Simple Fix For Dead Microsoft Wireless Receiver for Windows Fault

16 06 2010

Ok, over a year ago we purchased a Microsoft Wireless Receiver for Windows. This device allows you to use Xbox 360 wireless controllers on Windows PC. It’s a fantastic piece of kit, and has seen action on many Games For Windows titles.

It’s a great way to play games. Games For Windows titles contain preset gamepad profiles. The game will be configured as the developers intended. That makes things really simple compared to other HID, which usually require manual configuration to achieve the optimum ease of use.

Another bonus are the Microsoft button icons. Take Kung-Fu Panda for example; there’s several parts of the game that require you to press an ordered sequence of buttons at the correct moment. With a standard controller, it would just say “Button 9” or something. With a Xbox 360 controller, it would draw a simple button icon to indicate exactly where the button is. It’s far less complicated for small children – and much more console-like.

Anyway… ours died. The light no longer lit up, and Windows Device manager couldn’t find it in any USB socket. I was about to throw it away, when I thought I’d google the fault. I’m sure glad I did. A new one would have been expensive, and would have the same issue eventually.

It seems we’re not the first people to have this problem. It almost seems like it’s an intentional fault. A tiny under-rated fuse seems to blow when exposed to heat. If you leave it anywhere slightly warm – there’s a good chance the feeble fuse will break. I guess it wasn’t a good idea leaving it on the amplifier.

I found this post, which contained several quality photos and instructions on how to fix. Sure enough Grandpa-Goat put a blob of solder on “Fuse F1” and it fixed it totally.

For your pleasure, here are some photos and a video. Enjoy!



21 responses

21 07 2010

Yes i had the exact same problem with my wireless reciever and i found it very annoying because i loved the thing. But I found this fix and as it was already broken I had nothing to lose so I gave it a try. And it worked! made me very happy 😀

9 08 2010
Indiana Bones

Thanks it works for me. Very happy face ^_^

29 09 2010

Great Fix!
Works a treat.
I can now get back to my gaming!

Thank you Goat

2 11 2010

I have the same receptor but is model 2010 and the circuit is different i dont know wich part of the circuit that I welded to replace the F1 video.
Please and help me.

16 01 2011


21 05 2011

worked great…

26 11 2011

Only one word : THANKS !!!!!

24 08 2012

I have a different model but it has the same F1 fuse, I followed your directions and it worked like a charm. Thanks so much! Now I just hope it doesn’t burst into flames. 😀

5 01 2014

You are the MAN, I must say I was almost in tears when it died and was about to trash it. Many thanks to you for all your time and help as I just installed BF4 not 1 hour before it died.

6 01 2014

Thanks from Italy it works!

7 01 2014

Many Thanks 😉 It works 😀

5 12 2014

Thanks so much. I couldn’t figure what could have happened, but after reading your post it all started to make sense. Worked perfectly, thanks so much!

4 06 2015

Awesome! Its actually remarkable piece of writing, I have
got much clear idea on the topic of from this piece of writing.

28 11 2015

Great, but 99.9% of people don’t own a soldering iron, nor can use one. So pretty much, its throw away the piece of garbage and buy a new one.

25 12 2017

Huh, mine decided to crap out on me after I shut my old front room PC down and unplug it. AFter that it wouldn’t work on anything, but worked faithfully all along. Tested your theory with a small piece of foil and it lit up, so I’m about to solder it. Glad I Googled and found your article before I smashed it and tossed it!

13 07 2019
James Wilkinson

I’m glad I kept my receiver all these years. It came back out as I was searching for something else this week, and it was good to go again after a quick blob of solder. Thanks!

10 03 2020

10 years later, and this still helping people like me. Thanks!

5 05 2020
Quentin Wolf

Thanks! Was just using my 360 wireless receiver a few weeks ago, grabbed my controller today and it wouldn’t connect. Saw the LED on the receiver wasn’t lit, thought my USB port crapped out, tried a different port, tried a different computer, just wouldn’t come on.

Quick Google search for dead 360 receiver and saw this post. Tested it by just shorting the fuse with some tweezers initially and found the LED came on and computer detected it, so I did a permanent fix by just soldering a blob to short it out. The fuse came loose during soldering so I gently flicked it off with the soldering iron and made a blob to short the F1 contacts (since the fuse was faulty, no need to leave it there anyway.)

Thanks again!

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27 12 2021

I swapped out the receiver the first time the Xbox 360 controller stopped working but the second time it did that, it was out of warranty. This bit of soldering did the trick. Thanks!

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