Move over RRoD, it looks like there's a new Xbox 360 hardware failure in town. According to anecdotal data collected by Joystiq as well as Google Trends, there's been a steady rise in reports and discussion of the E74 error since mid-October, with no apparent correlation between any specific model or year of purchase. From what we can tell, the E74 error is related to video problems caused by either a faulty AV connector or, more often, a loosened ANA / HANA scaling chip. Symptoms include visual glitches like random lines or snow and a single red light on the console in the lower right quadrant (see picture). The time frame for the rise in issues makes NXE and its November debut a suspect, but it's worth noting that the uptick started just before that launch, so perhaps it has more to do with hiccups caused by spurred interest in turning on the console after a long period of dormancy. We're curious to know how the issue has affected the Engadget readership. Has your Xbox 360 gotten the Red Arc of Death? Let us know in the poll below.
|Yes, some time after I installed NXE||4197 (12.8%)|
|Yes, some time before I installed NXE||1928 (5.9%)|
|Nope, just a red ring||5476 (16.8%)|
|Nope, my Xbox 360 works just fine||11911 (36.5%)|
|I just like pushing buttons||9164 (28.0%)|
Read - Joystiq Survey
Read - Google Trends [Via Negative Gamer]