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Author Topic: XBOXPadMicro - A firmware that turns Arduino Micro (Leonardo) into an XBOX pad!  (Read 9680 times)

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I was chatting with sharpfork about the lack of MinimusAVR cheap alternatives and he mentioned that people started to make pad-hacks again thanks to the AVR shortage.

I've then created a firmware for cheapo Arduino Mini clones like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/401051886672

Beta testers are welcome!  ;D

Instructions can be found at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wF3S697crrigmpRB93IHXBsS6oylC_RSxvSNOloRzB4



Cheers

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Nice. I bought cheap S controller clones for rewiring.

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Does the library manage the rumble motors?

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So this is for use with the original xbox?

I'm assuming it doesn't show up on a PC as an xinput controller?


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So this is for use with the original xbox?

I'm assuming it doesn't show up on a PC as an xinput controller?

Yes, this is a Classic/Original XBOX encoder, so it shows up to the XBOX as a regular controller. It works with the Classic/Original XBOX only, not PCs or any other console.

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Thanks, man, this was starting to be a real problem for using original Xbox.


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I was looking at the pinout and I have one question? Where does the out to the xbox get wired in? The micro usb port?

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Yes, you connect it to the XBOX via  the micro USB port.

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Forgive me and no offense but, why?

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Cheap and easy way to wire up arcade controls to an Xbox.


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So I flashed the board hooked up some buttons and it worked!!!!!!! Thank you!

I have one request. Can you program on the unused pins to be a multiple button press. Like the 2 triggers, back, and black button, so that I can wire up one button to reset the system.

Thank you again!

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So I flashed the board hooked up some buttons and it worked!!!!!!! Thank you!

I have one request. Can you program on the unused pins to be a multiple button press. Like the 2 triggers, back, and black button, so that I can wire up one button to reset the system.

Thank you again!

So we have the first beta-tester!  ;D

There are no unused pins. All pins are mapped to some functionality of an original XBOX controller.

You could always wire up a single button to all desired functions to a single GND wire, that would achieve what you just mentioned.

Did you have the chance to check if all pin functions in the diagram below are correct?



You can use the Test Pad App in order to verify that!

Let me know!

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With this stick I was making for a friend and only needed it for arcade games so I gave him a simple Capcom style layout. With a few extra buttons for Coin, Start, L3 and System Reset. So I wired up the L, R, Back, and Black buttons together, and anytime i pressed any of the aforementioned buttons the system would reset lol So i thought if I could get one of the pins that wasnt being used to emulate the L,R,B,BL reset on one pin that would have been great! :)

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I just read the rest of the post, the buttons I tested were, UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, A, B, X, Y, LT, RT, BACK, START ,R3, BLACK. I didnt have any use for the analog Sticks, or L3, or WHITE

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As I've mentioned. I still have a stash of minimus here. There doesn't seem to be much demand for them to continue pursuing a larger order of these. I have about 40 left.

Re: the minimus site. I asked about the site but didnt get a definitive answer. I know people that could host the site

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As I've mentioned. I still have a stash of minimus here. There doesn't seem to be much demand for them to continue pursuing a larger order of these. I have about 40 left.

Re: the minimus site. I asked about the site but didnt get a definitive answer. I know people that could host the site
What were you selling them for again?
***Build what you dig, bro. Build what you dig.***

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initially i was just offering them at prices depending on who wanted them and how many they wanted.

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initially i was just offering them at prices depending on who wanted them and how many they wanted.

:dizzy:


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initially i was just offering them at prices depending on who wanted them and how many they wanted.

:dizzy:
Sooooooooo..... bro price for one shipped?
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pm me a place where a postman can hand it to you.

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Hi,

thank you for porting this over to 32u4!

an Option to turn the right analog stick pins into mouse x+ x- y+ y- pins for trackball, spinners or encoders would be nice :)

Thank you for your efforts!
Alex

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My super cheap Arduino Micro clone boards from eBay has just arrived. I've flash the firmware as per documentation and everything works as intended.

Since the purpose of this firmware is solely to prevent people to padhack classic XBOX joysticks in order to get their arcade built in a simple and cheap way, I shall not add more features to this firmware, unless it's a critical bug.

As for the features such as adding analog capabilities, I will leave that to the upcoming KADE miniArcade 2.0 board...

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KADE miniArcade 2.0 < ?? there is going to be a kade 2.0 ? for the xbox ??

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KADE miniArcade 2.0 < ?? there is going to be a kade 2.0 ? for the xbox ??

