Question about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console
I have a new LG Full HD 1080P LCD TV. When I turn on the PS3 and its set to 1080P output,through a good quality HDMI cable, the screen randomly flickers (snow effect) even when playing games or DVD's. you can also hear it clicking and cutting out through the surround sound. If its set to 1080i it seems to go away! Also when watching a DVD the sound sometimes sounds robotic (digital & distorted) and out of time with the picture. I'm struggling to workout whether its the PS3 or the tv, sometimes it seems if the tv audio setting is set to CINEMA, CLEAR VOICE etc it starts it. The TV model is 42LG70YD. Any help would be great.
It sucks to see ALLLLLLL these solutions, when I have the solution. Turn off DEEP COLOR in the video settings. It will immediately stop. If it doesn't, then you don't have the typical snow/flickering problem.
Posted on Jun 29, 2011
I just got off of the phone with Sony. Here is the deal; HDMI and the PS3 are not a good fit. Evidently there are known issues with 1080p and HDMI and the HDMI cable companies are fully aware of it. I was able to set and select 1080p via the PS3 component cables with no issues. No flickering screen and a true 1080p picture. Go dust off your component cables all. Component is an older technology but it is also a more stable one and you have more control of your colors with them. Hope you kept your receipts for those expenssive HDMI cables. :-)
In my opinion sending audio and video through the same cable always seemed like a bad idea. I am sending sound via fiber and video via component.
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
If it doesnt flicker while playing bluray, but only flickers in xmb, than my guess is your cables... if your hdtv is capable of accepting 1080p/24hz signals for bluray movies from the ps3, than it uses a lot less bandwidth than 60/120/240hz or whatever your tv is capable of displaying. This leads to weather you are using category 1 or 2 hdmi cables. Category 1 is only tested up to 75mhz or 720p/1080i while Category 2 is tested up to 340mhz, 1080p or more (for future technology).
Try using hdmi cables that is category 2 certified. You can find them at monocables.com,
Posted on Oct 20, 2009
I did some further research. I updated my firmware for TV(samsung) to the latest. This did not resolve the problem. Then I changed the hdmi ports. what I found is that the problem(ofcourse only with 1080p) is seen in the first 3 hdmi ports on tv, BUT NOT at HDMI 4 port. That may be our TEMPORARY SOLUTION. but not a final solution.
In samsung LNxxA650 series, HDMI 4 is at the side, not in the same zone as other 3 in the back. so, it's hardware implement may be little different.
So, does it mean it's been all TV's fault? no, not necessarily. The ports 1,2,3 are working good with blue-ray disk videos with 1080p. How is that possible? So, well, for one, I think PS3 itself could use different ways (integrated chip vs embedded firmware OS ) for launching xmb vs running blue-ray videos. If it is a handshake issue, then PS3 has to resolve; I will also call samsung and launch an investigation. For them, All ports should behave the same. period.
Suggestion: As for other TV brands, try with other ports and check. Otherwise, update firmware/call TV technician. please launch complaints at TV so, that they realize that they need work together to with SONY folks to get this resolved.
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
You will not get 1080p for movies though only games as it is a licensing issue also no dvd upconverion is allowed over component.
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
LOL like everyone else, I took my Slim PS3 home to my parents LG 47" 1080P TV and it flickered only on 1080p setting. I too ran it at only 720/1080i and it did not flicker.
I then took the advice and moved the HDMI port to the side and yes that FIXED the problem. Dunno why though but I'm not complaining
Posted on Mar 06, 2010
Hey there it seems that you are having trouble with your Playstation 3 and your LG HDTV. By the sound of it i believe your Playstation 3 is to blame. What happens sometimes is that your Console has to send the signals in a way that your TV can understand but there are instances where the PS3 will just send out an flickering image with sound. a very no technical solution for your problem is while you have your ps3 and TV on unplug the hdmi cable for about five seconds and connect it back again usually that will solve the problem. The reason why that happens is because of content protection. Let me know how that works
Posted on Oct 02, 2008
I have a 65" Toshiba DLP TV. I just unhooked my Samsung Blu-Ray, which was providing a flawless 1080p output. Not flickering or any other issues. I just bought the PS3 slim, and the next morning I'm surfing for a solution to the 1080p flicker issue. The problem has to be with the PS3, as I'm using the exact same TV HDMI port and the exact same HDMI cable. If Sony doesn't release a patch before my 90 day Target return policy expiration, the PS3 is going back to the store and Sony can eat it.
