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This Instructable is a stand-alone, as well as a companion to another Instructable that i have to do an easy Softmod to your Original XBox without needing a Memory Card or Action Replay. Keep in mind that the Memory Card made by Microsoft is a FAT16 Device, but has 8 Megabyte Limitations. After doing this to my XBox controller, i was able to easily use a Kingston DataTraveller 4 Gigabyte USB stick with ease. This is also handy when you are limited to One Controller/Breakaway combo, like i am, and need to be able to transfer your files and interface at the same time with the XBox.

Credit for the Pinout diagram goes to Mike Chambers (who made a Memory Card to USB Adapter, but i simply cut out the middleman and hardwired the USB port directly into the controller!) his project can be seen at: http://mesh.typepad.com/blog/2005/01/creating_a_usb_.html

Another helpful resource for anyone undertaking any project using USB will appreciate this site:
http://pinouts.ru/Slots/USB_pinout.shtml This site gives some good visual guides on most things USB (even lists iPod and other proprietary connectors).

Step 1: Shopping List

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Small Philips screwdriver
Soldering Iron (I used a cordless one)
Glue Gun
Utility Knife
Small Needle Nose Pliers
USB Extension Cable (mine is a dollar store one that cost $1.50)
XBox Controller (S Model is my preference)

Additionally, some experience soldering, as well as stripping wire, and a delicate touch is helpful.
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illumation_2 months ago

this and windows recognizes the drive but doesn't seem to have enough
power to power-up the drive. Windows pop-up the message "hub exceeds
power-limit". Also the drive runs at USB 1.1 (read this too late in your
article). What can I do about this?

I have made another mod in
the past with a "speedlink stormtrooper" and build in a USB-drive and a
logitech mini-USB 2.0 Hub. The controller is connected to this mini-hub
and also the usb drive. This works perfectly, I think that's a better
idea. You can also use the two other usb connections.


Note: When I made the first one I didn't know there was a hub inside the controller ;-)

PeterF39 months ago

You guys know you could just buy a Phantasy Star USB adapter instead? Granted these might be hard to come by nowadays.

icePiK PeterF35 months ago

Thanks for the info, didn't know they existed. I've only just managed to work out you can use USB devices this way, and via the XboxController-to-USBFemale method. This post was very helpful.

Hey Peter, I've looked and looked--and would rather have one of these instead of a cable--but I've had no luck finding these? Any advice? I'm in the U.S.--I've even tried searching eBay for entire PSO-for-XBOX original 'kits'...thanks.

So if I have understood this right, you can just cut a xbox controller cord and add a USB female jack to that. So as I have five xbox controllers (of which one is a bit broken) I'm going to add a male USB jack to the controller end, and then I have it unpluggable, but still working! Now I just need to find out which one is broken of them five...
Another video of mine this time an xbox console mod complete with usb ports emulators and roms...Modded Xbox with usb ports and Emulators...My Sprayed and Modded Original Xbox running Xbox media center with usb ports and Emulators.

just completed my latest controller mod...i know it not an xbox controller...but just wanted to show it off lol!!...wanted to say thank you for the inspiration which has inspired me to do this heres my latest controller mod...16GB USB Joypad Mod with 4793 games on it...Old usb Joypad modded into a plug & play video gaming unit that allows you to play every one of the 4793 games that are already integrated into the joypad ...From Arcade Games to Atari2600 games to Sega Master System Games to Sega Mega Drive Games to Super Nintendo Games to Nintendo64 Games...For use with any desktop pc or laptop running windows

Modded USB Joypad with a 16GB internal memory implant with 4793 games on it that Include (1619 Arcade Games)+(722 Atari2600 Games)+(370 Sega Master System Games)+(987 Sega Mega Drive Games)+(775 Super Nintendo Games)+(320 Nintendo64 Games)

..I would have listed all of the games for all the Consoles (1619 Arcade Games)+(722 Atari2600 Games)+(370 Sega Master System Games)+(987 Sega Mega Drive Games)+(775 Super Nintendo Games)+(320 Nintendo64 Games)...But there are far to many to list as it is very time consuming


This mod is an upgrade to the Xbox To USB Controller Mod with 2GB internal removable USB Flash Drive with 153 games....Xbox USB Controller Mod (UPGRADE) with a 4GB internal USB Flash Drive with 355 games
Nice Mod iv finished modding my xbox controller with an added upgrade Iv modded the end of this old Xbox controller to a male usb for use with any laptop or pc iv also gutted out a memory port down to the pins and soldered and hot glued in a female usb replacement into the empty port then i added a micro sd card reader with a 2gb sd card which iv added 153 arcade games onto into the usb port then i configured all the Xbox controller buttons and finally gave it a nice blue stray job.

