How to Make an Xbox Action Replay Device

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How to Make an Xbox Action Replay Device
Making your own Xbox Action Replay device is easy. (usb 2 image by Bosko Martinovic from

The Action Replay kit for your Xbox can be helpful when trying to load game saves and other data onto your Xbox console. The Action Replay kit is also essential for an Xbox console softmod, or software modification. Many gaming retailers will not carry the Action Replay kit because it is outdated. Because of this, many users would like to save money and make an Action Replay device from items around their homes. This is very easy with the right tools.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Xbox memory card
  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Soldering iron
  • Action Replay software
  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Unscrew all of the screws from the back of your Xbox memory card. Compile them all together so you don't lose any of them.

  2. 2

    Cut the USB cable with a pair of scissors. Do this in the middle of the USB cable to allow you enough room to work with.

  3. 3

    Strip the interior wires of the cable with the regular USB end so the coloured coating exposes the wires. You will see red, black, white, and green wires.

  4. 4

    Plug your soldering iron into an electrical socket. Solder the wires from the USB cable onto the terminals of the memory card according to their colour. For instance, solder the red wire to the red terminal on the memory card.

  5. 5

    Burn some of the plastic off the back of the memory card so you can fit the back over the USB wires coming out of the memory card. You can do this with your soldering iron.

  6. 6

    Replace the back of the memory card and screw the screws back into place.

  7. 7

    Download your Action Replay software (see References link). Double-click on the Action Replay download link.

  8. 8

    Select your "Desktop" from the window by clicking on the drop-down menu at the top of the window and then clicking "Desktop" from the choices given.

  9. 9

    Click "Save As" and wait until the software has downloaded.

  10. 10

    Go back to your "Desktop" and double-click on the icon to load the installation window.

  11. 11

    Click "Install" at the bottom of the window and wait for the program to install.

  12. 12

    Go back to your "Desktop" and double-click on the "Action Replay" icon. Allow the program to load.

  13. 13

    Plug the USB end of your new Action Replay device into an available USB port on your computer.

  14. 14

    Wait until the memory card appears on the left hand side of the Action Replay software window.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't cut your USB cable too short or you will not be able to strip the wires properly.

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