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System error E74

I was playing on my xbox but then little black squares were appearing in peoples shadows on the game so i turned off the xbox to see if it was just playing up but now i cant get back on it i get a system error ive tried unplugging everything and plugging back in but no success please help?

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  • willie13 Dec 07, 2007

    Turned on box and got system error message E 74

  • jmfcjimmy Dec 20, 2008

    tonight i was playing cod W@W and i got the same problem. can any1 help and does xbox offer to fix this problem

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  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    3 red lights

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    e74 help!!!

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    e74 error

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    me as well

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    e74 problems

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2008

    i got this too

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    error e74

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    this happened to mine

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    1 red light is on!

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    e74 on screen

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    E74 Error One Red Light...Thought it was playin with me...Guess not tried to see what the issue was so..i turned it back on Black Screen E74 Error Uplugged my HDMI Cords and all that (didn't come with the arcade system had a two one for my tv the other for my console) and plugged everything back in took off harddrive everything so..i decided to call xbox..they said it was covered under the warrenty but till Yeah..Kinda Fucked up..Parden my Langauge but im pissed as hell myself its sittin in the repair center right honestly...will it last as long as my old one did? **** first one i had lasted From 2003 Till OCT 18 2008 Intill Which i Bought a New one Decideing i didn't want to Pay $140 Bucks for a Red Ring of Death Repair So Yea not under warrenty as well so that one is just sitting in my closet and im prolley gonna fix the damn bastard but alas it doesn't got the cords or anything for it.

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Same here was on cod 4 then suddenly little black squares so turned it off then got the bloody e74 message im bloody mad as hell, Microsoft needs to get their fingers out the arses and stop making faulty xbox's

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Im having this problem at the moment its something to do with the av port and graphics chip but microsoft wont fix mine for me which im anoyed about hope this helps

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System error E 74 is coming up on my xbox360

This problem occurs when the Xbox 360 console experiences a hardware failure. To verify that your console is displaying the E74 error message, follow these steps:
  1. Turn off the console.
  2. Turn on the console.
  3. Verify that your console displays the E74 error message.
If you are experiencing this problem, your Xbox 360 console must be repaired at our service center. to start the repair process.

Microsoft covers repairs for the E74 error for a period of three (3) years from the original purchase date of the console. If you are outside the initial three-year warranty period, you can still receive console repair service from Microsoft for a fee for the E74 error.

Mar 03, 2011 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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This has never happend before while playing online my screen went all different colors and lines i could no longer see the game but was still in it i then turned off the xbox and turned back on within...

If your xbox is still under warranty, call 1-800-4my-xbox to have it serviced. It is a problem realted to the video card inside the xbox. This error is covered by microsoft for three years from the inital purchase date of the xbox. If you are out of warranty you may want to attempt a repair yourself. Instructions can be found on many sites, such as

Mar 15, 2010 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I was playing saints row 2 and for at least three days my screen had black lines and black dots all over and finally i turn it on the next day and the lower right quadrant flashes red and i read the e74...


In regards to your issue with the E74 issue this is mainly stating that there is a problem with the Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) on the XBOX 360. In most cases it is because the system got over heated.

Now if your system is less than 3 years old from the date of manufacture on the back of the XBOX 360 then I would recommend that you contact Microsoft because they extended the warranty for this issue for 3 years.

Phone numbers
Toll free: (800) 4MY-XBOX
Direct dial: (425) 635-7180

Note this issue would not have anything to do with the issue you are having with the ROM drive. On the plus side if you are still covered under the E74 error warranty you will most likely get your ROM drive replaced too.

Hope this helps


Nov 17, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Everytime i switch on it shows errror E74

The E74 error code occurs when the Xbox 360 console experiences a general hardware failure.

To confirm your console is displaying the E74 error message, follow these steps:
  1. Turn off the console.
  2. Turn on the console.
  3. Verify that your console displays the E74 error message.
If your console continues to display the E74 error message, it requires a repair.

Login at the following website to start an online repair support case
(Free repair if console is still under warranty, $99.00 if not)
or contact Xbox support at 1 800 4my xbox
(Free repair if console is still under warranty, $120.00 if not)

Jul 23, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Random pixelation in certain parts of games

This is the beginning of the dreadded E74 error. You will have to send it to microsoft when you get this error. Cause any fix is just temporary

Jul 19, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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Black lines 1/8 of an inch apart going down my screen when playin

I had this happen a few times, then after a while it stoped working all together. In the end I was getting the E74 message code appear when I turned on my xbox 360.

You'll probley get this happen with yours soon, the E74 code means theres a problem with your visual display.

Sometimes it can be as simple as changing your HD Lead or scart lead, whatever your using. If you know someone else with a xbox try theirs.

If this doesn't work you'll have to send it off to mircosoft, it will be free if your still under warrenty, if not I think it's about £100+

Or you could go on and buy one of their DIY kits.

Hope this helps.

Jan 11, 2009 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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I Just dont know!!!!!!!

E74 is an AV cable error/ GPU hardware failure error. If you left your system on all night and all day there is a very good chance you overheated it. If you have a warranty i would use it If not call MS to see if there Manufacturing warranty will cover it. Just tell them that you have E74 error and then youll have to give them the S/N off the Xbox and they will let you know if it will cost you anything. You can look up this error on

Jan 02, 2008 | Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

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