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My ps3 controller is not working or charging and everytime I try to charge it it always says charging failed

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If the light isn't flashing 1 of 2 things the usb cable is bad or the battery is done try another cable or plug in another controller and see if it charges that would rule out the cable ..Hope this helps

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My ps3 controller isn't charging what should I do ?


First, you need to troubleshoot if it's your system, wire, or controller.

Testing the controller:
Try plugging the wire into another port on the PS3, or into something else to charge it. Try charging it on a friend's system, with his wire, to see if it's your system. If it doesn't work, your controller or battery is bad.

Testing the battery:
Put your battery into another controller, see if it will charge on your friend's PS3 to test it. DO NOT put another battery in your controller: If the controller is shorted, it could ruin your battery!

Testing the Console:
If your controller charges on your friend's PS3 with his wire, try to use their wire on your system. If that works, it's probably your wire. If not, try other ports as I said. If none of the ports charge it (but it charges on your friend's, there's a problem with the voltage or amperage.

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If it's your system: It may symbolize a short life left of your PS3, not not for sure. I would still avoid plugging anything into USB you don't want to risk getting destroyed. You can still charge your controller with certain wall chargers, but only certain ones have the circuitry for a "handshake" the PS3 needs to charge.

If it's your wire: Get one from the dollar store should work.

If it's your battery: Getting one one eBay may be cheaper than replacing your controller.

If it's your controller: I prefer wired controllers personally, anyhow... for everything but the Wii, of course. You're going to need a new one for the PS3. You may want to save your battery for a later time or need.

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ok, either your charger for the ps3 is broken...or,it cant read(know)the cord is there. you may have dust or something clogged up. i know cause it happend to my ps2...i blew into the slot where the controller goes ( although u need to blow into the charger where u plug it in. if it doesent work... then u may need to either try a different usb plug or controller and see how it goes...OR take the controller and charger to a friends house if they have a ps3 and see if it works on theirs..if it vworks on theirs...then the thing where u plug the charger in at on the ps3 is probably broken or clogged up with dust
...if it doesent work on theirs than your usb plugs are brokn...

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This works: Turn ps3 on. Plug the controller into the usb cable and into ps3. Then plug the dongle into other usb port. After a short time the dongle will flash quickly (this means it's in pairing mode - when the dongle flashes slowly it's too late). Press the PS/Home button as soon as you see the dongle fast flashing. All the LED's on the controller will begin to flash and after a short time one (or two) will remain solid. Immediately disconnect the charging usb lead from the controller and again the LED's will flash, push the PS/Home button again and after a short time one or two will remain solid. The controller should now be working. If the controller fails to respond repeat this process but make sure that you disconnect the dongle and reinsert (so you can see the fast flashing lights and try again).

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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..

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Hi our controllers wont charge on our playstation 3 console can you help


Are you charging it correctly? To charge the controller, you use the PS3 charge cable that should have come with the controller (it's a USB A to mini B cable). Plug the USB A end into any port on the PS3 console and plug the mini-USB B side into the PS3 controller. The controller will only charge if the console is on.

Are the USB slots on the PS3 busted? Try a different slot on the PS3 console, or try a known working controller/cable combination on the slot in question. Alternatively, you can use something that has a USB port on it to charge your controller (for example, a laptop or PC). Again you must make sure the device that is charging the controller is on.

If the problem was the PS3, you can send it in for repair (if under warranty, it's free; otherwise it's 150$ so it might be better to just deal with the broken USB port).

Maybe the cable is broken? Try another cable, if possible, with a USB slot and controller you know is working. If it is the cable you can get replacements for really cheap.

If you can confirm that it's none of the above, the problem is probably with the controller. The first thing you should try is resetting the controller. There's a small button on the back of the controller, near the L2 button. You'll need a paper clip, but just press that. Then try to use it/recharge it again.

If it still won't charge it's possible the controller is dead (as in the battery will no longer hold a charge). The best way to confirm this is to try and use your controller while it's plugged in (as if to charge it); if it works while plugged in, but stops when you unplug it then the battery has died. You can replace the battery yourself (there are instructions in the PS3 manual), or send in the controller to Sony for a replacement (assuming it's a first-party controller aka made by Sony). If you're under warranty it's free (first party peripherals are covered), otherwise they may still take it for a fee but I'm not sure.

Hope you're able to fix the problem!

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Why wont my ps3 controller come on


Assuming it is a fully functioning controller and is NOT malfunctioning, all you have to do is press and hold down the PlayStation button in the center of the controller. Your PS3 should turn on and the controller should have the 4 channel lights illuminate briefly, until it settles on an available bluetooth channel (usually channel #1).

Now, if the controller isn't working, then you have to charge it. To charge it, plug the mini end of the USB cable into the front of the controller and the regular end of the USB cable into the PS3. The controller will slowly charge while allowing you to actually play whatever games or movies or whatever you are trying to do with your PS3. After approximately a 1/2 hour or so, you can feel free to unplug the USB cable from the controller and there should be no further problems.

If your controller continues to fail to work after unplugging, then you may have a dead battery. You then have 3 options:

1. Live with it and just know that you have to keep the controller plugged into the PS3 via the USB cable,
2. Send the controller to Sony to have the battery replaced (or whatever other thing it is that they need to fix...assuming it's still under warranty),
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My PS3 won't reconize any of my controllers, putting the cable in works, it find the controller, but when I unplug te cable the lights start blinking again and I can't use the controller, what to do?


Hmmm. It sounds like either your PS3's Bluetooth controller is on the fritz, or all of your controllers are on the fritz. Since I doubt ALL of your controllers are malfunctioning, I am betting it's your PS3. I suggest having a friend with a working controller stop by and test his controller against your PS3. IF your friend's controller works, then you know that the PS3's Bluetooth controller is working.

Second step is to check to see if the USB cable is transmitting a trickle charge to the controller. Again, using your friend's controller (make sure he brings his own USB cable with him), try charging his controller with HIS cable first. If after 10 minutes of playing with the controller plugged into the PS3 via USB, you unplug it and the controller still works, then the problem is most likely your own USB cable (it's apparently damaged in some way). Now run down the controller's battery and try recharging it with YOUR USB cable. If it fails to charge, then you know that all you need is a new cable. Just in case, make sure you test EACH of your USB ports. A simple replacement will cost you around $10.

Otherwise, your PS3's UBS port(s) are not properly working and you should send in your PS3 for repairs. As stated above, test each of the USB ports on your PS3. My 60GB one has 4 USB ports, so I would test all 4 of them before sending in the PS3. Then, if you want it repaired, make notes of which port(s) is(are) malfunctioning and send it to an authorized PS3 repair center.

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i leave my ps3 on with it charging, no game, a movie is ok, then let it sit and charge for a while. then try it and see if it works

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I was having the same problem. Controller would only work when plugged in.
Solution: I shut down and unplugged the PS3 for several minutes. Plugged in the controller. Turned on the PS3 and let it boot up. Pressed the PS button on the controller and let it sink up. When I unplugged the controller it worked.

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