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Frequently Asked Questions about MotioninJoy Drivers
Here are some frequently asked questions about MotioninJoy that we get:
Q. Why doesn't my Bluetooth (BT) adapter only let me do a vibration test and nothing else works?
A. MotioninJoy requires a minimum of 2.0+EDR for the Bluetooth adapter, because the PS3 system uses a 2.0+EDR adapter and that is what the controller expects. If your BT adapter is missing the EDR features then only the vibration test will work.
Q. How can I check what features my Bluetooth adapter supports?
(Note that this function requires MiJ driver version 0.6.0001 and up.
You can check what features your Bluetooth adapter supports by opening the DS3 Tool and going to the BluetoothPair page, then click on “Supports Feature”.
The features of the BT adapter will be listed, what you are looking for for EDR capability is circled below:
To see what adapters are compatible with your version of MotioninJoy, check out the Bluetooth Compatibility List.
Q. Why cant I use my other Bluetooth devices while I use the PS3 controller?
A. Sorry, that's how the drivers work right now, as the MotioninJoy drivers will OVERRIDE your normal Bluetooth adapter's drivers, so only the PS3 controller can connect to it.
If you need Bluetooth support for other devices such as a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse you will either need to: 1. Only use the PS3 controller through USB, 2. (only for USB adapters) Plug the BT adapter into 1 USB port for use with MiJ and another one for other BT devices, or 3. (recommended) Have 2 BT adapters in the system with 1 unplugged/disabled while running the MiJ driver installer, so you can use the PS3 controller with 1 BT adapter, and other Bluetooth devices with the other adapter.
Q. My PS3 turns on after I disconnect the controller from the computer using USB. Why?!
The PS3 controller is programmed to attempt to establish a Bluetooth connection to its paired master when the USB cable is disconnected, and the PS3 is programmed to turn on whenever a controller paired with itself attempts to make a connection or the PS button is pressed.
When you use the PS3 controller through USB on the computer and you haven't paired the controller with your computer's BT adapter, this will cause the PS3 to turn on after you disconnect the USB cord going to the PS3 controller from the computer.
To fix this you will either need to turn off the controller ( by holding down the PS button or in driver version 0.5.0002+ press the Disconnect button in the DS3 Tool) or pair the controller with MotioninJoy / the Bluetooth adapter in your computer, NOT the PS3. Follow the steps in the install instructions
to pair your PS3 controller with your computer's BT adapter,or if you don't have a working BT adapter, use the Custom MAC field to pair the controller to 00.00.00.00.00.00
Q. My PS3 controller's LED lights are lighting from 1 to 4, then the lights will restart and it goes on and on. What's going on? Is something not working? My controller is connected through USB.
A.When the LEDs on the controller light up like this:
1 - - -
1 2 - -
1 2 3 -
1 2 3 4
That means your controller is connected through USB and the battery is charging.
This is normal driver operation, nothing is wrong with MotioninJoy or the controller.
Q. My controller randomly disconnects for about 5 seconds, then reconnects, and so on. The controller is connected through USB, what's going on?
A. If using either 32bit or 64bit Windows, try logging off, reconnecting the controller and logging back on. Otherwise, the USB cable has likely gone bad, replace the USB cable.
Q. My PS3 controller and/or BT adapter is not being recognized by MotioninJoy, and I have it connected through a USB extension cable.
A. Sometimes USB extension cable have problems, try not using the USB extension cable, instead connect the hardware directly to the computer's USB port.
Q. I use Vista or Windows 7 64-bit, Do I have to disable Driver Signature Enforcement to get these drivers to work?
With older versions (v6 alpha and below)
of the MiJ driver you will need to disable Driver Signature Enforcement.
Starting with the 0.6.0001 driver version, MotioninJoy now has a digital signature for the MiJ driver.
See here for more: http://www.motioninjoy.com/blog/have-got-microsoft-code-signing-certification
This version does not require disabling Driver Signature Enforcement anymore,
if you are using the signed version of MiJ you do not need to disable Driver Signature Enforcement.
Q. Why did I have to disable Driver Signature Enforcement before?
A. A 64-bit version of Windows (excluding 64-bit XP) requires a digital signature for the driver in order for it to load with driver signature enforcement enabled. The MotioninJoy drivers did not have a driver signature before, as getting a driver signature costs a lot of money.
Q. I'm NOT running the signed driver version, How can I still disable driver signature enforcement?
Follow the instructions on the 64bit guide
Q. I don't have a Sixaxis or DS3 (DualShock 3) controller, however I have this cheap clone from MadCatz or something, but MiJ won't use it! Why??
A. MotioninJoy only works with the original, genuine Sony Sixaxis or DS3 controllers. Sorry. (Donate so we can get clone controllers to make them work with MiJ!)
Q. I Love this driver so much, I can finally get a PS3 controller working on a Windows system!! When will you make a Mac version?
A. Sorry, No Motioninjoy for Mac, there isn't any plans right now for a Mac driver.
Q. I Love this driver so much, I can finally get a PS3 controller working on a Windows system!! When will you make a Linux version?
Sorry, No Motioninjoy for Linux, however there is another driver called QtSixA
that is specifically for Linux, try that for your Linux system. (QtSixA isn't affiliated with us)
Q. What is the website address for the website the DS3 Tool accesses?
Q. How do I change the button names the MiJ drivers uses for the buttons?
A. You can edit the name of all buttons in regedit.
In XP go to this key:
In Vista/7 go to this key:
^ Old Name ^ New name ^
|Digital Gamepad(Dpad,without joystick) ||Playstation 1 (Dpad,without joystick)
|Analog Gamepad1(POV,Joysticks) ||Playstation 2 (POV,joysticks)
|Analog Gamepad2(POV,Joysticks,Analog Triggers) ||Playstation 2' (POV,Joysticks,Analog Trigger)
|Analog Gamepad3(POV,Joysticks,Analog Triggers,Motion sensor) ||Playstation 3
Q. How can I check for the latest version of MotioninJoy or see what new features have been added in the latest version??
Check out here: MiJ update log
Q. I'm having problems updating from v5 alpha or 0.5.0001 to 0.5.0002. Help!
The 0.5.0002 update got messed up, you'll need to uninstall MiJ and then install 0.5.0002 to update. See this forum post for more details: PLEASE READ: Updating MiJ to 0.5.0002
Q. My Steam game isn't recognizing my PS3 controller. Help!
A. Close your game, then open the DS3 tool and click the Analog Gamepad 3 option, then press the Enable button. Also click the Vibration test button to see if you have vibration working. Now start your game again and enjoy!
Q. Vibration isn't working with my game, I'm using v5 alpha drivers.
A. The v5 alpha drivers don't have vibration support except for the x360 emulator mode, it is recommended that you update to 0.5.0002.
Q. What are the default buttons/axises with the MotioninJoy drivers?
A. Here is a list of the default buttons and axises.
This is for the Analog Gamepad 3 profile.
Default buttons/axises for v3-v5 drivers
Default buttons/axises for v6 drivers
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“F8” refers to the most popular method of disabling Driver Signature Enforcement on 64-bit systems, where the F8 Key is pressed after the BIOS screen but before Windows loads to access the Advanced Options screen where you can disable Driver Signature Enforcement for that boot.