Xbox 360, Red Ring of Death, the E74 Error

Just about everyone these days has heard of the Xbox 360. You’ve probably even heard of the red light error, also known as the red ring of death. Well if you’re considering buying an Xbox 360 or have received the E74 error, then it’s no surprise why you’re here.

You want answers.

So let’s talk about the reasons as to why these errors occur, and what our options are.

How it happens

The Xbox 360 was first reported having some kind of overheating problem, that would force the system to lockup, freeze, display E74, and/or present a red light.

The cause of this is due to hardware issues within the system. The two processors CPU and GPU become overheated when playing your favorite video games.

Microsoft will fix it

Yes, Microsoft will fix it for free (if you have a warranty). Otherwise, you, I, and everyone else who feels they deserved a working system for $200-$300 are stuck with an expensive decorative item.

Now, you can still send it to Microsoft and have them repair it for you. However, you’ll find yourself waiting months as they fix every broken Xbox 360 sent to them. What’s more, you’ll spend another $125 or so in fees. It’s just not worth it. Especially with all the claims of missing hardware, software and anything else that might have been packaged with your system.

So why risk it?

You won’t because obviously if you came here, you’re looking for alternative answers to this problem. And you know what, you’re in luck. You’re not the only fan to find this to be an injustice. There are many out there just like you, and because of this, they’ve put together video tutorials and guides to help you fix your Xbox 360 within the hour, and with just the common tools you’d find around your house. Most of us don’t speak geek and thankfully they’ve put together some very useful guides that are very easy to understand, come with several pictures and videos to make the process as easy as can be.