Guitar Hero II Controller (XBox 360) on Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Lim-Dul, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. Lim-Dul

    Lim-Dul Guest

    Maybe I should've posted this message in this forum right from the beginning
    - I'm just quoting my post from the hardware forums...:

    Hello there!
    I'm not sure if anybody is familiar with this piece of hardware - it's a
    normal USB game controller. =)
    Anyway - I've read ALL over the internet that people have no problems at
    all with Vista recognizing the guitar as an XBox 360 Controller straight
    away... Well... Not for me...

    I installed the 1.1 XBox 360 Acessories Software from Microsoft and the
    controller kind of installs, but only partially.

    What I mean is this:

    In the Device Manager I have the XBox 360 controller under the standard
    controller for Windows class.


    Then I have an USB HID interface device:


    And then I have an unknown Device under "Other devices":


    (parent: USB\VID_1430&PID_4748&IG_00\6&1b44eb60&10&00)

    The problem is that although the controller IS working in some games it
    isn't listed in the control panel under "game controllers" and most
    games/programs don't recognize it. I guess they would if the most
    important device ID strings weren't in the "unknown device" part, e.g.:

    HID_DEVICE_SYSTEM_GAME (this line enables the game controller
    functionality in Vista)

    Does anybody know how to fix this problem? So basically how to make the
    controller appear in the "game controllers" list? I've spent half the day on
    trying to figure that one out...

    Jan Milewski

    P.S. The installation process in itself was a bit... strange. At first the
    guitar was recognized as a "Guitar Hero X-plorer" and Vista automatically
    installed the XBox 360 Controller drivers for it BUT after that the
    controller was recognized a second time and this time no drivers could be
    found - I ran a driver search on my system and the "second part" of the
    controller installed itself as the "HID device/unknown device" combo listed
    Lim-Dul, Jul 7, 2007
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    Andy Guest

    Nope, never tried the X guitar on Vista. I got my PS2 guitar working with
    the Red Octane PS2 to XBox/USB/GC adapter, played Frets on Fire twice and
    decided the PS2 version was just much better.

    Not sure what to suggest. Might try running dxwebsetup.exe again, see if
    Microsoft has released an updated xinput dll for controllers. Maybe
    something recent specifically addresses the x-ploder guitar.

    I wish Harmonix would release a PC version of Rock Band... /sigh.
    Andy, Jul 9, 2007
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  3. Lim-Dul

    Lim-Dul Guest

    Nope, never tried the X guitar on Vista. I got my PS2 guitar working with
    My problem was already solved on the Hardware forum. It turned out that my
    INFCACHE.1 file was corrupted - it was a simple matter of deleting the file
    and suddenly the controller started working like a charm.
    Lim-Dul, Jul 9, 2007
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    Andy Guest

    Good to hear, i'll have to look that one up.
    Andy, Jul 9, 2007
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