Not to long ago I was playing Halo 2 PC using my wired Xbox 360 Controller. All of a sudden my computer (which uses Windows 7) decides not to recognize it. Every time I plug in the controller in now it comes up as "Unknown Device". I have not changed anything, I mean anything. Yes I have tried all methods of fixing the problem but they do not work. If someone knows a sure fine way to get the controller working again it would be much appreciated.
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It's possible that the controller itself has died. Any chance you could test it on another PC?
Do you have any other USB devices plugged in? If so, try unplugging them and then plug the controller in and see if it's recognized then. They draw quite a bit of current, and it may be near the limit for your USB power. I had a problem that if I plugged in my Xbox controller, my USB sound device would produce distorted sound. The eventual fix for me was to get a powered hub to plug my controller and other USB devices into. The only ones that are still plugged directly into my onboard ports are my wireless mouse dongle, my keyboard, and the sound card.
Update the driver to the latest one. Then restart the computer, press F8, select Disable Driver Signature Enforcement.
Now check if it works.
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>i found the solution in a YouTube-video:
That video is for connecting a WIRELESS controller, not a WIRED one, which is what this thread is about. Good info though, if you're having a problem with your WIRELESS controller.
I 'm using a wired Gamestop Xbox 360 controller and I got mine to work using these steps. Good luck.
If you already have the software installed, go to programs and features and uninstall Microsoft XBOX 360 Accessories 1.2.
1) Download the drivers from http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/download.aspx?category=gaming
2) Choose Gaming > Xbox 360 Controller for Windows > Windows 7 64 bit > English.Don’t run the drivers. Save them to a folder. (Or Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows depending on your controller)
3) Right click the Xbox360_64Eng file in the folder you downloaded to and click "create shortcut"
4) Right click the shortcut you created. Select properties.
5) On the compatibility tab in properties, click "Run this program in compatibility mode" ChooseWindows Server 2008 Service Pack 1 as the compatibility mode. Apply setting and click ok.
6) Right Click on the shortcut and select "Run as administrator"
7) With your controller plugged in go to Device Manager. You should see Microsoft Common Controller for Windows Class. It located under Mice and other pointing if you do, you have arrived. If you don't, try this.
Continue only if you don’t see Microsoft Common Controller for Windows Class in Device Manager
8) Right click the unknown device that shows a problem.
9) Update Driver Software > Browse My computer for Driver Software > Let Me Pick from a List of Drivers
10) Choose Microsoft Common Controller for Windows Class > XBOX 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows
Ignore the warning.
Should work now.