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Ps3 controller wont work unless hooked up to the system

This just started yesterday My new ps3 dulshock controller went dead so i charged it for about 4 hours, usually 30 min lets me play for a while so i figured it would be ok to use it again. well it wouldnt come on so i connected it and played for a bit. when i disconected it, it still would not come back on until i hooked it back up to the system. why is this happening? I've never had this issue before until i got the dualshock.

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  • Anonymous Jan 12, 2009

    I have the same problem, but it happened to 2 controlers at the same time.they worked last night and now 12 hours later neither controler works, it shouldn't be the battery if 2 go bad at the same time, one remote is only like 3 months old

  • bviso2 Mar 31, 2009

    i have the same problem exept my duel shock controller is brand new, i returned it and got a new one but its duing the same thing

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Not sure if this is the same as my issue but worth a try anyway. I had tried 2 duashock 3 controllers with our 80GB system. Neither would work unless plugged in. Reset, left plugged in for hours, nothing worked. Tried a different USB cable and worked right away. I let if charge for a few minutes and unplugged it, still worked. I did notice that when I was using the first USB cable that when I checked status of the controller (charge, controller assignment, etc) it had a "-" instead of showing a charging animation. Hope this helps.

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I would say that the battery has gone on your controller. I have gone throught two allready, it just dosent hold charge any more. If you have a multi meter you can open the controller and see how mcuh power the battery has. Ebay has spare batteries

Let me know if this helps

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