FYI, if it helps or doesn't help anyone, I run all my devices through a Denon receiver. The PS3 (HDMI), DirecTV (HDMI), and Wii (component) all go into my receiver. Only 1 HDMI cable comes out of the receiver and goes to my TV.
Regardless of my setup, if everything worked on a regular BluRay player, and acts up on the PS3, the problem is the PS3. Simple troubleshooting really.
Posted on Jan 15, 2010
I took my PS3 back to the store today and exchanged it. I plugged in the new PS3 and had the same issue I was having previously. I then went through the process of trying different cables/HDMI port combinations again. The problem was resolved using HDMI4 and the Rocketfish 8ft HDMI cable. This combination did not work with the first PS3. That leads me to believe the problem is definitely with the PS3 and not the TV. I know this isn't a solution for every situation here but, hopefully someone can use it.
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
First, make sure you have all the necessary firmware updates.
Then, try component cables instead of HDMI. You won't notice any degredation in terms of picture quality, and it cuts out the "handshake" issues that some TVs have with PS3s.
Posted on Dec 28, 2008
I bought a ps3 last week and connected it to my samsung ln46a650 side hmdi4 port and when I set the resolution on ps3 to 1080p I ran into the flicker issue.
Now it is gone after I connected it to hdmi3 and then changing the 120Mhz setting to high.
I have tested various combinations switching off both the TV and PS3 and switched back on both at the same time and at different times and tried couple of DVD's which were having the flicker problem when connected to hdmi4 and fortunately cannot reproduce the flicker problem.
Posted on Jan 14, 2009
I had the same problem with my 47lg70. recieving static flicker in the xmd menu system and while watching BR and DVD but strangely not in video games. Followed sony's advice first by disconnecting my coaxial connection first to my tv, then all together. I had noticed a reduction in the flicker. Then by taking the advice on this fourm switched HDMI ports from the back 3 to the 4th on the side, LAWLERCOPTERS it worked no flicker none wtf sony wtf! i knew i should have got a 360
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
I have the same problem but with Samsung LA40550 new! once I am 720P all 4 HDMI are working well, switch to full HD 1080i works fine with HDMI1 and HDMI 2... but if i turn it to the full nice HD 1080P flickers badly with HDMI1 and 2 and gives no signal with 3 and 4!!! Helpppppp
Posted on Jan 18, 2010
I had the same problem except with my ps3,high def cable and blue ray.LG has an issue with all of their tv's.They are aware of this issue but for two years they have not fixed it kind of like the xbox 360 and screen of death.I have taken my LG tv to three repair shops for the same problems.The tv is having problems getting a signal through the hdmi wire.(It's not the wire) It is a componet in the tv. I have contacted the manufacturer about this and even under warranty they will not pay the repair bills. I work at Best Buy in Magnolia center and we have tons of LG tv's returned because of this same problem.Best advice return it or sell it.Best Buy associates and even GEEK SQUADE associates will tell you the same thing. I f you want a real tv without issues get a Panasonic for plasma or a samsung,sony or vizio for lcd.LED- most are led lcd wich is a lcd tv with a led back light a real led does not say lcd led and most retail stores wont tell you that so buyer beware. I hate being ripped off and if you want proof of what I am saying check it out for your self BETTER BUISNESS BEAURO,CONSUNER REPORTS OR TECH NET.Remember a flat panel tv is exspensive and like an investment.You get what you pay for.Also remember don't buy a 60hz tv the picture will be horrible I put that on my life.The hrtz are more important the 1080 or 720 check it out for your self.I hope I helped atleast a few poeple from being ripped off.
