MW3 disc read errors emerge for Xbox 360 users, are you affected?

By Posted 15 Nov 2011, 21:25

There has been some criticism of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 since it was released, with the main issue being the game is to similar to previous installments. This hasn’t stopped the title from breaking early launch records though, but it has fell short of the success that Black Ops saw in its first week of being available. So far though there haven’t been many issues reported for the game until now. Now we are hearing of MW3 disc read errors being reported by Xbox 360 users, have you been affected?

An article over at Gaming Examiner is reporting that some users of the Xbox 360 with the game have taken to the Xbox Forums complaining of problems. The issue surrounds owners being presented with the “unable to read disc” message when trying to play the game.

The topic is beginning to grow on the forum and users have found the message has made the game impossible to load onto the console. This message has mainly appeared when owners first try and start the game.

Some of the Xbox 360 owners have commented that they have replaced the game with another copy, only to be met with the same message when trying to load the game. So far Activision has not confirmed if these reports are true, but there does seem a problem for some. It has to be remembered though that considering the amount of copies that have been shifted, you are bound to get the odd problem encountered by some.

Have you had any problems or know of anyone else that has?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/iamwillpatton Billy Bob Jim Patton

    Never happened to me well it has but for a different reason. I’ve had 2 different copies cos my son practically destroyed one when I left it on the table – that gave an unreadable disk error but that would be expected with the damage that the disk had. The other one plays fine and never had any disk errors at all. On another note other games have disk errors and I believe it’s related to the recent introduction of a anti-piracy measure by Microsoft and they are having teething problems with it. Should be resolved soon I would imagine. I have experienced a few of these errors myself “Downloadable Content Error” with Batman: Arkham City when I had only just put the disk in for the first time and tried to boot it, “Unable to authorize Disk” error on Gears of War 3 and Sonic Generations seem to happen a small time into the game usually about the title screen or early after you start playing. I have also heard a lot about the MW3 errors and it just seems to be related to disk errors on these newer games with the new anti-piracy measures. If you install the games to your Xbox Hard Drive and listen to your xbox when playing any of these newer “XGD3″ games you will hear that they take a long time to stop reading the game. This happens differently with older games, they stop reading and spin down after a few seconds, the newer games take around 5 minutes.

    • FP x DOMINATOR

      i AGREE

      • Rick

        ya know ,I’m sure none of you look like you signed up for the option of dicking around with this thing all day.   So I think we should bum rush activison,  and make them do it.  And now yer saying I gotta come on to my xbox and get it hot? of course there doesn’t seem to be a general comentary slot , there Mr. Dennyjoey , but my fun meter is just about pegged out somebody at activision is  responsable  lets find him and keep track of him so if they can his ass , we’ll know what company to be weary of next

      • Rick

        ya know ,I’m sure none of you look like you signed up for the option of dicking around with this thing all day.   So I think we should bum rush activison,  and make them do it.  And now yer saying I gotta come on to my xbox and get it hot? of course there doesn’t seem to be a general comentary slot , there Mr. Dennyjoey , but my fun meter is just about pegged out somebody at activision is  responsable  lets find him and keep track of him so if they can his ass , we’ll know what company to be weary of next

    • rick

      you sound like an activision employee

  • Anonymous

    happened to me twice. Going for a second exchange. Read my comment @ gaming examiner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leesangdo 이상도

    thank’s god i didn’t bought this game. this game sucks prefer to play metro 2033 than this awful game

  • Sam

    Another piece of garbage blockbuster game with tons of bugs cuz the devs are more focused on making money than making a quality product. God I wish all game companies would be like Naughty dog and Santa Monica studios. Happy I chose BF3 rather than MW3

  • ghrsa

    IIII HAVEEE LAAAAAAAAAAAAG ISSUES ALL THE TIME FOR PS3.    ANYONE ELSE?

    • Chris

      Bad connection dah

  • Realfun7188

    It happened to me just a few minutes ago while on Xbox Live… Took the disc out.. it was spotless… Somethings wrong with this game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrmausbach Matthew Mausbach

    I’m having issues. Every time I restart my Xbox, I go through a 10-minute diddy where my Xbox won’t read the disc at all and I have to restart it constantly, open and close the tray repeatedly, and similar actions. Most of the time, with MW3 in the tray, it will say, “Open Tray.”

    Luckily(?) I can get it to work when I fiddle enough, although I will then get random DRE despite having it installed (that was another feat all on its own) and having a spotless disc.

    I thoroughly enjoy the gameplay for MW3, but something needs to be done about the disc issue.

  • Dennyjoey

    The only reason it says disc read error is because the newer xboxs are set up to do that ” i think” to prevent the red ring of death. So to me its just a safety precaution. But it may not be true. but when i restart my xbox it works perfectly fine. also my newer 360 slim gets really hot. and it doesnt help that my direct tv box is hot 24/7 too. does anyones still say it after you have restarted the system.

