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PS3 controller wont charge

I have tried all different options. It used to charge well the first week I bought PS3 and now it wont charge. I have tried different cables, resetting the controller, plugging it into a laptop but nothing.

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  • shuj00 May 29, 2008

    I bought a new controller just yesterday. That also wont get the charge. I tested my PS3 system by plugging in a digital camera and it would charge that.

    Never seen any system behave like this.

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IT just sounds like the ps3 controller is bad.. check out ebay and get a new one at 25$ I know it sounds crazy but some of the controllers just ****.. the first 3 ps3s I got on launch day were great except 2 of the controllers never worked..

Posted on May 29, 2008

  • mathew eaton May 30, 2008

    It sounds like the usb digital sensor is fried I have a ps3 that I am getting in the mail with the same issue, I believe its the motherboard that is messing with you! Since it is not a hd blu ray or power issue I believe sony is due to fix this issue for you! call them up!

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