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March 9, 2006 6:19:55 PM

Just curious, but I read somewhere, can't remember where, that the XBOX 360 controller will work on the PC. Is this true???

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March 9, 2006 6:50:30 PM

Yes, I have seen the box for the xbox 360 from Micro$oft and it says you can run it on a PC. Just get one that says it will work on a PC.

EDIT: I read on the Xbox site that it requires XP with SP2 so I guess I am out, I don't like SP2.
March 9, 2006 6:55:26 PM

I just looked Microsoft's website and they have a driver for the controller for XP. I just hope the driver is for all the 360 controllers to make them work on XP.
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March 9, 2006 6:58:20 PM

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Yes, I have seen the box for the xbox 360 from Micro$oft and it says you can run it on a PC. Just get one that says it will work on a PC.

EDIT: I read on the Xbox site that it requires XP with SP2 so I guess I am out, I don't like SP2.



Microsoft's specs on the webpage for the controller says it only requires SP1 on XP. I don't think it would matter either way, as long as there is a driver for it.
March 9, 2006 7:04:48 PM

I would make sure that the controller you get does say on it that it can work on a PC because I am not sure if the wireless controllers will. I don't know that for a fact.
March 9, 2006 8:51:23 PM

i'm not going to get a wireless one.
March 9, 2006 9:21:23 PM

i got a xbox 360; i tried the xbox 360 actual controller in PC.
it DOESN'T work!!
so.. i bought a xbox 360 controller for PC; which also works w/ Xbox 360.
wireless and/or wired xbox360 controller for xbox360 doesn't work!
get the one that says PC w/ red color prints
March 9, 2006 9:37:27 PM

The wireless controller never works on the PC. Not yet anyway.

The wired controllers, however, do (in most cases). The difference between the "PC" and non-PC branded ones are the driver disk that comes supplied, and the extra few bucks added on for the priviledge. However, you can get the correct driver from Microsoft Update.

I would presume AlphaKP295's problems stem from expecting the wired controller to work without any drivers, and so failing, but then installing the drivers from the PC package, and so it worked then. If this was not the case, I apologise.

Synergy6
March 10, 2006 7:54:05 PM

I tried the controller today and with the drivers from Microsoft, it works well. The only problem is that I had no force feedback (rumble) when I play NFS: MW, or SC: CT, but I don't think SC supports it anyway. I hope Microsoft updates the drivers soon to support force feedback and the home circle button.
March 10, 2006 8:03:52 PM

like the previous poster mentioned. BOTH WIRED works on the PC. i have the WIRED Xbox one and it works for the pc. you just need the driver off the ms hardware site or run windows update.
if you tied your first xbox controller now that the drivers are installed, you will see that it will work all of sudden.

The WIRELESS DOES NOT work.
March 15, 2006 4:02:26 PM

Nice to see that Microsoft are back in the PC gamepad market - my Sidewinder is still the most reliable piece of hardware I ever bought!

Can someone confirm - the Xbox360 controllers only have 2 shoulder buttons, unlike PS2's 4?
March 15, 2006 10:08:05 PM

I just bought one - see:

http://forumz.tomshardware.com/games/modules.php?name=F...

To answer my own question - it has 4 shoulder buttons. Two are "buttons" and 2 are "triggers" but the triggers work just like buttons in ProEvo (only game I've tested so far) even though the Windows GameController applet calls it the z-axis.
February 16, 2009 8:25:05 PM

right now as we speak my xbox 360 controller is a black wireless controller that i plugged in to my computers USB port through the charging Cord they give u that plugs into the controller.....all i did was turn on the controlll plug the cord into my controller then plug it into the USB port and my computer registered it and picked it up and asked me if i wanted to find a driver for it (which is the recommended way) clicked on that and in 5 minutes i am now talking to and tell you it does work with the drivers!
Anonymous
March 11, 2009 8:55:43 PM

the xbox controller does work on pc not sure wot operating systems u have to have and i d advice not to use the microsoft controller programme as it doe not run on all games u can download a corperate controller like x padder and config the buttons yourself takes time but in the long run it is well worth it i use it all the time
March 13, 2009 12:23:17 AM

