Wireless controller keeps disconnecting

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  • hailstorm 21 Nov 2008 20:10:42 120 posts
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    This is really starting to get on my nerves. I can't play Fallout 3 when my controller keeps disconnecting. Seems to be fine then goes through phases of losing the connection. Tonight its gradually been getting worse. Should I just replace the controller?
  • hailstorm 21 Nov 2008 20:20:06 120 posts
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    Hmm. I think I may have figured out the source of interference. I have a Apple laptop that backs up over 802.11n to the Time Machine downstairs. That explains why it only happens at certain times. Tonight its a big backup so thats why its happening again and again.
  • hailstorm 21 Nov 2008 20:29:12 120 posts
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    Well sort of. Ideally they should be able to play nicely with each other.
  • seasidebaz 21 Nov 2008 22:40:57 6,166 posts
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    Change the batteries. Mine does it when the batteries are apparently 3/4 full.

    Xbox360 doesn't use any of the 802.11 spectrum.
  • hailstorm 23 Nov 2008 09:23:31 120 posts
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    I've removed the battery completely and just had the charge cable plugged in powering it. Makes no difference. The wireless controller operates in the 2.4Ghz spectrum. 802.11n also operates in the same space.
  • ScarOnTheSky 23 Nov 2008 18:55:41 20 posts
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    I had the same problem last week! I was going to send it to MS, but two days ago it was suddenly all fine again.
  • Bulbatron 24 Nov 2008 13:45:06 855 posts
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    The controllers are crap aren't they? I mean, crap in terms of their overall reliability - like the Xbox 360 itself. My pad, play & charge kit and Xbox 360 Arcade are all only a few months old. The only older thing is my HDD from my previous (Premium) box. And yet I cannot get my controller to recharge fully. I always seem to be having this problem.

    Wow - what a mansion!

  • MrSensible 24 Nov 2008 13:50:42 25,360 posts
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    I have a different problem, but still controller related.

    I've had this particular pad since Halo 3 came out (it's the limited edition Master Chief pad). Over the past two weeks (well, since my 360 came back from MS) the pad won't charge. It runs down to empty but if I plug the Play and Charge cable in it tells me it's at full power. Once I take the P&C cable out it goes back to zero then turns off again.

    My other pads are all fine.

    What can I do, if anything?
  • mikew1985 24 Nov 2008 14:15:20 13,030 posts
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    New Battery?
  • MrSensible 25 Nov 2008 08:45:13 25,360 posts
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    It must be the controller, I've decided. I put the battery in one of the working controllers and it's charged absolutely fine.
  • DUFFMAN5 25 Nov 2008 09:02:52 15,389 posts
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    I smashed my one against the sofa and then floor, and now the bastard left stick is playing up...fookin cheap tat ;)

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  • Buztafen 25 Nov 2008 09:12:44 16,531 posts
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    DUFFMAN5 wrote:
    I smashed my one against the sofa and then floor....

    This part could be the culprit^^^^

    To add to this thread, my pad was doing exactly the same thing last night, turned itself off for no reason 3 times during COD4? Batteries show 3/4 full? Strange....only happens after the NXE update?
  • Grunk 25 Nov 2008 09:49:26 4,718 posts
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    seasidebaz wrote:

    Xbox360 doesn't use any of the 802.11 spectrum.

    Isn't the 360 controller bluetooth?

    Even if it isn't Pretty sure it uses the 2.4G ISM band. The same band that WLAN/802.11 uses.
  • Buztafen 2 Dec 2008 11:42:38 16,531 posts
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    So.....anyone found a solution to this problem? Its fecking annoying....
  • paulf 2 Dec 2008 11:46:13 515 posts
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    even though i have 4 controllers i find myself going back to the wired one, cause i dont have to change the batteries or worry about interference or the like

  • rock27gr 28 Jun 2009 13:02:36 5,787 posts
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    This is really annoying. First my second (White) controller kept disconnecting while playing Lego Indiana Jones with the girlfriend.

