Why does your xbox 360 say e73?

Updated: 4/28/2022
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When turning on the Xbox 360, a red light would be flashing at the fouth section of the Ring of Light. You should then receive a ghost screen indicating an error E 73.

You receive a screen error E 73 and section 4 of the RoL flashing red. This type of error was caused by a General Hardware Error relating to the Ethernet Port not functioning correctly or became faulty and unable to operate even with or without an Ethernet Cable connected to this port. The secondary code would be identified as 1021 for faulty ethernet port. I believe that there is no fix at the moment. If you encounter this error, I would suggest call 1-800-4MY-XBOX or visit

The specific type of hardware error can be determined by these hidden codes:

0001, 0002, 0003, 0010, 0011, 0012, 0013, 0020,0021,0022, 0023, 0030, 0031,0032, 0033, 0100, 0101, 0102,0103, 0110, 0200, 0203,1000,1001, 1002, 1003, 1010,1011, 1012, 1013, 1020, 1021,1022, 1023, 1030, 1031,1032,1033, 1100, 1444 and up

More information about these codes and errors, visit this webpage:

  • Note: There is known to be a temporary fix for this problem but is not recommended if the device still has available warranty on it. Doing so will avoid it's warranty, thus for you will pay $100 if sent for repair.

The Sticks Method:

  • Requirements: Xbox 360 (Power Cable and Composite/Component/HDMI Cable), two sticks (Like toothpicks, swabs)

1.) Turn off your Xbox 360 and unplug everthing.

2.) Get two sticks (Something like toothpicks or something that could fit in the back of the Xbox 360.

3.) Insert each stick to jam the two fans at the back of the Xbox 360 to prevent it from spinning.

4.) Plug back cables (Power and Cable connecting to TV; the RRoD will not appear unless the cable to the TV is connected).

5.) When RRoD appears (One Red Light), wait for about 10 to 15 minutes or maybe less for the Xbox 360 to overheat.

6.) At this point, you should get two red lights (Resembles Overheating Error) so remove the two sticks so that the fans will spin in an increased speed. After a few seconds, the Xbox 360 will turn off to cool down (RRoD will still appear).

7.) Unplug only the cable connected to the TV. You can unplug the power cord if you want to. Then let it cool for about 30 minutes or so (Feel the Xbox 360 if it's cool or still warm)

8.) Replug all wires and turn your Xbox 360 on.

The Xbox 360 should now be able to boot to your Xbox Dashboard. I don't know how this fix works but it's only temporary. Note that doing this continually would cause it to now work even if you try to redo this fix again and again. Doing so would make other hardware components to fail permanently such as the GPU for example.

    • If this first temporary fix did not work, do the second method: The Towel Trick. You can find the tutorials in YouTube. Again, this is not recommended if you have warranty left and never do this continually. Your Xbox 360 would completely and permanently fail after that. I suggest sending it to Microsoft for repairs...or maybe just get a new one :P


Please do NOT stop your fans in the manner described above. Also, don't do the towel trick. Even if you do manage to get a temporary fix using these methods, the heat generated inside the case does irrepairable damage to the components inside.

The proper way to fix E73 (secondary code 1021) is to reflow the southbridge chip. That's the one with the silver circle that says XBOX 360 and has XSB on it. Reflow the chip with a hot-air or infrared rework station. If that fails, you may have to get the southbridge reballed.

Reflowing the southbridge assumes that you didn't create the E73 by flashing the drive improperly. If it's a drive issue, obviously the reflow won't correct that. If you have E73 immediately after flashing the drive, you'll need to reflash the drive (correctly this time).

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