Yeah I think I have some serious damage (not from performing these quick fixes) to my first TLA#03xx drive but all 3 of the other drives I worked on are working fine still. The serious damage wasn't my fault though, I went through 3 drives with Plextor RMAs and I'm told when Plextor sends you an RMA drive it's actually a refurbished one not a new drive so it has an even lower life expectantcy. If only knew about this trick with the very first drive that I had bought out of the box I probably would have voided the warranty and repaired it myself and it would have worked better than their refurbished replacements.
My xbox dvd-rom drive is from the refurbished xbox1 I bought back in 2003 anyway and that xbox survived a 3 foot free fall with no problems :eek: . So now every once in a while the that xbox dvd-rom drive makes 2 clicks or 2 grind noises when you first load a disc into the drive but it never makes that noise again until you reload a disc. It sounds like a gear slipping and I believe it's the laser "losing track" of where to read or having a loss of connection from the ribbon cable for a split second causing it to halt or jerk. The noise goes away when I follow those quick remedy steps. Power off, remove ribbon cable, power on, power off, reconnect ribbon cable, power on and everything is fine again until the next good while to a few months.
I always try to be as careful as possible because I know about static, I avoided touching the laser or the ribbon contacts, I held it by the white plastic or by the side edges like a disc. Also removing and replacing these ribbon cables are easy, they almost always have a flip clamp. So you flip a piece up or out and the cable is loose. Then you hold the cable in place and flip it back. I also clean the lens by soaking a Q-tip in 70% rubbing alcohol and very gently wipe the lens. Gently like if you're brushing a fly's wings. I'm going to add this detail to my post. I would make better instructions but I'm so swamped at the moment so later I'll post something more instructional instead of recital.