Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 keyboard repair

Mechanical keyboard repair fun with the Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 edition.

Well, the day finally happened where it is time to service a Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 edition keyboard. For those who don’t know what this type of keyboard is Razer makes a mechanical keyboards with the probable slogan “by gamers for gamers.” It sounds so pretentious that they had to defend that statement in Popular Mechanics. However! My article is not going to bash the Razer keyboard because in this case it was not Razers fault. During this article you will see the tear-down, diagnostics and repair of just one Razer Blackwidow Chroma 2014 keyboard.

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Li-Ion batteries in game controllers.

Li-Ion Batteries and multiple game controllers.

Okay, I have already done a Li-Ion Batteries in a controller article just dedicated to the Xbox controller. We’re pleased to report that despite the only controller in our house. Which was an original launch Xbox 360 controller. That the Li-Ion Battery packs have been operational.

But what about a simpler non-destructive approach to using Li-Ion batteries? Not just in Xbox controllers but in all other controllers? Well, read on if you would like to know more about this.

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Controller games for the PC.

Controller games that we liked to play on PC.

We decided it was time to break off a section for all of the controller games that you can play with your Xbox controller. In particular we will be focusing on controller games which allow for couch/party mode. This is the mode that is most highlighted with games such as Smash Brothers on nintendo consoles where a bunch of people all gather around one unit with a large TV instead of the more traditional LAN party environment where everyone is networked on their own individual PC. Any game that allows for more then one person to play on a single PC and preferably multiple people would qualify as a couch and/or party game.

So to anyone reading this you are welcome to throw suggestions into the comments below. As we are not as synced with the gaming community as we once were we may miss some gems from the indie game scene which would be awesome to play.

Read on if you want to know more.

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XBCD – Original Xbox Controllers with Win10-8

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).

Update: 12/9/2016: Windows 10 is getting obnoxious with its system politics again and as a result the x360ce utility designed to emulate the newer direct input standards for Windows Live games is broken right now. The old XInput system is working however only older games will work with the old standard. Currently. We are waiting for an updated from the makers of x360ce to resolve this issue.

Back in the days when Microsoft got involved with the console wars they made a bunch of controllers for their X-Box units which people began to realize that if you just splice a USB cable on the end of the proprietary connection then you could use the Xbox Controller on your PC. Microsoft at the time really didn’t want to associate hardware from their console with hardware with their PC because a few corporate people back then felt it would disenfranchise their user base from actually purchasing an Xbox.

It wasn’t until the introduction of the Xbox 360 that Microsoft gave support for their users to use their beloved controllers on their PC’s and other devices. Even then Xbox 360 controller support for PC users came incredibly late throughout the production run of the Xbox 360.

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China Xbox 360 receiver Raspberry Pi – xboxdrv

Raspberry / Banana Pi with xboxdrv

I got you covered on this as well with the help of xboxdrv! Although a little late to the party the Rasbian image initially did not have the xboxdrv library like Ubuntu users were so used to. As a result Raspberry Pi users had to go through the headaches of compiling it themselves or simply find an alternative such as a genetic joystick or bluetooth based joystick control provided they have a bluetooth style receiver.

Note: This blog entry is a child blog off of the chinese xbox 360 receiver entry. If you stumbled upon this page first and have no idea what the hardware is be sure and check out that blog by clicking here.

There is no drag and drop style method for any version of linux, you’ll have to be typing some commands to get it working.

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Bad batteries from china’s UltraFire. 3500mAh

UltraFire 3500mAh batteries – Another china defective product.

Before rechargables like UltraFire batteries I used to use a lot of Alkaline batteries for my gaming at various parties. Espechally with how many controllers I would typically have in a session of gaming. I could easily go through a pack of 48 batteries in a weekend which it was getting insane. The purpose of rechargables is to cut down on all of that waste and money. It appears after getting these UltraFire batteries I not only pissed away money but they will be going in the garbage soon to add to the pile of battery waste out there! Continue reading for more.

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Ouya Controller Wear and Tear

The slow destruction of an Ouya Controller after 1 year of moderate use.

I don’t think I would consider myself an aggressive gamer to really abuse the Ouya Controller. I have a total of 63 games loaded on my Ouya with over half of them being side-loaded emulators coupled with all of the things I learned in previous blogs about this consoles journey. Multiple times I have re-rooted this Ouya and even had to firmware reset it a few times as well. Though out all of this the controller is the real item that takes the beating in any game console. I know some of this will view my blog as being nitpicky however there are people who want to take care of their consoles and treat them with a fair amount of respect so that it can last a very long time. Read on if you want to know more or just want to take notes if you are buying a used Ouya Controller on the used market.

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PS3 Third Party “P3” Controller

The PS3 (Playstation) Third Party “P3” Controller.

 

For those who do not play much on Ebay there was a lot of issues with purchasing controllers for the PlayStation 3 in regards to china making a ton of knock off controllers. These third party or “P3” controllers looked like a Sony PlayStation 3 controller except that if you ever picked one up and start pressing the buttons or pushing the analog stick around you know that there is something not quite right with them. This resulted in a lot of complaints to Sony about their controllers not working and eventually Sony getting pissed and locking out third party unlicensed controllers from their PS3 system.

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