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This install guide is for the XERC 2 XE.

You can find the XERC 2 SE install guide here and the original XERC 2 install guide here.


The XERC 2 is a simple device to install, even for beginners. It requires 6 wires to be soldered to the motherboard, plus 3 wires to connect the IR receiver.

Before beginning installation, be sure to read the User's Manual.
Click here to download the XERC 2 XE User's Manual.
You will need Adobe Reader to view the PDF if you don't have it already.

Connect to Mobo

To begin installation, the preferred method is to use double-sided tape to secure the XERC 2 to the bottom side of the motherboard. Use tape thick enough to isolate the XERC 2 from the motherboard, and be sure to place it in a flat, open area. You can then attach the 6 wires to the motherboard. We recommend using 26awg wire for PO, PWR, and GND, and 30awg wire for the rest.

Here is a picture of an example install.

Optional Status Light connections

The recommended way to use the status light is to connect it to either the green or red eject ring LEDs, as shown in the diagram below. However, you can instead connect your own LED(s) to the SL pad of the XERC 2. v1.6 Xboxes can power up to 10 LEDs, and the SL pad provides 5V power. v1.0-1.5 Xboxes can power up to 2 LEDs because of the limited PSU power, and the SL pad provides 3.3V power. Be sure to use the correct resistor for your circuit.

Click here for the diagram of the installation points.

Install the IR Receiver

To install the IR receiver, you must run 3 wires from the receiver to the XERC 2. Be sure to not mix up the order of these wires. The IR receiver must be in direct line of sight with your remote. If you have a clear case, it will work through it. You can also drill a hole and mount it behind that, or simply mount it to the front as shown in the picture below. Whatever method you choose, be very careful not to allow the metal pins of the receiver touch each other or the metal shield surrounding the Xbox.



Optional IR Receiver Sharing

If you would like to mount your MS DVD Dongle internally, you can do so and share just one IR receiver. You must use the receiver that came with your XERC 2 in order for this to work. You must also disconnect the existing receiver from the MS DVD Dongle completely. Then just connect the data line on the DVD Dongle to IRs on the XERC 2 XE. The data line on the dongle is the one that is separated from the other two. Once the original receiver is removed from the DVD Dongle and you have connected the data line to IRs, install the IR receiver to the XERC 2 as normal and it will control both the XERC 2 and the MS DVD Dongle. The MS DVD Dongle must also be connected to the power, ground and both data wires of a controller port as normal also.

Configure the remote

Once the 9 wires are connected, re-assemble your Xbox and plug it in. As soon as it gets power, you should see your status light blink twice, then begin to fade. Next, follow the Manual to configure which buttons on the remote to use to operate your XERC. If you want to use the default buttons, then perform a factory reset as indicated in the Manual. You must either configure the buttons or do the factory reset before you can use your XERC. To learn how to do this and for other operating instructions, please download the User's Manual.
Click here to download the XERC 2 XE User's Manual.

Configuration Video

Here is a general introduction and configuration walkthrough video to help you understand the manual.




Installing this device will void your warranty. Install at your own risk. We claim no responsibility for any damage caused from using this device.


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