Question about Microsoft Xbox 360 Console
After much searching I was finally able to fix E73 on my Xbox 360.
I cannot guarantee that this will work for everyone and personally it was a last resort for me but there don't seem to be many options to fix it.
Remove the A/V cord from the back of the XBox 360. Stick two sticks into the fans to prevent them from spinning. This will cause the system to overheat within five minutes. You will know its done when the first and third quadrants light up red on the system (indicating the system has overheated). Unplug the system, plug it back in and turn it on to see if it was successful. (Note: While this method does not void your warranty, if your XBox is still under warranty I suggest sending to Microsoft to fix.)
Posted on Jan 01, 2009
The problem with e73 is that its the system telling you there is a problem with the ethernet cable reciver but there may or may not be. 90% of the ,consoles i come across have not been a problem with the ethernet reciver at all some of the more popular problem flashing this code is a result of system failure in the mother boards ability to read properly the connection between the cpu and gpu units under the heat sinks. there are a few fixes avalible for this projected e73 problem. i strongly caution you not to preform work unless you are familiar with the console and its internal parts.
i can walk anyone through this code fix process if you want.
Posted on May 05, 2009
Slowly take off your pants and then dip your testicles in to the hole of the center of the disk tray. Then close the disk tray and sing Puff The Magic Dragon three times, if it is still not operating then rub the CPU and the hard drive around your anal cavity while singing twinkle twinkle little star. I have done this three times on three different consoles and each one has worked and they have never broken down since. GOOD LUCK!
Posted on Jun 22, 2010
E73 is NOT A VIRUS ON THE HARDRIVE.
If you dont know the answer dont make something up.
E73: General Hardware Error: Ethernet port... this error is caused by a problem with the Ethernet port.
Best thing to do is call microsoft to resolve the issue
Check the documentation that came with your Xbox 360 for contact information.
In the US Customer Support can be reached at 1-800-4-MY-XBOX (1-800-469-9269)
Posted on Aug 24, 2008
Umm i got to ask y would x-box charge for a mistake that they made its b/s
Posted on Jun 13, 2009
OK Guys Listen up I think I have fixed MY E73 Error For Good!!!!!!
Ok so I had E73 error popup and Did the cotton bud trick to overheat it and reset it. This worked for a day or so then it happened again. So I keep over heating still, hopefully try to find a solution to the problem.... Then one day I turn it on and I have 3 Red Lights, and no error message (code 0020). So i thought I would finally have a look inside my console as it had already been opened previously. I took everything apart until I had removed the heat sinks from the CPU and GPU on the mobo. I found some Thermal paste and did a refit job making sure everything fitted snug. Then i put it all back together and turn it on and it booted up straight away. I ve had no problems since (touch wood). Then I went on ebay and bought this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230336625809&rvr_id=&mfe=sidebar to strengthen the repair.
After you repair it, you may get a E73 error one more time. Just reset It with the cotton buds trick one last time and it should be fine.
That wat I did guys if you need any help I would be happy to asisst you.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
You're all idiot's. Coming from a technicians POV(point of view, for those that don't understand that acronym) If you don't have a warranty it wouldn't hurt to at least try to re-seat the chips and replace the thermal compound with Arctic Silver. If you're smart like me and know about "chip-creep" all you have to do is press firmly on the "CHIPS" that are soldered to the motherboard. (DON'T PRESS ON THE ROUND CAPACITORS, FOR THEY WILL SNAP OFF EASILY) Chip-creep happens when the motherboard gets hot from constant use over time... the board does warp slightly from the heat over time causing the soldered ends of the chips to come loose. Simply press on the flat chips firmly(I'm not stating that this is a fix, just know from my experience as a PC technician that this is VERY common for computer equipment to do. Just try it... that's if your xbox isn't under warranty. If your xbox is under warranty just call support or send it in... otherwise you'll just have an EXbox.... Hence why i invest in SONY products ONLY.... but not for PC's **** VAIO's I build my own beasts from scratch. Not going to stick to a manufacturer's name for my PC, DELL...COMPAQ, HP(basically better than Compaq but still same company now) Don't stick to name brand when it comes to a custom P, Shoot I could build a PC 5x better for half the price they stick you with. Just give it a shot... chip-creep