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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Xbox

by Lulu Mcgrew

systemerrore74As I am not one to spend too much time reading about every little thing, maybe I am a bit tardy in talking about the new and exciting development in Xbox 360 error codes: E74.

Amid all the hubbub over the infamous Red Ring of Death in the Xbox 360’s, the quiet little one-quadrant of death has received little attention. According to Joystiq, Microsoft is not aware of the problem…of course, they are not. At least until the public relations department can figure out how to handle this one.

So far, Xbox geeks (and I use that term lovingly) are thinking that the error is caused by an issue in the AV cord, but some are going so far as to say the problem lies internally with a loose chip in the HDMI models. Also, Joystiq has compiled some unofficial data sets to find that the number of E74 errors reported to them by readers after running an initial story about the E74 error, and the numbers seem to indicate that the occurrences of the E74 error have spiked since the launch of the New Xbox Experience (NXE). Engadget is polling their readers about E74 errors. And an inventive writer at Negative Gamer has been tracking google searches for E74, and the numbers have been rising since last last summer. Before August 2008, he found no searches. Here’s his graphic below.


And DWells55 is posting on both sites, claiming that the E74 error may be a sneaky trick by Microsoft to disguise the RROD.

Ah, Microsoft. They seem to be following the rule book of the FDA when it comes to pharmaceuticals. Just get it on the shelves, and worry about problems later.

If you’d like to learn more about this problem, I suggest checking out Joystiq. They are doing a great job following this through, and I like that site anyway, so you should check it out. I’d update my blogroll in this site, but I’m too busy playing games.

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One Response to “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Xbox”

  1. coffee Says:

    this makes me regret buying Xbox… it would be ideal to buy PS3, but the plan was to spend the money on games

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