Planet Xbox360 Reports: Literally hundreds of people have been posting in two forum threads at both the Bungie and Xbox sites saying that they are having serious problems with disc reading errors and Halo 3. The issue appears to happen for various people at different places in the game, and is not related to whether the disc is scratched or not. User Muffy had the following to say on the Bungie forums:
I'm on my 3rd copy of Halo 3 - after the 2nd Limited copy was found to be scratched I upgraded to Legendary hoping the REAL DVD CASE you get when you by the "PLASTIC EDITION" (PE) would yield a clean disk - and it did - the surface is perfect.
But... I'm still getting read error intermittently at various points in Solo or Campaign - usually when I reboot I can get by the read error and continue on. This is happening on a spanking new 360 Elite - 4 days old
says Matt Gibbs.
So the read error is not necessarily always related to a scratch... Might be just really poor reproduction. He wonders if a DVD utility would tell what rate they burned it at... Maybe they cooked them too quickly.