There is a usb wireless adapter you can pick up for about $20 to enable use of wireless xbox controllers on pc. Just thought I'd mention that since so many people said the wireless controllers don't work on PC.
March 18, 2009 6:58:12 PM

NEWS FLASH:
I have the wireless reciever (brand new from Amazon.com for $16 including shiipping charges and tax) and have tried it on every controller I can find. If you have the receiver then ANY controller should work. I even got my Rock Band wireless guitar and wireless drums to work. It is awesome.
March 18, 2009 7:14:41 PM

internetwork said:
NEWS FLASH:
I have the wireless reciever (brand new from Amazon.com for $16 including shiipping charges and tax) and have tried it on every controller I can find. If you have the receiver then ANY controller should work. I even got my Rock Band wireless guitar and wireless drums to work. It is awesome.


I recommend againt the wireless reciever. The poblem is amps on the USB line: you get 500ma to play with for all USB devices.

The Wireless reciever uses 200, a M$ mouse uses 250. If you use a lot of USB devices, some of them may stop working.

I had a pair of USB headphones I could not use with the reciever. The minute I turned it on, the sound became extremely distorted until I restarted the entire system.

Just plug the controler into a USB port, and grab the driver.
April 2, 2009 4:43:52 PM

kappa10 said:
right now as we speak my xbox 360 controller is a black wireless controller that i plugged in to my computers USB port through the charging Cord they give u that plugs into the controller.....all i did was turn on the controlll plug the cord into my controller then plug it into the USB port and my computer registered it and picked it up and asked me if i wanted to find a driver for it (which is the recommended way) clicked on that and in 5 minutes i am now talking to and tell you it does work with the drivers!



i have the same exact thing hooked up (black wireless controller through charge and play kit) as kappa. However, i cannot get XP to recognize the controller in the game controllers screen and that is where it needs to be added to be used. I have installed the software from M$ and windows detects it when i plug it in and everything seems fine. But i can't add it to my game controllers and it does NOT work in any games i have. i assume if i get the wireless receiver it will work but honestly id prefer not to have to buy it if i dont need it. let me know if anyone else has similar problems. i have tried uninstalling and reinstalling all the software and drivers and im at a loss as what to do.
April 9, 2009 8:18:34 PM

Quote:
the xbox controller does work on pc not sure wot operating systems u have to have and i d advice not to use the microsoft controller programme as it doe not run on all games u can download a corperate controller like x padder and config the buttons yourself takes time but in the long run it is well worth it i use it all the time


I'm using Windows 7 32 bit ULTIMATE on an Intel Core i7 build. I installed the drivers directly form the Microsoft site and installed problem free. However I am using a WIRELESS CONTROLLER (XBOX 360 - WHITE) and have the cord that can make it wired. The PC detects it but it cannot install it. Not sure what the problem is, can't seem to find a clear answer on whether or not the XBOX 360 controller has to be "BRANDED FOR PC" or not. So I'm all WTF and SOL on this one unless someone had a similar issue.


Thanx in advance,

Vizone
April 10, 2009 12:02:19 PM

So the driver install from M$ isn't working? I only tried on XP32, and it worked fine wired once the drivers were installed...
April 10, 2009 8:30:07 PM

gamerk316 said:
So the driver install from M$ isn't working? I only tried on XP32, and it worked fine wired once the drivers were installed...


The drivers from Microsoft are not broken. It is a manufacturing date issue. At some point in time Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to integrate their 360 controllers with the PC. However the firmware installed on the controllers was designed to communicate with the XBOX360 only. So a new set of "revised" 360 controllers were released with optional "branding" on the packaging exclaiming, "MADE FOR WINDOWS". In actuality it is merely the same controller with a revised firmware allowing the controller to communicate both with the XBOX360 and the PC.

