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I have a Lenovo X61t laptop and I'd like to use a Sony Sixaxis PlayStation 3 bluetooth controller.

How can I get the controller to talk to my laptop?

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It seems a bit complicated to do but here is a guide:

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Travis, I had this working with software from the repos (albeit via USB). Hopefully there are guides out there that don't involve hexdumps and c programming! – Scaine Feb 8 '11 at 9:39
Sorry Travis - you might be right. The bluetooth element is a shocker. USB works almost out of the box. – Scaine Feb 8 '11 at 9:41

There is an easier way to go:

First install QTSixA:

  sudo add-apt-repository ppa:falk-t-j/qtsixa
  sudo apt-get update
  sudo apt-get install qtsixa

Then: Connect your PS3 controller via USB, and then type "sudo sixpair". After that, unplug the controller. Activate your Bluetooth. Start typing "sixad --start" in your Terminal ..follow the instructions and Press the PS-Button... and then Start QTSixA.

Here: is a very good video tutorial, if you need a better explanation.

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I wrote a post and rolled a .deb for Precise 12.04:

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The official community documentation is here.

But this site details a much simpler method using a QT-based GUI program. I've used this myself in USB mode and it works perfectly. Note that you'll have to re-pair using this tool everytime you use your Sixaxis with your PS3 again.

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I made a script wich can install your Sixaxis easilly ! (its my first, i need some feedbacks at : (please)) download link :

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I get "Invalid or deleted file" when I try to download that. Anyway, since it's a script, I recommend sharing it somewhere like or You can edit your question to fix the download link. – Eliah Kagan Oct 7 '12 at 1:22

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