Introduction

This guide provides instructions on how to replace a Xbox 360 controller's cord. Be aware that minimum soldering skills are needed as the controller's circuit board can be permanently damaged if not handled properly.

Before starting this guide, make sure you have:

  • micro screwdriver
  • soldering iron and wire
  • desoldering wick
  • replacement USB cord
Remove the tamper seal sticker from the back of the controller.
  • Remove the tamper seal sticker from the back of the controller.

Remove the seven screws from the back of the controller.
  • Remove the seven screws from the back of the controller.

Separate the front and back face-plates of the controller.
  • Separate the front and back face-plates of the controller.

  • Use spudger or plastic opening tools if necessary.

Remove the Tumblers from the front face-plate.
  • Remove the Tumblers from the front face-plate.

  • Do not disconnect the tumblers from the circuit board.

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Remove the circuit board from the front face-plate with the tumblers still attached.
  • Remove the circuit board from the front face-plate with the tumblers still attached.

  • Be careful not to remove the buttons from the front face-plate to avoid further complications.

Place the circuit board on a non-conductive surface with the thumb sticks facing up, and the USB cord facing you.
  • Place the circuit board on a non-conductive surface with the thumb sticks facing up, and the USB cord facing you.

  • Static surfaces may damage the circuit board.

Turn on the soldering iron,
  • Turn on the soldering iron,

  • Remove the solder, which is directly to the right of the left thumb stick, from the four linear nodes by using the desoldering wick and the soldering iron.

  • Circuit board should remain in the same position as is shown in step 6.

  • Improper use of the soldering iron will result in injury.

  • Direct contact between the circuit board and soldering iron may damage the board.

Remove the wire housing from the opposite side of the circuit board. Do not apply excessive force on the circuit board. This will cause it to break.
  • Remove the wire housing from the opposite side of the circuit board.

  • Do not apply excessive force on the circuit board. This will cause it to break.

Connect the new housing and new wire to the back side of the circuit board. The wire should come out from the top of the controller. The order of the wires (from left to right) is: black, green, white, red.
  • Connect the new housing and new wire to the back side of the circuit board. The wire should come out from the top of the controller.

  • The order of the wires (from left to right) is: black, green, white, red.

Repeat step 6.
  • Repeat step 6.

Re-solder the four nodes (left to right) with the soldering iron and soldering wire.
  • Re-solder the four nodes (left to right) with the soldering iron and soldering wire.

Reassemble, and get back to gaming!
  • Reassemble, and get back to gaming!

Conclusion

By following these steps, you will be able to replace your Xbox 360 controller's USB cord. Hopefully this guide is useful to you and will elongate the life capacity of your Xbox 360 controller.

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Where did you bought the replacement wire/cord?

gatchie24 - Reply

The first one took me 1 hour and half, the second one 20 minutes. Here are some comments.

- It was very hard to unsolder the defective USB plug. I had to use a high temperature on the solder iron, and pull the plug from the other side as I was alternating between the 4 pins.

- There are 4 pins but 5 holes on the board. Make sure to check what one is useless before unsoldering.

- It is best to dismount the controller face down and to keep it that way. The face plate has all the buttons and they will fall if you turn it upside up.

Jean-Yves Tinevez - Reply

What happen if I disconnect the tumblers

Xander Redstorm - Reply

Thank you for this explicitly post.

Albert Einstein - Reply

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