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3.0 out of 5 stars Works, If you aren't afraid to solder, October 1, 2010
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I have a perfectly functional cable, which works great when used with an HDMI cable, but it took about 5 minutes of soldering. If you aren't comfortable with this, don't buy this product, as it likely won't work correctly out of the box. If you do purchase, you can fix it by following the steps below.

NOTE: If you break your Xbox, it's your fault and only your fault. If you burn your house down or your finger with a soldering iron, it's your fault and only your fault. Proceed at your own risk.

1) Check the cable... there is a chance it will be wired correctly when you get it. If so, lucky you :-) Make sure you try changing the TV HDMI input to another input, then back to the XBOX. If the XBOX resets, sorry, you need to plug in your soldering gun.

2) Open the plastic on the end of the plug that goes into the Xbox. You might need to tape it closed later, as it tends to break. Not a huge deal, as this won't kill the plug, just make it a little less attractive. Set it aside.

3) Remove the copper outer casing on the plug. This is the trapezoid thin metal outer part of the plug, with no wires connected to it. Slide it off the end of the plug by inserting a blade to release the two plastic tabs in the rectangular holes. Try not to damage this part if possible. Set it aside.

4) Get lined up to which pin is which. You need to focus on pins of even numbers 18 - 30. I have added a customer image to the product for reference. The easiest way to find these is to look at the wire side of the plug, find the three wires in a row (the optical wires) on the wide side and look at the 7 on the narrow side on the same end.

5) Remove the hot glue from these pins gently using a razor.

6) Make sure there are no connections between or to the last three: 26, 28, and 30. If there is a connection, desolder it. Mine didn't have any, but it is important you check this.

7) Jump (place a blob of solder) pins 22 and 24.

8) Jump pins 18 and 20.

9) Check your connections. This can be done with a continuity meter. 18 and 20 should be connected, 22 and 24 should be connected, and also check for lack of connections between the two groups and 26, 28, and 30.

10) Time to check your work. Your Xbox should not reset when changing HDMI inputs away from and back to your Xbox, and the optical plug on your adapter should be glowing red. You should get sound through the cable. I did this to get 5.1 optical so that I can hear someone behind me just before they shoot me in the head in Halo: Reach.

11) If there are still problems, recheck your work and use Google. You're on your own.

12) Did you remember to unplug your soldering iron? Are the curtains on fire? Why did you think a windowsill was a good place to put a hot soldering iron?

13) If it works, time to put everything back together. Replace the hot glue if you have some to keep things from touching, slide the copper cover back in place, and replace the plastic casing. You may need some tape or glue here. Easiest thing to do is wrap it a few times with electrical tape, stretching it to keep things nice and tight.

14) Game on. Please leave a comment if this worked for you. Sorry about those curtains dude, but things could have gotten much worse. Good thing you had that fire extinguisher handy. Some Halo will take that off your mind. It's hard to think about burnt curtains when a Covenant Mothership has you pinned down.

EDIT: Looks like the seller might have removed the reference picture...
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Initial post: Nov 23, 2010 6:14:20 PM PST
GB 360 Gamer says:
Nice guide, but I don't have a soldering iron, so I won't be fixing mine. My audio works fine, however my 360 keeps resetting when I switch to HDMI, so obviously my unit is junk too. I bought off of ebay for $0.99 + shipping and I am just gonna take the loss and go buy the microsoft one. I knew buying cheap would be a mistake, but there was a chance it would work I guess. Well should have just bought the official one in the first place. Lesson learned.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 2:06:24 PM PST
M. Jaggard says:
Thank you for the guide you saved me from buying the expensive Microsoft version and saved about 30 bucks. As the guide says its an easy fix as long as you know something about soldering.

Posted on Jan 26, 2011 9:07:08 AM PST
G. Bortes says:
Great instructions. Problem solved. Thanks a lot.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 5:55:22 PM PST
A. Suhy says:
Thanks for the instructions. Is it possible to get the 5.1 surround from just the RCA outputs, or only the optical port?

Posted on Feb 16, 2011 4:14:19 PM PST
Thanks for the instructions, you saved me some frustration and money! This was the second time I've really ever soldered anything and even with my unsteady hands this wasn't a problem to do!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2011 10:41:56 AM PST
No... surround sound typically requires an optical or coaxial digital connection.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 11:51:03 PM PST
Mattmaxey says:
one i got off website holp it works i just hope if i pug it in it not going blow up my 360 up first time buying i find out if it work when i get it on 4th i hope its works i hope its not going to kill my 360 if hook it up

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 5:18:57 AM PST
It won't kill your XBox... If it's not working what will happen is if you change inputs (switch from HDMI 1 to HDMI 2 on your TV for instance) it will reset your XBox. Super annoying especially if you are in the middle of a game and want to switch over to your cable box for a minute to check the scores or the weather. The fix I describe will make it operate identically to the Microsoft adapter costing 4 times as much.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2011 2:02:31 PM PST
Mattmaxey says:
TY well i find out torm if its work or not when get it i would got real thing i cant find any store that as real one i try tons of websit i could not find it then i found RCA one i just hope its part i need to hook my turtle beach X11 headset my tv dont have output thing needed to work i jsut hope part work i useing hd cable so paper said it thing i need to make it work....

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 3:56:11 PM PST
Mattmaxey says:
just got it an its work it does to if i go to sec HDMI port good thing i am not useing a HDMI on mine cable or sat...
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