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In this Instructable, I will show you how to make a USB-Powered rumble pack. I will be entering this in the USB Contest, so vote if you like this! And people, please, please rate. C'mon... I know that I can get more that 1 rating...


1- Old, broken, or damaged GameCube controller
1- Phillips-headed screwdriver
1- USB cord (I got one at Good Will for 99 cents)
1- (Optional) Roll of electrical tape or electrical glue
1- Computer
1- Awesome person (that's you!)

Now let's get this party started!
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Step 1: The Controller

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Now, on the back of the controller, there should be several screws. Un-screw them and take the controler apart. You may have to push or pull on the R and L buttons.

Step 2: Taking off the Rumble.

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Now that we have the controller open, we can take the rumble pack off. This part is really easy. If you want, like I did, you can just rip the cord off the circuit board.

Step 3: Making the USB power

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You can use this Instructable to make the cord, or you can stay on my Instructable.

(Step 1)

Cut of the tip of the USB cord (the side that you dont plug in to your computer) and strip it open. Un-wrap it of the foil and the little silver-colored wires. You should see 4 wires. Red, black, green, and white. The red and black carry power. You need those. The others you can put tape on the tips so they don't touch each other and tape them down somewhere on the cord.

Step 4: Making the USB power (2)

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(Step 2)

Strip the power wires. Then tape/glue the wires to the rumble pack. (Black to black, red to red. Duh!) If you want, you can attach the rumble to a piece of wood or cardboard. Plug the cord in to your computer, and it should rumble. *VRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR*

If it doesn't, then try looking for broken or damaged connections. And check if your computer is on.
King Julien3 years ago
Even better! You could take one of those cordless mouses and make the USB from that send random input to the computer!
could you do a program that makes it spin for exemple for 5 secs evry hour?
Redgerr4 years ago
ill probably make one with a little switch so when its plugged in it dosnt have to rumble... they are like 1$ at radioshack and im fairly sure i have one of these at home.

thanks for the idea
Does it work? I mean if I have a n64 emulator in my computer?
account3r2 (author)  Chris Marini4 years ago
All it does it rumble whenever its plugged it, but you could probably modify it to work with games.