Soo I bought a white Dualshock 3 off of eBay (stating it was official Sony product) in August. It came in what looked like official Sony packaging, and worked fine..until firmware 3.0 came around. Can't use it with PS3, and comes up with "unrecognized hardware" so I can't use it as a PC controller either..$40 down the drain, great.
So Black Friday rolls around and I get a $30 DS3 from RadioShack..and a week later my friend spills his drink over it. I opened it up and used q-tips to try and scrub off all the juice that went inside, the analog sticks go crazy if you barely touch them, and Triangle/Square/Cross/Circle buttons don't work unless you push REAL hard on them.
RadioShack refuses to take it back for a replacement because I don't have my receipt(I didn't state it was damaged by a drink).
I really really really don't want to buy another DS3, so I've been using my old Sixaxis..but it's getting real lame, I miss the weight and rumble of the DS3 :(.
So does anyone know if I open the DS3 back up and clean it out with an alcohol-dipped q-tip if it'd change anything since it's all dried out now? I'm guessing it's a connection problem of that plastic piece the buttons press down (shown here). or could the board be damaged? The controller wasn't on when it happened, so I don't know if that'd make a difference about the board short circuiting or something.
Also a less important question, but one I'd still love answered..About those knockoff white DS3 controllers..if there's any way possible to atleast use it as a PC controller now that it can't work with the PS3 (Model number CECHZC2U). The normal DS3 drivers posted don't work for it, and the PC can't even recognize the controller :[.
*edit* it now shows up in Device Manager under "PS(R) Gamepad" and has the same Hardware ID as other sixaxis controllers, yet the drivers do not work for it. Pressing the PS button does nothing to help.
probably not i think when the drink spilled it fried the circuits even if the controller is not on it can still happen but if ur good at soldering and u have any spare sixaxis that u don't care about try replacing the battery or the entire controller chip or somehow intergrate an old sixaxis with the messed up DS3.....
but still i would try cleaning it with alcohol on a q-tip before trying any of that and if that doesn't work then i guess you can just try that first option...
but other than that i suggest you try looking for that receipt..and if its been a while since you brought it then idk ur gonna have to buy a new one or wait to save up money to buy more than one DS3...
and sorry i don't have an answer on that last part havent really bothered much using ps3 controller on pc...try waiting for someone elses response tho...