How to Open Up a Xbox 360 Controller With Only a Flathead

easiest way to open the T8H screw on the Xbox 360 controller without having to struggle with the security pin.

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Step 1: Things You Will Need

There are only two things you need:
-a Xbox 360 controller (wireless)
- a flathead screwdriver 2.00 mm (0.0797 inch)
this can be found in any hardware store, it comes in a pack with 5 other screwdrivers, it is called a precision set screwdrivers.

**** if your controller is wired all you need is a phillip's head #1 which is included in the precision set

Step 2: Unscrewing the Screws

take your flathead screwdriver 2mm (0.0797 inch) and place it into the screw, try to fit it in so the security pin get's it secure onto the side of the screw, make sure you have a good grip on the handle, then turn the screwdriver counterclockwise, if it feels like it is not turning smoothly or it does not want to turn put more pressure onto the controller ( push the screwdriver more into the screw) just spin it like its a regular screw and it should come right off

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    11 Discussions


    10 years ago

    Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago

    thanks for the positive comments, this is my first Instructable and when I was creating it, i also uploaded some photo's but when i published it, they were not visible please reply and help me out, how do i put pictures onto the instructable? i have picture's of the screwdriver, the precision set, the back of a controller showing the 7 screws, and the flathead screwdriver inside the T8H screw.


    wow when was this instructable posted?
    i think i unknowingly posted a duplicate of this, depends on when it was posted.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Can anyone confirm that this works reasonably well? I realllllly don't want to strip my screw driver in case it's dodgy, also i have a 2012 controller, does that make any difference at all or are they still the same?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    hey do you know any hardware store in luton that sells precision set screwdrivers beacuse i don't know any.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Buffalo Nickel this was published on May 11th 2009. Yours was published in October 2009 so don't accuse me for copying your instructable!

    Thanks man I cant find that pesky T8 screw bit for my multi-functional screwdriver, but being a man that wears glasses, it looks like I have some time!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job dude! I would be happy to collab and take better pictures for you if you would like. Otherwise, great job! I've been wanting to mod my controller for a long time, but I'm too cheap to buy a T9 security driver. Thanks.