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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fixed! Guitar Hero Drum Set Won't Sync

We arrived home today from a great Christmas break up at my parents and after unloading the car my attention turned to one of my Christmas gifts from Ashley -- Guitar Hero World Tour. I was excited to have the Complete Band Game edition of the Guitar Hero World Tour, which meant that I would have many hours of fun singing and playing the drum set in addition to the guitar.

After playing a few songs on the guitar to check out the song list, and belting out some excellent renditions (I must say) of "No Sleep till Brooklyn" by the Beastie Boys and "What I've Done" by Linkin Park, my attention turned to the drum set.

Guitar Hero World Tour Drums - Drum Set will not sync with Playstation 3
I was looking forward to the drum set perhaps the most of any instrument for this version of Guitar Hero. Probably because I could picture the hours of laughter Ashley will most likely have from watching me trying to play them in the game. That will have to be entertaining -- perhaps You Tube material at some point.

I started pulling them out of the box and with minor use of the instructions (I did not see the headphone plugs on the bottom of the cymbals), I assembled the drums and I was ready to play them in the game.

If only I could get the drum set to sync first. When I plugged in the USB Adapter dongle into the Playstation 3 it started flashing. I then hit the PS button on the Guitar Hero World Tour Drums and they started flashing. I assumed it would sync just like the guitar. After about 30 seconds of flashing, the drum set stopped -- but the USB adapter connector continued.

I tried again. Same result.

I figured it could be a conflict with one of the USB ports. I changed from port 2, to port 3, then port 4, and then port 1. No luck, same issue. I even tried in the USB extender on the main Guitar adapter still no luck.

Finally, after trial and error -- I came up with the following solution. If you are having issues with syncing your Guitar Hero drums on your PS3 -- hopefully this will help you out.

1. Turn on the Playstation 3
2. Plug the dongle for the drum set into an open port on the PS3, the light will begin to flash slowly.
3. Hold down the button (where the light is flashing) on the dongle until it begin flashing very rapidly. Release the button and the light continues to flash rapidly.
4. Hold down the PS button on the drum set until the red light starts flashing rapidly.
5. Within a few seconds you will get a solid light on both the Guitar Hero World Tour Drum Set and the Playstation 3.

Congratulations, you have now completed a sync for your drum set. Each time you turn on the Playstaion 3, Guitar Hero World Tour, and the Drum set, the synchronization should work perfectly.

Let me know if this worked for you with a comment below!


Anonymous said...

Yes thank you!

Anonymous said...

No mate this did not work on my ps3 drum set

SonnySoul said...

Didn't work on mine either. Apparently it's a known issue and Activision will replace the USB Receiver if you submit a warranty request at

I'll post back here with any update if and when I get the replacement.

Hope this helps.


SonnySoul said...

Got the replacement USB receiver... still no luck. I'm going to have to return it to the store.

Anonymous said...

OMG THANK YOU!!! i dunno wat the other ppl are talking about but it works perfectly!! thx m8!

Anonymous said...

what is the dongle

hung like a horse said...

its like a DONG

Anonymous said...

Didnt work for me. My dongle does not have a light on it either, at all.

Anonymous said...

It worked. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

My dongle doesn't flash at all.. >.<'

Anonymous said...

Didn't work for me. Or it works for 1-2 seconds and then flashes again. I think either my guitar or my dongle is bad. Thanks again, eBay!