XBCD – Original Xbox Controllers with Win10-8

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XBCD – Getting those old controllers working again!

XBCD is an abbreviation for the “X-Box Controller Driver” Which has been around for almost as long as the Original Xbox Controllers themselves (approximately 2001-2003). As of 5/4/2017 the guide was updated to illustrate ways of installing these drivers which hopefully will answer the many questions that we get about them. This new method also no longer requires the testsigning feature which also eliminates the requirement for UWD.exe which should make some of our subscribers happy.

(Especially YOU TimmyP! Yeah, I didn’t forget you! UWD.exe is no longer needed! Your welcome! ;D )

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Archived – XBCD – Old instructions for Win10-8

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XBCD – Now with windows 10 love!

XBCD is an abbreviation for the “X-Box Controller Driver” Which has been around for almost as long as the Original Xbox Controllers themselves (approximately 2001-2003). It should be noted that this is the archived version of the documentary and that if you want to check out the most up-to-date version then click here to be taken to the new XBCD documentary. It corrects a few issues with policies of no longer requiring test signing and also covers some manual techniques on how to turn off driver signature enforcement in Windows 10 64 bit edition.

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Windows XP and the china wireless Xbox 360 receiver

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Here’s a tutorial on how to get your Xbox 360 wireless receiver working for XP.

This tutorial will teach you on how to get the Xbox 360 wireless receiver working inside of windows XP. Unlike the china drivers which make you run a setup file and have a lot of unnecessary bloat. This tutorial will be using the official Microsoft drivers with a slight modification to the INF file. This modification is necessary so that windows XP can pick up the driver right away. Lets begin.

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Orange Pi needs to go back into the oven.

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Orange Pi – Is it ready for the world?

We received the Orange Pi (Or OrangePi) because like many Pi users I am always looking for something faster to run emulators and games within the ARM based universe. Emulation on the Raspberry Pi is good but lags a little for the more cpu intensive emulation like Nintendo 64 as just one example. When Orange Pi initially released their $15 (plus 3 dollar shipping from auction site ali-express) dollar computer featuring a quad-core based arm7 processor at around 1.6ghz. It was certainly worth a try.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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