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PS3 Controller Keeps Flashing

Whenever I switch on my controller (or try to) the four lights keep blinking and flashing. - I have tried reseting it but it just stays flashing. -I have tried plugging it into my laptop but it just flashes. -I have tried to charge it but it just keeps flashing. Please help?

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Does the controller actually turn on and if not you have to connect it to the ps3 or whatever your connecting it to

Posted on Nov 10, 2013

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reset it with the small button on the back

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I had the same problem, so I called customer service and had me do this:

1) with the USB cable plugged into the controller, power down the ps3 and turn the on/off switch in the back to "off".
2) hold your thumb down on the front button (where you normally can turn it on) while turning the switch on the back to "on" again. keep your thumb or finger on the front switch.
3) You will hear the normal "beep" that you usually hear when the PS3 boots up, but after a few seconds later, you will hear a secondary beep. Remove your thumb or finger after this second beep and the PS3 will reset itself after a few seconds. I have a projector connected to it, so I had to set the display screen back to HDMI afterwards, but when I disconnected the USB cable the controller worked wirelessly again. The customer service rep said that this allowed the controller to pair with the PS3 again. Note: You probably do not have to have the controller plugged into the USB cable at all while doing this. I just happened to have it plugged in. Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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SOURCE: PS3 Controller wont turn on?

mine sometimes does that, just try pushing and holding it until the options come up on the screen, then turn off controller. Then try turning it back on. If that doesn't work, turn the ps3 off when its done charging, then unplug it while its off. This should work.

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The controller may need to be taken apart and cleaned with isotopic alcohol.

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SOURCE: My ps3 controller just keeps scrolling down

The buttons are sticking inside the controller. The only thing that will fix this problem is a good cleaning with isotopic alcohol and a Q-tip.

Posted on Nov 22, 2009

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Let me know how it goes.

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