Hello Fellow Gamers.
Well then Community, what can you suggest for this?
I recently bought the new Elder Scrolls game by Bethesda, Skyrim, and proceeded to play it for a couple of days on my old XBOX 360 Pro (60GB HD, White covering/Chrome Disc Drive). For the first few days, it seemed to run just fine and I was very satisfied with gameplay. Then, after three days, the console began to report that it was unable to "read the Disc" when I attempted to load my game saves (any Skyrim game save).
Thinking it was a small problem, first I shut down my console and restarted, and came up with the same problem. Then I thought to try a different disc, and plugged in my copy of Halo: Reach. This game ran fine, and I quickly assumed it a was a problem with the Skyrim disc (although it was unscratched and in near new condition). I went on to trade the disc in at the local Gamestop, and then ran a BRAND NEW disc on the console (Skyrim) and came up with the same problem.
Visiting the support site, I used the options available to me and searched this problem.
1. Inspect and Clean your disc: (BRAND NEW disc)
2. Clear your System Cache: This was interesting. (Temporary Fix)
After clearing my cache, I attempted to simply run the game. The console then opened a window saying there was a system update available, and the after that, a game update for Skyrim itself ( DID ANYONE ELSE GET THIS? 7:30 AM 12/29/11 ). After downloading this, the game ran for a while, then crashed in game using the same "Cannot read disc" message.
3. Remove your Hard Drive: ( No hard drive )
4. Remove your memory units or flash drives: I was somewhat surprised by this. (Self Destructive)
I removed the drives ( 2GB USB) that I had been using for storage on my console, and then attempted to run the game. The game ran, but I couldn't by this method use my old saves, or save because I had no memory unit. This seems self defeating. Then, taking the support center's advice, I loaded my files onto an alternative USB Storage device (also 2GB) and came up with the familiar "Cannot read disc" message when attempting to load my game saves.
5. Check the Disc Type and Region: ( ...Duh... )
6. Try another game disc: (Previous)
I had already tried this earlier (read above in the post), and concluded it was nothing pertaining to that particular disc because of the similar problems with a brand new copy of the disc.
SO! I have exhausted The XBOX Support options... Now what? To the Internet!
After searching on a couple sites and reading some posts from this forum, I thought of another solution: perhaps there is a recent corrupt gamesave that is blocking my access! Sure enough, after digging into the Skyrim memory, there it was, one corrupt gamesave. After deleting the file, and other extraneous files, I gave Skyrim another chance. For a period, it worked, and then failed to load again after I tried to load any gamesave ( this is after turning off the console, and then returning to play later ). Checking again for a corrupt gamesave, I was dissapointed and found none this time, and proceeded to again delete extraneous saves, hoping for a positive result.
Unfortunately nothing came of that! "Cannot Read Disc"
Thanks for your suggestions,