and putting newer better thermal paste on is the best bet... if all comes down to it not working... glhf with your $399 paperweight (or whatever you paid for your xbox) Nobody should even have to yell you how to fix your xbox, you should have taken better care of it in the first place. p.s. shoulda waited for the ps3 huh? you're just like the impatient microsoft and xbox companies that rushed to get a bad product out just like microsoft did with Vista...NEVER buy a product from someone because they got it our before everyone else... usually that means they just were in a hurry cause they were running out of money making the damn watered down product with a short lifespan. They pretty much knew all these error's were going to pop up... but in the end all they saw was the $$$. They didnt care if your xbox stopped working either... they just want to charge you half of what you pyed to get the damn thing... just to fix a minor problem. Yes... MINOR. They leave your xbox sitting there for about a week or two before they even look at it anyways. So why pay their lazy ***** to fix it. GO GET A ps3 that Sony actually took the time to perfect before they released it... better quality parts, better quality video components, and I'm sure they took care of any "heat" issues. Trust me everyone out there buying xbox's... you just bought yourself the compaq of gaming systems... lol
Posted on Dec 19, 2009
E73 is an virus in your hard drive clear all of the data or get an new hard drive
Posted on Aug 24, 2008
Well the fix is time consuming but it does work ...take your 360 apart and remove the heat sinks ... clean the cpu and gpu of all the thermal compound with alcohol and get them as shiny as possible ... replace the thermal compound with Radio Shack Arctic Silver® Silver 5 Thermal Compound ... please spend the extra 4 dollars and get the Arctic Silver® Silver 5 Thermal Compound .... now turn the motherboard over and remove the 4 pads covering the chips and replace them each with 2 pennies wrapped in electrical tape ... that makes a total of 8 pennies ... 2 for each pad ... use the Arctic Silver® Silver 5 Thermal Compound on the chips before putting the pennies in place ... reassemble the xbox 360 and turn it on ... use 2 tooth picks to jam the cooling fans and allow enough time for the unit to overheat ... you will know it is overheated when the 2 left side red lights are blinking ... turn the xbox off and let it sit for 45 minutes and then turn it back on and wala! the code is gone and it will function properly again!!! Seems like a bizarre fix but it does work!!!
Posted on May 27, 2009
Very few places on-line have information on this, but you CAN find it. It is a bad update. Here's a possible solution without having to take your XBOX appart or trying home-made tricks.
--==Console Reset Codes==--
Clear All Installed Game Updates and Console Cache
Posted on Dec 01, 2009
Its got nothing to do with the stupid overheating problem, mine i bought of ebay for a project that i am doing. i am bascially watercooling the xbox 360 and found that the cpu and gpu getting overheated is not the problem somewhere in the southbridge there is a dogey connection. i am now going to use my voltmeter to check each and every connection/soldering point for errors....seriousley m$ u need to sit down and re-design the xbox 360 its so s**t.
Posted on Nov 08, 2009
Grab 2 toothpicks and jam the fans on the back of the 360 and wait til' u get 2 red ring lights.take the toothpicks out and unplug everything THEN plug everything back and turn your 360 back on..
Posted on Apr 05, 2009
THIS IS THE FIX!!!! Don't waste your time taking the machine apart, it's nothing to do with CPU or GPU or the Ethernet port! It's the AV out that's the issue. Here is what I did on my friends 360 with error 73. He was using the av component cable so I plugged it in via hdmi. I turned it on and sure enough got a single red light and system error 73. Turn it off then turn it back on but keep the power button held In, this will change to hdmi out.. Job done! Sure this may or may not work if hdmi is not an option but try it anyway only perform this twice to set back to av component / rgb. Good luck!
Posted on Jul 19, 2010
None of these solutions are correct. The towel trick will work for a day or two. I fixed mine permanantly. U need to strip down to the motherboard (thats the hard part). remove the heatsinks, polish the GPU & CPU to a mirror finish. Important...Get some artic-silver thermal compound ($6) at radio shack.Use small amount on heatsinks then reinstall. now on the flipside of the MB remove the four small foam pads. those are the RAM chips. Take 2 copper pennys, wrap in electrical tape so no copper is showing (do this x4) . Put the wrapped pennys where the pads were again using small amount of Artic-Silver between. Carefully put your 360 back together and do one last towel wrap. It's fixed ! check out youtube for hands-on on how to take apart. This is for real.
