Introduction: Diy Xbox Wireless Controller Adapter for Pc

This instructable will go over the steps to connect a RF module from an RROD xbox to your computer so you can use a wireless controller with your computer. ******DISCLAIMER******* DONT TRY THIS IF YOU DONT HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH ELECTRONICS/SOLDERING OR COMPUTERS IM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU SCREW UP.... now that we've gotten that out of the way

Parts List:
Arduino UNO - a wonderfull microcontroller board you can get it on ebay or at radioshack
RF Module - from a broken xbox/ ebay
Soldering Iron - mine is a cheap radio shack model
Solder - also avalible at a local radio shack
USB cable - scavenged from old electronics (i found it in my parts bin)
2 1N4001 diodes
Wire cutters - for cutting wire....
Wire strippers - for stripping wire...
pliers - for holding small things/ bending wire...
Wire - i have bolth some 22 AWG wire from radioshack and some fancy 30 AWG Kynar wire (easily avalible on ebay) pretty much any wire will work as long as it is small enough to solder to the connectons on the RF shield

Step 1: Soldering ....

First strip the usb cable, inside there will be a black wire, a red wire, a white wire, and a green wire. there will also be some shielding and a shield ground wire (usually not covered) these you can cut back to the plactic. strip about an 1/8th inch of plastic off each of the four wires.

Next you will need to solder the diodes to gether in series ->-> and then solder the side with the line on it to pin 1 and the side without the line to the red wire in the usb cable **** make sure the diodes are the right way around before soldering**** 

Now you can solder the white wire to pin 2, the green wire to pin 3, and the black wire to pin 4 

solder a piece of wire to each of pins 5-7 too, make sure they are long enough to connect to your arduino 

Step 2: Code

/* Arduino code to communicate with xbox 360 RF module.
Original work by (yaywoop) / additional ideas from Alexander Martinez - modified by dilandou (,
First sends LED initialisation code followed by LED startup animation code, then sleeps until a button press for sync command.
RF module must be powered with 3.3V, two diodes in series with USB 5v will do. Connect the USB wires to a host computer, and the data and serial wires to Arduino.
of course, make sure to have a common ground */

#include <avr/sleep.h>

#define sync_pin 2 //power button repurposed for sync button (pin 5 on the module)
#define data_pin 3 //data line (pin 6 on the module)
#define clock_pin 4 //clock line (pin 7 on module)

int led_cmd[10] =  {0,0,1,0,0,0,0,1,0,0}; //Activates/initialises the LEDs, leaving the center LED lit.
int anim_cmd[10] = {0,0,1,0,0,0,0,1,0,1}; //Makes the startup animation on the ring of light.
int sync_cmd[10] = {0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1,0,0}; //Initiates the sync process.
volatile boolean sync_enable = 0;

void sendData(int cmd_do[]) {
  pinMode(data_pin, OUTPUT);
  digitalWrite(data_pin, LOW);    //start sending data.
  int prev = 1;
  for(int i = 0; i < 10; i++){

    while (prev == digitalRead(clock_pin)){} //detects change in clock
    prev = digitalRead(clock_pin);
      // should be after downward edge of clock, so send bit of data now
    digitalWrite(data_pin, cmd_do[i]);

    while (prev == digitalRead(clock_pin)){} //detects upward edge of clock
    prev = digitalRead(clock_pin);
  digitalWrite(data_pin, HIGH);
  pinMode(data_pin, INPUT);

void initLEDs(){

void wakeUp(){
  sync_enable = 1;

void sleepNow() {
  set_sleep_mode(SLEEP_MODE_PWR_DOWN); // set sleep mode
  sleep_enable(); //enable sleep bit
  attachInterrupt(0, wakeUp, LOW);
  sleep_disable(); //disable sleep bit
  detachInterrupt(0); // disables interrupt 0 on pin 2

void setup() {
  pinMode(sync_pin, INPUT);
  pinMode(data_pin, INPUT);
  pinMode(clock_pin, INPUT);

//  sendData(sync_cmd);

void loop(){
  if(sync_enable==1) {
    sync_enable = 0;

or you can get it from here 

you will need to program your arduino with this code

I did not come up with this code all credit for this code goes to dilandou and Alex Martinez

Step 3: Software

download this
and install 

go to the install folder (Microsoft Xbox 360 Acessories) in your program files

find Xusb21.inf this is the driver file for the software you will be modifying it so it will recognise your hardware 

open it with a text editor or a program like Notepad++ (recomended)

find these headers [MSFT.NTx86.6.0], [MSFT.NTamd64.6.0], [MSFT.NTx86], and [MSFT.NTamd64].

you are going to replace the 5 lines of code under each of them 

the original code looks like this 

%XUSB21.DeviceName.Wired%=CC_Install, USB\Vid_045E&Pid_028E
%XUSB21.DeviceName%=CC_Install, USB\Vid_045E&Pid_0719
%XUSB21.DeviceName.Wired%=CC_Install, USB\MS_COMP_XUSB10
%XUSB21.DeviceName%=CC_Install, USB\MS_COMP_XUSB20
%XUSB21.DeviceName.Jump%=CC_Install, USB\Vid_045E&Pid_028F

what you will put in its place looks like this

%XUSB21.DeviceName.Wired%=CC_Install, USB\Vid_045E&Pid_0291
%XUSB21.DeviceName%=CC_Install, USB\Vid_045E&Pid_0291
%XUSB21.DeviceName.Wired%=CC_Install, USB\UNKNOWN
%XUSB21.DeviceName%=CC_Install, USB\UNKNOWN

now save it (make sure you save as a .inf file or it wont work)

now hook up the three extra wires on the RF module to the arduino if you havent already and plug the usb cable into your computer  it should light up but controllers wont sync yet

change the Microsoft Xbox 360 Acessories folder so that it is no longer read only

now open the device manager and find the unidentified usb device (the one with the yellow triangle)

right click and select update drivers then in the update driver software window select browse my computer then let me pick from a list of drivers for my device then select show all then have disk

finally navigate to the modified Xusb21.inf file and select it and install 

after you install the drivers the controller should sync with the RF Module just hit the power button which has been repurposed as a sync button and sync like you would to an xbox 

it should now work with any game that allows you to use a gamepad 

Step 4: Explaination and Credits

the picture is my project sill on the breadboard ... im planning on cleaning it up and possibly putting it in a nice case seeing as its an extremely usefull piece of hardware for me ( i like the xbox controller and the multitude of mods for bestheda games on pc like fallout 3/ new vegas, and skyrim/ morriowind)

the rf module works like any other usb device as long as you have the drivers and you dont have to sync it the arduino's purpose in this project is to initialize the RF module and to allow you to sync the controller. the modified Xusb21.inf file allows the drivers for an official adapter to work with the RF module which is seen as an unidenified device otherwise. the whole thing could be improved by switching out he two diodes with a 3.3 volt regulator and adapting it to use just an AVR microcontroller and not an entire arduino board and mabe ill make these impovements in the future when i have the time/money but this works fine for now. 

i just made the instructable and took some pictures of how i did this.... all credit should go to Alex martinez and dilandou for the original code and project 

here are some links to dilandou's writeup on this whitch is helpfull but not in instructable form - the code - the writeup - about dilandou

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