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PS3 Controller registered but not useable

  • Hi guys,

    I searched for a similar problem, but it looks like I´m the first one with this.
    I followed the setup instructions for (sixaxis) PS3-Controllers in the documentation ( and it seemed to work.
    If I check the connection in the Bluetooth section, both controllers appear as registered devices.

    My problem:
    I can´t use the controllers via Bluetooth, they´re only working with a plugged in USB-cable.
    When I try to configure the input via Bluetooth, my PS-Controllers do not appear as detected gamepad and they don´t get an ID if I press the PS-button.

    Did I miss any steps or has someone any idea what could be the problem?

    Thank you

  • Global Moderator

    @mKs You may have bumped into a recent problem with the latest Linux Kernel from Raspbian, which rendered some (if not all) Bluetooth controllers unable to connect.

    Check this topic for a solution to this problem. You can check if you're experiencing the same problem by exiting Emulationstation and checking your kernel version:

         .***.     Monday, 10 June 2019, 16:10:57
        *****     Linux 4.19.42-v7+ armv7l GNU/Linux
          |*|      Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
          |*|      /dev/root        15G  9.0G  5.0G  65% /
        ..|*|..    Uptime.............: 6 days, 22h26m48s
      .*** * ***.  Memory.............: 100016kB (Free) / 765604kB (Total)
      *******@@**  Running Processes..: 108
      `*****@@**'  IP Address.........:
       `*******'   Temperature........: CPU: 53°C/127°F GPU: 52°C/125°F
         `"""'     The RetroPie Project,

    If you also have Linux 4.19.42-v7+ armv7l GNU/Linux shown on the 2nd line, then you're likely affected by this issue.

  • Thank you @mitu , but the problem is still present.
    Ich will put my experience to the other topic.

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