Li-po and Li-Ion battery for the Xbox 360 controller.

Make a Li-ion battery charging pack for your Xbox 360 controller.

A long time ago, hack a day did a breakdown on the rechargeable battery that you could buy for the Xbox 360 controller. There really wasn’t a whole lot inside as a lot of your circuit for charging is actually in the charge cable. The only thing that was in the Xbox rechargeable battery is 2 Ni-Mh batteries rated at around 2100mAh, a thermal sensor, and a circuit board which has a little EEprom chip that simply informed the Xbox what kind of battery was installed into it.

In the spirit of the original hack posted by them. We will focus on working with replacing the battery cels in the Ni-Mh charger versus mutilating our Xbox controller.  Dead battery packs are very easy to find and often super cheap as people just want to get rid of them.

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I-Pac controller rewired – v2

I-Pac controller in a new case with cleaner wiring.

When I first started this blog I created a posting about how I could build a better controller for Stepmania by using a device called an I-Pac. In the MAME community the I-Pac does what modern day mechanical keyboards do by assigning each key its own interrupt onto a micro-controller giving you the absolute fastest response between your joystick and your PC. The only way you could go any faster then this device is by bypassing the USB bus all together and wiring your controller via GPIO onto something like a Raspberry Pi.

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Wireless Antenna mod for the Ouya

Installing a Wireless Antenna mod on your Ouya Console!

The Ouya while it does have a Wireless-N chip the quality of reception has a lot to be desired for it’s wireless antenna. Consisting of a tiny block on the motherboard which behaves like a 3dbi antenna that one would expect on a Cel-Phone; The overall reception of wireless traffic coming into your Ouya especially at a distance is problematic. Initially I did this mod in an attempt to alleviate Bluetooth lag on my Ouya joysticks as the chip-set that Ouya used carries both the Internet and Bluetooth traffic over the same wireless antenna. While it didn’t help with the Joystick reception. It did help considerably with wireless traffic.

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Lithium Battery charging fun.

Charging Lithium Batteries with various devices.

After my brief stint with Ni-Hm batteries it would a good time change things up and play with Lithium batteries. I did a lot of research and am still learning as I go along since lithium on the grand scale chart of batteries are the lightest, most powerful, and most dangerous battery to work with.

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Xbox Wireless Receiver hacks.

A brief blog entry about receiver hacking

A while back I talked about the Chinese Xbox wireless receiver for Xbox360 Wireless Controllers  and how to configure it. You can get these on Ebay for very cheap “I got mine for about $7 with free S&H. Some would also call these controllers ‘fake’ as they are not certified by Microsoft. Which out of the box they do not work, you have to setup the driver on windows as described in my last entry. One of the sections that I skimmed over the android side and how it all works. Well, this is a quick blog entry showing what I did after I received my controller from china.

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Xbox 360 receiver install for Windows 7

Archived  for the Xbox 360 receiver for those who are running older OS’s such as myself.

Note: If you came to this blog first and have a windows 10 operating system please click here to read the original blog article which will give you fresh screen shots and video tutorials on how to install the Chinese receiver onto your Windows 10 device. For those who are running Windows 7 and earlier operating systems continue reading!

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Chinese Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver Driver setup

Wireless Receiver for the Xbox 360 from China has arrived.

Wireless Receiver for my Xbox 360 controller (Sometimes referred to as a wireless dongle) from China is one of those tools that has become more and more relevant in the gaming industry with console ports and couch co-ops. And unlike other types of electronics I have gotten from China where it was inferior or simply was nothing more then a piece of plastic or an identifier chip saying what it was but it really did nothing at all. This adapter from china actually does work! But it needs the right drivers!

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Bad Capacitor – Thanks CapXon Caps and Samsung

Capacitor issues galore.

This weekend I serviced one more Samsung 205BW monitor dealing with a very infamous capacitor issue. One which has caused some attention and lawsuits similar to dell and other companies dealing with. A crappy Chinese capacitor company “CapXon” handing out a bunch of mid-range low temperature caps inside of a confined space where there can be up to 4 or more high voltage back-lights going resulting in the insides of your monitor cooking and respectfully your capacitors overheating as well.

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Better “DDR / Stepmania” Mat Controller I-PAC.

Stepmania + Pads + I-PAC = solid response times!

StepMania love coming at you! This is a quasi blog and guide on how we got our dance pads to work good with StepMania thanks to the I-PAC. Just keep in mind that my solution is not the cheapest in the world. We were going for a solid solution when I moved my pads from PC to PC.

Lets Begin!

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