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Shanwan PS3 controllers will not work for two player.



  • Hello,

    I have been having trouble and the only answers on this are regarding pairing two Shanwan PS3 controllers.

    My problem is that I can pair them and use them but as soon as I try to play any two player game with both controllers one of them always shuts off and will not work...

    I was given a pre-made image and that uses the Shanwan PS3 driver. That SD card works with the controllers perfectly but I can not for the life of me figure out how they got the controllers to work... This person is not willing to tell me how they did it but I know that if I uninstall then reinstall the Driver in retropie setup it breaks the fix that they use so I can assume it has something to do with a config that gets overwritten. One more interesting thing is that there is no "sixad --start &" entry in the rc.local config file on the working card but new controllers can be connected after a full reboot and they rumble, light up, and pair perfectly.

    The build is using retropie 4.3 rpi 3 image from the official source.

    Both systems are using a 5 volt 2.5 amp power supply

    I'm sure that someone can at least point me in the right direction for what config files to look in. I was going to try this next http://booting-rpi.blogspot.ro/2012/08/dualshock-3-and-raspberry-pi.html

    If anyone thinks they can help or needs any more info please ask me what ever you need to.

    Thank you.



  • Hey, did you ever solve this? I'm having the same issues on my pi 3 running retropie 4.3. Anyone else has any insight on this issue?


  • Global Moderator

    @lastweekfriday https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/3/read-this-first - give more details about your setup. How did you install the system ? How did you configure the PS3 controllers - are they connected wirelessly or via USB ?



  • Sorry about that. Here's the full explanation of my situation. I'm having some issues with bluetooth controllers (Shanwan PS3 Clone Controllers). I have a Raspberry Pi 3 with Retropie 4.3 (Originally it was 4.2 but updates to 4.3 using the update all packages in the retropie set up menu, I never had the controller when I was running 4.2) . I have installed the PS3 controller driver and Shanwan Clone support driver. Both controllers pair and work individually with no issues. The problem comes when I try to use both controllers at the same time. It goes like this, I boot up my pi and pair the controllers, the first one pairs and LED 1 lights up, the second pairs and LED 2 lights up. Then 10 -15 seconds later one of the controllers will switch off then when I pair it again it connects in the same position as the other controller so now both will have the same LED on. Then after about another 10 seconds the other controller switches off and if I pair it again the other controller switches off and so on. It almost seems like they are kicking each other off the bluetooth connection. Also, the controllers are fully charged and I'm using the system's internal Bluetooth Does anyone know why the controllers would be losing connection? Is anyone using 2 shanwan PS3 style controllers with retropie 4.3? Why is it that when a controller is re-paired it connects as the same number as the other controller? I even used the Joystick-selection driver to see if it would atleast reconnect to an assigned number, but it didn't work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



  • I also posted this question on reddit and found a solution that worked for me.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/RetroPie/comments/7tng8q/issues_using_2_shanwan_ps3_clone_controllers_at/

    The suggestion about using a bluetooth dongle worked for me.


  • Global Moderator

    Perhaps you could try my sixaxis scriptmodule that's currently undergoing testing: https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/15967/sony-dualshock-3-call-for-testers-sixaxis-script-module

    Just keep in mind that this solution is still under active development and may cause issues. It may not be a good idea to test this if you don't have basic knowledge of Linux command line.



  • I know this topic is rather old, but the problem still persists. Is there any (preferably non-expert) solution for this, besides having to acquire a bluetooth dongle? I'm facing exactly the same problem: trying to sync 2 Shanwans to RetroPie 4.4 through bluetooth.


  • Global Moderator

    @leosagashi Have you tried using the new experimental module for the Sony controllers, from the topic @psyke83 mentioned ?



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