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PS3 Controller Not Charging

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12 Jul 2010
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Hey guys I have 3 controllers, all fairly new. 2 of them decided to stop charging so I got a new charger, and still wont charge. When I connect the charger to the controller it flashes red once (normally flashes continuously) and then stops. This happens on both of them. I know its not to do with the charger because its a new charger and also the other controller charges fine with it. I even bought a brand new controller, this charges but then only turns on when its connected through the USB charger, just acts dead when its wireless. Any ideas or anything I can? Cheers Dan

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Hi guys, 

 

If your DS3 controller is not charging properly please follow the steps in our troubleshooting article to see if it solves the problem.

 

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Tried the reset button on the back and then re-syncing the controllers?

 

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thanks for the quick reply. ill try it and let you know. thanks
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do I press the reset button and L2 at the same time or just the reset button?

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just reset :) then wire it up to the ps3 and press the PS button
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I tried that. The thing is the cable charges one controller. But the other 3 controllers which are new, when I press the PS button nothing happens what so ever. But when I put the USB cable into them they charge and I can press the PS button and play, just like the old wired PS2 controllers. As soon as I take the USB cable out it goes dead and wont do anything. Its stupid.
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any ideas guys? :(
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I just searched and it came up with this :- 1 - turned off the PS3 (not only standby, using the button placed at the back) and even unplugged it from the power source. 2 - connected one controller with the cable to the PS3. 3 - plugged the PS3 again and put the back button to "on" 4 - pressed the "PS" button on the controller 5 - Et voilá ... that made the PS3 turn on, the controller to be recognized as #1 and when I disconnected it from the wire it kept being recognized. 6 - After that, did the same with second controller, with the same results.
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hey guys. update. I have SOME good news. I took the brand new controller back, it was working fine on their PS3 and was charging perfectly. Even after that, they still kindly changed it for a new one :) I brought that home, synced it all up, un took the wire and it was still on. woohoo :) I even turned off the PS3 and turned it back on using that handset so I KNEW it was synced with it. The only problem now is that it won't charge for some reason. When I turn it on it has 1 bar of charge left and when I turn it off and put the cable in to charge it flashes once red and then nothing. Strange. I've ordered a new charger coming in the next few days so see if that works. Dont think its the charger though because it charges 1 perfectly and also I can play with the other ones when "hard wired" like the old PS2 controllers. Anyway, ill see if it works with the new controller.

Any ideas until that arrives?
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It could be a faulty usb port have you tried both of them(usb ports)?
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yes, only the charger to try now. anyone have any ideas about the once of the flashing lights though
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Also, its nearly dead now (saying I need to charge the controller) and when I put the charger in when its turned ON it just says Charge Level (-) and it isnt charging and just links it like a old PS2 controller and when I turn it OFF and try to charge it, it flashes once and nothing happens. Also on the controller which works fine it will charge while its ON (not act like a PS2 controller) and will charge when its OFF. So is it the charger or yet again another dodgy controller?
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OK GUYS I GIVE UP!

 

I just bought a brand new charger, to try and charge the brand new controller and it charges for about 20 seconds then turns off with the USb charger still plugged in! Why is it stopping? Even with 20 seconds of charge gone into it, it STILL won't turn on without having to be plugged in.

 

Please help, this is getting beyond a joke now!

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Not sure how these chargers work, do they still use the cable? If so, are you sure your cable is OK?

Did you know you can charge the controller in any USB port (e.g. on your PC)?
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Haven't read the thread fully so apologies if this is of no help. Are you using a USB charger that plugs into the mains? I have a Pelican (I think its called) & if the controller battery is completely flat or very low sometimes It wont charge. If it doesn't I hook the controller up to the ps3 for 5-10 minutes then try again & it usually charges fine.

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You can't use ANY kind of USB cable. I tried that. You have to use specific ones.

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Maybe the controller has a match with its USB, If you notice on the USB it says Either A or B, So I think that you're controller is matched with a USB. So that's probably why? Anyways I will give a comment if it works. You should test it to if you think that's what it is. P.S you can plug it into pc for charging. That could possibly work too.

 

 

Anyway, Thanks Marc.

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i gotta say, even tho im a few months late... I FREAKING LOVE U!!!

i have 4 controllers (1 move tho) and ALL THE OTHER 3 CONTROLLERS stopped charging on same day... i connected the USB cable but it didn't connect nor lose battery, also, when playing FIFA11 and i hit the crossbar, the controller vibrates and shuts down for some 3 secs just to reboot right away

 

had been looking through and i gotta say i was losing hope

then, i saw ur post.. worked fine with 2 of them (that simply weren't charging) but i had tried to press the RESET button on the back of the 3rd one, now it doesn't work... gonna keep looking around. Still, thank you! :D

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I had trouble charging my controller it worked fine when wired. But just didn't charge. Make sure you are using the cable that came with the controller as some usb chargers WONT charge but will allow other functionality... Make sure the 4 LED's are  flashing whilst charging.

 

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I did what u advised and it has started to charge. am now waiting to see if after charging it will work without the usb cable. thanks
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I had the issue described in this post: controller worked when plugged in but would not charge. After unplugging, system would report that controller battery is low.

 

For me, the issue was a faulty cable. The mini-USB to USB cable I was using must have been faulty, because when I switched it out with another cable of the same type, the controller would charge. If I switched the faulty cable back in, the controller would not charge. Hope this helps!

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