For the XBOX and for all the devices listed in the "Output Systems" below:



Output will be plug-and-play and automatic (no need to change firmware between output systems).

It will be based on an Atmega32u4 (Arduino Micro is not an option because it lacks a couple of usable pins) and it will support several analog input ports, mappable to any button for output systems.

PL1 should get a sample soon and he should share his discoveries in a post around here...
« Last Edit: January 31, 2017, 02:57:44 pm by bootsector »

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so its just a software change not the hardware

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so its just a software change not the hardware

Both Software AND Hardware have changed compared to the original KADE miniArcade

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so when does the new kade come out ? wil they have another kickstarter

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so when does the new kade come out ? wil they have another kickstarter

No ETA. We still need to discuss how this is going to be released. Probably not via kickstarter.

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if it wil be solder only its not for me but wil see :)

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any update !

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any update !
How about an unexpected XBOXPadMicro update?

Since I know that you're looking for a no-soldering solution, here it is.

The Arduino Micro knockoff board here sold by "gowoops" comes with header pins already soldered onto it.   ;D

Wiring Option 1:
Use pre-fab 4-pin harnesses like this and a daisy-chan ground like this from Paradise Arcade Shop. (If you ask Bryan and Susan, they might be able to substitute a daisy-chain ground with one female dupont pin on one end instead of all 0.187" Quick Disconnects)

Wiring Option 2:
Connect dupont jumpers like the ones here to the desired header pins.

Cut off the other end of the jumper, strip the wire, and feed it into one side of a euro-style terminal strip like this.

On the other side of the terminal strip, connect pre-crimped wires cut from a JAMMA harness. (cut off and discard the big edge connector)


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I have a Arduino Micro clone (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252639960296?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT) that I'm trying to program with avrdude on widows 8.

I can see them COM port ok in device manager. I have tried the drivers supplied with this XBOXPadMicro zip and also the latest.
I always get the error: Connecting to programmer: .avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding

I have tried resetting the Arduino and running avrdude straight away (failing until the com port is re-established) but get the same error.
I can download a sketch ok using Arduino IDE.

After each try, if I rerun avrdude again, it will hang rather than giving the error message above. It will do this until I reset the Arduino.

The verbose output from avrdude is attached.

Any suggestions anyone?

Thanks,
John
« Last Edit: February 12, 2017, 02:10:33 pm by johnnygal2 »

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I can see them COM port ok in device manager. I have tried the drivers supplied with this XBOXPadMicro zip and also the latest.
I always get the error: Connecting to programmer: .avrdude: butterfly_recv(): programmer is not responding

I have tried resetting the Arduino and running avrdude straight away (failing until the com port is re-established) but get the same error.
I can download a sketch ok using Arduino IDE.
Programming the Micro can be a bit finnicky sometimes.

You might want to use ArduinoBuilder to load the "XBOXPadMicro.hex" firmware file.

There's a simple 3-step tutorial here.


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Thanks for that Scott. However, even with Arduino Builder I cannot load my hex.

I get the error:
Forcing reset using 1200bps open/close on COM7... no new port found

Searching for similar errors, some people found changing usb port helped - not for me. I'll maybe try another PC.

Just to check....I should be able to program this directly using the USB port on the Arduino Micro? Or should I be using an FTDI adapter connected to the ICSP header on the Arduino?

Thanks.

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Ahh ok, the ICSP header isn't a serial port, so would need a separate programmer to use this port. Guess Im doing it right then by using the onboard usb on the Arduino.

I tried another PC with the same result, even before loading the Arduino drivers it gave the same error so perhaps my issues lies in the drivers.

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Thanks for that Scott. However, even with Arduino Builder I cannot load my hex.

I get the error:
Forcing reset using 1200bps open/close on COM7... no new port found
Plug in your Micro then open Arduino Builder.

Does it show "COM7" (or "COM8", etc.) to the right of the "Build Only" button?



The "finnicky" part is that while "COM1" always shows up, sometimes the second port "COM7" doesn't.

Here's how I fix COM7 not showing up:
1. Close all Arduino loading software. (Arduino Bulder and Arduino 1.0.6 software)

2. Plug the Micro board into a USB connection.

3. Open the Arduino 1.0.6 software.

4. Open one of the small default sketches. (I usually use "Blink".)

5. Click on the right arrow (Upload) icon.

6. About 1-2 seconds later, press the reset button on the Micro to put it into bootloader mode.

- Perfect timing on the press is just before the software finishes compiling and starts uploading.

