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3 hours ago, KaosEngineer said:

Make sure there are no bent pins or broken wires for all of the power/control cable connections at the cable ends as well as the motherboard and DVD drive connectors.

Seems to be fine and the DVD works with the original HDD installed. So, so weird.

I will double check everything again though.

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Further update and information:

  1. I checked all pins: good
  2. Checked all cables: all looked good
  3. Swapped out cables to the DVD for another: still same issue
  4. Swapped out DVD for another, here it gets weird

New DVD would constantly ejects right after insertion. After some attempts randomly pressing the eject button I got it to close and the dash read the disk as "game".

Rebooted and the OG Xbox disk loaded without any weird seek behaviour.

So I conclude that:

  1. The original DVD drive is not working correctly
  2. The new drive works to some degree.

From googling a bit it seems the new drive could have an issue, or it could be the clock cap (this might be the source of all of the issues I suppose?).

The clock cap did leak slightly but there was no obvious damage.

I will try with a SATA drive and adapter next.

Thank you to everyone who contributed suggestions. At least now I have an xbox with new HDD that seems to work to some extent :)

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