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Hello se7ensins. This is my first tutorial on something neat I did today. So I've been wanting to play on my PC with my wireless controller, but Microsoft won't release the drivers to play on PC via play and charge, so I took matters in my own hands.

Things you will need:
  • Soldering Iron
  • Soldering Flux
  • An Xbox 360 RF Module (Ring of light board at the front of the Xbox)
  • An old USB you don't care about
  • 5v Diode
  • Driver for the receiver
  • A brain
  • OPTIONAL: Play and charge kit to sync controller to board anytime you want to
Before we go on, I have to warn you that you MUST sync your controller to the RF Module via Xbox before you move on. You don't have to worry about this if you have a play and charge.

The revisions of the RF Boards matter for Windows 8 but not for Windows 7. Xenon RF Boards are Rev.A, and at one point they revised it and made Rev.B. If you guys use a Rev.B board you will get better results in range and overall performance and of course W8 synch-ability.

Info thanks to Spec Over There

People have been hooking up the RF board to Arduino's and similar micro-controllers. Thanks to robot9706 he developed a program to re-enable nearly all the functionality and more using these mico-controllers.
Setup:
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I know it's a little bit messy....

The USBPWR powering the FTDI chip from the VCC50 with 5V.
VCCIO tells the FTDI chip the high level voltage, which is connected to VCC30 so it's 3.3V.

The USB 5V goes through 2 diodes. (5V is not connected to the diodes in this picture, this is how i turn off the RF module :biggrin:)

All the GNDs are connected together, so they have a common ground.

Program:
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(GitHub link: [Click here to view this link])
I wrote it :biggrin:
It supports all the commands that I found on this site:http://tkkrlab.nl/wiki/XBOX_360_RF_Module

Here's a picture of the working RF module:
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And that's it.
Now I can use my controller both with my PC and my Xbox360 :biggrin:

Ohh, and it's working with RevH modules without any resistors :smile:


STEPS:
  1. Cut the USB with scissors keeping the male part and at least 6 inches of wire.
  2. Strip the wire down to the 4 basic wires inside (Red, White, Green, and Black)
  3. Strip those wires down to what ever length you feel comfortable with (Cut the red wire the shortest because the diode goes on this one)
  4. Solder on the diode to the red wire (Look below for diagram)
  5. Now follow this image I made;
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  6. This should be your final product;
    photo-1.png

    (The black wire is kinda hiding)
  7. Lets go to the PC portion. First download the official Microsoft wireless receiver driver from the top and install it normally.
  8. Now watch this video:
To sync a controller either;
A) sync the controller by plugging in the RF Module in an Xbox and sync with the Xbox's sync button.
B) Plug in the controller via play and charge while the ghetto receiver is in.
 
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The second image and the video are broken.
 
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Ok will fix the picture now, and the video is being rendered. I just decided to make the whole tutorial into a video.
 
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I recommend buying a cheap import. I paid like 4$ for mine. Its fake, but it works.
Or you can take an old fried xbox Rf board and make something useful of it
 
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doesnt work is there an id for the diode?
I read somewhere that its an 1n4004, but it can be any of one of the 1n400x series. All I knew that my diode was 5 volts and it worked.
 
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Thats awesome
 
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zener diode correct?
 
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thanks for this tut...
 
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not sure didnt complete it yet... need to run to radioshack to get some zeners.
 
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Yess been looking for something like this thank you! Amazing find. :smile:
 
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i just made this and since it called or a diode (didnt have any and i made it on a whim) i used a L.E.D. (Light Emitting DIODE ) and it worked perfectly and it lights up haha
 
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i just made this and since it called or a diode (didnt have any and i made it on a whim) i used a L.E.D. (Light Emitting DIODE ) and it worked perfectly and it lights up haha
Congrats hoped i helped
 
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Now I just need a diode might just go buy one from radio shack or something!

BUT THANKS ALOT
 
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