  • Anonymous

    Me too!!! Same thing, unable to read disc, brand new game. Left a post on @ gaming examiner.

  • Indigoandphoenix

    i get the disc unreadable error but so far opening and then closing the tray seems to take care of it.

  • Anonymous

    i have had that problem..but not with this game.i have had this problem with many games though.if you google it will tell you to remove hard drive and all wires and reconnect every thing but the hard drive then cut it on.i think many are just looking for an issue with this game.

    • Rick

      I would like to try this game  but it wasted my unit  so this could be an issue

  • Tenicash

    I have the same problem even went and replaced the disc, same thing opening and closing the tray for 30 minutes before it actually reads

  • Pd4rk

    yeah the issue is definitely specific to the game tgrfan42069.  Gears 3 runs every time, and it actually HAS scratches.  My MW3 is brand new, not a single scratch and I constantly get the open tray error.  I LOVE this game.. It is far better than Battlefield (sorry huggers) but the disc issue is super frustrating.  Now I know its not just me.

  • fred

    yep this happens to me, but it happens to me while i am in the multyplayer. which sucks because not only do i loose what progress i earn in the level but it causes my xbox to slow down and freeze! it happens even though i have installed the game and i am on my third game!
    ,y gamertag is TheNewSword1234

  • Unhappy

    Having the same problem, have even installed onto the hardrive but when i get into the game menu and try and load anything it says disk is unreadable???

    • spazfrag

      I know of myself and at least two others who have this issue, I just keep ejecting it and putting it back in, takes about 15-20 minutes just to get the game started before I can play it. Really disconcerting and aggravating. I’m starting to think I should’ve chosen Battelfield 3 over MW3, I’m a huge, huge COD fan but noone should have to go through this just to play a game. And on top I’m kind of disappointed in some of the multiplayer online game play. I dont think there was a lot of research going in to it before it was thrown out to the public.

    • Cyberlash

      I know of myself and at least two others who have this issue, I just keep ejecting it and putting it back in, takes about 15-20 minutes just to get the game started before I can play it. Really disconcerting and aggravating. I’m starting to think I should’ve chosen Battelfield 3 over MW3, I’m a huge, huge COD fan but noone should have to go through this just to play a game. And on top I’m kind of disappointed in some of the multiplayer online game play. I dont think there was a lot of research going in to it before it was thrown out to the public.

  • spazfrag

    I know of myself and at least two others who have this issue, I just keep ejecting it and putting it back in, takes about 15-20 minutes just to get the game started before I can play it. Really disconcerting and aggravating. I’m starting to think I should’ve chosen Battelfield 3 over MW3, I’m a huge, huge COD fan but noone should have to go through this just to play a game. And on top I’m kind of disappointed in some of the multiplayer online game play. I dont think there was a lot of research going in to it before it was thrown out to the public.

  • spazfrag

    I know of myself and at least two others who have this issue, I just keep ejecting it and putting it back in, takes about 15-20 minutes just to get the game started before I can play it. Really disconcerting and aggravating. I’m starting to think I should’ve chosen Battelfield 3 over MW3, I’m a huge, huge COD fan but noone should have to go through this just to play a game. And on top I’m kind of disappointed in some of the multiplayer online game play. I dont think there was a lot of research going in to it before it was thrown out to the public.

  • Ehendy

    I have the same issue and activision keeps telling me it’s a Xbox 360 issue, Even though all my other games work just fine.

  • rick

    the problem is the game mine came with my xbox and now my brand new xbox is worthless , so I tried it in my other xbox after playing mw2 for a while as I  concidered why the mw3 had for some reason installede “something” onto my brand new xbox hard drive , then I tried mw3 in it now both of my xboxes are toast!!!!!!

  • Darren

    it does this to me on mw3 and nfs the run i find if you warm the xbox up either by using a hair dryer or by playing another game for 10 minutes first it will read , its like it needs to be warmed up i have heard new games are using different coded disks with 1gb more space and this is why older xboxs find it hard to read WHAT A JOKE

  • Jimferguson3

    i bought one copy and had this problem, returned it and had the same problem with the second disk. I called the place where i got it and they said to return it and theyll swap it out with another one..
    all my other disks work perfectly fine just mw3 has a problem…there is bubble spots in the inner circle on the disk could that b the problem

    • Ga30320

      like all the other post here i have got to play for a tops of one hour so far i like it but the surver is crap after about a hour my disk sayed it was unreadable so i took it out and looked at it it had a scrach on it but like every one elsei try it agian and same thing the longest ive gone befor it happend again is 30 secs i realy like cod  i play every alot but i waited to long for this for this to happen and all my other games wook

    • Mp40dt

      mine has that same mark

  • Scott_84

    Just bought the mw3 game for 360, played xbox live for 5 minutes and froze, tried to download to hd, says the disc needs cleaned, tried playing again, 3 mins in froze. Played Black Ops, no issues. Traded the MW3 game in for a new one, same issue on live and campaign and wont download to hd. What a peice…

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.harnetty Michael Harnetty

    Ok guys, this is daft! i wasn’t expecting SO MANY people to have reported the same issue? OK so there are a few “MINOR” scratches, but the damn thing is saying “unable to read disc”

  • Chaddypete

    Bought it SIX times!!!!!…..In the process of exchanging yet another copy.

