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    i think blutooth is good waay to eliminate the wires but personally i am not a big fan of it, as you either gonna need batteries or make/buy dc-dc regulator for that device to eliminate the batteries, also pairing issues are likely to happen. i would look into to the older and reliable RF technology.
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    after using the thumbstick for about a week i decided to add even more buttons for easier PC navigation while driving.
    i had an old 6 switch panel from a broken TV so i decided to solder it to the Xbox controller board.
    the first step was to strip the black contact points where the buttons are, and put some solder on them for easy wire attachment (see pic).

    i then soldered the wires to the 6 switch board then i cut them and made a plug for them so i can unplug it if i have to take it apart.

    the last step was to make the holes for the buttons on the dash and make the illumination for them. here is the result.

    afterwads i cconfigured the buttons with JOYTOKEY for my needs, which is; switch joytokey profiles, visualization fullscreen, main menu, navigation, dimm, settings. the 2nd profile makes the thumbstick emulate a mouse and the buttons; switch profile, enter, up, down, backspace, mouse right click.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sergatiuk View Post
    i think blutooth is good waay to eliminate the wires but personally i am not a big fan of it, as you either gonna need batteries or make/buy dc-dc regulator for that device to eliminate the batteries, also pairing issues are likely to happen. i would look into to the older and reliable RF technology.

    I have yet to have any pairing issues using my Wii Remote or bluetooth mini keyboard. Regarding batteries you could just get rechargeable ones and my bluetooth keyboard battery lasts about a month before I have to recharge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hexxamillion View Post
    I have yet to have any pairing issues using my Wii Remote or bluetooth mini keyboard. Regarding batteries you could just get rechargeable ones and my bluetooth keyboard battery lasts about a month before I have to recharge.
    if it works for you, go this route, personally i like maintenance-free system, no batteries, no chargers, no wireless.
    but it is all a matter of preference...(;
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    Excellent! congratulations, they were great, really soft JoyToKey is very useful. With a few buttons you can do many things.

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    i have a wired xbox360 controller that i hate having around since i use all wireless controllers now. the wired one would work perfect to hack up and use... i could put in both thumbpads, one for 'forward' 'back' 'play' 'pause' and 'stop'... and the other for mute, visualization, and whatver else i can think of...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuegomp3 View Post
    Excellent! congratulations, they were great, really soft JoyToKey is very useful. With a few buttons you can do many things.

    Greetings,
    Nelson.
    yes JoyToKey can virtually do anything. emulate ANY keyboard or mouse key.
    very versatile program and works especially good with game console controllers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    i have a wired xbox360 controller that i hate having around since i use all wireless controllers now. the wired one would work perfect to hack up and use... i could put in both thumbpads, one for 'forward' 'back' 'play' 'pause' and 'stop'... and the other for mute, visualization, and whatver else i can think of...
    i would make 1 for prev/next track, volume up/down and play pause, and the other i would use to select screens on the frontend ; homescreen, music, navigation, setting, or like you said, whever you might think of, also keep in mind that you have about 20 buttons on this controller so dont limit yourself to thumbsticks only (;
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    I have been trying to remove the thumb sticks of of my logitech PS2 style usb controller, but I have been unable to get the soldier to melt/soften on any of the solder points. I am not sure why, but no matter what, they heat up, the metal part that I am trying to remove heats up, but the solder does not soften or melt to be removed.
    I am using a generic 35W soldering iron.
    What am I doing wrong?
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    What kind of desoldering are using?

    The welds can be double sided and are more complicated, apply a bit of tin to the tip of the soldering iron and remove the tin with a desoldering type this:





    Good luck.

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