OS X Gamepad not working on OS X

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  1. xkoln macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I bought a speedlink gamepad that can be used with ps3 or pc.
    http://www.speedlink.com/?p=2&cat=4315&pid=29740&paus=1
    It's wireless so i'm using a usb receiver, which is recognised and connects to the controller, but the lights just keep flashing on the controller. It's just like a ps3 controller, one of the player lights should light up, but it doesn't. OSX sees the controller and gives the ps3 controller product and vendor ID (0x0268 and 0x054c (Sony Corporation)) but doesn't take any input. But just once, during one boot the controller somehow paired and I could use it without doing anything else, so I know it can work with OSX, but that was the first and last time it did that.
    If you need more information just ask.
    I would very much appreciate your help.
     
  2. Washac macrumors 68020

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  3. xkoln thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No that won't help, I tried lots of programs but none of them can't seem to get any input from my controller. They see it but none of the buttons do anything. I even tried usb logging and the only button that gives any feedback is the one in the middle that should pair the controller to the receiver but the lights are still flashing instead of just one of the player lights being always on.
     
  4. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    Pretty sure we have one of those in the Feral office and we have it working in all our games. I assume you have it set to PC mode?

    Edwin
     
  5. xkoln thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What do you mean by PC mode? There's no switch or anything like that..
     
  6. ianwuk macrumors regular

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    I had the same issue with my Logitech controller as well. It only responded to certain buttons. I had to put it in Direct3D mode (this may be the PC mode Edwin is speaking of?) and then the Mac sees it.

    It then also worked with Gamepad Companion as well and I could then map the keyboard keys of Hotline Miami to the controller and use that to play. Also, my controller was USB and wired, not wireless.
     
  7. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    Sorry their are two similar models one with a PC/PS3 switch on the wifi dongle and one without. I can confirm we have the wired version of that pad here at Feral and it works and is picked up by the OS.

    Syncing via bluetooth with unlicensed PS3 pads is tricky and many times the pad will appear as a keyboard and not sync.

    Try using a USB cable and see if that works.

    Edwin
     
  8. xkoln thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well the only way i can connect to my controller is trough the receiver so no cable and I see no way to put my controller in any other mode. I think that I can change between DirectInput and HID in windows by pressing the middle button (the one to connect, just like ps3) but nothing works in OSX. No drivers needed in windows so why is OSX being so stubborn? I know it can connect and work, it already did that. I really don't want to buy another controller just for OSX..
     
  9. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    What happens when you connect it using a USB cable? Genuine PS3 pads all support USB cable connections so your third party pad should do the same.

    Have you tested if it appears and put-ons work using a HID application?

    Gamepads "pair" with a device perhaps the other device you have paired it with is within range? What happens when you select the device in your Bluetooth menu (it should have saved from the first time you paired it) and then select connect?

    I do know fake Sony PS3 pads try and Bluetooth sync on the Mac as a keyboard as the BT chip the fake pads use is a cheaper chipset and can cause problems on Mac's and will take longer to sync and work on a PS3.

    Edwin
     
  10. xkoln thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Connecting it with a USB cable does nothing. It needs the receiver to connect at all and it's not Bluetooth.

    It paired with my MacBook Pro because I could use it, I tried a few games and it worked. The player 1 light was on and everything was normal.

    I didn't try any HID applications just USB debugging..
     
  11. edddeduck macrumors 68020

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    Any official or official 3rd party PS3 pad has to support cable connections as it is part of the Sony specification.

    Usually when it is working all 4 lights are flashing I have only seen one light being on when a pad is synced to the PS3.

    Try the application in this download link. This link contains the instructions and debug application I hand out when supporting a new gamepad in a Feral game but it will also help you find out if the PS3 pad is doing anything.

    Please note this only works for USB HID devices if you are synced over Bluetooth only you will not see the gamepad using this app.

    Edwin
     

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