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Apex Plesioth Jul 18, 2014 @ 9:54am
Help with getting my dual shock 3 to work!!
So I've been trying to get my dual shock to work as an xbox controller back when I was using windows I was using motionjoy and ds3 better but now that I'm using linux I have to find a different way. First I tried xboxdrv the player 1 light would light up for a second and then it would go off and the controller wouldn't work so I went and looked up the problem and it told me to install these "header, all, and image packages" so I downloaded them and used "sudo dpkg -i linux-header.deb" (say I was trying to install the header file" and my terminal would give me a messsage saying it couldn't find the file so I would open the file in the software center which would tell me the file didn't exist. So I moved on and tried QTSixA which I also couldn't get working. I tried installing it through the terminal and it couldn't find the package so then I tried to install the package through downloading it, I opened the instructions and followed theem but again the terminal couldn't find thee packages I was supposeed to install. If any of you know of any otheer programs that do the same thing or how I can fix my current problem I would greatly appreciate it!

Oh also I'm using zorin which is based off ubuntu so if it works on ubuntu it'll likely work on zorin
Last edited by Apex Plesioth; Jul 18, 2014 @ 9:58am
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Static Jul 18, 2014 @ 10:38am 
Sounds like you forgot to add the repo first. In the terminal:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:falk-t-j/qtsixa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install libusb-dev libusb-0.1-4

sudo apt-get install sixad

sudo sixpair

sixad --start
Apex Plesioth Jul 18, 2014 @ 9:17pm 
So I put in sudo apt-add-repository ppa:falk-t-j/qtsixa

and I get this from the terminal "Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/bin/apt-add-repository", line 91, in <module>
sp = SoftwareProperties(options=options)
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/", line 109, in __init__
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/softwareproperties/", line 599, in reload_sourceslist
File "/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/aptsources/", line 89, in get_sources
(, self.codename))
aptsources.distro.NoDistroTemplateException: Error: could not find a distribution template for Ubuntu/n/a"

which is the same problem I was having earlier when trying to install qtsixa
Last edited by Apex Plesioth; Jul 18, 2014 @ 9:17pm
Static Jul 18, 2014 @ 10:49pm 
Check that your system date is set correctly, and if it is, try this:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall ca-certificates

sudo apt-get update

Then try to add the repository again. The issue you're running into is with the ceritificate chain of trust, I believe.
Apex Plesioth Jul 18, 2014 @ 10:55pm 
I tried what you said twice in fact and I'm still receiving the same message from the terminal when I try to add the repository
Static Jul 18, 2014 @ 10:55pm 
Oops, didn't read your full error output.. My bad. "NoDistroTemplateException" implies that there isn't a build for your distro, so you can either switch distros or compile from source.
Apex Plesioth Jul 18, 2014 @ 10:57pm 
ugh.... I guess I'll just have to switch distros then won't I. As I have no idea how to compile from source thanks for your help.
Static Jul 18, 2014 @ 10:58pm 
You could try another package manager, it may work, but I'm not familiar with zorin so I really don't know. Does it have Synaptic or something similar? That's what I would probably try first.
Static Jul 18, 2014 @ 10:59pm 
If it's a fresh install and you're relatively new to Linux, you might have an easier time with Ubuntu or SteamOS. Your call, of course, bu I have a hunch those are the distros most widely used with Steam.
Apex Plesioth Jul 18, 2014 @ 11:27pm 
Yeah I'm pretty new to Linux I decided on zorin cause it was supposed to be a lot like windows 7 which is the os I knew best. But I guess I made the wrong decision lol thanks for you help and I think I'll switch to Ubuntu
flerchjj Feb 22, 2015 @ 3:45pm 
It gives this error with the newest steam OS. Ubuntu specific installation is here, nothing that works with SteamOS.
Last edited by flerchjj; Feb 22, 2015 @ 4:06pm
flerchjj Feb 22, 2015 @ 4:19pm 
Looks like you can manuall update /etc/apt/sources.list to include "deb devel main"
flerchjj Feb 22, 2015 @ 4:57pm 
$sudo sixpair
$sudo sixad
then unplugging usb and pushing the PS button
also worked for pairing but even though I see the controller from qtsixa, it doesn't work in Steam using bluetooth. Maybe it needs a controller profile mapped/customized?
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