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Ps3 controller my ps3 controlers wont charge whenever i plug them in with the cable they do nothin

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  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2007

    my ps3 controllers wont charge

  • popopop775 Dec 08, 2007

    I have had the same problem for about a week. New cables do not help.
    Any other ideas?

  • courtney89 Dec 27, 2007

    Same problem.. anyone got a fix? Once we hool them up to the cable, it skips right to player 2 not 1.. controller says fully charged, but when we unhook the wire, it shuts off. Any suggestion on where to check?

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2008

    Controller won't charge, different cables don't help

  • punisher22 Mar 28, 2008

    Yes, I am having the same problem my controllers won't charge. I am getting another ps3 in hope it is my ps3. I got a new charger at the same time my ps3 started messing up . Has anyone had a problem with their ps3 or controllers after using an off brand charger. Which there is no playstation 3 charger, at least not where I am at.

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2008

    My controller won't charge!

  • Anonymous May 03, 2008

    The ps3 controller doesn't charge, we bought new ones and a new cable, but nothing works

  • pinkleopards May 10, 2008

    My wireless controller doesn't work! It won't turn on even when it's connected via usb cable to my PS3. I just called customer service and I'm sending it in to get it checked out. =P

  • Anonymous May 21, 2008

    same here any answers???

  • Anonymous May 24, 2008

    Got my ps3 new for christmas along with two sony sixaxis wireless controllers. One of the controllers quit charging in February. I bought a replacement and now a second controller has quit charging. I am using a Pelican charging stand but I don't see how that can be the problem.

  • AndyBhoy Jun 01, 2008

    I'm on my second ps3 as the first one wouldnt read disks. Now this one wont charge the controllers and it has nothing to do with the cables that connect the sixaxis controller. NEED HELP!!

  • Anonymous Jun 09, 2008

    playstation controller does not respond to the system and it won't charge

  • ydorbek Jun 23, 2008

    the game pad does not pair with playastation.

  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    I have four controllers that I bought my son in the last six months and none of them work. They are not cheap so what do I do - please email me jjcojeda@aol.com. Thanks!

  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    I have four controllers and none of them work after only six months. What do I do?

  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    CONTROLLERS WON'T CHARGE?

  • Anonymous Sep 10, 2008

    this sucks

  • slziy Sep 15, 2008

    my controller wont charge

  • caity_sparks Sep 16, 2008

    My controllers just flash (even when plugged in) and on the screen it says to plug in the controllers via USB cord and press the PS button. I obviously did this, tried to reset the controller and still nothings working!

  • Anonymous Sep 22, 2008

    Must have controller plugged in to make it work.

  • jed123_ Nov 15, 2008

    it loaded on a game then i try and turn the controller on and it flashs even with the usb cable

  • Anonymous Dec 06, 2008

    Yeah, my PS3 controller won't charge with certain USB cables, but it will with others. I don't get why the controllers have to be so finicky! Sony could at least have included a compatible cable with each controller!

  • dakotap243 Dec 28, 2008

    i plug in my crontroller but i keeps blinking all numbers insted of just staying on one .............

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    i have 3 controllers and they don't turn on even with a connection to the system. The cables have worked in the past but now the don't charge. The controllers didn't die off one by one, they all just suddenly shut down. Any help?

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    jus blink of n on

  • ub1adnan Jan 25, 2009

    when ever i put on my controller it only blinks 
    and it doesnt work at all
    pleasehelpme

  • Anonymous Jan 28, 2009

    ps3 controller keeps blinking are four lights

  • fonsecad00 Jan 29, 2009

    I bought 1st controller, it didn't charge when unplugged. I returned it and 2nd same exact thing so I take it to my friendwho has ps3 and 4 controllers and he plugs my 2nd on in 4 lights blink rapidly and then it was charged and working wireless. I bring it home plug it in and now its just 4 blinking lights, ps3 cant read it and register it because it never could. No matter what I do its stuck doing that.

  • li_PSU_on Feb 03, 2009

    I was playing this morning and after an hour of playing my controller just stopped. now it wont charge. The light dont even come on when plugged into the console. i just bought this in December and should have this problem now.
    Anyone have sonys number? i think we all need free controllers if it keep it up.. we didnt pay 500.00 for nothing.


