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PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by gaboalonso » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:44 am

Hi all,

when I upgraded to linux mint 18.3, my PS3 controller (over usb) started acting as a unstable mouse and no longer work on my emulators.

How can I fix this?

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Gabe.

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Re: PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by Termy » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:50 am

Are you still having this problem? If so, I'd suggest trying different kernel versions. Load up mintupdate (Update Manager) and click the "view" menu item, then click "Linux Kernels".

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dmesg | grep "sony"
Run that command in a terminal and see if you see something like this:

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sony 0003:054C:0268.0003: can't set operational mode
sony: probe of 0003:054C:0268.0003 failed with error -38
I'm getting this information from a now outdated web page, but it could help you. As I suspected, it could be down to the kernel version, which will have been very much upgraded in Mint 18.3. Do you recall which kernel version you used prior to Mint 18.3?

I also assume you have the xboxdrv package installed, which for some reason also allows the PS3 controller to work, or at least it did. I can't find any such Sony driver in the standard repositories. I have a wired PS3 controller myself, but I've yet to try it on the PC; maybe I should. lol
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Re: PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by gaboalonso » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:27 pm

Thanks, Termy.

I do recall installing a bunch of stuff on previous installations to make the ps3 controller work (xboxdrv, jstest, xorg input something, etc.) but I've removed all of them Or so I assume.

here is the output of dmesg:


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$ dmesg | grep "sony"
[77180.773782] sony 0003:054C:0268.0003: input,hiddev0,hidraw2: USB HID v81.11 Joystick [Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller] on usb-0000:00:14.0-1/input0
[77592.978330] sony 0003:054C:0268.0004: input,hiddev0,hidraw2: USB HID v81.11 Joystick [Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller] on usb-0000:00:14.0-1/input0
[77792.822618] sony 0003:054C:0268.0005: input,hiddev0,hidraw2: USB HID v81.11 Joystick [Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller] on usb-0000:00:14.0-1/input0
[78732.481776] sony 0003:054C:0268.0007: input,hiddev0,hidraw2: USB HID v81.11 Joystick [Sony PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller] on usb-0000:00:14.0-1/input0




Can't remember my latest kernel version. I'm running now 4.13-026, ¿what's yours?
I'm planning as a last resort to do a new clean install of 18.3, but on the one side it might be a mess since I'm running a dual boot system, and on the other, if it actually is a kernel issue, it won't change anything, as it will probably install the latest one.

Please let me know your thoughts.
Thanks for the help,
Gabriel.

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Re: PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by gaboalonso » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:59 pm

Tried installing older kernels, they won't install. No message or anything, but after reboot and running uname the kernel is the same. Tried several times with different random versions.

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Re: PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by Termy » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:08 pm

Okay, install xboxdrv again, and whatever else is needed to get it working, as it may just be that. Guessing it's not a kernel issue. (although them installing is worrying, but that's another thing) When you find out what's needed to get the PS3 controller working, save that info somewhere. lol
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Re: PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by gaboalonso » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:56 pm

No luck.

This is going to sound odd, but what I want firs to do is to stop the controller from working. As a mouse, that is.

Reinstalled, uninstalled. nothing seem to work, linux mint 18.3 loves the controller as a mouse, but I don't.
I'll try the clean install tomorrow.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by Termy » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:08 am

You're welcome. Sorry I couldn't solve the issue for you. I suppose it could still be a kernel issue, as it may be that the kernel is picking it up as some sort of mouse (which certainly seems to be the case lol). Maybe a clean install would be a good idea; an easy fix, albeit a lazy one. :P Let me know how it goes. By the way, random thought, but could it be that the controller is messed up? Are you able to try another? Just in-case.
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Re: PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by c_mcnickle » Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:04 pm

I have the same issue. I have just installed Mint 18.3 on a new machine and have not installed any additional drivers for PS3 support. As soon as I plug the controller in it starts to act like a Mouse. Where you able to solve your issue and if so did you install additional drivers to get it to work?

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Re: PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by gaboalonso » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:39 pm

Hi. After doing a lot of stuff, ended up messing my mint install. So I have now a fresh Mint 18.3 install.

The controller is not working as a mouse anymore (which is good). I understand it had to do with an old touchpad driver (so I've read somewhere), are you still having this issue on a fresh install, @c_mcnickle?

On the other side I've read that the ps3 controller over usb should be working out of the box for Mint 18.3, and it kind of is. Installed jstest-gtk and it sure does picks it up with no problem. However none of my emulators find it.

I'm not sure if I should install the previous software I had (e.g. xboxdrv) so I don't mess up things again and conflict with new drivers, so I was wondering If anyone had any experience with a fresh Mint 18.3 install.

Thanks and regards,
Gabriel.

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Re: PS3 controller mouse mint 18.3

Post by Topken » Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:05 am

I am having this exact issue and my DS3 works perfect in both Windows and on the Playstation 3 itself but not linux. it basically gets picked up as pad 2 on both usb and bluetooth and the left stick acts like a mouse which screws up my real mouse as rest potion for the stick is center of my screen and thus doesn't allow for movement of my real mouse. I may be stuck using an old Logitech Dual Action USB controller but I would rather use a wireless controller on here since this is a laptop

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