Eleven months after buying the Xbox 360 for my son on his birthday, today the Xbox 360 stopped working displaying RED error lights on the front. The screen has E 74 at the bottom of the page.
Research shows several tips on how to temporarily fix it. I wanted to find out how much it was going to cost to have it fixed properly by the company who engineered and sold it to me. It seems that the XBOX 360 is under warranty for about one more month and the fix will be for free including all shipping to/from the service center.
Frustrated? You bet it! I’m not singing Microsoft praises right now. I heard of this happening, and was quite surprised we haven’t seen any issues until now. I thought perhaps we bought a “good” apple. Yeah right. With the research I’ve done, it is only a matter of time before every XBOX 360 does this. Rack up the # of hours on the XBOX 360; or I should call it the number of hours with intense heat put off by the GPU to the heat sink via the compound to fill all those gaps and divots.
If it is due to the compound, I am a bit shocked. Shocked at the faulty engineering and assembly. I don’t expect for an electronic device to fail in massive quantities even in the first year!
I had wanted a Sony Playstation 3, but let my son win out since he would be playing it a lot more than dad. But it appears researching on the internet the PS3 isn’t without its own issues. Its too bad. I should have bought Garageband on the Wii instead of the 360. At least I could be jamming out right now. 🙂
Thoughts like will I buy another one from Microsoft? Should Microsoft go back to their software game and get out of the hardware market? They make decent mouses, maybe they should realize their limits? Great courage for attempting a second generation gaming console!
I guess the good end of this is the original XBOX still works. With all the games we have for it still. And that was on top of the XBOX hack a couple of us installed in our own XBOX’s.