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Playstation 3 controller blinking/not connecting

I finally got around to dusting off my playstation and I found I had a horrible problem with my controllers.  The controllers would blink and not connect.  The controllers would blink for about an hour before turning off.  I tried googling this and could not come up a solution, it seems some people have even exchanged controllers to fix this issue.

Stumped, I decided to plug the controllers into the PS3 via mini-USB and this fixed the problem immediately!  After discovering this everything fell into place.  I often charge my controllers from my computer, since it is much more convenient, and it seems  if you plug the controller into a computer with bluetooth capability (such as a Macbook) that the controller will bond with your computer and forget the PS3.

Solution: plug the controller into the PS3 via mini-USB

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