Posted on Dec 27, 2009
Ok, here's the deal! When you purchase a new HDMI cord, you buy the expensive one because they claim "It's faster because of the gold!" Nope! It's a lie! The material used for HDMI are only for corrosion resistance. All HDMI cords have the EXACT SAME SPEED! Second, They have never made a (Liquid Crystal Display) "LCD" with a truly acurate frame refresh rate without having an issue called "Ghosting". You can have a 720p, a 1080p, or a 10,000p (Don't exist) and the screen will do the same thing. "All TV's are NOT the same!" LCD's are fantastic for watching movies, but if you want a crisp, clear picture with great stability? L.E.D. is the way to go!
Posted on Dec 15, 2014
So I don't see age on any of these solutions.
One issue between PS3 and HDMI tv's is that some (Vizio for example) and an auto calibration to make sure the image is at the right resolution. Now if you don't want to turn off Deep Color (which actually worked better than trying the PS3 hardware reset process), getting an HDMI switch removes the hardware handshake which sets off the auto calibration. They are pretty cheap and could infact be a way to move forward with having multiple HDMI products on one port, so think of it as an investment in the FUTURE!
Posted on May 09, 2014
Are any of you guys using an HDMI box? Those little Splitters?...if so it's that. The flickering was happening to me, and I adjusted the box and BAM it was fixed...I also flipped my HDMI cable. I hope this works for you guys.
Posted on Nov 30, 2012
Hey guys, this was driving me mad too. i cant believe how many people have the same problem, and yet i didnt find out about it until i bought a ps3 slim for myself. Basically i have an LG 22" 3050 model TV, its native resolution is 1680 x1050and it supports 1080p, otherwise the ps3 wouldnt recognise it at startup. the whole screen would flash white for a split second now and again, sometimes it would be worse and the tv would make a cracking noise along with a total screen blackout, again for not even a second, but so annoying. it worked perfect in 1080i but i got a ps3 for 1080p so i was not going to settle for anything less. I considered Component cables, but heard they only output to 1080i anyway so no point there, HDMI cables are essentialy all the same therefore no point in spending more money for nothing, heard also people having no luck with various hdmi cables. So it comes down to one thing, THE TV. if you are like me and have more than one hdtv in the house then try it on those to be sure its not your cable. some tvs just act up and dont agree with the whole 1080p thing. i was lucky enough to have an extra hdmi slot on the side of the tv...tried it in there like previously suggested by others and problem solved. i guess it was some sort of interference with other hardware close to the other slots....no idea....answers on a postcard please.
Posted on Jan 05, 2010
I had the same problem, the 1st solution you can do it in display settings disable 1080p and that worked but after reading some of the post here i switched to my hdmi3 which is my side port and that resolved the 1080p problem completly as for now maybe the back of the tv have to much interferrenced with the other devices hooked up like my 360 and hd dvr etc.
Posted on Dec 21, 2009
Beleive it or not I have the same tv (42LG70YD) and I too have that stupid snowy effect as well as a triple effect. Now I've rang LG and they made me send it to their "authorised service center" 2 times and it didn't fix the problem. What happened at the service center was that they changed the "main total assembly" of the tv and did a software update on the tv. They did this the first time and the second time. Now they're giving me a brand new tv (a different model as well because i dont want the same model).
That's the solution, I know its going to be a bit of an effort but yeah trust me on this. Change that TV if you still have the manufactures warranty.
I dont know if you have noticed, there is also a triple effect on my tv. To find out if there is one on yours as well, you need to have something fly across the scree. This can be when watching cricket. When the ball is hit and the camera goes from side to side, it will create a triple effect. Same thing when im playing FIFA on ps3. When i do a very fast shot or when the keeper does a goal kick, after the goal kick pause the game and go to instant replay and inspect the ball. It will kind of go blurry. I have a video of it doing it on call of duty 4. my email is email@example.com if you send me an email with just only your email address i will send you the video so you can see what i mean.
BOTTOM LINE: CONTACT LG AND SAY MATE, MY TV IS STUFFED AND I WANT A NEW ONE.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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