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Make an XBox Receiver – from a RROD XBox 360

Preamble

Following on from my article about using XBox Controllers with Arduinos, I wondered if it was possible to actually make an XBox receiver, rather than having to buy one.

Online Tutorials

There are a number of tutorials to follow, a quick google sees to that:

Procedure

XBox Receiver from XBox 360
XBox Receiver from XBox 360
Solder XBox 360 RF Receiver to USB
Solder XBox 360 RF Receiver to USB
XBox 360 Receiver connections
XBox 360 Receiver connections

Here is a fritzing diagram (taken from page 14 of the How to make a homemade Xbox 360 controller wireless receiver for PC! guide):

XBox 360 RF board and Arduino Mega
XBox 360 RF board and Arduino Mega

Another method

Here is an alternative method, provided by Robot 9706, using a FTDI MM232R, with I believe allows one to use with both XBox and PC, as well as enabling full control over the LEDs.

FTDI MM232R
FTDI MM232R

Images taken from page 14 of the How to make a homemade Xbox 360 controller wireless receiver for PC! guide.

Using FTDI MM232R
Using FTDI MM232R

The breadboard circuit

XBox Receiver and Breadboard
XBox Receiver and Breadboard

This method comes with a Windows application.

Windows XBox 360 Control Application
Windows XBox 360 Control Application

Here is a video showing the complete setup:

Slim XBox 360

The RF receiver from a Slim XBox 360 differs fromt he full fat older type XBox 360. Images taken from page 16 of the How to make a homemade Xbox 360 controller wireless receiver for PC! guide.

Slim XBox 360 RF pinout#1
Slim XBox 360 RF pinout#1

and

Slim XBox 360 RF pinout#2
Slim XBox 360 RF pinout#2

The diode

The diode can be the 1N4001, 1N914 or 1N4148. Basically each diode has a 0.7V drop across it, so, two diodes in series give a 5 – 0.7 – 0.7 = 3.6V which is close to the 3V3 required. Likewise, the Zener Diode is a dirty way of getting from 5V to 3V3.

The best, and safest, way is to use a 3V3 voltage regulator, to make to 5V to 3V3 conversion, as shown of page 16 of the How to make a homemade Xbox 360 controller wireless receiver for PC! guide:

5V to 3V3 Regulator
5V to 3V3 Regulator

Shown on an RF module from a Slim XBox360, as the board is somewhat different:

5V to 3V3 on a Slim XBox 360
5V to 3V3 on a Slim XBox 360

Another photo of the Slim XBox receiver

Slim XBox 360 connections
Slim XBox 360 connections

The 3V3 regulator can also be obtained from a dead XBox:

Old voltage regulator from XBox 360
Old voltage regulator from XBox 360

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