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When the controller is not synchronized with the PlayStation, the 4 LEDs flash. If the PlayStation is not turned on they'll flash if you happen to power the controller on. Press the PS (PlayStation) button on the controller to cause it to sync with the unit. If that does not work try plugging the USB cable into the PlayStation and into the controller to charge the internal batteries for a while and see if a full charge will help - if the radio signal is too weak coming from the controller it won't sync. If all that fails, try another controller if you have one and see if it does - could be a bad controller. Also you can go into the PlayStation settings in the controller section and tell the unit to "forget" old controller settings and start fresh. Handy to look at the PlayStation interface on the TV screen when you are trying to sync a wonky controller to see if the unit will give you any indication of a sync failure or something similar.
<p>Connect the controller. With your playstation 3 system powered down, connect the mini-USB --- which is the smaller of the two ends on the cord --- to the slot located in the center of the top of the PlayStation 3 controller. The USB end of the cord should then be connected to one of the multiple USB slots located on the front bottom of your PlayStation 3 console.Turn on the PlayStation 3. The console will automatically recognize the connected controller, which you can then use to operate the PlayStation 3. By powering up the console with the controller attached, the two will automatically pair up and sync.Shut off the PlayStation 3. Hold down the P button located in the middle front of the controller until a menu appears on your screen asking you whether you'd like to shut down the PlayStation 3, shut down the controller or cancel. Choose the first option and wait until the console powers down. Disconnect the cord from both the PlayStation 3 and the controller.Turn on the console with the controller. Holding down the P button on the controller, wait until the console powers up and the introduction screen appears. Your controller is now synced with the PlayStation 3 system.Troubleshoot your controller. If the above steps do not work, there is another step to take, according to PlayStation's troubleshooting guide. Straighten out a length of paper clip and then flip your controller over so you are looking at the back of it. There is a small hole in which you can insert the paper clip and reset the controller's settings. Once you do, repeat the steps above to sync your controller to the console.<br /></li><span><br /><br /></span></span>
<span>Ensure your playstation 3 is properly set up and connected to Plug the power cord for the PS3 wireless controller into one of the usb ports on the front of the PlayStation 3.<span><br /><br /></span><span>Plug the power cord for the PS3 wireless controller into one of the USB ports on the front of the PlayStation 3.<span><br />Plug the other end of the power cord into the access port on the top of your wireless controller.Allow the wireless controller to charge, leaving it plugged into the PlayStation 3 undisturbed for several hours to gain a full charge.Disconnect the PS3 wireless controller from the power cord. Press the PS button to start up the PlayStation 3. The PS button is in the middle of the controller. It is clear and displays the PlayStation logo of a letter P and a letter S molded together into one shape.Use the wireless controller to control the PlayStation 3, exactly as you would have with a corded controller for earlier PlayStations.<br /><span><br /><br /></span></span></span></span>
It should turn on as soon as you connect the controller to the ps3 via the usb cable. Use your usb cable on another device to whether it's broken or not, alternatively you can try another usb cable on your ps3 controller if you have one.
Check to see if your USB cable works.It coulb be that your USB cable dont work and since your your ps3 remote needs to be charged then when you connect it to charge nothing happens so try using a different USB cable to see if that works..
yea i have noticed my ps3 isn't charging stuff either it only does charge when its turned on im pretty sure theres a setting to charge while the ps3 is off
Connect the USB cable (provided with the controller) into the data USB port on the top of the controller. Insert the other end of the controller into one of the two USB ports on the front of the system.
Power on the television and the Sony PlayStation 3. You are going to see a series of lights flicker on the top of the wireless controller.
Press the PS3 button in the middle of the controller. This tells the gaming system it is connected. A single light appears on the controller.
Remove the gaming controller from the PS3. You can now use it wireless. It is also possible to remove the USB cable from the PlayStation if it is blocking your field of view.
Well the Power Button is the PS Button right in the middle of the controller. Or you need to charge it if it's Wireless. While your PS3 is on, connect the USB charger from the controller to one of the USB plug-ins on the PS3 and it will start to charge.
i had same problem turn off your system with controller plugged in to usb unplug controller remove the power cable for a couple of mins reconnect and use controller PS button to turn system on and it should be back to normal. it worked for me
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.