My PS3 controller is not working with my pc

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My PS3 controller is not working with my pc
Install a game pad driver to use your PS3 controller with your PC. (laptop image by martini from Fotolia.com)

An increasing number of PC gamers are moving away from the traditional keyboard-and-mouse configuration toward simpler, more ergonomic game pads. Sony's PlayStation 3 controller is a favourite among game pad enthusiasts due to its tight thumbsticks, reactive buttons and comfortable feel. Gamers that plug a PS3 controller into their computers will find that it won't work without the correct drivers. These drivers are free to download, install without hassle and ultimately unlock a PS3 controller for PC gaming.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Navigate your browser to the link listed in the "Resources" section.

  2. 2

    Click the "Download" button and save the file to your Desktop.

  3. 3

    Double-click the file to extract the files contained to the folder of your choosing. For ease of access, extract the files to your Desktop.

  4. 4

    Double-click the "libusb-win32-filter-bin-0.1.10.1.exe" file to install the drivers onto your PC. Doing so will also create a file called "ps3sixaxis_en.exe" at a location of your choosing.

  5. 5

    Plug your PS3 controller into your computer using the proprietary charging cable that came packaged with the controller.

  6. 6

    Double-click on the "ps3sixaxis_en.exe" file to activate the drivers. You will need to activate the drivers every time you plug in your PS3 controller.

  7. 7

    Boot up the computer game of your choice and access the "Controls" tab under "Options." Configure the controls as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Access your Control Panel and click on "Game Controllers." Click "Properties" to calibrate your controller and to familiarise yourself with the default button mapping.

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