The original Xbox, launched by Microsoft in 2001, is still a popular console to run homebrew games and emulators on. That is why it is recommended to soft-mod any old original Xbox, and run games from a hard drive instead. Disassembling the original XboxStep 1: Turn your Xbox upside-down, and remove the six screws as shown in the image below. Original Xbox rubber band to the right. One option is to boil the old rubber band in a pan for a few minutes, which may help to shrink it a bit.
How to fix dvd drive? : originalxbox
I got an xbox a few months back. It worked perfectly until today when my dvd drive broke. Is there any way I can get a pro to fix it? Keep in mind it IS softmodded, if that changes anything
Xbox Samsung DVD Drive Disassembly
Remove the three 3 mm T10 screws securing the hard drive to the Xbox. There is one screw on the rear left side of the hard drive that is only visible when the IDE ribbon cable is lifted up. The other two are at the front right and left sides of the hard drive.
SOLVED: Why is my Xbox not reading game disks? - Xbox
Two suggestions, clean the disks and clean the optical lens on the disk drive. Cleaning the optical lens is a little trickier. I would start with the first easy option, open up the CD tray w/o a cd in it and give the insides a good blast with compressed air. Have the Xbox upside down or the CD tray pointing down...anything to make sure the dust doesn't just resettle on your lens. If that doesnt work, you may want to try digging deeper into the CD drive itself, but let's see if this works first!
How do I fix my disc drive that won't open?
You shouldn't keep a disc in the drive. There is a little hole to the right of the disc tray on the front of the Xbox. The first is to replace the tray drive belt, easily found via eBay etc. The belt is basically a square profile rubberband about an inch in diameter and connects two small drive spindles. The belt slips because it not only controls the tray but raises and lowers the whole drive mechanism.