  • lalito_cp Mar 01, 2009

    i connect the controller in and the red lights are blinking but it's not working

  • magic-06 Apr 29, 2009

    i just got a ps3 controller wen i plug it in all lights will flash as if it was charging then when i press the connect button nothing will happen help please!!

  • Ben Williamson Nov 04, 2012

    i have the same problem now does anyone know how to fix it

  • James Coghill Oct 14, 2013

    Have you tried using the "reset" button on the controler?

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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.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

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    Jesse Snyder Dec 06, 2013

    my ps3 controller lights wont even blink at all when i plug it into my ps3 ive tried different usb cables some methods online still nothing so idk if i need to just buy a new controller or if i am not doing something on the methods right can someone help me with my problem

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I had a bad cable that seemed to work sometimes but just enough to make it hard to find the real problem. Remember when changing cables to try to fix this, also unplug the power cord from the back of the PS3 and unplug the USB charging cable. Then plug in the power cord first and press the power button on the PS3, then plug your controler in to the PS3 and using a toothpick or something small but not too sharp press and hold the tiny reset button for about 3 to 5 seconds. If it does not cause the lights to flash at that time, unplug the USB cable from the PS3 for a second and plug it back in, it should then start flashing. If you skip a step, it may not work or may only work for a short moment. Also, if you do follow the steps I describe and it stops flashing (while the PS3 is still turned on), try gently wiggling your USB cable, if this causes it to start flashing again, then that cable may also be bad or loose or it could be a worn out connector on the PS3. Using a PC to charge when this happens may not work because a PC cannot reset the connection to the controler. Once the controler is fully charged, a PC can then be used to charge as normal again (leave PS3 on for at least an hour without playing, while the lights are flashing, to fix the controler and get a decent charge first, before anything else). Sony says not to worry about degrading the battery by incomplete charges or prolonged charges or charging while still having a good charge. They say their batteries were designed to not be affected by those things. In some rare cases, a battery may be defective, if all else fails, in which case, Sony may replace your controler at no charge, but since this was not the case with mine and was able to be fixed I am not sure how to go about the free replacement option.

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  • James Coghill Nov 19, 2010

    Why void the free replacement warrenty to replace a battery, when Sony will give you a brand new controler instead, if the battery ever dies and cannot be recharged? That is bad advice, at least while Sony still offers free replacement.

    Also keep in mind that if the battery goes 100% dead, it cannot make a connection to the PS3 to start recharging. To fix such a problem, which is indicated by three short, quick flashes of all the lights, unplug the PS3 power cord and the controler charging cord, plug the PS3 back in, then the controler, and then hold the reset for 3 to 5 seconds to cause the PS3 to connect it as a new device and then leave it on to charge. This has worked in every case that I have seen personally, even in one case where a friend was told his battery was defective and had to be replaced. If this doesn't work, then the battery really is defective and sony will replace the entire controler free of charge or else you didn't follow the fix steps correctly.

  • James Coghill Dec 03, 2010

    What many people tend to forget is that the automatic control synchronizing works through the PS3's USB connector. Make sure your controler is plugged in when you press the PS3 button on the controler. This will tell your PS3 to use the controler and only then will it work correctly. If you unplug before pressing the button, your PS3 will not recognize the controler as one of it's own. There is also an option in the PS3's accessories settings to add controlers without using the automatic pairing, but it is much easier to simply leave a new controler plugged in while pressing the button to make it recognizable without having to tinker with the more advanced settings.. If you have made that mistake and are having problems, you can try unplugging everything and then plug it all back in, restart the PS3 and then press the button while the controler is plugged in and most of the problems seen on this page will be resolved.

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    thimo16480 Feb 18, 2013

    How long does it take to charge after doing the unplugging and reset on the controller? does it show any light in the controller while charging? Please respond. Thanks

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There's a tiny pen hole in the top middle of the controller on the right. there is a button inside of it try to get a paper clip in there and push it you might have to have it plugged in and hit the ps button at the same time but im not sure but it worked for me

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Earlier today i discovered that my control wouldn't charge with the cable i had. It just came up with a - instead of charging. I tried all of the above solutions and went on website after website to find the answer. Eventually i came up with the solution of just trying every cable that would connect. So what i did was i found an old USB Nokia charger that i wasn't using and connected it to the control that wasn't charging, then it worked! 

