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Playstation 3 wireless controller

My Playstation 3 Wireless controler is not picking up a signal. What troubleshooting can I do

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  • ktame1 Dec 21, 2007

    Im having the same problem, when i turn on my PS3, and press the PS button on my wirless controller, the the 4 player red lights just keep flashing, and then if i connect the USB plug to it, it takes time for it to actually assing into player 1 or 2 slots, and sometimes if i connect the USB plug to it, it just turns off, HELP, PLEASE ANY 1?!

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2007

    the wireless controller won't connect with computer, pressing the ps button does nothing, bought a new cotroller, but still same responce, tryed resetting thr controllers but no luck, the controllers are also fully charged

  • scoobert07 Jan 14, 2008

    i have a similar problem i bought a brand new sixaxis dualshock wireless controller and it was working fine for about two week and suddenly it went out on me it was fully charged before game play wen i press the ps button and not even the lights flash its like the controller is dead

  • GSM2swife Jun 13, 2008

    the hubby went to go wireless with our controllers and the four red lights just keep flashing.... the only way he can get the controllers to work is if they are connected to the usb ports **sigh** we went and bought the dualshock three controllers, they won't work either :( what do we have to do?!?!

  • jduff1212 Dec 24, 2008

    works when pluged in but if i unplug the controller all the lights just blink



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I had the same problem. If you plug into the system with the usb and then go to the settings menu - reassign the controller to number 2 then back to 1 and it should work. Worked for me anyway.

Good luck

Posted on Aug 27, 2008


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