How to Fix a Cracked Xbox CD

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How to Fix a Cracked Xbox CD
Cracked, then whole again (dvd image by dinostock from

The Xbox shares a common problem with other game consoles that use CD game discs: Cracked discs fail to be read properly by the DVD drive's laser. You can fix a cracked CD game disc, providing that the crack has not literally separated the CD into two separate parts, by applying common cellophane tape. The procedure only takes a few minutes and doesn't require any special tools. Fixing the cracked CD will enable it to play properly in the Xbox so you can get back to gaming.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soft towel
  • Cellophane tape
  • Cotton gloves (optional)

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  1. 1

    Put the bath towel on a table. Place the cracked CD game disc on the bath towel with the graphics label facing up.

  2. 2

    Apply a piece of cellophane tape that is the same length as the crack onto the crack on the CD game disc. Smooth the cellophane tape down onto the crack.

  3. 3

    Apply a piece of cellophane tape to each of the four sides of the inner circle that is surrounded by the graphics label; each of the four pieces of cellophane tape should be the same length as the diameter of the inner circle.

  4. 4

    Smooth the four pieces of cellophane tape down on the inner circle.

  5. 5

    Turn on the Xbox. Eject the disc tray of the DVD drive. Turn off the Xbox.

  6. 6

    Put the cracked CD game disc that you have fixed onto the disc tray of the DVD drive with the label side facing up.

  7. 7

    Manually push the disc tray closed so that it is flush with the front of the XBox's case.

  8. 8

    Turn on the Xbox. Wait as the CD game disc loads. Play the game. Eject the CD game disc when you are done and turn off the Xbox.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear cotton gloves when putting on the cellophane tape to keep fingerprints from getting onto it.
  • Some cracks are too deep to ever fix.

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