My brother and I got two wireless Mad catz gamecube controllers for christmas, and i can't figure out what the secret is to making the damn things work. I've played for over an hour without them failing(after struggling for them to first make a connection), but then the next time i try to use them they either never get a connection or randomly lose signal in the middle of the game. Anyone else have these controllers or can give some advice?

yes i know---"don't buy Mad Catz" but we already bought em' so we're trying to make do with what we have.