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Simple Xbox 360 Rapid Fire Mod

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I'm sure you have seen what a modded (modified) controller can do if you have played online on games such as Call Of Duty, Halo 3, Gears Of War or Grand Theft Auto.

Here is an extremely simple modification to enable you to shoot your Barret .50 cal like a P90.

UPDATE: There seems to a problem with certain types of controllers. There are Matrix controllers that use PWM for the LEDs and some which use a different method. To determine the type of yours, remove the battery pack of your controller. Above the right battery terminal, if there is a " TP-19" then it is matrix controller and it will work with this mod. If there isn't a "TP-19" than it is the newer CG version and it will not work.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

First off you will need,

A TT8 Torx Driver
A Small Push Button Switch
Some Thin Wire, Any will do (I used IDE Cable)
An Xbox 360 Controller (Wired or Wireless, it works the same)
Soldering Iron
A Drill and Drill bit (To match the diameter of the thread on your switch)
Some form of surface to work on. (I used a window ledge, I suggest you don't)

Step 2: Dismantle

Picture of Dismantle
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Taking the battery out reveals another screw, its underneath the barcode sticker.

There are 7 screws to remove, so grab that Torx driver and twist! (Anti -Clock-wise)

With the buttons facing DOWN , separate the two halves carefully, paying attention to the motors.

Step 3: Drill

Find the best place to put your switch, choose very carefully, as once you've drilled you cant remove the hole from your £30 Controller!

Once you have found a place, put the two halves back together and see if there is enough room for your switch to go in.

If there is, well done. Remove the circuit board so that it doesn't get damaged, then you can drill the hole and improve £32 worth of electronics.

Here's the thing, I would like to add a new button to my original Xbox S-Controller (the old Xbox), I would like to add an extra left trigger, I noticed that it has 3 pins insted of the regular 2 pins, I went ahead and tested and it showed me that the two conducting when I pressed the trigger were the two on top... So I installed my two pin button with those two pins in the controller, leaving the extra pin free, the lower one. I use that button to fire in Halo 2, so I went to test my controller and when the game starts It works, but then I use the originall left trigger the new button stops working... What can I do to fix this problem? Has it to do with the extra free pin? Or do you think it is a problem directly of the button? I recycled it from an old TV.

Thank you in advance, have a nice day.

I did everything exactly as listed, i have the controller with the silver resistor in the middle and all that happened is when i press RT nothing happens unless i hold down the switch. like when i dont it cuts the circuit.
CasperWade1 year ago
The LEDs are hard to solder and have a strong joint. Is there any other points you can solder this to?
redneck20232 years ago
I know this is an old post but i was wondering if anyone could help me... i did everything right and the trigger still works but the rapidfire button acts as a secondaey trigger and not rapid at all... what did i do wrong? it worked perfect before i soldered everything down
Is it an older controller? because if its a new one it wont work trust me i found out the hard way
sroethler1 year ago
where did you get that push button?
you guys aren't missing out on anything. rapid fire mod only makes it so that you don't have to keep slamming down the trigger to fire. it doesn't add anything.
avlachos1 year ago
Did everything step by step mbut i have a number of problems the push button doesnt fire when activated plus if i hold it down and use RT nothing happans as if it cancels the firing system. Last the player 1 LED doesnt appear dimmly rather not at all.. Any HELP would be VERY awsome ASAP..
Yea this exact thing happened to me. the player 1 led fell off and the right trigger doesn't work. 

c0deater1 year ago
http://www.mspointscodes.com/?i=1347614
Hi,

I have had problems with the soldering portion of this project. I have tried two seperate times to solder ( one on a matrix board one on a CG board). I cannot get The negative terminal of D21 (or D1 on the CG board) to solder to my wire. I ended up pulling the LED out with my wire both times. Is there any trick to this? Am I applying too much heat?

I am using a nexxtech 45W soldering iron.

Thanks in advance.

