Using PS3 Sixaxis Controller as a Joystick via Bluetooth
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It is VERY easy to set up your PS3 Controller to act as a bluetooth joystick that can be used for changing channels in MythTV. This howto does not outline how to set up the controller with MythTV. Just to get the system recognising it.
The pairing process is done with the controller connected via USB.
You must have the libusb-dev and libusb-0.1-4 packages installed.
sudo apt-get install libusb-dev libusb-0.1-4
Connect the controller to a USB port.
Download sixpair.c (save to a directory such as /home/linuxmce) and compile sixpair using
gcc -o sixpair sixpair.c -lusb
sixpair will echo
Current Bluetooth master: xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx Setting master bd_addr to xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
Disconnect the USB cable
Stop the BlueTooth service
sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth stop
Make sure all hcid processes are stopped
sudo killall hcid
Run HIDP daemon in terminal
sudo hidd --server --nocheck -n
Press the PS button on the Sixaxis hidd should echo
hidd[pid]: Bluetooth HID daemon hidd[pid]: New HID device 00:19:C1:xx:xx:xx (Sony Computer Entertainment Wireless Controller)
Press Ctrl+C to end the process Start the BlueTooth service
sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth start
That should be all you need to get your LinuxMCE box recognising the PS3 Controller as a joystick via bluetooth.
- The Sixaxis will not be hot pluggable. If turning on the Sixaxis after Ubuntu is already running you will have to toggle between alt+f1 and back to alt+f7.
- All four lights on the back of the controller will flash even if the LinuxMCE box doesnt detect the controller, as at this point, LinuxMCE has no way of assigning controllers a number.