The Xbox is a brilliant console but there’s lots than can go wrong and Xbox repairs can cost as much as $150 plus shipping and handling – meaning you could be without your Xbox for weeks. There are some simple steps you can take to fix common problems and prevent the dreaded ring of death.
Red Ring Of Death/3 Red Lights
This is about the worst thing that can happen to your Xbox – prevent it by keeping it in a well-ventilated area and free of dust. If this happens you can try switching off the console, unplugging all cables, switching it back on and reconnecting cables.
If this doesn’t help then you’ll have to give Microsoft a call and request a repair, if you still have your warranty. If not – try cleaning it inside and out, but be aware that opening the Xbox will void your warranty.
E74 Error/1 Red Light
This can be caused by a hardware fault in the scaler chip that controls the graphics. Try the tip for the ring of death – switching off the console, unplugging all cables, switching it back on and reconnecting cables.
If it’s still happening it could be a problem with one of the accessories, so try switching off the console, unplugging all controllers, memory cards, hard drive, etc and switching it back on. If the error has gone then the problem is with one of the accessories.
If not you will have to submit a repair request to Microsoft.
2 Red Lights
This is caused by overheating and you can solve it by switching the console off and letting it cool down for a couple of hours. Make sure your Xbox is in a well-ventilated area, that way you can prevent overheating and the red ring of death.
4 Red Lights
This means the AV cable is not attached or not being detected. Unplug and reconnect the AV cable and make sure the largest part of it is almost touching the console.
Xbox repairs can take weeks and be quite expensive, so make sure you take steps to avoid them.
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