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That is a Video Output error. Check your HD AV cable connections. Unplug and replug them back in. You can also try to replace your video cord. If that does not work then there is a internal error with the video output device.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008


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Try borrowing your friend's HDD and use it on your console and see if it still has the same problem.

Posted on Dec 25, 2007

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SOURCE: it as come up sayin system error e 74 the red

ok wat u do is bring it back to where u got it its still under warranty, it wont cost u a thing, if its second hand take off the shell where hte disc tray is and see if the silver warranty sticker is intact and in the right place if its not bring it back to the shop and complain thats its not, and as a last solution htere is a way to fix it at home u wrap the xbox up in blankets and takeout hard drive turn it on wit inly the av cable in, wait til the light comes on then take out av cable, tehn leave it wrapped up tight-ish until it turns off or makes a loud kinda clikcin noise then leave for a minute to cool down and turn on should work but is only a temporary solution

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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SOURCE: when i turn on my xbox 360 console it flashes red

This is the error of a general hardware error. Your XBox must be serviced.

I hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 23, 2009

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E74 mean your Graphics Processor is no longer properly contact with the heat sync.
Remove the case and cover and disk drive. Then remove the cooler fan and shroud. Once clear, remove the motherboard and unscrew the heat sinks from the bottom. Once apart, use 70% isopropol alcohol and a q-tip to clean the contacting surfaces as well as possible. You will now need to drill hole inline with the ones on the motherboard to drop in a bolt capped with a cardboard insulator ring and finaly a lock nut. You may need spacers of 1/16 - 1/8 thickness under your screw mounts to compensate for a "warp" caused by the motherboard getting too hot and the metal clips simply wont do. Then apply dime sized bead of thermal paste to the processor and remount the heat sync. drop bolts and place fasteners.
(NOW THE SYSTEM MAY NEED TO "BAKE"!!!) This is a process not necessary for some units. But do it anyways to be safe.
TO "BAKE" the system: 1. With fan and shroud off and cover off, plug in the system and turn it on. 2. Place heavy towel over the system until it shows 4 circulating red rings. WHen it overheats it will shut down. 3. Now let it cool and remove the towel and unplug 4. Once cooled, replace components and test your system

Posted on May 17, 2011

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When i turn on my xbox one red light come on an it say system error contact xbox customer support systemfehler E 74

One red light means one of the following, according to Microsoft:
This type of error will show an Error On The Screen. The Error List Is As Follows:E64 - Error: Key Not Valid Or Firmware Problem.
E65 - Error: Key Not Valid Or Firmware Problem Or Flashrom Is Not Responding.
E67 - Error: Hard Drive Install Problem, Attempt To Re-Install.
E68 - Error: Hard Drive Install Problem, Attempt To Re-Install.
E69 - Error: Hard Drive Install Problem, Attempt To Re-Install.
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Depending on what error code you get, try fixing whatever the corresponding error message is, above.

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On my xbox 360 one red light appears in the bottom right hand corner and on the screen it shows e 74 error

this is a scaler chip problem, a problem with the av cables, or a GPU issue. try borrowing someones av cables, if not, you can try baking the system.

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The E-74 error is also due to overheating and the RROD fix also cures this fault, hope that helps :)

Nov 11, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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E 74

hi reza,
Alot of people have this same problem,
E74 is an error prompt when the xbox goes into safe mode.
Te reasons for going into safemode is buntiful.
The best answer is from overheating.
Try resetting the xbox[little white button]
Good luck

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