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1 red light: Error E 74

I was playing a game for about 10 hours, i shut it off.  I turned it back on to check a message and than I received an e 74 error message.  What could this possibly be?

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Re: 1 red light: Error E 74

Not 100 percent sure, but i think e 74 is from over heating. this makes sense since you played for 10 hours straight lol... try doing the towel trick( research first, ive only heard about it, never tried it)

Posted on Nov 02, 2007

Re: 1 red light: Error E 74

Try the x-clamp fix, also try a different av cable as yours can be damaged

Posted on Oct 26, 2007

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An e 74 involves the GPU and will require soldering to truly fix and now there are a fuw things you can do one is to call Microsoft and get Assistance by phone

International (direct dial to U.S.): 425-635-7180
Hearing Impaired (TDD device): 1-866-740-9269 or 425-635-7102
Hours of operation (every day):
9:00 A.M. to 1:00 A.M. Eastern Time
6:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. Pacific Time


Try it your self i do NOT recommend do this as it will VOID your warranty but if you feel compelled to fix it your self

--- I do not accept any responsibility whatsoever on what you do to your xbox - I am just here to inform ---
This is a video showing how someone fixed there E74 for the second time. The xbox was reported to be currently playing fine, has a few games of halo 3 online to test and the box worked without any problems :)

Go to if you need any other infomation regarding xbox repair.

Good luck with whatever you deside to do!,

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