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XBox 360 Error E74 - Make It Go Away For Good

Updated on December 5, 2008

The Red Ring Of Death

E74, red ring of death, oh the agony!

The XBox 360 error e74, also known as the red ring of death, stands for general hardware failure. And those three red lights blink and blink at you as a constant reminder that your XBox 360 is no longer working. Blink, blink, blink! Oh, the agony!

The culprit.

It is becoming more and more commonly known the culprit to this problem is overheating due to an insufficient cooling system inside the XBox. Microsoft has already extended the warranty on some XBoxes to deal with this problem should it occur to you. 

To support or not to support.

If your XBox is still within the warranty when this happens to you, then you are in a good position. Microsoft will take care of it for you.  But, if your warranty has expired, then you may have to shell out $140 to send it back to support for them to fix it. This will take a good 4 weeks to do.  If waiting for 4 weeks to get your XBox 360 error e74 dealt with seems like an eternity, then you might want to check out another alternative. 

Say no to towels!

You might have heard of the towel method to deal with the e74 error, but be forewarned that this is a dangerous that is not permanent. You could risk frying your XBox 360 completely!  Definitely not the best choice, but the alternative I had in mind is not that method, but it is another method that only requires common household tools to perform. And yes, you can do it at home in under 2 hours. Not bad for a safe and permanent fix. 

Top 5 solutions.

There are a lot of guides out there that will show you how to do it. You will have to pick one that suits your taste and that you will be able to follow along with. That's the most important choosing factor.

If you go to, you will find that I have rated the top 5 of many of the guides available on the internet. Take a look there to see if one of the top 5 suits your taste.


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