How to Get an Xbox to Play a DVD

by Brad Chacos
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Microsoft built its reputation on the back of its Windows operating system and its "Office" suite, but like a well-groomed mullet, the company isn't all business -- or at least, not all business software. Microsoft parties hard on the weekend with its powerful line of Xbox video game systems. Of course, you can't party all the time; sometimes you just want to pop in a DVD and relax after a long day. While the Xbox 360 offers DVD support out of the box, the original Xbox console required the purchase of special hardware to play DVDs.

Step 1

Insert two AAA batteries into the DVD controller.

Step 2

Turn off the Xbox if it's powered up. Slide the Xbox DVD Movie Playback Kit's infrared receiver into a controller port on the front of the Xbox.

Step 3

Press the power button on the front of the Xbox to turn it on.

Step 4

Press the "Eject" button next to the disk tray to open it. Insert your DVD face-up in the disk tray, then press the "Eject" button again to close it. The Xbox will load the DVD.

Navigate the DVD menus using the controller included with the kit.


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About the Author

Brad Chacos started writing professionally in 2005, specializing in electronics and technology. His work has appeared in, Gizmodo, "PC Gamer," "Maximum PC,",, "Wired,", and more. Chacos is a frequent contributor to "PCWorld," "Laptop Magazine" and the Intuit Small Business Blog.

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