Instructables

Control your computer with a PS3 Controller with rumble - SixAxis or DualShock

The title is pretty self explanatory. You are going to install a PS3 controller on your computer and even use it to control it. I have tested this with both types of controllers. It works.
Before starting, you are going to want the following items.
A PS3 Controller. (DualShock or SixAxis)
A USB Mini B cable. (A PS3 Controller charge cable)
A Windows 32 Bit Vista, XP, or Server 2003 Computer.
Total Game Control (The same program used in my other instructable)
DS3 Drivers/Utilities
It is a .rar file, and if you don't have WinRAR get it here. (I will post a ZIP folder if someone really needs it)


 
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Step 1: Installing the drivers

Picture of Installing the drivers
What you are doing here is installing the drivers for the controller.

Extract the files to a place that is easily available (You have to extract twice). (Picture 1)
Plug your PS3 Controller into the computer via USB. (Picture 2)
The computer should recognize that the controller is there (make a noise) and the controller should be flashing red.
Go into control panel and click Device Manager or type it in on the Windows Start menu. (Picture 3)
Open up Human Interface Devices and find USB Human Interface Device.
Right click it and click Update Driver Software...
Select "Browse my computer for driver software: Locate and install software manually" (Picture 4)
Then click Let me Pick From a list of device drivers on my computer and then click "Have Disc...". Find the location of the ds3drv folder and click dualshock3.inf . (Picture 4)
Click okay, next, and install this driver software anyway.
Close all of the screens, and now device manager should say you have a PS3 controller installed under human interface devices.
If you have a DualShock controller, locate the place where you put the drivers and find the ForceFeedbackDriver folder. Inside it right click DUALSHOCK3FF.inf and install it. (Picture 5)
Thats about it for the controller to work on your computer.
disturl3ed9 months ago
can it connect 2 controllers at once?
alhowell133 years ago
Could use this for mugen
jvpernis4 years ago
can you use ur ps3 controller to turn on your pc? that would be epic
technoguy944 years ago
If all that program does is convert the game controller signals into keyboard/mouse signals, just get JoyToKey. Its free and great.
death man4 years ago
hi im a girl like taylor
skatelong5 years ago
yeah, can you use a bluetooth "dongle"?
i dont think you can unless you get the ps3 controller in discovery mode... i cant figure this out my self...and google isnt usefull either...it shows ps3 headset and how people are having problems with it
 discovery mode is when you press the PS3 clear button in the middle.
yes it is
pitcher4 years ago
Xpadder does the same thing and it does it better, cause it's free.
wilko91 pitcher4 years ago
just because something is free doesn't mean it is better, I have used Xpadder before and it is often unwieldy
ps3 is better
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death man4 years ago
do u have ps3 or xbox360 what one better
abadfart5 years ago
can i link this by bluetooth???
yes u can
dalukesta4 years ago
it would appear that these drivers do not work with 64-bit operating systems... Is this true?
hishealer5 years ago
Could I use my ps3 controller on a pc game with that software?
nateh202 (author)  hishealer5 years ago
Yes. I played NBA 2k9 with the controller and it works awesome. It works amazing on any game that allows you to set custom controls.
alexlane5 years ago
For the sake of cross reference: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Sixaxis

@UbuntuNinja: I've had success using these instructions on my Linux system (Debian 5 "Lenny"); assuming you're using Ubuntu, it should work as described.

My current setup is similar to this, but I'm doing it in Debian Linux on a MacBook Pro (as opposed to Yellow Dog Linux on a PS3).

Perhaps I'll write a guide on getting this all working -- including information on configuring wah!cade with MAME and other emulators -- using free software on non-PS3 hardware.

Anyone interested?
UbuntuNinja5 years ago
Dude, this is so awesome! Do you know of any alternative software that I could install in place of the Total Game Control that does not require me to buy a license?
awesome man... i was trying to do this with my DS so i didnt need to get up from my bed while switching between episodes of BSG (im up to date now, but this still helps) Thanks A Lot!
JOE19035 years ago
My mouse broke this morning and this is a fantastic backup until I can get a new one, it works suprisingly well.