I have 2 Xbox One controllers. Both work out of the box on Zorin OS 16 when plugged with the USB wire.
I tried to use them wirelessly by plugging this two adapters I own:
A big one called "Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows"
A small one called "Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10".
Both don't work.
I researched and found xone but I would like to know if it's the good way.
I also found xpadneo but unless I'm mistaken it only works via Bluetooth and not with Xbox dongles.
Do you have any recommendations about how to make my Xbox controller work wirelessly? I don't want to damage the USB operation and if there is a risk or it's too complicated to install I prefer to avoid...
I'm not sure about xbox controllers, but, for ps3 controllers I didn't need to download anything, this is what I did:
Open the settings app, go to bluetooth, plug in the controler wired, then you'll get a pop-up window asking if you want to sync the controller. Click on yes, and after unplugging the controller from the pc it should stay connected
When you plug in, open a terminal and issue lsusb - what do they register as? Should be something like: Bus 001 Device 002: ID 3151:3020 YICHIP Wireless Device (my cheap AliExpress mouse).
Had to dig around to see what was going on with one of my USB devices - turns out it was being assigned to a braille display?... weird.. So, uninstalled that driver - worked like normal (not implying the braille driver is a fix in your case). Or, could be blacklisted somewhere..
Two days ago, I had a small problem: the controllers seemed to be well connected (the X button lights were on) but were not detected in Steam.
I checked with Gamepad Tester: also not recognized.
I turned the controllers off and on again: same, restarted the PC: same, then I just unplugged and plugged in the receiver: and problem solved.
So it wasn't too bad but I hope it doesn't happen too often...
When your controllers were working were you using the big or small adapter? I just installed xone and I can't get my small adapter to work at all. Not even the light turns on. The same adapter works fine on Windows though.