Posted on May 14, 2010

  • James Coghill Oct 14, 2013

    USB cables do sometimes wear out and trying different cables should be the first thing anybody tries. I've never had a problem with worn cable, since buying a fairly sturdy, well made 6 foot long USB cable from Amazon, the one with the "Amazon" logo on the cable. It's long enough that I can leave it plugged in while playing and never a problem.

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First off, your battery is dead, go buy a new battery and unscrew the back of your controller and swap it out


also make sure you turn the controllers OFF whenever you aren't using them and let them die before recharging the battery, don't leave them charging 24/7 or else your battery will be dead faster than a man who just got shot in the balls

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    Why void the free replacement warrenty to replace a battery, when Sony will give you a brand new controler instead, if the battery ever dies and cannot be recharged? That is bad advice, at least while Sony still offers free replacement. Also keep in mind that if the battery goes 100% dead, it cannot make a connection to the PS3 to start recharging. To fix such a problem, which is indicated by three short, quick flashes of all the lights, unplug the PS3 power cord and the controler charging cord, plug the PS3 back in, then the controler, and then hold the reset for 3 to 5 seconds to cause the PS3 to connect it as a new device and then leave it on to charge. This has worked in every case that I have seen personally, even in one case where a friend was told his battery was defective and had to be replaced. If this doesn't work, then the battery really is defective and sony will replace the entire controler free of charge or else you didn't follow the fix steps correctly.

  • James Benson Feb 18, 2013

    I'm assuming the reset button you mentioned to press for 3-5 seconds is the one on the controller? After plugging the PS3 back in, should I turn it on and allow it to direct me to the home screen?

  • James Coghill Oct 14, 2013

    When using the controler's reset button, plug in the USB cable and have the controler power turned on, if it will turn on. If not, then plug in, hold the reset and then try the PS3 button to turn it on.

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Having read everyones advice - we tried it all In desperation as my 9 yr old wanted to get back on his PS3!
bought a new lead - No joy!
even then bought a new controller - which worked - so then i knew it wasn't the PS3.
Did the turn off at the back thing- unplugged PS3 and then reset the controller with a pin at he back!
AND IT WORKS!!!

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I have the same problem with my controller , I plug it in and prressed the PS3 button and all it did was flash the 4 lights quickly then shut off so what i did next was I took a Different cable (The one the conects my camera to the computer) and plugged it in to my controller and then to the PS3 and it started charging. So in most cases it's probably not the PS3 or the controller. Try replaceing the cable that conects the controller to the PS3. If you do try to use a different cable that you may have lieing around make sure the end of the cable you are going to plug in to the controller is compatible and fits the PS3 controller.

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  • my ps3 control wont turn on i tried the usb but did not work

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I have tried all these solutions and still no luck when i go to see how much batery life it has on the top right hand screen it just has a - instead of the charging symbol and it works on the main screen but when playing modern warfare 2 when i fire my gun even though its on charge it just says connect controler, please help

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My ps3 controller is dead and won't charge at all. I have tried plugging it in my pc. I have tried using different usb cables and yet it still doesn't work.

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Sounds like a problem with the cable i would just go get a new on they don't cost that much

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    sorry a new one not new on a typo

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I have the same problem it just flashes all the red lights and then stops. ive plugged it ito the ps3 and it says its charging. it keeps chrging for a while and them stops charging.

iv repeated this process plenty of times and i dont wont to buy a new controller as i think that £50 is a bit steep

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There's a reset switch at the back of the controller you could use whatever issue you have on your controller

Posted on Aug 02, 2017

Ive used different sets of cables and it still doesnt light up. any help?

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  • Tech_Dre Dec 02, 2010

    I had the same problem. After numerous failed tries following the instructions above, I opened the controller, removing everything carefully. I unplugged the battery, measured it with a multi-meter to check if it was good; which it was, then i took a cotton swab and lightly dabbed it in alcohol. I carefully traced all IC's with it. After letting the alcohol dry on the ICs, chips, i put it back together. Turned on the PS3 and the controller work. Turns out there was corrosion on some pins of the chip. Hope this works.

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Put in your pc usb. that will work

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Buy a new cable

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Turn on the ps3 before you plug in the controller to charge it

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My controller will not re charge nom t is dead, what can I do?

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