IMPORTANT: If the light on the top-right of the control panel is not illuminated, the joysticks and buttons will not work.

No Special Drivers Are Required For X-Arcade!

TANKSTICK/TRACKBALL NOTE: 2x connections are required for the Tankstick to fully work (the electronics for both connections are completely separate inside the controller and either or both can be connected independently of the other): 

  • The serial-USB connection with a purple PS/2 end on it makes the Light on the controller work, and makes the buttons and joysticks work. Use the information below to troubleshoot an issue with this part of your controller.
  • The permanently attached USB cable with a green PS/2 end on it is for the trackball only (including the rear 2 pinball buttons and red-lit Exit button on newer models), which the below information is not pertaining to. 

When you plug the X-Arcade™ into a USB port on a Windows, you should get a hardware plugged in sound. There are no special drivers needed, they are built into all modern Operating Systems. If it prompts for a driver, simply continue to press "Next" and "Continue Anyway" at any prompts until you get a message saying your hardware is ready to use.

If instead you get no light or a message saying "Device Not Recognized":

  1. Be sure your PC has USB 2.0 or higher, it will not work in USB 1.0.
  2. Be sure you are only connecting the USB connector to the PC, you DO NOT plug in any purple PS/2 connections when using USB.
  3. Be sure you are plugging into a USB port directly on the back of the PC (not in the front, not in a USB Hub, not with an extension cable, not with a fox in a box).
  4. Try it on a different PC, just to be sure it is not a PC specific problem.
  5. Be sure you have a USB capable model X-Arcade, click here to check.  
  6. Open the X-Arcade™ (this does not void the warranty) and check that the longest white Molex connector is firmly attached to the PCB, it is recommended to unplug it and plug it back in to be sure. See video.
  7. If you have an X-Arcade with a Tri-Mode PCB (modes 3 and 4 it acts like a gamepad), try re-flashing the firmware again on a different PC (this has been known to solve the problem).
  8. If you have not used the controller in a long time (months) and found it not working, when you first plugged it back in it may have caused a power spike that needs to be hard reset. Please unplug the controller for 24hrs and then try it again. 
If you have verified the things above are not the cause, please contact us with answers to the following questions (numbered please), and these questions are only regarding the serial-USB connection with a purple PS/2 end on it (not the green trackball USB, so do not plug in the trackball when checking these).
  1. Does the light on the X-Arcade come on when you plug it into the USB port on a PC/Mac? 
  2. When plugged into PC/Mac, if you press the programming button on the back of the X-Arcade, does the light go off and on?
  3. Did you try unplugging the longest Molex connector from the PCB inside and plugging it back in per step 6 above?
  4. Does Windows recognize it was plugged in at all? 
  5. When you plug it in do you get any error messages? If so what does it say? 
  6. If you have a game console X-Adapter, does it work on a game console currently?
  7. Does it give this error on more than 1 PC? (Please check)
  8. Does it work in the PS/2 keyboard port connection instead? (be sure to have a PS/2 keyboard connected to the controller before booting the PC to try it this way, (NOTE: IT WILL NOT WORK IN THE PS/2 PORT WITHOUT A KEYBOARD PLUGGED INTO THE BACK OF THE X-ARCADE).
  9. If you wiggle the cable coming out of the back of the controller, does the light on the controller ever blink on or off? Check for any other connection issues here, let us know results.
  10. Did you try hard resetting it per step 8 above?
  11. Did you try re-flashing the firmware on a different PC (if applicable)?
  12. Please provide your current mailing address.

Click here to contact us with answers to the questions above so that we may efficiently assist you further.