29a.ch by Jonas Wagner

xbox360 wireless controller on Ubuntu/Steam with xboxdrv

The driver for the xbox controller built into the kernel (xpad) seems to be quite broken. Luckily there is an alternative. Here is how to set it up under Ubuntu, other Linux distributions might differ.

Blacklist xpad kernel driver

The first step is to blacklist the xpad kernel driver to prevent it from being loaded.

# as root
echo "blacklist xpad" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
#unload module if already loaded
rmmod xpad

Install xboxdrv

# as root
apt-get install xboxdrv

Start xboxdrv

I start xboxdrv manually (as root) before I play. I tried to automate it but it wasn't very reliable.

# check it is working
# Should output something like
# Your Xbox/Xbox360 controller should now be available as:
# /dev/input/js0

For actually playing I tend to start it with --silent.

This solves all the xbox gamepad issues for me. Steam, Shank, Overgrowth all work fine with xboxdrv.

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