Convoluted Xbox360 Rock Band Drums & Garage Band on Snow Leopard Instructions
Trying to make all of your random electronic components talk is a wonderful puzzle and incredibly rewarding once you figure it out. I’ve been using an Xbox360 driver for the macbook since 2007, but forgot about it recently. With new software updates, there are always problems.
Because there is such a small intersection between people who own Xbox360 version 1 Rock Band Drums, Snow Leopard and people who ACTUALLY want to connect the two… I did not hold much hope for a solution. BUT THE INTERNET SHOWED ME THAT THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY.
It was frustrating as hell, but GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND. Here’s how to do it.
The controller driver allows you to use your xbox controllers as a regular USB input for emulators and other games. It installs in your system preferences. With Snow Leopard 10.6.x, it works with the regular controllers, but not the Rock Band instruments. There’s an extra step that is a bit annoying, but is easy if you follow the directions.
You need to patch the driver with the following so it works in Snow Leopard:
To work around issues introduced by pastebins and the forum, I’ve resorted to Rapidshare after fixing the issue with “wget”. It probably would be best that I repost the instructions.
1. Disconnect all Xbox 360 controllers and wireless receivers. 2. Download the zip file containing the script and the disk image fromhttp://rapidshare.com/files/274924283/360ControllerInstall.zip 3. Extract the zip file somewhere. 4. Open a Terminal and run some commands: cd /replace/this/with/the/path/to/contents/of/extracted/zip/file/ #this path probably is Downloads/360ControllerInstall sudo sh 360ControllerInstall.sh 5. Type your administrator password when it asks you for it. 6. Wait for the installer to complete and then wait another three minutes. 7. Connect an Xbox 360 controller. 8. Open the “Xbox 360 Controllers” preference pane in System Preferences and verify that the controller(s) is(/are) recognized.
I’d restart after this step too. Before patching, your Rock Band drums would blink twice and then shut off. Now, they should blink multiple times and then stay on.
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