If you’re getting the following error “error:install motioninjoy driver fail.. error code:0x-1ffffdb9″, or “0X-1ffffdb9” when using the Motioninjoy Gamepad tool it’s an annoying, but a fixable issue.
We’ve compiled some popular, verified fixes below.
Motioninjoy Driver Fail Solutions
Solution #1 (Date And Time Change)
This fix deals with the issue that the cert Motioninjoy uses expires by 2014. See the video below for how it works:
Motioninjoy Error Code: 0X-1ffffdb9 EASY FIX!
The YouTube vlogger Christian D came up with a fix that’s worked for a bunch of people. He says that his video will help solve the Motion Joy Driver Fail error code that you get sometimes when you’re trying to install drivers for Motion Joy.
So if you get that error code, he says, there’s a really easy solution to fix it. All you need to do is change your time and date back to 2013. You’ll navigate to your date and time settings in Windows, set it all the way back to 2013- the video creator recommends January 2013, just to be certain.
He points out that you don’t need to keep your time and date changed once you install the drivers. So authorize the change, go back to Device Manager and try to reinstall the drivers- you should now have cleared the error!
Solution #2 (Install An Alternative)
Over in Steam, a user experienced the following error:
INFO:InstallDriver start…SUCCESS:Set Selected Device.SUCCESS:Get Device Install Params.SUCCESS:Set Device Install Params.SUCCESS:Building Driver Info List.SUCCESS:Call Class Installer.SUCCESS:Get MotioninJoy Driver.SUCCESS:Install MotioninJoy Driver start……ERROR:Install MotioninJoy Driver fail.. Error code:0X-1ffffdb9
While the date and time fix worked for a lot of people, other Steam (and even Reddit) users recommended Motioninjoy alternatives like the XInput Wrapper for DS3 make by the PCSX2 team who created the PlayStation 2 emulator for Windows PCs.
There was a lot of criticism of Motioninjoy as “Chinese malware”, without significant substantiation- regardless a lot of Steam users recommended making the switch.A guide for switching and using this alternative can be accessed here.
Reddit also had a thread on a Motioninjoy alternative: Awesome alternative to MotioninJoy for DS3/DS4 support on Windows (SCP driver).
How To Switch From Motioninjoy
Using Motioninjoy and booting straight to Steam’s Big Picture Mode (BPM) is usually a real annoyance because you need to enable the driver each time you log on.
According to this Steam poster, he found a workaround by downloading the file in the first post in the following link.
All you have to do is click “download latest version”. Read the full guide.
Step By Step Instructions
- Hook up your dongle and DS3 by way of a USB and allow Windows to install its default drivers.
- Unpack the archive.
- Set up a directory that you want the Service to run from.The Steam poster recommends: C:\Program Files\Scarlet.Crush Productions
- Copy the items in the ScpServer\bin to the directory you’ve created.
- Run ScpDriver.exe.
- For XP & Vista – check out the Force Install option. For Windows 7/8, keep it unchecked.
- Click Install.
- Click Exit.
Then restart your personal computer and Steam ought to now detect your PlayStation 3 game controller as an Xinput appropriate controller without needing to load a driver each time you sign in.
Now you won’t need to load a driver each time you log in in order to get your Playstation 3 game controller to work with your video games!
This makes it easier to convert your personal computer into a dedicated SteamBox so in theory, you won’t ever need to use a desktop computer if you wish to boot straight into BPM.
Ryan is a computer enthusiast who has a knack for fixing difficult and technical software problems. Whether you’re having issues with Windows, Safari, Chrome or even an HP printer, Ryan helps out by figuring out easy solutions to common error codes.