Xbox To USB Controller Mod with 2GB internal removable USB Flash Drive with 153 games Part 1
sonicdude103 years ago
I'm gonna do this but in a different way. Gonna put the USB drive into a memory card casing since I have a Game Shark USB adapter. Keep it original looking with 4 GB of space. Inscrutable to come sometime soon.
daiatlus79 (author)  sonicdude102 years ago
good idea! post pics when done :) or instead of a usb thumbdrive, put an SD card reader in it so the memory card is a card reader and makes it upgradable :)
Sorry to take so long to reply. Life...
I ended up not putting a USB drive in the memory card when the Xbox had issues with it. (Read it fine at first then quit. ???) So instead I made it into a USB adapter. Plug memory card into controller and USB device into the card. I have instructable written for making one along with demo video of it in action with a 1GB 3.5" HDD connected through a IDE to USB adapter. Xbox picks it up no problem.
sonicdude102 years ago
I discovered my HDD to USB adapter works with my Xbox. I now have a 3.5" 1 GB IDE HDD "memory card" and a 1.44 GB 2.5" IDE HDD "memory card". Both running through my no name IDE and SATA to USB adapter. Video of it in action in my Instructable for my memory card USB adapter.
sonicdude102 years ago
So my idea of a 4 GB memory card died when the USB drive decided to be stupid. So instead I made memory card to USB adapter complete with Instructable. Check it here:
I thought I was first to do this but looks like I'm the second...
roparom2 years ago
just completed the above process for myself, many thanks for the guide!
Treborabc5 years ago
If you do this you can still play games with your controller, right?

daiatlus79 (author)  Treborabc2 years ago
daiatlus79 (author)  Treborabc4 years ago
MyGhost3 years ago
Do you have to use a 1.1 port port or would it be possible to use a High Speed 2.0 port?
daiatlus79 (author)  MyGhost3 years ago
this will only be a 1.1 port as the Original Xbox never had USB 2.0 capability
I bought a xbox 360 usb extension cable(yes i am aware that this is an original xbox thread) and cut it open; the wiring is identical to the wiring diagram that you provided in this instructable. Does this mean that my cable would be compatible? I am unsure if it is 2.0 or 1.1
daiatlus79 (author)  Runeing92 years ago
should be
Runeing92 years ago
Here's my situation: there are no USB 1.1 cables in my area. USB 2.0 has become the norm and USB 3.0 is on the way. I bought a used Xbox360 extension cable and split it open; I am unsure if it is USB 1.1 or 2.0, but it has the exact same color coded wiring as the 1.1 USB. My question is, will this work? I can post a link for a picture for clarification if needed.
daiatlus79 (author)  Runeing92 years ago
the cables are all the same. go for it. the cables themselves do not determine the version in pretty much any case.
Theodore1554 years ago
my usb blinks once and then nothing happens on the xbox
daiatlus79 (author)  Theodore1553 years ago
check compatibility of your drive: not all are compatible. a simple Google search will reveal if it is or not
miksnake3 years ago
Thanks for this instructable, I really appreciate it and am looking forward to getting it working.

I followed all the instructions tonight to modify the controller (used a Hip Gear one instead of a Microsoft, but it looked very similar inside). I used a Kingston Data Traveller 4 GB memory stick.

My problem is when I put the flash drive in and go to memory on the Xbox, the screen kind of flashes and makes a blinking sound. The green LED on the flash drive comes on and flashes in sync with the TV.

Is there any way to know whether this is a memory card compatibility issue or a wiring mishap?


by the way, once I've gone through this and your other tutorial on the softmod, how do I take all my games and make digital copies so I don't need to use the actual discs anymore?
daiatlus79 (author)  miksnake3 years ago
1. your flash drive could have a chip set that isnt compatible with the Xbox
2. a bigger hard drive and a dvd copier program would be the solution to your issues. installing a larger hard drive with a soft mod is tricky.
barguellez3 years ago
can i use electical tape instead of soldering??
daiatlus79 (author)  barguellez3 years ago
how will you get the wires to make and maintain contact to the board, usb socket, etc?
Quick Question, Can I use a thumb drive as a memory card with this? Sorry I am fairly new to xbox modding, but I am think of purchasing one and trying.
daiatlus79 (author)  cooldoodtekk3 years ago
yes as long as it is compatible, you can. there are compatibility lists online
Toddimyre3 years ago
This is a pretty nifty trick. You can also do something similar with modified Xbox controller cord to USB extension. Basically, you cut the end off a controller that's broken, add a USB extension, and plug in any flash drive. ;-)
daiatlus79 (author)  Toddimyre3 years ago
i know that, but read in my tutorial: i only had the one controller at the time, so doing that would have been hard to do. could not do that and select the files to move them from the thumbdrive to the xbox with no controller connected lol
rholland14 years ago
How do you know which usb drives work?
I know i got the thing right, but my sandisk cruiser doesn't
daiatlus79 (author)  rholland13 years ago
its a bit of a dice roll. some work and some dont. there are lists online that give compatibility.
neopirater5 years ago
Awesome man! This prompted me to pick up The Box at a local Flea. Took me about 30 minutes to open the controller up and finish. Gave me a chance to clean whatever filth was in the used controller. Eeeeew. Works without a hitch though! Thanks for the tutorial! A+
...And the pictures.
daiatlus79 (author)  neopirater5 years ago
sweet.. yeah i think the controller you have is slightly different from mine.. maybe a newer model S... and yeah.. i got the idea on a hunch.. i knew that the controllers were just glorified USB controllers (i have a MadCatz version modded for use with my PC), so i looked up and read about the cards they used. they were just really 8 meg thumbdrives. they even had all the same pinouts as regular USB. so i thought 'screw it.. its worth a try'. and it worked like a charm. i needed it for modding the xbox cause at the time i only had one controller. got 4 now.. and working on taking my Wireless MadCatz controller and putting on a rapidfire mod for it, but i need a few parts for it (got the buttons, just need a few electronic components).
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