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Dualshock 3 sixaxis why does it always need to be plugged in

With the USB cord?? Isn't this suppose to be a wireless controller? i tried resetting the controller.. But still wont work.. i went to my Playstation 3 controllers settings and set the controllers to there right settings.. still nothing.. any help from anybody would be helpful.. thanks.

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  • chimmie2003 Feb 25, 2009

    Thanks for trying to help. The controler only works though when plugged in with the usb cable... i unplug it and it doesn't work.... i did as u instructed above... any other thoughts or ideas??? do i have the wrong controller or something?? is there maybe certain models that work??

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    I have the same problem. The controller LED's continuously flash red and do not connect. when I plug the controller in, it works fine. The lights flash slowly compared to when it is connecting.

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    I am having this same problem. My PS3 said it needed to reset itself. It did so, only now my controller will only work if manually connected using a USB cable.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    mine does the same thing, my other controller works fine.

  • pjtr86- Apr 16, 2009

    have the same problem to. It worked fine until i was away for a couple of months and when i came back the controller is completely dead without the usb plugged in. When plugging in the usb-cable it says the battery is charged but as soon as I unplug it it's dies again.

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Once the controller is plugged in and connected to the console, hold down the PS button to select "turn off the system." Once the system has completed shutting down, unplug the controller and press the PS button. The console should turn on. If so, the controller will connect wirelessly. Unfortunately you'll have to do this with each controller but it works every time.

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  • Tom Ewing Mar 13, 2011

    When I try this, the console will turn on, but then I get the 4 blinking lights again once started up. Any other ideas?

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Hi have the same problem where the controller has to be plugged in to work....but have managed to solve it by complete luck! when it is plugged in and connected hold the ps button down and take out the usb, keep the ps button held until the 1 red light stays on which means it is connected. although once you turn the ps3 off you will still have to turn it on by the power button on the ps3 and then repeat the process. hope this works for you guys!

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Once the controler is connected with the usb cable and the system on have you try-ed unplugging the controler the 4 lights on the controler should flash a couple of times and the establish connection if that dont work contact my at swinginflames@gmail.com hope it works:)

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

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