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How to Troubleshoot One Flashing Red Light and "E" Codes on Xbox 360

Updated on January 9, 2016
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

A lone flashing red light around your Xbox 360's Power button may be the kiss of death for your Xbox 360 -- or it could signal a smaller problem with the power cables, connected accessories or hard drive that you can fix on your own. Work through all of the other troubleshooting options to see if you can resolve the problem on your own before cashing in your chips and contacting Microsoft Xbox 360 Support.

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Make sure the power cables are securely connected if you experience an error that results in one red bar.Instead of green bars around the Power button, you've got trouble if you see one more more red bars around the button.The hard drive is located along the left edge of the Xbox 360. A damaged or defective hard drive could result in a red light error.Connected external devices connected to the USB and memory ports on the front and back of the Xbox 360 could be the problem.
Make sure the power cables are securely connected if you experience an error that results in one red bar.
Make sure the power cables are securely connected if you experience an error that results in one red bar. | Source
Instead of green bars around the Power button, you've got trouble if you see one more more red bars around the button.
Instead of green bars around the Power button, you've got trouble if you see one more more red bars around the button. | Source
The hard drive is located along the left edge of the Xbox 360. A damaged or defective hard drive could result in a red light error.
The hard drive is located along the left edge of the Xbox 360. A damaged or defective hard drive could result in a red light error. | Source
Connected external devices connected to the USB and memory ports on the front and back of the Xbox 360 could be the problem.
Connected external devices connected to the USB and memory ports on the front and back of the Xbox 360 could be the problem. | Source

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No Picture and "E" Code Errors 0-73 and 75-99

Not seeing a picture from your Xbox 360 or receiving "E" code errors 0-73 or 75-99 while there is one red bar around the Power button is a sign that your Xbox 360 is experiencing a problem with loose power cables, the hard drive or connected accessories. Work through the following troubleshooting options to pin down what the exact source of your problems is resulting in the red light.

Check for Loose Cables

  1. Disconnect both cables connected to the Xbox 360's power source. One cable should be connected to an AC outlet and the other should be connected to the back of the Xbox 360.
  2. Wait for 30 seconds and then reconnect the cables to the power source.
  3. Push the cables in firmly to ensure they're making a secure connection.
  4. Turn the Xbox 360 back on.

Check for Fatal Hard Drive Error

  1. Turn off your Xbox 360 console and then press the small gray button between the vent and the hard drive on the left side of the Xbox 360 console where the hard drive is located to eject the hard drive from the Xbox 360 console. This causes the Xbox 360 hard drive to pop out slightly from where it's located.
  2. Grab the Xbox 360 hard drive.
  3. Carefully pull it away from the Xbox 360 console.
  4. Turn on the Xbox 360 to see if you're still experiencing the red light error and no picture.

Check Connected Accessories

Disconnect any connected accessories from the Xbox 360 console and then turn the Xbox 360 console back on to see if you're still experiencing the problem.

E74 Error

An E74 error occurs when the Xbox 360's internal components become too hot and begin melting. The problem is common in older Xbox 360 models; newer models have more improved built-in cooling systems that help prevent the problem from happening. As a result, Microsoft extends the traditional 1-year warranty for the system to three years for this particular error. Because your warranty is voided if you open your console for any reason, including to attempt fixing this problem, it's in your best interest to just following the necessary steps to return your Microsoft for repairs. The necessary procedures for getting your Xbox 360 repaired are outlined here.


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      Blauer 2 years ago

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