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Horizontal Lines Moving Up Screen

Just bought a new 80g (9/08) and when I have it on, no matter if I'm playing a game or viewing the system screen, I get three lines that go across the screen and scroll from the bottom of the screen to the top. My TV isn't HD or anything, but is a Sony Trinitron flat screen from 2004 and I'm hooked up via RC cables. I tried adjusting the screen resolution through the menu and everything seems set up correctly.

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  • Realness Sep 25, 2008

    I'm having the same problem... There is a huge horizontal line drifting upwards on my ps3. I can't play games or even watch movies anymore because the picture is so hard to see at times... Mine is only a 40 G and I've only had it for about 6 months... any suggestions???

  • Bat-Dude Sep 29, 2008

    Thanks, Mark!



    I called Radio Shack and they did not have an EMI Filter. I described the problem and your solution. Since they didn't have what I needed to test everything, they suggested I try a Ground Lift (3-prong to 2-prong adaptor) and that did the trick. It was $1.29 for a two-pack at Target if anyone else is interested.

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Hi Folks,
What you are describing sounds like grounding or EMI issues with your AC power. If the lines or bars are soft and moving up the screen, typically there is an issue with the ground at the AC plug, or dirty AC from another device in the house (usually the refrigerator). Make sure the TV and PS 3 are on the same circuit (two wall outlets in the same room are usually NOT the same circuit). Check the outlets wiring to insure it's correct. You can do this with a Snap-It circuit tester (about $6.00). Many older buildings might not have the ground wiring properly installed or a previous owner/tenant wired something "wrong". You can get an EMI (electro-mechanical interference) filter at places like Radio Shack. You can put them on the PS 3 and the TV, but I would try one on the fridge first-make sure it can handle the refridgerator's power requirements.

GoodLuck,
MarkEditor

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