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You Can (But Probably Shouldn’t) Fix Your Broken Xbox One by Punching It

Posted on November 26, 2013 AT 01:24pm

If you’ve got an Xbox One with a faulty disc drive, violence might be the answer.

Since launch, Microsoft’s console has suffered from a spate of hardware failures that render the console unable to read discs, instead producing a horrific grinding noise whenever one is inserted.

Now, word of a rather barbaric quick-fix is spreading around the Internet. Allegedly, the cause of the issue is a plastic gear in the drive that’s been misaligned during shipping, and it can be jarred back into place by turning the console upside down and giving it a few solid whacks on the underside of the drive.

After seeing a video of YouTube user dave d successfully pulling off the punch fix, one EGM staffer with a busted Xbox One decided to attempt it himself—using even less force than dave d’s example—and it worked like a charm, as you can see by the embedded video below.

That being said, we do not recommend giving this a shot on your own console. While attempting this fix probably won’t void your warranty—you’re not opening anything up, and we assume the Xbox One will have any visible bruises if you’re gentle enough—you’re much, much safer getting a new console from Microsoft (along with a free game for your trouble).

Josh Harmon, Associate Editor
Josh Harmon picked up a controller when he was 3 years old—and he hasn't looked back since. This has made him particularly vulnerable to attacks from behind. He joined EGM as an intern following a brief-but-storied career on a number of small gaming blogs across the Internet. Follow him on Twitter @jorshy. Meet the rest of the crew.

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