PS3 Controller will only work when plugged into the USB
My PS3 Controller will only work when plugged into the USB, and will shut immediately off if unplugged. It's fairly new, and was working perfectly fine until now. My ps3 controller wont play without the usb cord and it says that it has a full charge
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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
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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), 3. Buy a new controller.
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.
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.
hi i had this problem my controller would not charge although my head set would useing the same usb cable .i brought a new controller and tried two usb leads it was no different .this is the silly bit go and buy a new genuine ps3 usb cable and and i promise you all your problems will be solved .i have no idea y the cables stop working with only the conroller but they do i hope this helps all you people pulling your hair out trust me this will work
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.
Here's how to connect it tou your ps3. Mine works perfectly guys.
1. Turn your ps3 off without the USB key given with the controller
2. Make sure your controller is off.
3. Turn on the ps3
4. Turn on the controller
5. Press on the sync. button of your controller.
6. Plug the USB key into one of your ps3's port
7. When the light above your controller starting to flash slower, just pess the home button and your controller will be sync.
You can't turn on the ps3 with this controller. So turn it on manually than press the home button of the controller to turn the controller on.
If my post doesn't solve your problem, I really don't know how to solve it. I managed to connect mine so I hope it'll be the same for you!
Sorry for my bad English folks! You know... french people =S
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.
I just fixed mine. The controller itself needs to be reset. There is a reset button on the back of the controller, above the top right hand corner of the square with all on the information and barcode. Press it with a sharp tipped object while still connected to the PS3 via USB cable. Then press the PS button and you should be back on wirelessly.