How? Help please! (Xbox 360 wired controller and Macbook Pro)

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  1. HalfbloodHanime macrumors newbie

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    So, I'm a growing gamer and I'm trying to set up my xbox 360 wired controller to my new Macbook Pro. I have done this before on my previous laptop, but it was not a Mac.

    I have already installed the drivers that were required. My xbox controller just won't connect with the laptop. It will light up for a second then just not won't work. But it works when i use it for my xbox.

    Any ideas what the problem could be? :c
     
  2. Trey M macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure if Microsoft explicitly supports Mac OS, even if the drivers are supposedly installed. I'm guessing you're not running your games in bootcamp or a VM, or are you?
     
  3. HalfbloodHanime thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No I am not running my games on bootcamp or vm. I'm not even really sure what those are.
     
  4. HalfbloodHanime thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I have tried that one. It did not work. :c
     
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  6. 01mggt macrumors 6502

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    It sucks that microsoft is to lame to release a mac driver. It's not like it's that complicated.
     
  7. NMF macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have a PS3 controller? In my experience those are easier to set up since OSX natively recognizes them with bluetooth. You'll still need some sort of gamepad mapping software though.
     
  8. brand macrumors 601

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    Why would you expect Microsoft to release drivers for a competing operating system? It being complicated has nothing to do with it.
     
  9. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

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    There is a microsoft dongle that you have to plug into the USB port to make the 360 controller work on a PC. I doubt it'll work on a mac.
     
  10. Slivortal macrumors 6502

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    Bootcamp and Virtual Machines are ways of allowing your machine to run Windows, which is necessary for most games (as they use Microsoft's proprietary DirectX over OpenGL). If you run Windows, you'll probably have an easier time of getting the necessary drivers for running your Xbox controller.
     
  11. 01mggt macrumors 6502

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    Microsoft Office ring a bell?

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    Only if you are using the wireless controller. This isn't required with the wired version.

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    It should be noted that even with a Mac, you can use the onlive gaming service and plug in the 360 controller and it works right away with no fuss. Would be nice if game devs added that kind of support :)
     
  12. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    Bootcamp allows you to install windows on your mac. Many games run better on windows (bootcamp) than on mac. It would also solve your controller issue.
     
  13. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Just use a PS3 controller, they work perfectly over USB, and can be made to work over Bluetooth, assuming you don't want windows on the system.
     
  14. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    You'll have to map the buttons. Using the 360 controller on windows is a much simpler setup, not to mention your games will run smoother.
     
  15. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    If a game supports the controller explicitly, it will just work. Tried it with a few games from the humble bundles and it works just fine.
     
  16. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Agreed but not everyone want`s or needs Windows on their Mac, some of my Mac`s are now running SSD`s and the trade off is disk space compared to HDD. Windows 7 is a good OS, just not for me i prefer OS X and have always run Mac`s.
     
  17. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    Totally agree, but still doesn't change the gaming aspect. Many games just run better on windows, and others aren't even offered on Mac.
     
  18. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

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    Ps3 controlers are incredibly easy to set up over bluetooth. Pick one up second hand if you dont have one.
     
  19. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    I know, but what to do, i dont game enough or need any specific MS apps to warrant the space usage, it`s all good i can still get the odd fix over here in OS X :p

    just one last, going to game on a Mac, game on a Retina :D
     
  20. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    I hear that!
     
  21. mykelala01 macrumors 6502

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    I use "On Live". And my xbox 360 controller on my Mac it works for me just plug and Play.
     
  22. brand macrumors 601

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    Microsoft Office for the Mac existed before it did for Microsoft Windows.
     
  23. 01mggt macrumors 6502

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    lol you are still not seeing my point. Office would sell alot more Windows operating systems than xbox 360 controller drivers :)
     

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