  • Yankees11720

    PATHETIC, they are too weak to even mention they fucked up.

  • El_depeche

    same here, I got the same problem!

  • MyTopicForums.com

    Microsoft released an update without you needing to download it anything all at, and what it was ban people using pirated copies of the game. The problem was that lots of innocent people were affected b

  • Mysterbonez

    I am having this issue as well! My game error is coming when I get into a multiplayer match and get a killstreak going and bam its done! I cannot control my charaters movements but I have noticed I can still talk in MW3 game chat so as im froze up with this ridiculous error my team can hear me and I can hear them as well. So fun times. WTB fix plz!

  • Revengerboy

    Problem does not only happen with MW3 disk, if seem to be an issue with the MW3 console as well.  I can played MW3 just fine in the new MW3 console, but if I put Battlefield 3 or Gears of War 3 in the MW3 console i get read errors, or no disk errors.
    When I get GOW3 to play, I can not play DLC – it says I have not downloaded the DLC and to dowload to play.  I have downloaded this DLC many times, tried deleting it and redownloading but still will not play.  It is not a problem with the DLC, I can copy it to a flash drive and play GOW3 with the DLC on my old XBOX 360 Arcade modle with no issues at all.

  • Irishjay1983

    I found a solution that has worked for everyone I have personally helped. Basically depending on where you bought your disc you may have gotten a copy from a bad shipment. My friend bought and has returned the game 5 times to best buy to no avail. Whereas I bought mine from gamestop and my disc has worked perfect, even on any of my friends systems involving the problem. So we downloaded my copy to their hard drives, and then they were able to play with their own copy with no problems, problem solved. So if you know somebody with a good disc just use theirs to put on your hard drive.

  • tigs

    I have 2 copies of mw3, 1 for me and 1 for my son and both copies have become unreadable.  They have been used on different x boxes.  We have tried other games on the x boxes and they work fine.  Befor e the discs were unreadable whenever I was in multi player it would jump and I would miss kills or would be killed myself.  This needs fixing because the games are not cheap and don’t want to buy a new one incase it happens again and its more money down the drain.

  • Robbie

    Same problem here. . . . .

  • Starr

    SAME PROBLEM HERE TOO AND VERY VERY FRUSTRATED!!!!!!!!!! spend money on expensive games plus we bought elite pack and now our sh*t isn’t working!!!!!!! BULLCRAP!!!

  • Anechadwick

    Been having trouble connecting to one person for mw3 multiplayer now for some time.  We have been unable to either join session or join each others party.   Now after being invited into a game by a third friend, got the dreaded “Dirty Disc” fault.    This repeated 3-4 times, before showing up as “missing required system component” fault – potential hdd fault.  Had to updat and patch my xbox, before it would even go to desktop.  Once complete, still  getting “Dirty Disc” fault.

    Not a happy gamer :( 

  • Anechadwick

    HDD Dead Now – so is xbox :(

  • Con Llo Jen

    Just got the game and finished story mode and I went onto multiplayer and loads and for some pops up ‘unable to read disk’ and I can’t get on multiplayer.

    • Max

       I have the same fking problem… i know how ya feel dude… did u fix it btw? :P

  • Guest

    It happens to me and Im on a ps3

  • Tkjetbailey911

    same problems here first disk wouldnt load at all second disk orked for a while now has disk read error. n scatches on it brand new. xbox plays every other game i own. i believe servers are to small and microsoft wont let consoles play the game at all when servers are full for online play!

  • Tkjetbailey911

    same problems here first disk wouldnt load at all second disk orked for a while now has disk read error. n scatches on it brand new. xbox plays every other game i own. i believe servers are to small and microsoft wont let consoles play the game at all when servers are full for online play!

  • Robacik

    Latest FW LT+2.01
    Samsung as spoofed to liteon = e66 error
    Samsung not spoofed = read error

  • Kidromeo101

    Disc read error. Also my xbox ran smooth before and now won’t read my discs for about 10 minutes. And it’s gettIng into a phase of disconnecting me from xbox live.

