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Xbox 360 E74 Error Fix

By Goh Toh Lee

You thought it wouldn’t, but it came. The dreaded Xbox 360 E74 is now stuck on your display, refusing to go away and let you play. Well don’t throw away your Xbox 360 console just yet, as I will show you how to fix your Xbox 360 E74 error and make it go away within minutes. You don’t have to ship off your console and pay over $160 to fix it.

The Xbox 360 E74 error is widely known to be caused by a faulty AV cable or dirty / dusty contact points. The good news is that both causes can be easily fixed. However before we go into the fixing procedures, we want to be sure that your Xbox 360 is really suffering from the E74 error. Just follow these steps:

1. Turn off your Xbox 360.

2. Turn on your console.

3. Verify that your console displays the E74 error message.

If the display is indeed showing the E74 error message, then follow the 6 simple steps below to fix it:

1. Turn off your Xbox 360 console.

2. Remove the AV cable from your Xbox 360.

3. Blow off any dust with a dust blower and wipe the contact point with a dry cloth.

4. Turn on your Xbox 360 without putting back the AV cable.

5. Wait for it to shut down automatically after not being used for a while.

6. Plug the AV cable back and power on your console.

That should be it – the steps above ought to have fixed your Xbox 360 E74 error. If for some reason it hasn’t, then read on…

Next we need to check if your AV cable is still functioning properly and to do this you have to lay your hands on a new piece of the Xbox 360 AV cable. I suggest you borrow one from your friend just in case the fault does not lie in the AV cable. Once you got your new AV cable simple replace the old one with it and power on your Xbox 360 console.

Do you see the E74 error message? If no, then congratulations and you should really get a new Xbox 360 AV cable to replace the faulty one.

If the AV cable fix is not working and the E74 error message is still showing on the blue screen, then you have to download the same James Dean 3 Red Light Fix guide that I used to fix my Xbox 360 3 Red Lights as it has an entire section on How to fix Your Xbox 360 E74 Error too!

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Lee, Goh T. "Xbox 360 E74 Error Fix." Xbox 360 E74 Error Fix. 27 Jun. 2010. 16 Sep 2014 <>.

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Lee, G (2010, June 27). Xbox 360 E74 Error Fix. Retrieved September 16, 2014, from

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Lee, Goh T. "Xbox 360 E74 Error Fix"

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