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Temproray fix for xbox 360 E74

Take two bare ends of a Q-tip stick them in the fan slots (make sure hard drive is out / memory unit(s) or games) . Then wait till your xbox 360 turns off or has 2 flashing red lights. Then wait 30 minutes for it to cool down. Then put hard drive/ memory unit(s) back in then turn on xbox 360 then it will work. (This will not be a permanent fix) and there you go

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my xbox 360 is now showing flashing 1 red light on and off

These steps are taken from the support site as always, it's the first website where you should look.

Solution 1: Disconnect and reconnect cables
Here's how:
  1. Turn off your Xbox 360 console.
  2. Unplug all memory units, controllers, and accessories from your console.
  3. Unplug everything from the back of your console, including power and video cables.
    Don't remove the hard drive.
  1. Reconnect your console's power supply.
  2. Reconnect each accessory one at a time, starting with a controller.
  3. After you've reconnected every accessory, turn the console on.
Solution 2: Remove the hard drive
To see whether the problem involves the original Xbox 360 Hard Drive, temporarily remove the hard disk drive. Here's how.
Note Not all Xbox 360 consoles include a hard drive. If your Xbox 360 console doesn't have a hard drive, to go Solution 3.
  1. Turn off the console.
  2. Locate the hard drive on the top of the console (or on the left side, depending on how the console is oriented).
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  • Press the release button on the hard drive.
  • Lift the hard drive away from the console.
hdseparating.jpg If these steps resolve the issue, reattach the hard drive to verify that the error occurs only when your Xbox 360 Hard Drive is connected.

Solution 3: Disconnect memory units or USB flash drives
Here's how:
  1. Turn off your Xbox 360 console.
  2. Unplug any memory units or USB flash drives attached to your console.
  3. Turn on the console.
If these steps resolve the problem, reattach the memory unit or USB flash drive to make sure the error occurs only when it's connected. If this is true, order a replacement memory unit or use another USB flash drive.

Solution 4: Request a repair
If the previous steps don't resolve the single flashing red light issue, there are no additional troubleshooting steps. Your original Xbox 360 console must be repaired at our service center. Start the repair process online.

Jan 09, 2015 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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i have the new xbox kinetic and i updated the game burnout paradise to version 1.9 and now when i go to play the game it tells me that the update is on the memory unit and should be placed on the hard drive to play the game

Yes, this is a major problem with the new xbox 360. If you bought the 250 gig package, you shouldn't have to worry about this, but it sounds like you bought the 4 gig package. You don't have a hard drive. You only have an IMU(internal memory unit). You can buy an xbox 360 slim hard drive online. Install it into the hard drive slot, located on the side of the console. You're not the only one with this problem, lots of games require hard drives. For example, in halo reach, you cannot play co-op campaign or firefight without a hard drive.

Mar 24, 2011 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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play dvds on my xbox it says that my memory card is not in

Hmm that is odd but make sure the hard drive is firmly in its spot otherwise the console might keep doing that to ya. and it says memory unit it might be referring to the the memory units in front of the 360 so make sure you don't have anything in those slots that might be loose.

Jul 01, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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xbox 360 mtu

Not sure about (MTU) but an (MU) is a Memory Unit that you can use to save game progress if you dont have a hard drive, they are the size of the old ps2 memory cards and slot into one of the two openings next to your disk drive, :) hope this helps

Nov 12, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Xbox 360 help

well i can help u i repaired a lot of these but e73 i dont know if this will work cuz as i can see urs is e74 but you can still try, you take 2 cure tip or stick that fits inside the back of the 360 where the fans are located, so wath you want to do is block the 2 fans with the stick but watch out so the part that is going inside is cleaned, you turn on ur 360 and wait till you get 2 red lights and then tou take of ur power cable, you plug it back in and should work, this process take about 5min, sometimes less, sometimes more, i never take off my av cable when i do this, some people say that you should take it off when u do it but i didnt and nothing hapened, and also when i did this for first time, was about 2-3 days ago i needed to repair it all the days once or twice but since 1 day i didnt need to repair it again and i played a lot with it maybe like 2 hours, 30min of cool down and after 2hours, 30min cool down so yeah maybe i fixed it for ever, let me know if it worked or not

Nov 06, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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