Question about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console
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
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.
Posted on Apr 21, 2010
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
Posted on Feb 10, 2010
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
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
Posted on Sep 11, 2008
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!!!
Posted on Feb 15, 2010
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.
Posted on Jun 28, 2009
Posted on Nov 06, 2010
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
Posted on Apr 16, 2010
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.
Posted on Dec 27, 2009
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
Posted on Jan 08, 2010
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
Put in your pc usb. that will work
Posted on Jul 01, 2008
Buy a new cable
Posted on Jun 24, 2008
Turn on the ps3 before you plug in the controller to charge it
Posted on Jul 18, 2010
My controller will not re charge nom t is dead, what can I do?
Posted on Dec 30, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Connect the USB cable (provided with the controller) into the data USB port on the top of the controller. Insert the other end of the controller into one of the two USB ports on the front of the system.
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