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Electrical modification to make your Classix X-Box controller work on your PC under Windows XP or on your Mac under OS X.

Step-by-step instructions for rewiring that even a beginner can follow.

On OSX install Xbox HID Driver for Mac OS X from http://xhd.sourceforge.net/

For Windows XP install XBox Controller Driver (XBCD) from http://www.redcl0ud.com/xbcd.html
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Step 1: What you'll need

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1. Heatshrink - I used 6mm, but I would recommend something slightly bigger
2. USB Extension cable - I used grey for the purposes of the tutorial, but black obviously looks a lot better
3. X-Box controller - pictures is a Japanese Controller-S
4. USB Extension cable - I used grey for the purposes of the tutorial, but black obviously looks a lot better
5. Cutting tools - something capable of cutting through the cables and something smaller for stripping wires.
6. Electrical tape

Step 2: Cut

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Cut both ends of the USB extension cable off about 4" / 10cm from each end.

Step 3: Remove cable casing

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Remove the outer rubber casing from the cable by cutting it with your smaller blade. Expose approximately 1/2" - 1" (1-2cm approx) from the end.

Step 4: Remove cable shielding

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Inside the cable will be some highly annoying shielding to protect the cable, some is silver foil and the other is silver wire. Simply discard of all of this.

Step 5: Remove wire casing

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Now expose a short piece of wire from the end of each of wire. Be careful, some of the wires are quite fine and will break easily.

Step 6: Discard yellow wire on X-Box controller cable

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Discard the yellow wire from the X-Box Controller, it's only necessary for some of the X-Box light guns.

Step 7: Pair your cables

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Pair your cables up. The FEMALE USB matches up with the X-Box end of the cable and the MALE USB matches up with the controller end.

Step 8: Pair femable USB to X-Box adapter end

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This is reasonably obvious. The female end of the USB extension cable goes with the X-Box end of the cable. The reason for this is that we want the male end attached to the controller in order to plug it into your PC/Mac.

Step 9: Cut your heatshrink to length

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Cut off approximately 3" / 7.5cm of heat shrink, enough to cover all of the exposed wire.
cuth_bert1 year ago


AJBrawlLvr3 years ago
Works fantastic under Windows XP. 5* and followed!
xbox6504 years ago
whats a "light gun"?
A pistol/rifle for shooting games. You point it at the screen and pull the trigger.
badbradmx5 years ago
just wondering, i dont have a need to try this for my PC but on the other hand, could it be used as a wired 360 controller?
BigEdSCHS5 years ago
I got a few questions man.
first, I want to know if the heat shrink is necessary or can I just wrap e-tape around it?
second, can i do the same thing your doing to the cord except splice the USB into the dongle?
bananasontoast (author)  BigEdSCHS5 years ago
Heatshrink - no not 100% necessary, but it does help to ensure there are no worries.

Yes, you can cut it into the existing dongle, but I personally prefer my method as it's less messy.
does the dongle have different wiring or something?

thanks btw 
wouldn't be easier to make a cable with a male USB at one end and the mini-DIN used in the adaptor cable at the other? this way, you can use the controller unmodified in the Xbox and swap the adapter cable when using it in the PC. I don't know if this mini-DIN is standard or MicroSoft propietary, but even so, you could build the cable with a spare one.
bounty10125 years ago
ok, can you help? I opened up my controllers wiring and it has a blue green red black white and yellow wire and I plug it in with my usb and go to memory but nothing happens what did I do wrong?
NVM I got it =] I guess my wires were either touching my carpet and not working or touching eachother and not working, Ty for the instructable, I wanted my controller so that I could still play with it after I modded my xbox 5/5.
fishy1boy136 years ago
can some one help me with getting this to work on windows vista??????? pls! pls!
abadfart6 years ago
thanks i got my xbox for free and one of the controllers didn't have the plug to go into the xbox so I'm going to try this with it
bananasontoast (author)  abadfart6 years ago
Best of luck with it, let me know how you go!
Bongmaster6 years ago
dang, i got an extender cable and it has 6 wires: black brown blue yellow white red. dont u have a pinout diagram for this ible? as in what xbox pins to what usb pins..
bananasontoast (author)  Bongmaster6 years ago
You've got me, never seen one like that...
its ok i worked it out eventually XD red was wat u would expect it to be, the brown was the redundant (yellow), white was white and yellow was green, blue was negative and black was gnd. now i got a controller to pc adaptor and a xbox1 usb port ;)
An easier way to do this is to cut the controller connection off after the breakaway in the cable. That way, you can swap out between the USB and the standard connections.
bananasontoast (author)  atombomb19456 years ago
Sure, but you would likely need multiple break-away connections, this saves you requiring that.
jpond0096 years ago
I love the multitude of uses that a simple controller (both X-Box and Wii) can offer the DIY/handy person. I have seen a couple other Instructables about converting an X-Box controller into a PC-usable game controller, but this Instructable seems to top the list. Well done.
bananasontoast (author)  jpond0096 years ago
Thank you very much for your comment. This is actually the compilation of a bit of playing around, research, testing and reading other tutorials. The thing I found was that a lot of them assumed knowledge, produced poor quality at the end, or just didn't understand what people really wanted out of the tutorial. Most of them didn't describe how you could still use your X-Box controller with your X-Box after the mod was done, which was quite annoying. I am glad you enjoyed!
That's very true. I,personally,like options when I rip something apart, putting it back together is always the trick, so I was always hesitant to completely convert one of my X-BOX controllers into a full PC controller (even though original X-BOX controllers are a dime-a-dozen these days). I guess I should have made the connection (pardon the pun), as you did, that you can simply put a female USB plug-in on the other side, but then again, that is what Instructables is all about, getting ideas that you would, probably, never think of.