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My playstation 3 controllers will not turn on unless they are plugged into console with usb...what do i do? It will not mork wirelessly

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When u plugged it in hold down the ps button an turn the ps3 console off and take out the usb cable out of the controller hold the ps botton again to turn on the ps3 the controlle rand it should work

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My controler for my ps3 is not working


Unless the controller hardware has failed, I'd surmise it has somehow lost its wireless pairing (setup of identification and link with the base unit). Connect the controller to the base unit with a USB cable and turn the base unit on. The pairing will be done automatically. Next, give the controller an ID number between 1 and 7.
Once that is done, you should be able to disconnect the USB cable and use the controller normally. (You do not have to turn off power to disconnect a USB cable.) If the Playstation base does not recognize the controller when it is plugged in with the USB cable, the controller has a bad part inside.
If the controller works normally when plugged in, but not in wireless mode, there is a problem with the wireless operation. This could be either failure in the controller or base unit, or interference from some other device nearby. For example, a furnace igniter emits RF energy over a wide range of frequencies; if the controller works only when the furnace igniter is not running (you can hear the sparks on an AM radio while it runs), then the furnace ignition circuit is the real culprit, and you should check its ground wiring.

Dec 09, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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How to use a ps3 wireless controller.


<span>Ensure your playstation 3 is properly set up and connected to Plug the power cord for the PS3 wireless controller into one of the usb ports on the front of the PlayStation 3.<span><br /><br /></span><span>Plug the power cord for the PS3 wireless controller into one of the USB ports on the front of the PlayStation 3.<span><br />Plug the other end of the power cord into the access port on the top of your wireless controller.Allow the wireless controller to charge, leaving it plugged into the PlayStation 3 undisturbed for several hours to gain a full charge.Disconnect the PS3 wireless controller from the power cord. Press the PS button to start up the PlayStation 3. The PS button is in the middle of the controller. It is clear and displays the PlayStation logo of a letter P and a letter S molded together into one shape.Use the wireless controller to control the PlayStation 3, exactly as you would have with a corded controller for earlier PlayStations.<br /><span><br /><br /></span></span></span></span>

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I just bought a Tomee SX-3 PlayStation 3 controller and when i plug in the wireless USB part and turn on the power switch on the controller it doesn't seem to sync or find the controller? do you have...


According to a comment at Amazon "since firmware 3.5 Sony has blocked 3rd party USB accessories so this no longer works with a PS3. This isn't the companies fault, just be aware it no longer works on the PS3" http://www.amazon.com/PS3-SX-3-Wireless-Controller-Playstation-3/dp/B0031BWM6A

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I have fully charged my wireless controller, but when i unplug it from the charge all 4 lights on the front keep flashing, i have tried resetting it but this has not worked


plug the controler to the ps3 using the usb cable and then click the ps button on the controler?

is nothing happens then turn on the console at the front with the control still attached though usb

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My dualshock 3 analog controlloer will not sync up with my ps3 unless plugged into charge. When not plugged in the 4 lights on top of the controller constantly blick.


Either it is not sending a signal to the console, or the console is not receiving the signal. Try another controller. If it works, the one that's acting up is garbage. If it doesn't, try to find someone to repair the console. Good Luck.

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I can't use my wireless controllers on my PS3 unless their plugged in and charging. When I unplug them and push the PS3 button in the middle, all four lights just blink about 4 or 5 times and then turn...


plug in the controller before you turn on your ps3 then turn on the ps3 by the system. after the system starts press the ps button on the controller after it stops blinking and only one light is on unplug it. it should be linked together.

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I cant sync my madcatz ps3 wireless controller


try to plug it in and then press the ps button or let it sit for a little bit while plugged in and then try it

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PS3 Controller will only work when plugged into the USB


I picked up the folling troubleshooting tips from the PlayStation Knowledge Center. I know it may seem silly or insulting; This is not my intention. Problems like this are usually just little things you're over-looking. Give thest tips a shot, one by one, and see if your solution is in here. If it isn't, message me back here & we'll try something else to get your controller working, ok? By the way... Is it a sixaxis controller or dualshock?
  • Verify if the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller works with the USB cable.
  • Verify that the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller's battery is charged.
  • Attempt to pair the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller to another PLAYSTATION 3 system. This helps determine whether the problem is with the system or the controller.
  • Attempt to connect another SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller to the PLAYSTATION 3.
  • Move closer to the PLAYSTATION 3 system. The maximum range for Bluetooth is 30 feet.
  • Make sure you have less than seven Bluetooth peripherals paired with the PLAYSTATION 3.
  • Unplug any other USB device plugged into the system when pairing the SIXAXIS or DUALSHOCK 3 wireless controller.

May 19, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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