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How to use a PS3 controller on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

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How to use a PS3 controller on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)

  1. Open Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Bluetooth and disable Bluetooth on Mac as well as any other nearby Macs or devices which will try to pair with and confuse the controller.

  2. Reset PS3 controller by inserting paperclip into pinhole near L2 button.

  3. Connect PS3 controller to Mac with USB cable.

  4. Enable Bluetooth.

  5. Press "PS" button for 1-2 seconds until the red lights flash.

  6. Unplug USB cable.

  7. Click the "+" icon in the preferences to open the Bluetooth Setup Assistant.

  8. A window will appear asking you to enter an access code. Enter "0000" (without the quotes) and click "Accept."

  9. Close the Setup Assistant.

  10. Click the "PLAYSTATION3 Controller" item in the Bluetooth list in the preferences. Then select "Add To Favorites" and then "Update Services" from the little gear icon menu.

  11. Disable Bluetooth. Wait a second.

  12. Enable Bluetooth. Wait another second.

The controller will now appear connected in the list and can be used in applications.

These instructions worked great! I didn't have to go through the setup wizard, the pairing dialog just showed up and it worked from there :)

mine just keeps flashing and not connecting

I assume you'll have to redo this each time after using it on the PS3?

All I had to do was plug it in to give it some power. Unplug it. Turn on bluetooth, and it connected by itself.

What may have helped was that I did at some point reset it.

I had it working through usb already. When I started up steam, and hit the PS button, steam would switch into full screen mode.

Pretty sleek.

Thanks! It really helped.

I figured more simplified steps on how to do this. Check it out here -> https://gist.github.com/hlung/8385683

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