  • Cowboy0819720901

    yeah i have had the problem x box support 108 min wait to talk to somebody!!!  I have the new battlefield and new gears of war no problems with them.  I play the game for 5 min game stops disk unreadable. try to download it it goes a few percent same thing.  All i find on the web is from users nothing from xbox or activision.  How about at least a statement we know there is a problem and we are working on it.  its probally going to go like this they put a bunch of cheaply manfactured disks out there and there never going to admit it just wait for all the bad copies to be sold and returned.  Now i have to drive 160 mile round trip to return a disk and not know if thats even the problem or if im going to get another bad copy if that is the problem!!!!

  • Civicegguy

    ive been through 5 cod mw3 games, i haven’t been able to play once. Very disapointed.

  • The world

    Bring back the REAL Infinity Ward! Obviously from black ops, we learned treyarch can’t make a good game. Switching names isn’t going to effect the quality of the game, only get more people to buy it. So really what your doing “infinity ward” is ripping millions of people off! Im a HUGE call of duty player! It is practically my life, but next call of duty game by “infinity ward” I’m not buyin. I’m buying the game by Respawn, the REAL Infinity Ward. Stop wasting people’s money treyarch, at least make a game that works!

  • Kajenoch

    Yes!  We have encountered this problem.  I purchased the game for Christmas and I am on my way to Toys R Us today.  This will be the thrid copy for me.  Did anyone have problems with the stores taking these games back??

  • Coffeeroad

    since loading and using MW3 for a few rounds of play it began the disc read error; showing unreadable disc, then play game, and then MW3 play game messages, but never actually initiating the game.
    Since this happened I have replaced the disc drive lense at a certified xbox repair outlet locally. I still have the disc read errors, can’t play locally or on line and the console has since stopped reading discs on several games including Black Ops, Assassins Creed, and others.
    I have cleared all memory cache according to the trouble shooting that xbox provides and issue is unresolved?
    My feeling is that the game loads bad drivers, unrecognized file formats, or perhaps corrupted files onto the hard drive and the executable file directs to those files which fail to execute and allow game play?

    Bought for sons 13th birthday and this sucks to repeatedly have issues and no one at xbox or activision has provided resolves that I can find?

  • Pissed off xbox user

    This is happening to me aswell.  My xbox DVD drive was messing up a while back and I just got a replacement DVD drive and put it in and installed it the correct way.  I was playing games like Skyrim and Bf3 for about 5 hours…  I put Mw3 in and immediatly got an open tray screen.  After that and being frustrated I tried to put in Skyrim and Bf3 and now those show open tray.  Its back to the same problem that it was before.  I’ll never buy another CoD game in my life, this is BS all they care about is money.  MW3 ruined my xbox… Thanks treyarch/infinity ward…
     

  • Mp40dt

    my mw3 copy is strange. i got it from gamestop, and it reads sometimes.
    recently its been unreadable, but it works everyday atleast once.
    i have lots of games and none have ever had a disc read error, my black ops had a crack
    through the entire disc and ran fine. it has to be mw3 copys, my xbox is one month old.

  • Phattypoo

    Mine stopped working a few days ago.  I can still play Black Ops or MW2 on the Xbox360.  The system is legit.  I bought the box at wallmart and the game on amazon.  I heard that M$ sent a file to check for a genuine system.  The file boots good and bad systems is seems.  Ohh well. 

  • Phattypoo

    Mine stopped working a few days ago.  I can still play Black Ops or MW2 on the Xbox360.  The system is legit.  I bought the box at wallmart and the game on amazon.  I heard that M$ sent a file to check for a genuine system.  The file boots good and bad systems is seems.  Ohh well. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001107772194 Gytis Kaušius

    I FINALLY FOUND A SOLUTION, GO TO STORAGE, GAMES, SELECT MODERN WARFARE 3 AND DELETE ALL YOUR GAME REPLAY FILES, YOU MIGHT FIND SOME CORRUPTED ONES, DELETE THEM ASWELL, WORKED FOR ME!!!

    copy paste if it worked for you!

    • Jim_rodger05

      i just tried this hope it works installing game will lt you know

  • Bl4scott

    We are having the same problem.  We for some reason have a small bubble on the inside of the DVD.  Almost like it was super heated.  I am not sure if this is the reason the drive is not reading the disc or there is another problem.

  • Munozamarco

    i had the same problem but since i have my xbox live on a flash drive i decide to take it out and play the disk the disk worked again and the put my flash drive back in and then a pop up came up saying there is a update for ur Xbox i downloaded it and i could get on multilayer Again

  • pissed user

    mw3 i was playing fine for like a month then all of a sudden i would get online for a minute and it tells me the disk is unreadable but the disk is unscratched

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.watson.737 Anthony Watson

    This is how Activision treats their customers after all the money we gave them? That is really low . I can’t even play MW3 without it getting disc errors. Somebosy from Activison or Microsoft better step up.

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