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All lights on Dualshock 3 blink 5 times, then do nothing.

My Dualshock 3 controller will not work. When I press the PS button (connected or unconnected with USB cable, doesnt matter) all 4 lights will blink 5 times, then do nothing. I have tried reseting it, bought a new USB cable, and nothing works.

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  • RealDanMan Nov 13, 2009

    thanks twinsdaddy!! it worked, however I would suggest holding the reset button as i spent a while just pressing it quickly, with no results ;) holding it down worked tho, cheers

  • Nathan Murphy May 11, 2010

    i have the same problem does any body know how to fix it

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On the back of you dualshock pad next to the L2 button there is a tiny small hole witch looks like it could be a screw hole ! well this is the reset button once you have pushed this you will be able to conect your pad to your usb cable and it work on your console again

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

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Had the same problem, all i did was plug in the usb cable press ps button and unplug the usb cable and press the ps button again

Posted on Oct 27, 2009

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