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    Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    Getting the Xbox360 Controller Working Edgy

    This guide is meant to be really easy; giving you reasons why you're doing things and explaining how to do them in simple language. Don't be afraid it almost impossible to mess up your system. READ the directions.


    You need to have automake1.9 & kernel-headers for your kernel
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-'uname -r' build-essential
    sudo apt-get install automake1.9

    First you need to download two files:

    Use these links (right click save as)

    Then your going to make a folder in your home directory called .xpad360 (the dot is to make it hidden)
    Code:
    mkdir ~/.xpad360

    Now you are going to place the two files you downloaded (xpad.c & xpad.x) into the folder (.xpad360) you just created.
    1. Go to places->home
    2. Once in your home folder either press Ctrl H (control key & h at the same time) or go to view-> show hidden files
    3. Paste the two files you downloaded into the folder the folder you created, .xpad360


    Now your going to make a Makefile:

    Code:
    gedit ~/.xpad360/Makefile
    And add this to that file and save:
    Code:
    KERNEL_DIR?=/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.17-10-generic
    
    obj-m := xpad.o
    
    EXTRA_CFLAGS= -I$(shell pwd)
    
    all:
    	$(MAKE) modules -C $(KERNEL_DIR) SUBDIRS=$(shell pwd)
    *It is import that there is an indentation (Tab) before $(Make) in the above file. It will not work without it.
    *Note the first line of the make file: KERNEL_DIR?=/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.17-10-generic is my kernel and about 90% of everyone else's. If you followed all these steps and still can't get the file to make. You want to check your folder /usr/src/ and see what kernel your are using and amend the script accordingly.


    Now your going to run the Makefile you just made:
    (YOUR NAME should be replaced with your login name)
    Code:
    cd /home/<YOUR NAME>/.xpad360
    sudo make

    Now Your going to add the xpad360 "driver" into the /usb/inputs
    Code:
    sudo cp xpad.ko /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/usb/input

    Now to finish up:

    Code:
    sudo depmod -a
    sudo modprobe xpad

    And to reboot:
    Code:
    sudo shutdown -r now
    Enjoy!
    Last edited by redDEADresolve; January 22nd, 2007 at 12:26 AM. Reason: error correction 12.21.06
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    Re: Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    Thanks! Great guide!
    Only thing to add is where to find the device location thing whatever...
    anyway, you can find the controller device in /dev/input/js0

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    Re: Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    Does this driver work for multiple controllers? I can't seem to get it to work with more than one. Also, permissions are not set properly for the gamepads. When I connect an XBOX 360 controller to the PC, it is assigned to the "plugdev" group with no read/write permissions for others. I can reassign the permissions, but they reset when the computer reboots. How can I change the default permissions?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    ebs16,

    I don't know about the multiple controller issue you are having (I only own one right now), but the easiest way to solve your other problem would be to add any users you want to be able to read the device to the plugdev group:

    Code:
    $ sudo gpasswd -a <user> plugdev
    Note that you'll have to logout and re-login for the changes to take effect.

    There is another solution, but it requires writing your own udev rules. This solution is definitely more involved, but it is actually easy.

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    Red face Re: Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    Hope someone can help me ... when I entered the command :-
    sudo modprobe xpad

    I got this error message :-
    FATAL: Error inserting xpad (/lib/modules/2.6.17-11-386/kernel/drivers/usb/input/xpad.ko): Invalid module format

    Can anyone tell me what went wrong?
    Many Thanks

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    Re: Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    dabsan,

    Can you post the output of the following command?

    Code:
    $ uname -r
    [EDIT]

    Are you having any other kernel troubles? People have been having problems with 2.6.17-11-* kernels. Have you tried this with 2.6.17-10-*?
    Last edited by po0f; February 10th, 2007 at 08:00 PM.

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    Re: Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    Hi thanks for your message ...

    The output was :-
    2.6.17-11-386

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    Re: Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    when i execute this command :-
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-'uname -r' build-essential

    I get this error :-
    E: Couldn't find package linux-headers-uname -r

    Hope someone can help.
    Many Thanks

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    Re: Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    dabsan,

    Those are backticks, not single quotes. On a QWERTY keyboard, the backtick is to the left of the 1 (the key you press with shift to get a tilde ~).

    You could also just install linux-headers-2.6.17-11-386 since you know that's what kernel version you are running.

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    Re: Howto Setup Xbox360 Controller in Edgy Elft

    I followed these instructions and everything seemed to work correctly. After the reboot, however, not much is happening. I plugged the controller in, turned it on, and fired up snes9express (the frontend for SNES9X emulator.) I browed to the configure input section but the system doesn't seem to find any joysticks. I tried both /dev/js0 (the program's default) and /dev/input/js0 as mentioned earlier in this thread. Neither seem to exist. What gives?

    By the way, is there any particular USB cable that is necessary for this? I have one that I bought as a charger for the controller that looked like just a standard USB connection, and it was. Is this adequate?

    edit: By the way, upon browsing to my /dev/input directory, the only things listed are:
    event0 event1 event2 mice mouse0 and ts0
    not sure if that's meaningful, seems like there is definitely no joystick detected.

    edit 2: Read a few more things online. I didn't realize that there is an entirely separate wired controller available designed to be used with a PC. Perhaps my USB charger attachment isn't going to cut it.
    Last edited by caecusum; February 16th, 2007 at 11:32 PM.

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