- Too soon and the board drops out of bootloader mode before the upload is complete. (upload fails)

- Too late and you interupt the upload. (upload fails)

7. If the upload fails, repeat steps 5 and 6.

8. Once the upload succeeds, go to menu "Tools-Serial Port" to verify that COM7 is visible.

9. Close the Aduno 1.0.6 software.

10. Open Arduino Builder.

11. Set board type to "Arduino Micro".

12. Click on "Load Skech/HEX" and select the "XBOXPadMicro.hex" file.

13. Click on "COM7" to upload the hex to the board.

Just to check....I should be able to program this directly using the USB port on the Arduino Micro? Or should I be using an FTDI adapter connected to the ICSP header on the Arduino?
Yes, you can load the hex via the USB IF you can see the second COM port. (COM7)


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Thanks Scott, what a polava!

Seeing as though Arduino IDE does it from the GUI, I thought other tools would be able to emulate it without this jumping through hoops ;-)

I didn't have any luck using the exact method you specified, but using ArduinoBuilder and resetting just as I pressed the "COMxx" button, it spotted the new com port and programmed my hex ok.

Cheers,
John
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I just found a Teensy 2.0 in my box of arcade parts.  Can i use this to program it?  I just want it to simulate a keyboard for my arcade.  Thx

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I just found a Teensy 2.0 in my box of arcade parts.  Can i use this to program it?  I just want it to simulate a keyboard for my arcade.  Thx
I don't think so. The pin mappings are different on the Teensy 2.0.

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I just found a Teensy 2.0 in my box of arcade parts.  Can i use this to program it?  I just want it to simulate a keyboard for my arcade.  Thx
1. The XBOXPadMicro firmware is a gamepad for the XBox -- not a keyboard, not for PC.

2. Like the Micro, the Teensy 2.0 has a 32u4, but less input pins are available.

Most AVR boards label pins according to the port names.

Examples:
- "B0" (lower left on the Teensy) = "PB0" (lower right on the Micro in the yellow "AVR" oval)
- "C7" (lower right on the Teensy) = "PC7" (upper left on the Micro)

 


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Im totally new to Arduino, but if this is possible, is it also possible to program these boards, so they work like an ipac? Arduinos are much cheaper then ipacs or kades. And those cheap chino keyboard encoders are #@$@#$@

hm, first google hit https://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/MouseKeyboard

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Im totally new to Arduino, but if this is possible, is it also possible to program these boards, so they work like an ipac? Arduinos are much cheaper then ipacs or kades. And those cheap chino keyboard encoders are #@$@#$@

hm, first google hit https://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/MouseKeyboard

Here it goes: https://github.com/bootsector/PS3PadMicro

This is a generic HID joystick that works out of the box in several devices, including the Playstation 3.

Flashing procedure is pretty much the same documented in this topic for the XBOXPadMicro, except you need to change the .HEX file.

Attached .HEX file for your convenience.

EDIT: I have no freaking idea what an IPAC is, anyways, this firmware should get you going on several machines who aren't a classic xbox though.

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So once programmed we just guess as to which contact does what? (eg. up, down, left, etc)

EDIT:  I found out what does what for the Teensy 2.0.  I seem to be missing UP on the D-pad.  With the USB facing up on the left:  gnd, dpad left, left axis, dpad down, axis right and button10, button5, 1, 3, 4, dpad right, 7

right side: 5v, up axis, down axis, next 3 nothing?, button12, 11, 9, 8, 6 and below it button 2.  Some dont seem to do anything.  Is there any way to edit the hex file to add dpad up?
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Some Arduino boards can very easily simulate a PC keyboard (and mouse, and joystick), so the answer is YES, it is a cheap alternative to ipac (or jpac with some additional component).
To make the work easy, you are in the need for an arduino leonardo or pro micro (or DUE, if 20 inputs are not enought for your application)
« Last Edit: February 13, 2017, 12:43:00 am by baritonomarchetto »

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Im also looking into the Mega 2560.  Trying to figure out how to emulate a KB press on it right now.  Lots of inputs and i can get them for $15 inc shipping.  I think its the equiv to the atmega16u2?

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So once programmed we just guess as to which contact does what? (eg. up, down, left, etc)

EDIT:  I found out what does what for the Teensy 2.0.  I seem to be missing UP on the D-pad.  With the USB facing up on the left:  gnd, dpad left, left axis, dpad down, axis right and button10, button5, 1, 3, 4, dpad right, 7

right side: 5v, up axis, down axis, next 3 nothing?, button12, 11, 9, 8, 6 and below it button 2.  Some dont seem to do anything.  Is there any way to edit the hex file to add dpad up?