Research is key, problems get answers. So I'm trying to trade my controller for a wired one. GL to yall!

Vizone
April 27, 2009 8:41:34 AM

hi im haveing trouble with my xbox controller and an lost too. its a black wireless controller with the play and charge kit. i first went to microsoft and downloaded the xbox accesories software and then conected my controller via the play and charge cable and windows atomatically detected and search for drivers. it picked up the controller as being connected via the play and charge kit and installed the appropriate drivers fine it would seem. however nothing i try to play it with will pick the controller up. if i go to device manager its listed and says its working fine but.... im running xp sp3 and im trying to use it to play frontlines fuel of war. iv read all the above but think iv missed something or just didnt understand. please can someone help me as iv already got 2 controllers and dont want to buy a wired controller or the wireless reciver as i dont think it will help, im sure iv just missed something in the setup phase.
April 27, 2009 8:48:49 AM

note* when i connect the controller windows detects it and when i press the center button on the controller the green lights just flash and never settle to 1. also the xbox accesories software doesnt seem to detect it is conected???. could this be the issue?? im pritty sure this controller isnt the one the says its for windows but other forums iv visited say this should not matter as the windows compatable controllers are the same as the normal 360 ones but you just get a driver instalation disk extra thats all
April 28, 2009 10:28:36 PM

I just alked the question about the xbox360 game controller not being able to install the software from the installition disk that I got with the controller because it is not supporeted by windows service pack 3. I plugged the controller into the usb port and the found new hardware wizard came up and so I chose the top box (this timo only), then again I chose the top box that connects to the internet to search for drivers, and it searched for about 1 and half minutes and installed updated drivers for the xbox controller. I unplugged the controller and pulgged it back in to see if the wizard comes up and it did not appear. The top left light stays on. I hope that it works after I reboot my computer. Please, please, please work, I love my controller, and I miss playing my games. Now I have to get flight similator to working.
May 13, 2009 5:50:59 PM

i am having the same problem as the person above!!! i have the wireless one(white) and i have it connected and i installed it, it just wont operate??? its definetly installed i just cant use it
June 8, 2009 1:52:47 PM

The play and charge cable only charges the battery, it does not transfer any data. It does not make your wireless controller wired.
You still need a "Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows" which should work with every version of windows from XP SP2-Windows 7 RC. hope this clears up any confusion for those who are not able to get their wireless controller to work with only the play and charge cable connecting to your PC.
June 28, 2009 5:20:41 PM

Hi everyone!

I'm having problems with my controller too!
I'm on XP SP2, the weird thing is... it's recognised as a device (i installed the driver), i can test/calibrate it in the control panel (and it comes us as the Xbox 360 Controller)... BUT... when i play Prince of Persia 2008... that's where the problems come in... bizarrely i can scroll through the menu etc but as soon as i get into the game, my controller doesn't let me move... if i go back to the menu, it's fine...

Does anyone have a clue what's going on here?
July 15, 2009 7:02:25 PM

I'm having different issues. Everything works smoothly except the triggers and the right joy 'z axis' are not being recognized. Might be the game (GTA SanAndreas), but still a ball-bust nonetheless and the last crap-ass controller didn't have these issues. It just wore out.
July 15, 2009 7:14:25 PM

hotpuck6 said:
The play and charge cable only charges the battery, it does not transfer any data. It does not make your wireless controller wired.
You still need a "Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows" which should work with every version of windows from XP SP2-Windows 7 RC. hope this clears up any confusion for those who are not able to get their wireless controller to work with only the play and charge cable connecting to your PC.


Aaaaaa..... Wrong....... It does too.
July 15, 2009 7:18:55 PM

bmumble said:
Hi everyone!

