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  • christoph726 Mar 18, 2009

    i dont get it. i dont play my 360 that much, fact is, i havent played it that much at all since i got it....maybe an hour a day. and i got the e74 message....what causes it and do i have to send it off to fix it or should i return it?


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E 74 error message on my xbox 360

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How to fix e73 error code for xbox 360

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Oct 09, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Okay im goin down the same road as u right now apprently we both got error 74 at the exact same time lol.

before you read this lemme apologize for it being kind of long, i hate reading long things but there really is nothing else i can do there is a ton of **** to learn right now about xbox lol.

ive been doing some research error 74 is apparently most likely a heating issue, although it could be an av cable so check that first? but i dont think that it will be. Basically people think its an AV cord issue because the GPU(graphics chip) is overheating due to a bad X clamp. But anyway, heres whats up
1. X clamp prolly went bad, it sits underneath the motherboard and keeps the heatsink in place, theres two of them
2.Microsoft probably wont help you with this, you can try calling though it cant hurt. I still will call but im planning to fix this myself.
3. Error 74 is a general code, heres what you do to narrow it down

Hold the Sync button on the xbox, while holding press the eject button, a set of lights should appear, release the eject button and press again, a new set should appear ( these are all on the red ring of death that you probably want to kill by now), do this two more times, 4 sections on = 0, 1=1, two is a 2, three is a 3. there is no four. I got code 1022 which is the bad x clamp and such. go to this website to determine what you have. I dont know if this link will work you might have to type it in sorry,

so now that you figured it out check this out
thats gonna tell you how to take it apart. i dont know how to fix it enough to tell you right now but i will be back to this site soon. i dont think the towel method or cooking method is the right route to go. the towel method and cooking method basically involve intentional overheating to try to get some of the soldier(i dont know how to spell that, its like soder, that stuff) to melt.
What im about to do and ill let you know how it works is to take it apart and take the X clamp off, kinda poke around in there, add some Thermal Goo( to the top of the chip, i dunno what else, and buy one of those Xbox fan sets from gamespot.

again sorry for the length my email is if you have any more questions, and ill post what ive been doing to my xbox on this site again prolly tonight or tomorrow and let you know how it worked.

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error code 74 is
74: AV cable Error - There is a problem with the AV cable, try using a different AV cable.

hope this solves your problem

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error code 74 is
74: AV cable Error - There is a problem with the AV cable, try using a different AV cable.

hope this solves your problem

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

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