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When my desktop computer was running Ubuntu 12.04, my PS3 controllers would work with USB. I didn't need to do any special setup. I could just plug it in before I start SuperTuxKart and it would recognize it. I can also do this on my laptop (still running 12.04). Since I gave my desktop a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04, the controller would never work. I have played with some installed software that I found when looking for information. Here is what I get with xboxdrv:

liam@Liam-CustomDesktop:~$ sudo xboxdrv --detach-kernel-driver
xboxdrv 0.8.5 - 
Copyright © 2008-2011 Ingo Ruhnke <> 
Licensed under GNU GPL version 3 or later <> 
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. 
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain 
conditions; see the file COPYING for details. 
Controller:        PLAYSTATION(R)3 Controller
Vendor/Product:    054c:0268
USB Path:          003:012
Controller Type:   Playstation 3 USB

Your Xbox/Xbox360 controller should now be available as:

Press Ctrl-c to quit, use '--silent' to suppress the event output

So my computer does have a few hints of the existence of this controller. But it never works for input. I have wanted to use it on Stunt Rally and SuperTuxKart, but they don't recognize the device. In my old installation, I didn't even need to get software like xboxdrv for it to work. I have never tried bluetooth on either computer, but I don't think I even have that on my desktop.

So now, how do I make my gamepad work in Ubuntu 14.04?

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There is a know bug in the kernel:

It is supposedly fixed in the 3.14 Linux kernel and newer, but I upgraded and it still didn't fix the problem. You could try to downgrade to an earlier version as described here: Emulating Xbox 360 controller using xboxdrv not working for Dualshock controller on 14.04

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Its a bug with the kernel 3.13 but I solved by updating the kernel to 3.14.5 using these commands on the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

For 32-bit:


Install them with this command:

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.13.11-*.deb linux-image-3.13.11-*.deb

Then reboot.

For 64-bit:


Install them with this:

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.13.11-*.deb linux-image-3.13.11-*.deb

And reboot.

If you have any trouble with the kernel, reboot and go to advanced options. Select the previous kernel. Install GRUB Customizer using these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

Once installed, go to general settings and select the previous kernel in the "predefined" row.

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