Tip & How-To about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

8 Steps to Fixing Any PS3 Issue

Note: If your PS3 is on, but you are looking at a blank screen, you PS3 may be in HD mode.

  • Turn off your PS3.
  • Hold down the power button for 2 beeps. This will reset your PS3 video to standard output.
  • If you are unable to reset your video, skip to Step 8.

8 Steps to Fixing Any PS3 Issue
  1. Back Up your PS3. You will need a compatible external hard disk drive for this step.

  2. Enter Recovery Mode.


  3. Choose "System Update".

    Try to load a game or movie. If it works, skip the rest of the steps listed below; otherwise, continue.

  4. Re-enter Recovery mode, and choose "Restore Default Settings".

    Try to load a game or movie. If it works, skip the rest of the steps listed below; otherwise, continue.

  5. Re-enter Recovery mode, and choose "Restore File System".

    Try to load a game or movie. If it works, skip the rest of the steps listed below; otherwise, continue.

  6. Re-enter Recovery mode, and choose "Rebuild Database".

    Try to load a game or movie. If it works, skip the rest of the steps listed below; otherwise, continue.

  7. Re-enter Recovery mode, and choose "Restore PS3 System". WARNING!: This option will delete everything on your PS3 hard disk drive!

    Try to load a game or movie. If it works, skip the rest of the steps listed below; otherwise, continue.

  8. Return the unit to Sony. If your PS3 is still under warranty the fix will be free; otherwise it will cost $150.

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plug in hdmi cable and screen is just blank


A reset ought to sort it - turn the power off and on again. Hold down the standby button on the front of the console until you hear 3 loud beeps. It should work then.

May 27, 2014 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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MY PROBLEM IS . I TRYING TO PUT THE HD ON FROM THE AV . WHEN I PUT IT HD JUST BLANK SCREEN!!!


You need to reset the settings. Turn off the PS3 and then hold down the power button until you hear two beeps. When the PS3 starts up, you will be prompted to use the HDMI connection and configure the settings.

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Screen stays blank My Ps3 machine turns on, the light is green and you can hear the machine is running, but the scren remains blank, is there something wrong with the aerial? I'm using the AV connection , not the HD


Sound like maybe, your input has changed , maybe from sd to hd .Try holding the ps3 button down for 4-5 seconds when you turn it on, this should reset the input mode

Jul 29, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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PS3 tuning problem


Hello. This is what you need to do.

1. Reset the Video Output Settings. While the PLAYSTATION 3 system is in standby mode (red light on the front of the system), hold down the touch-sensitive On/Off button on the front of the system until the system goes into standby mode again . (So the light cycle would go from: red light to --> green light --> then back to red light) This will ensure that you have held down the On/Off button long enough to reset the Video Output Settings. Once you turn it back on, it should work fine.

I hope this helps. Good luck to you.

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