Having problems with the buttons on your PS3 controller? You may be thinking about tossing the controller out and just buying a new one. That is one option, but you ought to consider attempting to fix it first. Even if you don’t know much about electronics, you’ll find you can open up the controller, diagnose the problem and fix the buttons without too much trouble.
Lift the battery up and inspect the connector wires to see if they are securely plugged into the battery port. If the problem is with the buttons rather than the battery, proceed to Step 4.
Lift the battery up, unplug the connector wires and set the battery aside. Lift the circuit board out of the housing to expose the backs of the actual buttons.