[SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

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[SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby beaniekiller » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:18 am

Here is a batch file I wrote that "bumps" the BD Remote driver, resetting the remote, severing the connection from the bluetooth adapter, saving the battery power! After searching the web relentlessly to find a solution to this problem, I decided to take matters into my own hands and find a way to momentarily disable the PS3 remote. I knew if I could do that, it would reset and stop wasting juice. I've gone through a lot of batteries after deciding no more. So I guess this is considered a "green" post. :)

Remote utils -

*UPDATED LINK*
http://melloware.biz/download/warez/PS3%20XBMC%20Battery%20Save.zip


I have the inactivity timer set to 8 seconds, but this is also adjustable by opening the timer macro labeled "No Activity Timer".

edit : I realize that this is a Q and A section - it's just an important problem that I wanted to help people find a "good" solution.

I have found other solutions out there, and the most effective ones mess around with the bluetooth dongle itself, leading to windows update jumping in and trying to find another driver somewhere. This renders the remote unresponsive for 20-30 seconds or so. The solution I provided has a delay of about a second, provided you press a button exactly when the remote goes to sleep. Truthfully I have not even noticed a delay.

Update : I added the instructions to the zip file. And since then I have made some tweaks to is to hopefully make it work better. But you must copy the new PS3 plugin over the existing PS3 plugin that comes with Eventghost. This is the key to getting devcon to work without looping Eventghost into errors. Also, the devcon I included is for 64 bit Windows. To make it work on 32 bit, just find a 32 bit version of devcon.exe on the internet and replace the one in this package with it. It should be a lot easier to find than the 64 bit version, believe me. If I come across it, maybe I'll add it on here. But most people use 64. Also, sorry about not using a reliable link - I know of no other way to post a file.
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Re: PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby Melloware » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:47 am

Thanks for posting!
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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby Blazer » Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:37 pm

Could someone post a copy of that batch file, please ?

The link is no longer working.

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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby Melloware » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:22 pm

Maybe send a PM to beaniekiller?
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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby Blazer » Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:32 pm

I've sent one.

Melloware, could you implement this in you software someday ?

I'm currently testing Intelliremote and I really like the idea of using it with the PS3 remote since it's rather cheap, easy to find, uses bluetooth (which means you can have more than one in the same house) and uses AA battery. But the battery life seem to suck and holding the PS button for 6 secs doesn't seem to do anything (when the remote is "off", the first button press usually wakes it up).

I would really improve the support for this remote if you could support directly in your software.

I've read you are using the TiVo slide remote is it the best one you can recommend for RF or Bluetooth ?

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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby Melloware » Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:10 pm

Tivo Slide seems to be the best of the bluetooth one but it has some slight quirks depending on the bluetooth dongle you use. Some people have no problem at all others struggle because of the bluetooth dongle and stack they are using.

Unfortunately I haven't really examined what this script was actually doing so I guess I could implement the feature in Intelliremote if I knew more about what exactly it was doing.

He might have posted on the EventGhost forums as well if you want to try over there...

http://www.eventghost.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=640
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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby beaniekiller » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:54 am

I updated the link. It's hard to find reliable web file storage. Also made a few changes to the instructions to hopefully make installation easier. My system recently was reloaded and I tried to follow my own instructions for it and it was FAIL. So I tried my best write the instructions in a way for anyone to use (original intent...). Sorry for not keeping up on this Blazer.

P.S. Have a nice day.
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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby Melloware » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:00 am

I downloaded it and updated the link to be hosted on my melloware downloads so you won't have to worry about it going down in the future. Thanks!
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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby beaniekiller » Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:09 am

Just in case there are some who use 32bit (x86) of Windows, I am posting a version of devcon that will work for them a well. Remember, devcon the microsoft tool that disables and reenables the bluetooth device that will reset the PS3 remote, effectively putting the remote to sleep. It does this very quickly, as a matter of fact the batch file commands are right next to one another. This is called "bumping". So far this solution works seamlessly and I haven't had to change batteries since April.

Devcon x86 and x64:

http://www.mediafire.com/?mazazatgahwiuvg

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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby gechu » Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:08 am

Not sure this fix works on Windows8. The command executes just fine, and the device gets disabled and enabled, but it does not seem to save battery.

EDIT: seems to be the bluetooth driver in Windows8 which was installed via Windows Update which hasn´t got support for powering down the PS3 remote. In Windows7 I install the bluetooth suite from the vendor which works flawlessly. E-mailed the vendor about windows8 drivers. Running windows7 until driver support i better for windows8
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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby Melloware » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:52 am

Thanks for posting that info, I am sure it will help other Windows 8 users!
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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby Zaxaria » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:56 am

gechu wrote:Not sure this fix works on Windows8. The command executes just fine with the bathmate https://www.scottmcadams.org/bathmate-review-results/ and the device gets disabled and enabled, but it does not seem to save battery.

EDIT: seems to be the bluetooth driver in Windows8 which was installed via Windows Update which hasn´t got support for powering down the PS3 remote. In Windows7 I install the bluetooth suite from the vendor which works flawlessly. E-mailed the vendor about windows8 drivers. Running windows7 until driver support i better for windows8


Do you know if this will work for Windows 10?
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Re: [SOLVED] PS3 battery drain for PC, fixed.

Postby Melloware » Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:01 pm

Not sure will have to try it...
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