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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 you’re 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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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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Tips and Tricks: Manually Adjusting Custom Soundtrack Volume

As you know, I’ve been a Smackdown game fan since they first came out. Although I’m not into wrestling as much now as I was when I was a kid, I still enjoy these games. Over the past few years, the games allowed for you to use custom soundtracks for the wrestlers, which is a neat feature (and on PS3, works better since you don’t have to create playlists or anything).

With this year’s giving you the ability to download created superstars, with editing options (finally), the use of custom soundtracks and theme music is definitely more rampant. The only downside is that, more often than not (and likely on any other game that supports custom soundtracks and no way to adjust volume), the music is far too loud and drowns out the game’s audio (even if the in-game audio is maxed out on the volume). With no way to adjust it in-game, we have to manually do so. Luckily, I have a solution to that problem.

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