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E 73 error code

I have a problem with my xbox 360 it will not work it only displays E 73 code as a error, how do i solve this problem?

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  • Anonymous Sep 09, 2008

    yea my xbox had the e74 error message and i had called microsoft and they had asked me the peoblem and they said thqat 1 red light isnt covered under the warranty so i had read the warranty and the warranty clearly sates any hardware falure is covered under the warranty so if ur having a problem with microsoft tel them this a general hardware falure and they will fix it

  • Anonymous Nov 10, 2008

    yea i got the error 73 prob with the one red light flashing on bottom right hand corner . i played not even an hour before when i tried to relog in thats what came up . called 18004myxbox and he told me to send it back to repair .

  • runner_jeof Nov 16, 2008

    i have e73 too idk why?

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2008

    When I turn on my 360 the bottom right light flashes and has error code E 73

  • Mvp4eva Dec 02, 2008

    I read the problem is related with the XBOX 360 ethernet port as I'm also stuck with an error 73 and with one red annoying light

  • gamer2104 Dec 09, 2008

    iv had to live with this problem FOR A WEEK AND A HALF im so pissed off how do i fix it AND QUICKLY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hab3146 Dec 22, 2008

    I just turn on the console and it just says E 73 what can I do to fix this??

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    I have the same problem one light flashes red and says e73
    is there anyway to fix this yourself?

  • wyldcard3791 Jan 16, 2009

    lower right red light flahes and the E 73 error code shows up

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    i have the same problem you should call them or go to xbox,com/sopport were you can find there number

  • don dyablo Jan 24, 2009

    i have error e73 how can i fixe the problem

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    my xbox come up with red light then e73 message

  • shawnanana76 Feb 16, 2009

    I have the same error code. e 73. The bottom right light flashes red. How do I fix this without sending it to India?

  • PsychoBob Feb 17, 2009

    lower right red light with e73 code 1 month after warrenty expired. sigh :(

  • stephen1151 Feb 18, 2009

    i had fixed error e-74 and got to play the xbox360 for about three ours and then it went to error e-73 how do i fix this

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2009

    bottom right flashing light, av cables and hard drive all ok ( checked with others),

  • chris mace Mar 07, 2009

    my bottom right light keeps turing red what do i do

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    Xbox 360 console error red flashing light with error E 73

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2009

    one red light E73 comes up and disk drive struggles to open

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    either it is a power surge ethernet port or AV cable i tried every temporary fix and nothing

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2009

    i turn it on and it just shows that and ms says it will cost like 140$ to repair. :(

  • Eddie_505 Apr 22, 2009

    I have a problem with my xbox 360 it will not work it only displays E 73 code as a error so what is the Problem.

  • Domintor1294 May 04, 2009

    My ethernet cord is working fully but its the port you plug it onto that is messed up and i dont know how to get it fixed i entered a repair order but nothing happened

  • gallardo6065 May 05, 2009

    yah got the problem too it sais e73 contact customer support and its the rrod (red ring of death).

  • joe_mpk May 06, 2009

    same problem...does anybody have any idea to fix it? let me know..thx :p

  • Anonymous May 09, 2009

    lower right quadrant light flashes and e73 appears

  • zeekay26 May 20, 2009

    got an error E73 one day out of now where and that too just as soon as i had turned the xbox on. contacted the ms helpline. they told me its not covered so i will have to pay. i agreed. then they said someone will be in touch with me regds confirming my address. later i get a call from their side and the person tells me that they will replace the box free of cost since E73 is a type of E74. i was ecstatic. however, once i tried to ship the box to ms, they refused to give me a free replacement and backtracked on what their own rep had told me. so i got furious and started looking up E73 on google and her i am venting my frustration...

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    man if u get this it sucks



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Try this, I saw this on a u-tube vid, and i can't believe it worked. Turn on unit until the red light flashes and the error code(E 73) shows up on the screen. Next insert toothpicks in the back of the console(while unit is running) into the cooling fans, this is to suppose to overheat the console and start two red lights flashing. Turn off console when this happens(unplug all cords from console) and turn the system back on. Like I said it worked for my system and I hope it works for all of yours out there.

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Please don't use solution number 2 its a temporary fix and will ruin your system. If you don't know how to open your system then you might aswell send it in, its cause by an internal issue and can be fixed doing a few things, they are not easy to do on your own. if its under warranty send it in if not find a repair company ConsoleMD is awesome and they have low prices they fixed mine with an e72 error

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Another solution is to check your connection from your ethernet cord from your computer to your xbox and make sure it is ok and then if it is your ethernet input is broke and needs to be repaired and if your cord is broke just buy a new one my xbox just did that today 05/04/09

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With the X-Clamp fix
this is due to the fact that the gpu is undergoing stress
when you apply PROPER thermal paste/grease
and new bolts from X-CLAMP FIX it will return your xbox to normal or even better than new
because micro$oft decided to use cheap paste that dries up and causes poor connect between the heatsync and GPU.. RRoD is the result of the CPU or both same problem.
im not a person that advertises that product
im just a normal person that had the same error
i used arctic cooling 5 its probably the best if not one of the best.

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Solution #3 worked!!!!! try this!!!!it worked for me!!!!how??? dont know but worked!!

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Hi, I had a problem I did 3RROD clamp fix now me 1 red LED lights do not work any instructions. He could someone help me?

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