Simply follow the diagram at the first post for the XBOXPadMicro and apply some differences:

:. Y, B, X, A become triangle, circle, square, cross
:. L and R become L1 and R1
:. Black and White become L2 and R2
:. Back becomes Select
:. Start + Select triggers PS3 Home Button

Edit: Added reference image:

« Last Edit: February 13, 2017, 02:31:00 am by bootsector »

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Im also looking into the Mega 2560.  Trying to figure out how to emulate a KB press on it right now.  Lots of inputs and i can get them for $15 inc shipping.  I think its the equiv to the atmega16u2?
It has an ATMEGA16u2 chip, but that board uses it for USB communication.

The main processor is the ATMEGA2560.

It won't work with KADE Loader -- only Minimus boards will work with Loader's keyboard firmwares.



I seem to be missing UP on the D-pad.
According to Bruno's diagram, it should be on PC7 (upper left of the Micro) ==> C7 (lower right of the Teensy).




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In case someone wants to test a XInput encoder:

https://github.com/bootsector/XInputPadMicro
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Thanks a lot bootsector. I'm a noob with this kind of project but I will try it!

Envoyé de mon LEX722 en utilisant Tapatalk


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In case someone wants to test a XInput encoder:

https://github.com/bootsector/XInputPadMicro
Bootsector do you have instructions to install it into an Arduino micro? I bought 2 but I couldn't flash them. I'm a total noob for this kind of things. Thanks

Envoyé de mon LEX722 en utilisant Tapatalk
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Bootsector do you have a guide to install it in an Arduino micro? I bought 2 but I couldn't flash them. I'm a total mob for this kind of things. Thanks

Have you tried ArduinoBuilder?
Programming the Micro can be a bit finnicky sometimes.

You might want to use ArduinoBuilder to load the "XBOXPadMicro.hex" firmware file.

There's a simple 3-step tutorial here.
For step 3, select the COM5 (COM6? COM7?) port instead of the COM1 port.


Scott
« Last Edit: October 19, 2018, 09:01:22 pm by PL1 »

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Pl1 I'm trying to flash the XInputPadMicro not the XboxPadMicro. On the Git I don't see any .hex so I can't exactly follow the instructions he gave. I don't really know where to start really. Do I need to compile something?
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The compiled firmware hex file is attached to the November 7th post you quoted earlier.

Here's a link to the .zip file containing the firmware .hex.

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=152687.0;attach=363424

Use ArduinoBuilder to load that .hex file on the Arduino Micro -- different filename but same 3-step procedure.


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PL1 I see only Com3 and USBASP. I saw a green light flashin but I didn't succeed to flash it:
 "[FLASHING] Forcing reset using 1200bps open/close on COM3... no new port found"

 Do I need to flash a bootloader first? My arduino micro is a chinese knock off.
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There should be a bootloader installed, even on a chinese knockoff board.

When you press the reset button on the Arduino Micro, it should go into bootloader mode for about 8 seconds.

During that time, does a different COM port appear?  If so, use that port.

If that doesn't work, try the process described here to load a simple sketch like "blink" then load the firmware.

I usually only need to do this process after successfully loading a .hex firmware like XBOXPadMicro or StefanBurger's Illuminated Spinner.


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Thanks for your helPl1 I found the right tool to flash this model. Here what I read on reddit:
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Most of the hex uploaders like the Freematics Arduino Builder are actually quite bad at handling Atmega32u4 uploads because most of them were designed for AVR109 with the butterfly bootloader part tacked on.

Use https://github.com/christophediericx/ArduinoSketchUploader if you are uploading hexes and uploading to Leonardos or Pro Micros. don't short the reset pins, just upload with the program.

And.....It worked!  ;D

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Thanks for your helPl1 I found the right tool to flash this model. Here what I read on reddit:
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Most of the hex uploaders like the Freematics Arduino Builder are actually quite bad at handling Atmega32u4 uploads because most of them were designed for AVR109 with the butterfly bootloader part tacked on.

Use https://github.com/christophediericx/ArduinoSketchUploader if you are uploading hexes and uploading to Leonardos or Pro Micros. don't short the reset pins, just upload with the program.

