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360 wireless controller

I can't get my controller to connect to the x box 360 even after using the controller and xbox sync buttons. the controller is fine as i have since tried it on my friends, help me whats wrong

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Re: 360 wireless controller

Hey tavis,

Try this, make sure if you have any cord controllers, that they are unplugged.

Turn off the console.

Make sure the controller is off too.

Turn on the console, and then press the wireless sync button on the console itself.

Then, press the sync button the controller. This should def work for you.

If it still does not work, it sounds like something could be wrong with the system, since you say it works on a friends.

Is this the first time using a wireless controller on your 360?

Try using your friends wireless controller since it works for his, just to see what it does on yours.


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THANK YOU.... My roommate was about to dissect it and i read this article and saved it.... now it works.  Thanks duder....

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You might have to replace the batteries in the controller, as if the battery life is low the controller will have issues syncing to the xbox 360. Just in cause, To sync the controller to the xbox 360, you must turn on the controller using the xbox guide button and then press the Wireless Sync button right next to the Controller Charging Port. Then you must press the sync button on the xbox 360. You must do this semi-quickly, or the sync process will not complete.
Lastly, You also might have a faulty controller, I suggest you go back to the store you got it from and see if they will replace the faulty controller.

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If you have tried this and it is still not working, try turning off the Xbox 360, and syncing his controller to the console first. (Meaning before you sign in, or even turn your controller on.) If this doesn't work either, I would suggest testing another controller. (Perhaps it is his controller that is faulty in some way.)

Hope this was of some help.

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I've had the same problem today. The controller wouldn't connect no matter what. The strange thing was I could still turn the console on using the controller, but afterwards it wouldn't do anything.

Now I think I found a solution, at least for my case. All I did was to remove the HDD (that thing on top of the console) and put it back in. Then I started the console again using the controller and it was instantly connected.:)

Now I just hope it stays this way.;)

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