All of a sudden (within the past few days), my PS3 controller no longer syncs up with the console after I turn on the console by pressing the PS button. Let me explain a little more clearly: With the console off, I push the PS button on my wireless controller to turn the system on. The system boots up, but the four red lights on the controller continue to flash/blink forever, and the controller never syncs up. If the controller is plugged into the console via USB, everything works perfectly. Also, if the console is turned on before the controller, and the controller is then turned on, everything works perfectly. This problem only arises when the controller is used to power on the console and the controller is not connected via USB. I have re-synced the controller using the USB cord countless times, but the problem arises the very next time I try to turn on the PS3. I have also reset the controller using the pinhole in the back many times, to no avail. I have tried every combination of starting the PS3, plugging the controller in, syncing, and pressing reset, and nothing seems to work. This is not a signal interference issue, as none of my equipment/configuration has changed recently. This happens on BOTH my PS3 controllers, and it only started happening in the past few days. Also, my controllers are fully charged, so that is not the problem. Am I missing something simple here? Is this a bug related to the recent 4.0 update? I have read about something like this happening in the past with the 3.10 update, but I haven't seen any posts related to it recently... Please, help me out here! This is going to bug me until it is resolved. Thanks!
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I would also like to note that I have a PS3 Bluetooth headset, and it syncs up wirelessly with the PS3 console just fine. Therefore, I don't think it's a problem with the PS3 console's Bluetooth components. I don't think it's a controller issue because both controllers are being affected, and that would be a very big coincidence... Since it's not a charging issue, and the controllers are able to sync up when the PS3 is already on, or when the controllers are connected via USB, I'm thinking that the only answer left is that it's a firmware issue. This doesn't seem like too much of a stretch, because this exact same problem has been reported before, as a result of a faulty firmware update. The only thing that has me worried is the fact that I haven't seen any recent posts by other people experiencing this issue... Anybody have any ideas? I called Playstation Tech Support, and while the lady I spoke to was very easy to work with, she was only able to walk me through an attempt at a reset/re-sync, and a console reset to the PS3 factory default settings (neither of which worked). I am told that the only other option is to send my PS3 in for repair work. Is anyone else having this wireless sync issue? Might it be the firmware? Please let me know what you think!
Booted up in Recovery Mode and tried a re-install of the 4.0 update in case something had gotten corrupted... Didn't help the matter. Ran the "Rebuild Database" option and that didn't help. I've seen this exact problem reported before as a result of firmware update 3.10. Is it the same thing? Am I the only one with this problem? Is anyone actually reading this!?
I haven't had that problem.
Try unplugging the PS3 from the wall power for 30 seconds and trying again. Also, are you using a wireless network connection? If so, try momentarily turning off the PS3 Internet Connection in the PS3 Network Settings. See if your controllers work again.
some controllers might have bugs or something. my bro's controller dnt sync either when it's done charging & he unplugs the usb cable. the 4 red lights remain flashing unless he reconnects it again. & that happens with him only with 1 controller but the others r normal.
I have tried unplugging the console from the wall for an extended length of time, but this, unfortunately, does nothing to resolve the issue. The network connection is not the problem either. I do appreciate your suggestions, though!
While I understand that some controllers may have bugs, I find it odd that two separate controllers would start acting up like this at the exact same time, only a very short time after a firmware update... It's not impossible, but it would be a huge coincidence. Thanks for the suggestion, though!
So, another person has popped up on the boards with this exact same issue! I'm not happy that this problem is affecting others, but it gives me more confidence that the issue may be firmware-related. You can check out the similar post here:
If you are experiencing this issue, please post!