How to Troubleshoot a Guitar Hero III for PS2 Wireless Kramer Controller

Updated June 09, 2017

The PlayStation 2 version of “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” comes packaged with a wireless guitar controller shaped like a Kramer Striker electric guitar. This particular controller is compatible with all of the “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” games that have been released on the PS2 console. Troubleshooting the Kramer controller requires focusing on problems with wireless syncing, and replacing the batteries.

Turn on the PlayStation 2 (PS2) console with a “Guitar Hero” or “Rock Band” game inserted into the drive.

Plug the wireless “Guitar Hero III” dongle that came with the Kramer controller into the front of the console. One potential issue is that the wireless dongle for a different wireless controller was plugged into the console in place of the correct one.

Turn on the guitar controller by flipping the switch on the back of the controller to the “On” position. The issue might be that the controller was not turned on.

Hold the button on the wireless dongle down for three seconds. This will start the wireless sync process.

Press a fret button on the wireless Kramer guitar controller. This will sync the controller and dongle together. The issue with the controller might have been that the original sync was not performed correctly--or at all.

Remove the battery cover on the back of the controller. The screwdriver will be needed for this. If the other steps have not resolved the issue, the batteries in the controller are probably dead.

Replace the batteries with two fresh AA batteries.

Replace the battery cover onto the wireless Kramer guitar controller.

Repeat steps three to five to sync the controller to the console. The issues with the “Guitar Hero III” guitar controller should now be resolved.


Remember to flip the power switch on the wireless Kramer controller to the “Off” position when not in use. This will extend the battery life substantially.

Things You'll Need

  • Wireless “Guitar Hero” Kramer controller
  • Wireless “Guitar Hero” dongle
  • PlayStation 2 console
  • Any “Guitar Hero” or “Rock Band” game
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Screwdriver
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Matthew Anderson started as a writer and editor in 2003. He has written content used in a textbook published by Wiley Publishing, among other publications. Anderson majored in chemical engineering and has training in guitar performance, music theory and song composition.