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USB Flash Memory Stick support on XBox

You have two possible ways to achieve the goal of using a USB Flash memory stick on your Xbox but before we even continue please check to see if the particular Flash drive you have is compatible with the Xbox by checking the compatibility chart Here or you can Jump to devices that refuse to work Here

Step One: The easy way
The easiest way to get your USB device on the XBox is to make your own cable as described below. but if you don't wish to destroy a controller then you can add the USB connector directly to your joystick by following the instructions a little further down

Find a Microsoft XBox Controller that you are willing to give up for the cause and you will need to find or purchase a USB female connection (see photo below).
Start by separating your cable at the break-away point just like this photo, now cut off the Regular Xbox connector anywhere after the point shown in the photo. Cut off the wire shielding and separate the wires you should now see this.  

The USB female connector to join with the Xbox Break-away cable should have an end that looks like the photo on the left. If you need to add wires to the connector feel free to use some extra wire from the Xbox controller but follow the photo to ensure the connections are correct if yours is pre-wired then you simply need to solder all the same colored wires together, we don't need to use the Yellow Wire or extra shielding so tape them up to avoid shorts.

Step Two: The hard Way
Adding the USB female connector to your Xbox controller

Unscrew your Xbox Controller and locate the main PC board inside, be careful to make sure you don't damage any wires. Note be careful to avoid any buttons falling out as it can take a while to put everything back together correctly.

The area where the usual XBox memory cards are inserted is where we will be adding the USB female connector You will notice that one side is larger than the other. With the diagram below you will be able to figure out which wires go where
So when you are looking at the top of the Xbox controllers PC board (the area from the photo of the open Xbox controller) you will need to add the wires to the pins shown in the diagram on the right as the memory port is upside down. Solder your points carefully and once done cut a hole large enough for the soldered connector to fit through to allow access to it from outside of the controller once it's re-assembled. Connect your USB memory stick into the Xbox controller and try to access it, a message will appear if compatible saying the memory card could not be read and was erased. If it's not compatible the message will be that the memory card is damaged and does not work.

Software you will require:

  • USBView.exe click Here
  • Action Replay Software click Here

So the memory stick was formatted for use with the Xbox but it will not work with Action Replay software until you edit the configuration file. Start the USBView program and find your device from the list, click on your device and save the information it will look like the example below:

  • idVendor: 0xYYYY
  • idProduct: 0xXXXX

Record the YYYY digits and the XXXX digits and browse to where you installed the Action Replay software by default it installs in C:/Program Files/Datel/Action Replay Xbox/Drivers look for a file called 'xbreader' you need to open this file with notepad (or your fav editor) and find the [_Devices] section.

As indicated by the above photo you need to change the entry VID_0781 to the YYYY digits you recorded from the USBView program and change the &PID_5204 to the XXXX digits, now save the file and exit notepad.

Open your Control Panel and switch to 'Classic Mode' this will allow you to find the System icon. Open the System control and once it's open click the ' Hardware' tab, now click on the button labeled 'Device Manager'. Locate the section called 'Universal Serial Bus Controllers' click on the '+' in front to expand the section. Locate the 'USB Mass Storage Device' (If you see more than one make sure you have removed all other USB devices) now select the 'USB Mass Storage Device' right click and you will see a menu appear you want to click on 'Update Driver..'

A new window appears select the option 'Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)' click 'Next' to get the next screen. Select the option 'Don't Search. I will choose the driver the install'. Click 'Next' Select 'ActionReplay XBOX' and click 'Next' (you might have to click 'Have Disk' and browse to the directory where you installed the Action Replay software) everything is complete and your USB device should be functioning properly.

Step Three: Installing software
So if you don't have the software you can download the Action Replay software Here after installing it you only need to simply drag the file from the File Explorer window onto the left most pane (which is the contents of the Memory card).

Note in the photo above the large "AR" is black, it will turn green once a Memory card is inserted and recognized by the Action Replay driver.

The bar on the Memory Card will turn orange and increase in length until the complete file has been written to the Memory card. The Memory Card screen will be updated with the save games installed on the Memory card. Now you're ready to copy the save game to your Xbox.

You should of course make sure no other save games are present for this Game first before copying the new save over!

Copy the save game to the un-modded XBOX that you are about to flash. Make sure you have copied it the hard-drive and do not try loading the save game from the memory card as it will fail and may result in a bad Copy which means your not gonna be playing any games without some major soldering.

If using the 'Splinter Cell' exploit you will need to repeat the above process twice as it actually has two game saves to install (the save game was to large to fit on the memory card so it was split into two parts).

I had never used a memory card before and couldn't get the copy option to show up until I figured out you need to select the game title first then press the D-pad to the right to enter the folder, now the copy option shows up.

 

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