OS X PS3 Controller wont sync with my Mac OSX 10.6.8

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by bebe2713, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2013
    I just bought a new PS3 controller - I had been using my boyfriends originally. I had no problems getting his controller to sync with my mac. However, I have followed all the tutorials and steps that I previously had done and nothing. I plugged the controller into my mac and the 4 lights start to blink. Then, I hold down the home button for 3-5 seconds and unplug the cable. Then the lights turn off completely. Usually, this is the part where they are supposed to blink faster and then I can see it under my bluetooth on my computer, etc.

    To note, I did sync it with the actual PS3 console and it worked great. I tried resetting and resyncing and nothing.

    Please help! Thanks

  2. macrumors 68020


    Mar 26, 2004
    There is a thread on this forum with instructions and a video.

  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2013
    Thank you for that answer...I would be nice to know what instructions/video you are referring to because, as I mentioned previously, I have read all relating threads and watched any video I could find. I understand the process of syncing the controller. My problem is that when I disconnect the wire, after holing in the home button for 3 sec, the lights just shut off.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2005
    Hi OP,

    Here is the thread edddeduck most likely was talking about since he posted the only reply in it, with a link to his vid.

    I don't really have an answer for you, other than to make sure your ps3 is off... it's not an issue I've ever had.
  5. macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2008
    I have the same Op Sys. on my Mac Mini 4.1.

    The PS_3 Gamepad will work.

    Make sure that you charge it first ! Plug USB cable into your Mac then into your PS-3 G_P , then , surf the web / e-mail / write a letter , what ever for a couple of hours.

    Than , once the 4 flashing lights stop flashing ( on PS3 GP ) , press the PS Button on the GP.

    Open Sys. Pref. / Select Bluetooth / ( you should see the PS3 listed ) / make it a favorite ( click on gear ).

    Press PS Button on PS3 GP and hole while un-plugging.

    The flashing lights should no go out ( off ) , it will show as NOT PAIRED , thats fine , it is paired.

    Set up > show bluetooth icon in menu bar < click icon on menu bar and it should be listed as CONNECTED.

    Now , every time you start your Mac , plug in the PS3 Cable to both Mac & GP , press PS button ( on GP ) , un-plug cable and you are good to go !

    Best of luck , trick is it must be charged first !

    I hope I have helped :)

    Gary 

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