The "Guitar Hero" Guitar Won't Connect to the PS2

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The "Guitar Hero" series kick started a revolution in rhythm games, allowing anyone to play along to classic rock tracks on guitar. Ten games have been released on the PlayStation 2, with a variety of both wired and wireless guitar controllers available. There are a number of troubleshooting steps you can take if you find that your guitar controller has stopped working with your PlayStation 2.

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Instructions

    Guitar Hero I and II Guitar Controllers

  1. 1

    Disconnect and reconnect the guitar controller to the controller port on your PlayStation 2.

  2. 2

    Restart your PlayStation 2, and try the guitar controller again.

  3. 3

    Contact Activision for a replacement if the guitar still does not work.

    Guitar Hero III and World Tour Guitar Controllers

  1. 1

    Check that your guitar controller is turned on. If your guitar has a switch with "I" and "O" symbols, ensure the switch is clicked over to "I."

  2. 2

    Ensure your guitar is synced to your PlayStation 2. Firmly plug your wireless receiver into the first controller port on your PS2, and turn on the console.

  3. 3

    Press the red fret button on your guitar to turn it on; then press and hold the button on the wireless receiver for a few seconds. Press the red button on the guitar again to sync it.

  4. 4

    Press the lever on the back of the guitar, and remove the neck from the guitar. Reconnect it securely.

  5. 5

    Replace the batteries in the guitar.

  6. 6

    Move the wireless controller closer to the console. Ensure there are no large metal objects, cordless phones or other wireless devices near the console or controller, as these can cause interference.

    Guitar Hero 5 Guitar Controller

  1. 1

    Make sure the controller is turned on by pressing any button on the guitar.

  2. 2

    Make sure your guitar is synced to your PlayStation 2. Plug the wireless dongle into the first USB port on the front of your console.

  3. 3

    Press and hold the "Connect" button on the dongle; then press the "PS" button on the guitar to sync the controller.

  4. 4

    Press the lever on the back of the guitar, and remove the neck from the guitar. Reconnect it securely.

  5. 5

    Replace the batteries in the guitar.

  6. 6

    Vary the distance of the controller from the console, as being too close or too far away can affect the signal. Ensure there are no large metal objects, cordless phones or other wireless devices near the console or controller, as these can cause interference.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure you are using a guitar controller compatible with the game you are playing. The Guitar Hero 5 controller and other USB guitar controllers will not work with Guitar Hero I, II and World Tour.

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