And.....It worked!  ;D
Glad to (indirectly) assist.   :cheers:

Looks like ArduinoSketchUploader might be a good alternative for anyone having problems loading .hex files with ArduinoBuilder.   ;D


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For a reason I can't explain, when I plugged my Arduino, Windows 10 showed me a Com4 used. 5 seconds later it showed me Com3!? ArduinoSketchUploader automatically detected the right Com: Com4. ArduinoBuilder didn't let me change the Com.
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For a reason I can't explain, when I plugged my Arduino, Windows 10 showed me a Com4 used. 5 seconds later it showed me Com3!? ArduinoSketchUploader automatically detected the right Com: Com4. ArduinoBuilder didn't let me change the Com.
The changing port number is normal behavior.

- When you plug in the Arduino, it goes into bootloader mode for a few seconds. (COM4)

- After that, it reverts to normal mode. (COM3)

- Bootloader mode port number is one higher than normal mode.

In most cases, the ArduinoBuilder GUI works perfectly for loading a .hex the first time, but it can be finnicky when reprogramming.

Haven't tried ArduinoSketchUploader yet, but it looks like it can put the board into bootloader mode, auto-detect the COM port, and upload a .hex file -- all three via a single command line command.

    Pro: Should be easy to write a .bat file for uploading .hex firmwares like Bruno's XBoxPad or StefanBurger's Illuminated Spinner.   :)

    Con: Doesn't appear to support EEPROM uploads like AVRDude does, so it won't work with miniArcade 2.0 firmwares.   :(

Different tools for different jobs.  Choose the tool suited to the job you are doing.   :cheers:


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Guys the verdict about this controller is very positive. Windows 10 see an XBox 360 controller and it work with Cuphead and MKX. No more Vjoy for me. For now, I will keep my ipac UIO connected but I will see if I still need it.

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PL1 you seem's to know a lot more than me about Arduino. I tried to put a switch to the usb cable connected to my Arduino micro. I connected the switch to the red cable (5v). I can see that in Windows,  the  xinput Arduino controler disconnect/connect without any problem when I activate the switch. But I still see a led activity  when the  switch is off!? Maybe the Arduino take power from the arcade buttons because there are still connected to the Ipac and my usb U360 are connected to the Arduino. Or the red cable wasn't the VCC. Moreover, when I turn on the switch, the red light flash slowly and after maybe 3s the green light turn on too. I don't see that happening when I connect/disconnect the Arduino with a non modified USB cable: all LEDs turn on immediately. Do you think my modified cable could damage the Arduino? Thanks!

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The red wire should be 5v unless you got one of the cheap cables with non-standard wire colors.

You can do a continuity test from Pin 1 on the USB A cable to the 5v pin on the Arduino Micro to verify that the switch is on the correct wire. (Test with no power applied . . . unless you want to fry your multimeter.   >:D)





There probably is some voltage leakage from the IPac ports to the Arduino ports, but it probably won't cause any damage.
(Disclaimer:  I am not an electrical engineer and am not 100% sure how you've got everything connected.   :dunno)

If you want to prevent power back-feeding from one board to another through the button microswitch wiring, you can use diodes wired like the "Shazaaam! + X (one click)" switch  -- one diode + "Input X" wire to the IPac input and one diode + "Shazaaam!" wire to the Arduino input for each microswitch.

Any common "1N4" series diode like 1N4001 should be suitable for this application.




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Thanks Scott. I did more test with a switch and the result is not so good. When I power on the Arduino with my switch  it takes too much time to discover the Xinput controller. When I unplug and plug the USB cable the discovery is way faster. I will try this item to cut the data and power at the same time in the USB cable: https://abra-electronics.com/robotics-embedded-electronics/arduino-boards/dsk-00042-digispark-programming-tool-dsk-00042.html?sl=en
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I'm guessing these boards are small enough to fit inside of an original NES, SNES, N64, Atari and Genesis controller, thus making it possible to modify a controler of your choice to work with the original xbox.
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I'm guessing these boards are small enough to fit inside of an original NES, SNES, N64, Atari and Genesis controller, thus making it possible to modify original controlers to work with emulators available on a modified xbox.
You might be able to mod some of those controllers like that, but AFAIK that wasn't Bruno's plan for the XBOXPadMicro.

It is usually used to connect arcade-style joysticks and buttons to an XBox.

If you want to use original (unmodded) console controllers with an XBox, check out the KADE miniArcade 2.0 and the associated KADE Multi-Out expansion board.

Bruno has also developed the RetroPad32 -- a follow-up to the (several-years-overdue-delivering-european-Kickstarter-rewards :embarassed:) KADE miniConsole+.


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