    Now my red Resident Evil controller keeps disconnecting while playing Crackdown.

    Is my 360 fucked?
  • rock27gr 28 Jun 2009 14:51:23 5,787 posts
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    Anyone?
  • funkyd 28 Jun 2009 15:01:13 7,522 posts
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    Could just be your controllers man. Try re-syncing them with the 360.
  • rock27gr 28 Jun 2009 15:07:24 5,787 posts
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    I did.Or I think I did.

    How can I reset them and re-sync them again?
  • funkyd 28 Jun 2009 15:18:38 7,522 posts
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    I don't think you can reset it, but to re-sync just sync it like you did the first time. I've had the problems you do currently, and for me the controller just kept disconnecting until eventually it just refused to connect at all. So I'd say your controllers are on their last legs, unfortunately. Do the controllers just disconnect whilst playing those particular games?
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  • girlgunwild93 2 Dec 2011 04:25:28 1 posts
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    ok so i just bought a used xbox 360 elite and i only had it for 1 day already. i was playing MW3 and right as i was about to shoot someone my controller turned off. i turned it back on to have it do it again. i changed the batteries to see if that was the problem and it dtill did it. changed controllers and it still did it... can any one help me? i would really like to play my xbox.... but if it keeps this up im gonna sell it and get a ps3.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 2 Dec 2011 06:39:16 39,754 posts
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    If it's turning off entirely it's probably just a faulty pad. I was going to say get it swapped, but it's used so you may just have to buy a new one.

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  • Madder-Max 2 Dec 2011 09:13:39 11,687 posts
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    2 official controllers in 6 years and my recent one has lasted me 5 years.

    The first one got launched and the battery housing was demolished

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  • DeltaBravoNiner 9 Dec 2011 08:10:31 631 posts
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    My Name is Riffer81 and I'm a Pad Launcher...
  • crazy-money-lol 31 Mar 2012 18:06:37 1 posts
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    @Buztafen i barley hit my controller on my leg cuz i sit dwn when i play and maybe becuase you hit the controller on something thats it and or your baterrry thing isnt closed all the way properly
  • DFawkes 31 Mar 2012 18:46:11 24,047 posts
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    As you don't seem to have noticed, Buztafen's post was 3 years ago. As I've played many online games with him in that time, I'm sure his issues have been addressed by now :)

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  • techspert 14 Jan 2013 03:05:52 3 posts
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    Ok guys, i will put this to rest, REPLACE YOUR BATTERIES!!! hahaha

    And I need to clarify one other thing for you guys... (the ONLY reason that i registered on this forum, considering i will never be back and dont live in euroupe... i think that says something)

    Anyways, 802.11 has nothing to do with any radio frequency. It is a set of standards for implementing wireless networks with various protocols over various frequencies.

    The reason why you are most familiar with the 2.4 ghz frequency is probably because you guys are too cheap to go out and by a decent Dual-Band router AND adapter (dont forget you need both! LOL). You can pick up a decent one here across the pond for around $100 (US).

    These new routers will operate on both/OR 2.4 & 5 ghz frequencies. One of the main benefits of these routers is increased throughput due to a reduction of noise on the operating frequency. Most cordless home phones, microwaves, wireless printers, etc.. operate on the 2.4 ghz frequency which could cause a low signal strength. Switching to the 5 ghz frequency will overcome this interference as there are not many other consumer devices operating on that frequency (comparatively).

    BUT!!! If you really want to make your friends jealous...

    Setup a hidden wireless network (do not broadcast SSID), and get a couple ubiquity wifi devices (im not affiliated with them, but i love their products!) and use the 2nd frequency as a backhaul between any APs or devices that are sharing over your network!

    Your welcome :)

    -Murica
  • Fake_Blood 14 Jan 2013 03:40:42 4,445 posts
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    Fuck off.

    -Fake_Blood
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