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
HOW CAN I SOLVE IT ???
Posted on Apr 18, 2009
Not the Ethernet or hard drive indefinitely. Towel trick works. Had the same problem E73 1021 and i took the fuzz off two q-tips, shoved them in the fan, and it overheated in under 10 minutes. Waited 30 minutes, turned it back on and sure enough it worked.
Posted on Mar 15, 2009
All of these "fixes" are bogus. e74 errors cannot be fixed with heat and are not hardware related. it is software or firmware. the issue with that is a bad update, such as losing power in the middle of an update or something of the like. and from the real research that i have done the e73 error can be fixed by using the proper tools, such as a heat gun, to re-flow the solder of the motherboard and to put a proper red ring kit in it so this issue does not return. doing any kind of fix with pennies and/or towels is just asking for a permanently dead xbox. i fix these things and ps3's for a living and if you are dumb enough to try any of these other fixes for 'just a day or two" you are asking for even more issues. try doing things the right way and taking care of your xbox in the first place and you might not have to worry as much about it.
Posted on Nov 28, 2009
Ive had this issue for around 3 months.
Got Elite. but my GF plays it aswell, so i play this.
Had to overheat it EVERY time i want to play it.
Funny thing is Microsoft told me on the phone, E73 means its a "linear" hardware fault - guess which bit. The ethernet.
So i asked her why overheating it fixes the ethernet, she said to hold. i held on the phone for 5minutes then i get disconnected.
Thanks M$ you proved your stupid, along with the rest of your products you pieces of untrustable ****.
I believe the motherboards soldering comes loose, and heating it up makes the solder more sticky and it will re-stick to the motherboard (maybe the ethernets solder comes loose, and thats why they put it as E73-ethernet?)
Posted on Jan 11, 2010
For e73 and e74 stick two paper clips in back of xbox for about 20 minutes blocking both fans wait til overheating lights come on (two left rings) and then remove power cable and then all other cable let sit for one minute and then plug cables back in and turn on. it will be working now you may have to do this everyday or so til you send it in just a temporary fix. also fans will be louder than normal upon restart and then taper off this is normal
Posted on Jul 08, 2009
OH MY GOD BSCHOLAR IS A GOD.
I WILL WORSHIP YOU FOR EVER I LOVE YOU :D :D :D
GO TO SOLUTION #5 THAT ONE WORKED FOR ME I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER BSCHOLAR MWAH
Posted on May 23, 2009
Ya i know how to fix it guys so dont worry first u take all the things and ethernet and make sure no game is inside neather the hardrive ok then you wrappe it in 3 towels and when the xbox stops working u are going to see 2 lights wich means its overheated then u turn it off and u wait 45 minutes then you turn it on with all the accesories and othe **** then ull see it works
Posted on Mar 03, 2009
J'ai eu le meme probleme que vous ,c'est a dire code erreur E 73, et j'ai suivi pas à pas la solution de BSCHOLAR,bloquer les 2 ventilo a l'arriere de la 360 pendant 5 minute le reste de leds rouge s'allume puis vous débrancher à nouveau,et vous rebrancher et la sa remarche , mais dans mon cas à mois je ne dois pas rallumer qu'avec la manette sinon sa ne demare qu'une fois sur deux
Posted on Feb 02, 2009
E73 is a problem with the Ethernet plug or cable...if your not using your Ethernet plug then idk what to do. e74 is an AV cable issue... but can also be the scaler chip and could rarely be the GPU
Posted on Mar 15, 2009
The e73 is an error with the ethernet chip, which is located directly below the ethernet port.
What is confusing and frustrating about this problem is that it can actually be solved by carrying out the usual southbridge reflow/X clamp method, or even the heat gun repair method, both of which are used generally to fix GPU and red ring of death errors. There are plenty of videos on youtube about how to do this.
It is also possible to replace the ethernet chip itself, although this can be a difficult part to find, and it is more tricky to do.
I would not recommend forcing your console to overheat by jamming anything in it. This may be a temporary fix, but it could cause further damage down the track.
Visit the following link to learn more about your different options for a permanent Xbox 360 e73 fix.
