I recently was given an Xbox that no longer works. I didn't pay anything for it so I had no problem with the fact that it didn't work and I thought I might be able to fix it and get it up and running so that I could use it as a media center.
Before I got the system, I was told it was the DVD drive that might have been the problem so I was pretty excited because I figured it wouldn't be too hard to work around at first. Unfortunately the problem is a lot worse.
It seem this Xbox glitched somehow and now when you turn it on the system comes up with an error code 6. After some research, I found out that this means the system can't unlock the drive in order to use it. This kind of error is usually most common with systems that people have tried to mod but apparently can also happen randomly to systems that have never had any tampering done with them.
Knowing what the problem was I went about trying to figure out if there was a way I could fix the problem. Unfortunately in an attempt to help prevent easy modding the security measures Microsoft put in place to try and prevent it from happening makes fixing the problem next to impossible without modding the system using one of those mod chips.
The only other way I could try and fix the system would be to open a working xbox and using it's motherboard and hard drive combo to correct the problem by unplugging the ide cable from the working xbox and plugging it into the broken xbox hard drive while it was on. Obviously there is some risk involved there and I could probably end up screwing up another system which I don't own so I would rather not try.
So my question is, has anyone else had this problem and short of getting a mod chip is there anything else I can do to try and correct the problem without having to spend any money which I am very short on right now.