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This Instructable will show you how to install the XBox 360 controller on your PC, and how to get it to work with Source. I've wanted to put a controller on my computer for some time now. It all started with reading Maximum PC's review of the controller, they said you could do it but didn't show you how. You can buy two types of wired controllers the regular one and the windows one, which comes with a driver CD. This is how to do it the cheaper way without the CD.

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Step 1: Buy Controller

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This is the most expensive part, go to your local big box electronics store i.e. Best Buy or Future Shop and buy the wired XBox 360 Controller. Also if you don't have Day of Defeat Source buy it, its god(not just good GOD!). The controller will probably set you back fifty bucks and if you have a 360 it can pull double duty or you could use a wireless one with the charging cord in it.
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Daelone2 years ago
I plugged the controller in, but its just flashes the whole ring.
double_d_mfl>> good call on the Xpadder program. I use it for my games that are not compatible with the controller(ei,. grandtheft auto vice city, Doom3,..etc.
I have the free version, which works fine after you find the optimal button assignments. there is a Paid version availible with a few more features.
hrashid4 years ago
hi i just bought a xbox 360 wireless controller + play & charge kit special edition(they didnt had the wired one). it comes with a wire which i can connect to pc and i followed all the steps except that it doesnt work can any one help please
For the wireless controller you need a Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver even if you have the play and charge.

you can order it from hear

Brookside095 years ago
how do i access the "console?"
The Development Console can be accessed in game by pressing the ~ key, which is located above Tab.
pressed the ~ key a bunch..........nuthin happened what else can i try
djones404 years ago
and the options to enable joystick etc?
djones404 years ago
What program do you use when trying to access the source?
jackburns984 years ago
for wireless on goto=http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/d/xbox-360-wireless-controller-for-windows

for wired on goto=http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/d/xbox-360-controller-for-windows
Risen_Sith5 years ago
I can find the file up to this point "C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps" I can't find my user name in there. please help.
Try looking under the C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\common folder. Some of my games are put under my user name and others are under common.
Actually, at least for Team Fortress 2 (haven't tried others), you can simply go under the Dev. Console and enter exec xbox360controller (once the controller driver from Microsoft has been installed) and that takes care of everything. Triggers included. Hope this helps.
where can i find the "Dev. Console"?
The Development Console can be accessed in game by pressing the ~ key, which is located above Tab.
boogey1235 years ago
Shivan-Bane5 years ago
Hey, do you have to buy DoD to get source? and if not where do you get source from? please reply, thanks.
johnmcclane6 years ago
Answer is simple. Rename the file Joystick.cfg. It names it something weird when you download it.
i did that and gess what it still says couldnt exec joystick
thewanter5 years ago
nvm i dont need to put that command but are we not supposed to be able to look around  because i can only look forward of me
thewanter5 years ago
whenever I type exec  joystick it says couldnt exec joystick

whay do i put then or what do i have to do to make it work
neodriftout5 years ago
How do you invert?
seagullmann6 years ago
ok so i bound all those keys but only like 1/3 of them actually work, the rest i need to use the keyboard, and i keep spinning and aim at the ground help plz!
all you do is open up the options then keyboard then just select a function, like jumping and edit key then just press the button you want it to be switched to on the controller its pretty easy
seagullmann6 years ago
what file goes in to the steam folder? the whole microsoft accesories folder or one file from it????
Raven21296 years ago
ok maybe you guys can help me it looks like DoDs got an update and i cant look up or down i got everything else i just cant look up or down
Strumz0r6 years ago
I get "couldnt exec joystick" every time I submit "exec joystick" to the console.
twiggyrunt6 years ago
how are you suppose to connect I downloaded the software but how do I get it to connect all it does its blink all four lights on the controller
Devz6 years ago

Provides download links for Wired controller & Wireless receiver for WinXP & Vista.
speedking76 years ago
It doesnt show that anymore. SO where do i go then?
zelda pker47 years ago
1 i need help i have eveything ready but how do i get to C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\\\\cfg and how do i get to source or what ever its called plz help!
got to program files, it's obvious from there.
Brain-Stick6 years ago
My right analog stick doesn't work, I've tried everything on this page but still nothing, any ideas?
Briguy96 years ago
waiman6 years ago
my controller keeps on flashing and it doesnt stop. i have installed the software from the website i have edited the cfg. what else is wrong?
bounty10126 years ago
Can you make an instructable on how to make a xbox 360 xplorer guitar work with Frets On Fire?
JCR226 years ago
How do i get the file i downloaded into that location? I don't see any way to access that file.
ocbaker6 years ago
Hey guys,

Just go to

And download any of the releases and you will have a program which instantly allows you to use your Xbox 360 controller as a Mouse/pointing device.

Just don't forget to turn the program off or disable it before playing games.

And It works with Vista since I use it, and designed it, just make sure your pc is up to date
Zenreon6 years ago
Help, How do I undo it.... =/
No seriously, I can't destroy buildings in tf2 when using mouse and keyboard.
I have deleted the cfg but i still need to do the console commands i suppose.
drew0116 years ago
why does it say "couldn't exec joystick" when i type in exec joystick??? please help
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