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[Do It Yourself] How to change a DualShock 3 internal battery

Hi gamers!

Recently, I had to change the internal batteries of two of my three DualShock 3 controllers.
Why you ask? Because, ahem, my kids brought the controllers in their bath (but hey, why the hell not?).

As you can guess, the controllers didn’t really like that special treatment, and after picking them up, I wasn’t even able to CHARGE them. I have tried putting them both in a plastic bag containing rice for a few days, but even if they were completely dry, I still wasn’t able to boot them up. (!@#$)

Long story short, at this point, I could either drop 110$ worth of hardware in the garbage, or try something desperate. That’s when I thought of buying a new controller battery on ebay for a few dollars, and try to see if it worked, and surprise: it did!

This procedure is however mainly adressed to “normal use” of controllers, like when you’re feeling that they’re not keeping up their charges long enough.

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Restore File System | PS3 Safe Mode / Recovery Menu | Video Walkthrough

Restore File System - PS3 Safe Mode / Recovery Menu

How long does this take? Only 2 – 5 minutes. It’s a good thing to do if your having any issues with your PS3. Say for example your blu-ray drive having issues, trophy syncing, performance issues, etc. If your PS3 ever shut off due to a power outage or shut off due to a buggy game. This would be a wise thing to do. Basically what it’s doing is checking the PS3′s OS (operating system) for any corrupted files and restoring them if needed.

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Music Unlimited Trial Auto-Bills After 30 Days

Just a word of caution, at the end of the 30 day trail for Music Unlimited, your credit card will be automatically billed $9.99. Us Canadians don’t have to worry about this because the service hasn’t launched here, and if the delayed release of the video store is any indication of things to come, we should be getting Music Unlimited in 2013. Anyway, here’s how you can cancel the automatic renewal without canceling your trial:

It’s easy to change, and you can do it from your web browser. Head over to the Music Unlimited website and sign in. Click on “Account,” and then find and click on the “Media” tab. Browse your downloads until you find “Music Unlimited.” Click on the service, and then expand the top drop down. Finally, click “Cancel Automatic Renewal.” And that’s it, Sony won’t take $9.99 out of your pocket unless you want them to.


PS3 Rebuild Database & FAQ | PS3 Recovery Menu / Safe Mode | Video Walkthrough

Rebuild Database - PS3 Safe Mode / Recovery Menu

This does not delete game saves. Another question I get is how long does it take. Only about 2 – 5 minutes. For more FAQ’s check the bottom of this post. This is a good thing to do from time to time to keep your PS3 running smoothly and happy. I did this for the first time in over 4 years, so long over due. Earlier this week I was trying to watch some videos off the internal hard drive and it was lagging and sound came in and out for some reason.

So I thought I’d try to rebuild the ps3 database to see if it would fix it. It was perfect after that. So if you have other slow down, a weird glitch or maybe your trophies take a while to sync this would be wise to do. Check out the FAQ section at the bottom if you have any questions.

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