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Posted 30 September 2014 - 03:41 PM

I recently went sarching for how to make the Xbox 360 Play N Charge cable work with PC. It charges over USB which is understandable, but for whatever reason Windows 7 didn't recognize it. While figuring out how to enable the drivers from within Windows, I stumbled upon a blog post that used an original Xbox 360 ring of light (RoL) pcb to act as a wireless receiver to use the controller with Windows.

Note: The Play N Charge cable is simply that, a charging cable. It doesn't send control signals through USB, and as such cannot be used to turn a wireless controller into a wired one.

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Soldering wires to the motherboard connection plug like so. I'm using an LED to drop the 5v from USB down, ideally it should be at 3.3v but for testing purposes this is fine

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I'm reusing a USB port from an old printer that I scavenged parts off of

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Initial testing showed that the LED was uncomfortably bright so I put two in parallel to split the current draw. These things are only rated for 24mA each, so I'm not surprised.

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Testing it on my PC. I suppose I should say that I don't even own a functional xb360 so this allows me to make use of the controllers I have laying around.

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This particular RoL module I extracted because it was giving me issues in Xboxes I swapped it into, including not lighting up properly. I'm not sure if that's due to some hardware defect or the fact that the USB driver doesn't support the RoL functionality. Either way, the controller syncs up to it just fine.

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One small driver hack later and it's 100% functional. The only thing I don't like is that the triggers control different ranges on the same Z axis, so I'm not sure if it'll support both being pressed at the same time.

I've been using this to play Geometry Wars, Mount Your Friends and Need for Speed World. Works great so far, I'll have a better hardware revision soon.

Sources:
http://dilisilib.wor...mercial-dongle/
http://www.se7ensins...-for-pc.668839/

Official Microsoft XB360 Wireless Controller drivers: www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/d/xbox-360-wireless-controller-for-windows
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