I need to sort mine out, as i understand it the Play n Charge lead is recognised in Vista, but most people opt for the Wireless Reciever originally designed for the 360 Headset.
I also read about an app called Xpadder which configures the device once connected as well.
Any experience with this, or similar programs?
I just bought the wireless controller for the PC which came with the receiver. It works great. It was a good buy even though it over $60 when I got it at Best Buy. It was easy set up in vista, I basically just had to install drivers THEN connect the receiver and then voila it worked.
The wired controller is good - the cable is more than long enough for most people (far longer than any other controller I've owned), and you don't have to worry about charging. It's also plug-and-play in Vista (and was in XP as well, IIRC).
The USB hub is the issue, I have the same problem. When I plug the receiver into my HUB it wont establish a connection with a controller the first time. When I plug the receiver into any USB port directly on the computer it works perfectly. If after connecting the controller I move the receiver from the computers USB port to the hub it will work for awhile but eventually it stops recognizing the controller. Luckily I have a motherboard with about 10 USB ports so I simply plugged the receiver into an unused rear port then mounted it to my desk, havent had a problem since.... To me the 360 pad is by far the best one you can use on the PC. Playing thru Fallout 3 now using it.