Posted on Jan 20, 2011
Some shortage in x box 360 than 73+1021 erorr
Posted on Jan 19, 2011
I had this problem for months. it kept switching from e73 to e74. at first i used the overheating method by blocking the fans and it worked for a few weeks but i started having the same problems and pretty soon i was overheating my xbox everytime i wanted to play it. eventually my xbox started getting black lines going down the screen and i couldnt see anything so since i had no warranty left i decided to take apart my xbox and clean the thermal paste off the cpu and gpu and replace it with new thermal solution. to remove the old thermal solution i simply used some cotton swabs and some rubbing alcohol. make sure you get the old solution off the heatsinks too ! and MAKE SURE TO NOT GET ANY ALCOHOL OR SOLUTION ON YOUR MOTHERBOARD. this could cause some problems in the future. anyways i used Artic Silver thermal solution. make sure you get the ten dollar bottle which has 99.9 % silver in it and not the cheap white one. put a thin layer on the cpu and gpu. i used the edge of a small piece of cardboard which worked great. after you apply the paste you carefully put back on the heatsinks and x clamps. check youtube if not sure on how to do any of this there are plenty of videos on there but i found this one really helpful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj2A7mGGjuY
after i put together my xbox i got the e73 message one more time and i just overheated my xbox one more time and now it works perfectly fine !
any ?? feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Sep 21, 2010
My Elite just did this **** and MS is giving the runaround like always EHTERNET BULL$*** ETC.
BUT I NOTICED IT ONLY HAPPENED WHEN I PLUGGED IN THE AV OUT....I WAS TRYIN THE OVERHEATED FAN TRICK THEN I READ Paulgt4rc TRICK DID THAT AND ...
IT FKN WORRRRRRRRRRRRRRKED !!!!! HELLZ YEA!
E74: WINS: 1 LOSS:1 DRAWS: 0
EVIL MUSTANG: WINS: 1 LOSS:1 DRAWS: 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2010
Its mot a virus on your harddrive....lol
seriously if it was you would beable to take the harddrive off and your 360 would run just fine
Posted on Oct 29, 2008
Why people keep saying its an ethernet cable problem i'll never know, cause i had the red light E73 error pop up on my xbox so i tried a brand spanking new ethernet cable in it and i still had the same error... a good friend of mine who used to work for microsoft says its a problem with the fan/s.. so that might help you guys :)
Posted on Aug 27, 2010
Take it apart and clean everything with a qtip and rubbing alchoal on the mother board be care full the thing on there are senesitive remove heat stinks polish the GCU and CPU till it is so shiney uo can see ur self. Then u remove them foam pads that hold the ram chops then take 8 pennies then make sure they are completlety covered. Then put it together take 2 sticks put in the fans for 1h and 10 min wrap 2 towels or hoodys around it to then after that take the towels or sweatshirts and take the sticks out. Last thing is turn it of unplug power source from x box for a 3 min blow in the vents 2 or 3 times each plug power source in. Notice it might not turn on on the first try but the 2 or 3 if not on the 1 when u turn it on blow in the vents and there u go save ur money.
Posted on Nov 18, 2009
Ok thats wrong to ok i have had this problem for a couple monthes now i tried everything i come to find out there is dust the gets stuck in the back all u have to do is blow in it and the dust come off and work right away after that
Posted on Jan 07, 2010
Changed x clamps codes went from e-74, to3rod,e73 now i did the x clamp replacement good used artic silver any thing else i can do
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: error E73
it looks like your ethernet port is fried...try disconnecting your cable to it and see if it boots....if it does your going to have to go wireless, it uses usb. good luck!
Posted on Jul 31, 2008
SOURCE: E73 error or 1021 error code
here is what the error code means
E73: General Hardware Failure: Ethernet port... this error is caused by a problem with the Ethernet port.
and cose 1021 is a ghost code they have no idea from what i have found out
Posted on Nov 16, 2008
SOURCE: xbox 360 error code e73
two days ago i was playing my xbox like normal got off got back on 3 hours later and i got one ring in the lower right quadrant (if your xbox is on its side) and got error e73 i noticed that the light went away when i removed my a/v cable the light goes away can someone please explain and dont say its a problem with the ethernet port im tired of hearing that
Posted on Aug 12, 2009
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