 100% sure the new drive went in. I am 99.9% sure the original board went on the new drive, and all the cables were reconnected. Xbox turns on, acts normal booting up, etc. The drive opens and closes smoothly. Inserting a disc does nothing at all. No reading time, no error message, just acts like the drive is empty.
So, before I take this whole thing apart and start trying random things, is there a clear indicator of the problem here? Did I skip a really obvious step that universally results in this outcome? Would it be more obvious if the replacement drive is faulty? Would it be more obvious if I didn't seat a specific ribbon all the way? Would it be more obvious if the mismatched board got put in there for some dumb reason?