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i need help updateing my xbox 360 with a cd

Dec 8, 2007 9:01AM PST

i have triad three times to burn an update CD and all three times failed i have triad putting the zip file on the CD that did not work then i triad putting the unzipped folder on the CD that did not work and finely i tried to put the file itself on the CD and it still don't work can someone who successfully updated their system this way please help me but all help would be apricated

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I'm going to guess
Dec 8, 2007 10:05AM PST

I'm going to guess that this will never work unless you're running a hacked DVD-ROM firmware. Simply because you couldn't put in an exception just for system updates on burned media. It's either you read ALL burned media, or you read none, and to Microsoft's way of thinking, burned media equals piracy.

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thay tell you can on the xbox web site
Dec 8, 2007 11:18AM PST
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I read the instructions and see.
Dec 9, 2007 2:16AM PST

That over 1/2 the owners I know will never be able to make the CD proper.

Try this. Ask your friends to make this CD for you. My guess it will work about 4 friends later at most.


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i'm the only one with a xbox 360
Dec 9, 2007 4:45AM PST

why is it so hard to make an update disc what an i doing wrong how do i make the disc

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I don't need the xbox 360 to make the CD.
Dec 10, 2007 2:09PM PST

But I can see where many will fail to make the CD proper.

I can't see what step you may have done wrong since the gritty details are not in your posts.


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ok heres what i did
Dec 10, 2007 3:07PM PST

i downloaded the update from and then i burned the unzipped file onto a CD put the CD in my xbox and restarted it and the update screen did not come up so then i triad unzipping the file and putting it on a CD and that did not work and then i triad putting the file itself on a CD and that did not work is this good i really want to learn this update my xbox this way because i don't have highspeed Internet so it's this way or no way

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"then i burned the unzipped file onto a CD"
Dec 11, 2007 1:51AM PST

There were many tiny little steps you did in those few words. This is the area I can see where most would fail. I decline to write a step by step but will look over your detailed steps to see where it could be incorrect.


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do you know where i could find a step by step
Dec 11, 2007 7:53AM PST

because i have looked all over the internet but i can't find one

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This is as detailed as I will write.
Dec 11, 2007 11:42PM PST

I used CDBURNERXP (free, works with most Windows, burners...) and put the files on a closed session CDR.

-> It's sad you are not willing to tell your exact steps. You could have revealed you used a drag and drop method which doesn't work.


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oh i'm sorry i did use drag and drop
Dec 12, 2007 5:00AM PST

i did not think it mattered i was not trying to be a jerk or nothing i just thought when you put something on a CD no matter how you did it you burned it on there so my bad and yes i did use a drag and drop

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Good. You found the reason.
Dec 12, 2007 5:02AM PST

Don't fret about that but it does help if we could read the little steps.

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so i just unzip the folder and burn it on to a cd
Dec 12, 2007 5:26AM PST

that part still has me confused or do i put the zipped folder on the cd

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I usually do this the easy way.
Dec 12, 2007 6:23AM PST

I make a folder on my desktop. Then unzip it and place the files in that folder. Then I use CDBURNERXP to create a CLOSED SESSION CDR.

This is pretty much as I expected. About 1/2 will fail to create the CD.

-> Let me try this. Do you know how to use your cd recording software to make CDs from a .ISO file?


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not realy
Dec 12, 2007 7:19AM PST

and do you name the file you creted on your desktop the same name as the update file

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The folder name does not matter. Why?
Dec 12, 2007 11:31AM PST

Because we will put the files from the zip into that and from that to the CDR...


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ok is this how you do it
Dec 12, 2007 1:53PM PST

download the file unzip it and then make a new folder on my desktop and put the the unzipped files in it and use CDBURNERXP to burn a closed session cd dose this sound right to you

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Just checking.
Dec 13, 2007 3:57AM PST

Didn't I note that above? What are you changing from my suggestion?


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im just makeing sure i have everything down
Dec 13, 2007 5:15AM PST

before i tried it i havent changed anything

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i need help updateing my xbox 360 with a cd
Jan 17, 2008 2:08AM PST

Here's what I did and the update worked, sort of.

Downloaded the file from here
and unzipped the file onto my desktop. I was then left with a folder called $SystemUpdate with a file inside. I then burned this folder to DVD and closed the session (opposite of making a multisession disc).

Booted up my XBox 360 put the DVD in, manually powered down the Xbox, then manually powered it back up again. The Xbox recognized the DVD and proceded to do the update. Then.....a blue screen displayed saying that the Xbox failed to update, please contact Customer Service.

I don't know what else to try but I'm motivated to get it updated. My first guess why it failed, is that I have modified my DVD ROM firmware Sad

I'll reply to this thread if I come up with the solution.

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Why DVD?
Jan 17, 2008 2:23AM PST

I read the instructions and it notes CDR.

-> Were the instructions unclear here?

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DVD works just fine
Jan 17, 2008 2:35AM PST

Here are the instructions from

To create an update disc you need the following:

* A DVD or CD burner.
* A blank writeable DVD or CD.
* The update file from

So either or should work. I don't have any CDR's so I used a blank DVD. I assume this was ok since the xbox recognized it and proceeded with the update.

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That's news to me.
Jan 17, 2008 2:37AM PST

Sorry but I've only tried this with CDR. Nothing like trying a new way to find out if it works.

BE SURE AND REVIEW THE ABOVE. They took a few tries to discover that drag and drop methods won't work.

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So did CDR work?
Jan 17, 2008 2:43AM PST

So how far did you get with the CDR? Did the Xbox recognize it? Do you know if any new games would have the dashboard update?

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It worked fine.
Jan 17, 2008 4:21AM PST

It's odd the post above is titled DVD works but then you read that it failed.

Nothing like someone trying something we haven't tried?

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Making the update cd works fine on DVD...
Jan 17, 2008 4:32AM PST

It was clear to me that everyone was having problems putting the update on CD and having the Xbox recognize it. My post simply stated what I did to get it to work on a DVD. I then stated that my Xbox failed to complete the update for what ever reason.

So in other words, I answered the original question from this thread. If they follow what I did, then their Xbox SHOULD recognize the disc. Who knows if their update will complete successfully or not, despite what media its on.

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If you review the thread... Drag and drop.
Jan 17, 2008 4:35AM PST

They were using the wrong method to make the CD.

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Media update file?
Mar 6, 2008 12:40AM PST

I've got the dashboard update from Lost Odysey to work, but I still can't play .avi files through Windows Media Player 11 ( Which is suposed to work after the fall update ). But I need the media update for this... anyone knows if this is included in the file you download from

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Actually that's a well known issue.
Mar 6, 2008 12:45AM PST

Your .AVI could be badly encoded. Test it by playing on the PC then the Xbox. If it's badly encoded (that is, not for XBOX) it won't play on the Xbox.) If it's very badly encoded, it won't play on either.

I decline to start yet another discussion about video encoding, codecs and such.


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the encoding is ok
Mar 6, 2008 12:54AM PST

I don't think the encoding is the problem here. its just that my xbox is asking for the Media Update which i cant get though xbox live (becauce im banned), so i am wondering if its included in the file from

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You're banned. Sorry but that's another area
Mar 6, 2008 12:56AM PST

I decline to discuss. Good luck in fixing that. Sorry but I can't offer fixes for a ban or repeat well known issues too many times.

-> You have an issue with it's maker. Time to address it.