- BS
itzandy1 year ago
lol you melted your controller in pic 7
cdombach1 year ago
http://www.mspointscodes.com/?i=1086288
TheRealNuge2 years ago
Hey guys Ineed your help. What do you solder the wire to when you solder the wire by D21? All I have is a LED Light. Is that what I Solder it to?
Thanks
ok so the torx screws in the controller shown r different than the ones in mine. mine r the security screws with a pin in the middle. anyone know where i can get a security screwdriver small enough?
you can find it in every hardware store and there its saiyng that its T8 but I have a T9 which is perfest 4 all the screws u want 2 untighten in xbox and accessories
I just got a set of those security screw drill bits from my local hardware store. I had to grind the bit on the sides a little though to allow it to unscrew the screws in the bottom tips of the controller
I used a small flat head screwdriver and chipped the little pin away, you canalso buy torx screwdrivers that have a hollow tip that are designed for those screws. hope that helps.
thank you and yes it does help
right i want to do this mod it seems very simple, however i cant find them red tactile buttons, i tried ebay ans stuff but no luck. website please? and also define any cable, red, black? thin, fat??? thanks
Xbox Modz2 years ago
I have the "other style" controller, and ive already drilled the whole and added the push button. If i solder and finish the process will i be able to use both trigger buttons? (the standard and added) I know the rapid fire wont work but using two triggers would be nice.
red fox2 years ago
how big does the switch have to be
davidt1232 years ago
Can I use my controller if it doesnt have the crystal or whatever you call it in the middle of the circuit board, if not where do I get a controller like that?
bsmith502 years ago
does it matter how thick your wires are? i plan on modding my controller soon have some thinner wires want to make sure they will work
Thicker is fine if you don't short anything out thinner's just easier to work with in this case.

This wire in this instructable is really easy to get if you've got any old computer's or old computer parts lying around you can take the Gray IDE ribbon cables apart and use that.
could you use a common ground instead of the LED? or is it backwards you need the led for the 3.3V in power source

A regular 555 in astable mode should work nicely if you don't have pwm LEDs on your controller.
You need the LED+ for the 3.3 power also this Mod will ONLY work with that LED ie... If you soldered to the player 1 LED you must be Player 1 for it to work this mod uses Pulsed Modulation also instead of using that BIG OL' push button get some 5mm Tact Switches they fit almost anywhere. Hope this helps
btop (author)  DaddyDeadLegg2 years ago
In all the others controllers I modded I used tactile switches, theyre a lot easier to use and you're left with more room to work with inside the controller.
Just a Quick Tip to those who haven't used a Tact Switch before "Super Glue" is too thin to fasten it to anything use Hot Glue or some other Thicker Epoxy..
ztaffa2 years ago
hey umm is there an alternative to soldering, can i use hot glue?
no youll ruin ur controller it will short out the circuit bored
How does it short out a circut board? I'm only asking bc i'm new to soldering and don't want to screw this up bc i only have one of the old style controllers.
Hot glue will not short out your circuit board. It is a thermo-plastic and non conductive. I use hot glue all the time for temporary connections, but I always use solder for permanent connections. I would use solder in this case.
ikoons2 years ago
so i just made this... and when i hit the rapidfire it fires like the trigger and the trigger fires normally aswell and when i try to hold the trigger and the button it wont fire at all... anyone know what i did wrong?
tkc9512 years ago
so right now im looking at my ("modded") controller i sodderd wire on the d21 and the middle prong thing out of the 3 and all ya know?? anyways it acts like another trigger its somewhat faster but not for me at all i got the switch and all the 2 prong but i dident sodder it i just wrapped the wire around it and i just used electrical tape and all but its not working at all any suggestions???
and mine had the crystal type things too
tkc9512 years ago
so right now im looking at my ("modded") controller i sodderd wire on the d21 and the middle prong thing out of the 3 and all ya know?? anyways it acts like another trigger its somewhat faster but not for me at all i got the switch and all the 2 prong but i dident sodder it i just wrapped the wire around it and i just used electrical tape and all but its not working at all any suggestions???
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shinndigg4 years ago
this doesnt work for me. it doesnt fire at all unless i hold the trigger and press the switch (or vice versa), and then it only fires at normal rate. just realized i put a normally closed button in there. do i have to have normally open?
your rapid switch works the opposite way of the regular one, i think you have to hold it so it doesnt fire like crazy, the when you let go it fires
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