I'm having problems with my controller too!
I'm on XP SP2, the weird thing is... it's recognised as a device (i installed the driver), i can test/calibrate it in the control panel (and it comes us as the Xbox 360 Controller)... BUT... when i play Prince of Persia 2008... that's where the problems come in... bizarrely i can scroll through the menu etc but as soon as i get into the game, my controller doesn't let me move... if i go back to the menu, it's fine...

Does anyone have a clue what's going on here?


Assign the correct values to your controller in the options menu of your game. It is under the control options. You MUST do this with almost every game. This will fix most of these questions here and the driver from microsoft cures the others except some because of manufacture dates of pre PC integrated XBOX controllers. If you have the original controller it probably wont work.
July 15, 2009 7:29:05 PM

It works, but its a PAIN. Same thing happend to me when I went and purchased a PS3 controller for my PC in order to play NFSU..Every time I connected the controller via USB to my pc I would have to mess with the settings to get it to work. Its not like a normal PS3 or X-box 360 where you never have to worry about this issue, if you are patient and have time to mess with the settings EVERYTIME you decide to play the game then you should be fine, if not just get the "PC" version of the controller and all headaches will dissapear.
July 15, 2009 7:31:55 PM

Word!^^
July 15, 2009 7:36:43 PM

hehe.... I second that!!!!!

Hows it going xtc28 ??? Nice to see ya today 8) .........
July 15, 2009 8:50:48 PM

you to mate anything interesting today?
July 15, 2009 8:52:24 PM

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July 15, 2009 8:57:30 PM

Nice 8)... Im at work, slackin and waiting till it 5 pm to get home and play some games...Just ordered some parts and they arrived today, so im kinda anxious to get home and take my case apart...
July 15, 2009 9:19:55 PM

Very nice... im kind of a noob when it comes to cluster desks, why would the mobo go under the desk w/o a case? Is it supposed to be like that?
July 15, 2009 9:27:28 PM

Yes it is just a piece of functional art I guess. It is supposed to be all exposed so you can see it all. Also it really cuts down on thermals. Another reason was because I didnt want eight to nine cases under my desk.
July 15, 2009 9:42:50 PM

Makes perfect sense.. so how does that spin-q perform? you like it?
July 15, 2009 9:49:22 PM

I works great if your processor is flat enough. My PII 940 - 955 are not.m My 7750+ is and it gets great thermals.



PII needs to be lapped everyone I have seen have had ahump in the middle.
Anonymous
August 3, 2009 6:25:15 PM

alphakp295 said:
i got a xbox 360; i tried the xbox 360 actual controller in PC.
it DOESN'T work!!
so.. i bought a xbox 360 controller for PC; which also works w/ Xbox 360.
wireless and/or wired xbox360 controller for xbox360 doesn't work!
get the one that says PC w/ red color prints

i got the same sort of problem but i can download the software for the controller... i just go to www.microsoft.com for the software but then when i install it it doesn't work! so no i still don't know what to do...
Anonymous
August 23, 2009 4:21:39 PM

To actually make it work you have to buy the controller with the usb end on it then connect it to your pc and there will be a disc with the purchase of the controller which you need to install.
August 23, 2009 4:26:42 PM

I ended up buying the Wireless controller for Windows. Amazon had it on sale a week ago for $39.99 with free shipping, so I bought it.
August 24, 2009 10:35:00 AM

i was bored one day and my bff left his xbox controller (wired) at my house so i pluged it in and played halo (pc) =D it works with wired but i have a wireless and a wireless PS3 controller, but they dont work =[ the computer reconises it though. just go to controll panel > game controllers. there you can test and calibrate them. i have vista (XP is way better) but i am sure it works on XP coz i had halo on XP before i had it on vista, which made it hard to install and play on ¬.¬ although i have no idea how to get wireless to work. lolol

Dark4Stars XxX


i hada make an account just 2 post o.0 wtf!
Anonymous
September 1, 2009 8:22:36 AM

If you want it to work for games you need to download a program called switchblade
September 2, 2009 8:23:43 PM

wireless works if you have wireless dongle for PC...
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