The Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver For Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for PC windows have a flaw they stop working after some time.
I had purchased 2 of them about 5 years or so back and they lasted probably 2 years then stopped working. I saved the broken adapters figuring 1 day I would attempt to repair well 2 years later and I have.
This seems to be an issue that everyone runs into with these adapters.
I like using a 360 controller on some PC games so when it went I was a bit disappointed.
What you will need to repair this is a low wattage Soldering Pen one from Radio Shack will do with a fine tip. Small screw drivers watch type preferred to remove the board and pry the receiver apart. A small pocket knife.
A wire that can be cut this is for the repair. Very thin wire needed.
A lighted magnifier to see the points on board to solder them unless you have really, really good eyes. Soldering experience if you don’t have that then do a few practice runs on some broken boards that have points about the same size that is on the Microsoft receiver.
First you will take the small flat head screw driver and start where the cord goes into the receiver and slowly pry around until the top pops off the board will then be exposed.
Here is the unit with the top off>
Take a look at the board there are 2 Philips head screws that hold the board down use the small watch Philips head to remove both screws and then lift the board out.
Once the board is out you will need the small wire stripped at the end make sure to add a thin coat of solder on the wire.
Flip the board over and look for F1 on the board circled red in picture with arrow pointing to it.
If you look closely under F1 there are 2 solder points this is where you will solder the small wire to both points bridging them together. This is what will fix the receiver.
Once you complete the solder do not put back together right away plug into PC and verify it gets the green light and windows makes the sound that new hardware has been found.
Once you see the green light and hear Windows you have fixed your wireless controller receiver go ahead and put it back together.
Have fun using your wireless Xbox 360 controller on your PC games again. Why go spend $20+ on a generic receiver when you may have a Microsoft made one that can easily be repaired with a wire solder and a soldering pen and 10 minutes of your time.
Once soldered will look something like this. This is very sloppy on my part was my 1st attempt. Can tell it’s been some time since I’ve soldered anything. But it works.