Windows-based computers can control what occurs on their screen by using a Bluetooth remote with the Windows Media Center program. This enables the video being presented to be remotely controlled while being viewed on the computer screen or a television set. The Sony-made PS3 remote for the PlayStation 3 video game console would make an excellent remote for using with the Windows Media Center program, but cannot work natively with a Windows-based computer unless a special software driver is installed. This will let you use the PS3 remote to control all aspects of the computer.
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Things you need
- Windows-based computer
- Web browser
- Windows Media Center
- PS3 remote
- PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver
Download the PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver to the desktop of the computer (use the link in the Resources section).
Go to "start," "Control Panel," "Bluetooth Devices." Click on "Add" to add a new Bluetooth device. Hold down the "Start+Enter" keys on the PS3 remote simultaneously. Release the keys after about 20 seconds have passed.
Click on the "My device is set up and ready to be found" box in "Bluetooth Devices." Click on "Next" to go to a new window.
Click on "BD Remote Control" in the window that appears. Click on "Next" to go to a new window. Select "Don't use a passkey." Click on "Next" to close the window.
Press and release the "PlayStation" key on the PS3 remote to sync the PS3 remote to the computer.
Double-click on the PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver on the desktop of the computer. Follow the prompts to install the PS3 Bluetooth Remote Application driver.
Restart the computer after the installation has been completed.
Run Windows Media Center. Now you can use the PS3 remote to control the functions of the PC.
Tips and warnings
- Back up the Windows-based operating system before installing the PS3 remote driver. This will let you restore the computer to the state it was in before the driver was installed if you wish.
- Please note: The software driver is not sanctioned by either Sony or Microsoft and could lead to unexpected problems with the Windows-based operating system.
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