Resurrecting a 360 controller?

I have an Xbox 360 controller I use on my PC with the official Microsoft wireless adapter dongle thingy. It's worked reliably for me for... oh, 5-6 years now?

I was just in the middle of a game when my PC froze. I mean hard-froze, had to hold down the power button and then turn it back on. My PC seems fine... but mysteriously my 360 controller won't even power on now (and yes, I changed the batteries just to be sure).

I ran out to the local secondhand vidya store and bought another 360 controller and it worked immediately, the adapter dongle is still fine. Inexplicably, my PC crash appears to have killed a device that was not even physically connected to it?

Has anybody experienced anything like this before, and is there anything I can do to possibly get the controller working again? I've got nothing to lose so I don't mind taking it apart if necessary.

That sounds to me like the controller broke and caused your PC to freeze, not the reverse. Have you tried swapping out the battery packs between the controllers to see if one might have corroded contacts or the center area (where the plastic pin from the controller goes into the battery pack) is kaput?

LouZiffer wrote:

That sounds to me like the controller broke and caused your PC to freeze, not the reverse.

For what it's worth this would be my interpretation too. USB devices can cause all kinds of weirdness.

I have a USB DAC (basically external sound card) that works flawlessly on two PC's but causes a third to just never boot. If you unplug it while the boot is hung up, suddenly it boots. Plug it back in after getting into windows and it shows up with some weird error in device manager.

USB stuff man. Not always great.