Does your screen now say “E74 System Error. Contact Xbox Customer Support” when you fire up your XBox? Is the lower-right quadrant of the ring piece flashing red? If so, then your XBox has a video problem – we will show you how it can be fixed.
If you are lucky it could be due to a faulty AV cable. Try cleaning your connections or borrowing one from a friend to see if you still get the error. If that doesn’t fix the problem then it is a little more serious and you will need to take larger steps to fix it.
XBox E74 errors are almost always caused by your system overheating leading to connections being broken. If you think about it, your XBox is like a high-end gaming PC whose components have been crammed into a smaller space so it is no suprise that it can suffer from overheating due to poorer air circulation. Although this may be a little late to implement, here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of overheating problems.
Don’t keep your XBox in a display cabinet with closed doors. Make sure it is out in the open.
Make sure the Power Brick is off the floor. Try and position it so that it can breathe on all 4 sides.
If at all possible try not to have marathon gaming sessions – give your XBox a chance to rest and cool down.
Now, I assume you still have the problem. You have three choices to get it fixed:
If your XBox is still covered under warranty you can send it back to Microsoft for repairs. The advantage of this is that they are obliged to fix your machine and you don’t invalidate your existing warranty. The disadvantage is that it can be a 5-week turnaround before you see your machine again and you will probably have to pay at least $ 100 to cover costs.
You can take it to a reputable repair shop. If you know a good local shop that will do a good job then this may be an excellent option. You will of course have to pay a reasonable repair fee. You will want to check the yellow pages or ask your friends to try and locate good repair shops.
Did you know it is possible for you to learn to repair the problem yourself? It is perfectly possible to fix this particular problem with the right information and everyday household tools. There are some excellent guides available with detailed video walkthroughs to help you. Thousands of fellow gamers have got their systems running again by carrying out the repairs themselves.
We recommend that you consider carrying out the repairs yourself and take a look at a review of the best available repair guides here that give you step by step instructions including videos. You can also pick up your FREE XBox 360 Gamers Resource Guide at http://www.fix3redlightreviews.info/articles/xbox_a2_e74.htm. You will then be ready to fix your XBox in the comfort of your own home!
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