Emulator Issues #13265


No input controls after bluetooth controller disconnects

Added by theflamingchicken about 1 year ago.

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Game Name?

Happens in all games. In particular, Pikmin 2.

Game ID? (right click the game in the game list, Properties, Info tab)

All games

MD5 Hash? (right click the game in the game list, Properties, Verify tab, Verify Integrity button)

All games

What's the problem? Describe what went wrong.

I'm using a bluetooth controller connected to my Steam Deck (Gulikit King Kong 2 Pro). Dolphin is installed and configured through Emu-Deck. Everything works great until I disconnect the bluetooth controller. If the bluetooth controller disconnects for any reason (turn controller off, idle, put Steam Deck to sleep), Dolphin will no longer respond to any input. This includes input from the Steam Deck controls.

What steps will reproduce the problem?

Using the Dolphin Flatpack on a Steam Deck:

  1. Connect a bluetooth controller.
  2. Launch a game.
  3. Disconnect the bluetooth controller (e.g., put the Steam Deck to sleep)

Dolphin will no longer respond to any input, even if you reconnect the controller. You unfortunately must close the program and restart.

Things I've tried:

  • Launching from desktop mode: same behavior
  • Launching without a bluetooth controller attached, then attaching a bluetooth controller: when you disconnect the bluetooth controller, same behavior
  • Launching without a bluetooth controller and only using the Steam Deck controls: sleep / resume works just fine. Dolphin is always responsive to the Steam Deck controls

Is the issue present in the latest development version? For future reference, please also write down the version number of the latest development version.

I didn't try the latest development version.

Is the issue present in the latest stable version?

Yes: Version 5.0-18498

If the issue isn't present in the latest stable version, which is the first broken version? (You can find the first broken version by bisecting. Windows users can use the tool and anyone who is building Dolphin on their own can use git bisect.)

[First broken version number here (if applicable)]

If your issue is a graphical issue, please attach screenshots and record a three frame fifolog of the issue if possible. Screenshots showing what it is supposed to look like from either console or older builds of Dolphin will help too. For more information on how to use the fifoplayer, please check here:

[Attach any fifologs if possible, write a description of fifologs and screenshots here to assist people unfamiliar with the game.]

What are your PC specifications? (CPU, GPU, Operating System, more)

Steam Deck 512GB configured through Emu-Deck.

Is there anything else that can help developers narrow down the issue? (e.g. logs, screenshots,
configuration files, savefiles, savestates)

It's this issue (Dolphin emulator locks up when steamdeck goes to sleep/locks while paired with Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller

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