Was your Xbox 360 working perfectly fine the other day and now all of a sudden when you turn it on it gives you the E74 Error? Don’t worry, because in this article I’ll show you exactly how to fix E74 error on Xbox 360 yourself so you don’t have to waste $150 and wait 2 months for Microsoft to repair it for you.
It’s been estimated that 1 out of every 3 Xbox 360s will fall victim to either the E-74 error or some other red ring of death error at some time or another. What really sucks is that it usually happens after your system is no longer covered by the warranty. If you were to send your console to Microsoft, they will charge you $150 to repair it for you and you’ll be waiting about 2 months to even get your system back. Sometimes they will even send you a refurbished system instead of your own so that means you lose any data you had saved on it.
Luckily, figuring out how to fix E74 error on Xbox 360 on your own isn’t all that complicated. It’s usually an issue with your A/V cable or the chip inside your system that the A/V cable connects to.
Follow these simple steps to try and fix the E74 error on your Xbox 360:
1. Unplug all the cords from your 360 including the A/V cable and the power cable.
2. Unplug the power cable from the wall.
3. Take a dry cloth and wipe down the metal tips on the end of the A/V cable that plug into the Xbox.
4. Plug everything back in and make sure all cords are securely connected.
5. Turn your Xbox back on and see if the E74 error is gone.
If you’re still getting the error, try using a different A/V cable and see if it fixes. Just borrow one from a friend so you don’t waste money buying a new one just in case that’s not even the problem.
If it works now, the issue was with the cable itself and not the actual 360. That was an easy fix. If you still can’t get your system to turn on though, the issue lies within the Xbox, most likely the chip that the A/V cable connects to on the inside.
In order to fix the problem now, you’re obviously going to need to take your 360 apart and repair it from the inside. Because it can be difficult without a good set of instructions, I recommend you use one of the Xbox 360 repair guides available online to teach you how to fix E74 error on Xbox 360 yourself.
A good Xbox repair guide will come with detailed pictures, diagrams, and videos to guide you through the whole process. The guide will make fixing your E74 error a breeze and you will save a ton of time and money since you won’t have to send it to Microsoft to do it for you.
by J Driscoll