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PS3's will sometimes loose their connection to the controllers. I have always fixed this problem with these steps:
1. Make sure the system is off (red light) 2. plug the control in with the usb cable 3. press the PS button in the middle of the controller (this will let the console relearn the controller) 4. once the lights on the front of the controller are not blinking red anymore, and have a single green light indicating which player the controller has taken, hold the PS button and turn off the system 5. once the system is off, unplug the usb cable 6. the controller should work without the cable now. (check by pressing the PS button to turn the system back on
Controllers will lose their connection to the PS3 when they die completely, during updates, power outages, etc. I don't know what exactly causes it, but I have had to do this process several times since I got my PS3.
<p>Plug the mini-USB port end of the USB cable into the PlayStation 3 controller while connecting the standard USB port end of the cable to your PC.Wait for Windows to report that it has "Detected New Hardware" and let Windows go through its full scan. When Windows says that it could not recognize the hardware, the scan is complete.Download the appropriate drivers for your controller, either SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 (it is written on the top of the controller). These drivers can be found on several websites by doing a Google search for "PS3 Controller PC Drivers."Unzip the driver files from the zipped folder to someplace easily accessible on the hard drive (such as your desktop).Double-click the Setup icon and follow the directions given on-screen to install the SIXAXIS drivers.Unhook the controller and reset your computer to complete the installation process.<br /></li><span><br /><br /></span></span>
You have to plug the usb cable into the PS3 and then the sixaxis. The PS3 doesn't recognize them because you reset the entire system. This is the same thing that you have to do when you buy a new one that didn't come with the PS3 at the start.
Are you hard wiring it? if so you may need to reboot your modem then start the ps3 back up. Don't unplug from the computer and connect it directly to your PS3 because the modem still has the computer's ip address and it won't recognize the PS3 until you reboot it. If it's a wireless connection, check to see that when you scan for wireless connection that the green wireless LED is blinking, meaning it's searching for a signal. If it's blinking, then try resetting the modem and the wireless router as well and give it another try. If the green light does not blink, then there might be a harware issue with your PS3. Good luck
Seems that the battery is low on power, when the controller is connected to the usb port of the ps3, all leds should start flashing, this show that the battery of the controller is recharging, when done the leds go off. Note that before the leds start flashing that it can thake up an minute before it starts doing that. Keep your ps3 on to recharge the controller.
I picked up the folling troubleshooting tips from the PlayStation Knowledge Center. I know it may seem silly or insulting; This is not my intention. Problems like this are usually just little things you're over-looking. Give thest tips a shot, one by one, and see if your solution is in here. If it isn't, message me back here & we'll try something else to get your controller working, ok? By the way... Is it a sixaxis controller or dualshock?
Verify if the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller works with the USB cable.
Verify that the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller's battery is charged.
Attempt to pair the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller to another PLAYSTATION 3 system. This helps determine whether the problem is with the system or the controller.
Attempt to connect another SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller to the PLAYSTATION 3.
Move closer to the PLAYSTATION 3 system. The maximum range for Bluetooth is 30 feet.
Make sure you have less than seven Bluetooth peripherals paired with the PLAYSTATION 3.
Unplug any other USB device plugged into the system when pairing the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller.
No, it's not possible to hook up sixaxis to PS2. Sixaxis is a part of DualShock 3 for PS3 which is an optional feature in the PS3 games. Playstation 2 controllers run off of DualShock 2. So sorry, but you're gonna need a PS3 for that.
is the lithium ion battery connected? sometimes when reassembling the controller the red/black wire from the flat LI battery gets damaged. if you forced it shut, it will never work...all the plastic pieces towards the back (by the R1 L1 buttons) have to match up perfectly. it should close smoothly if correctly aligned