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Nothing comes up on my TV when my PS3 is on

When I turn on my PS3, no picture appears on the TV, plus I get no sound. I am using standard definition A/V cords (yellow and white) and I want to know if I should upgrade to an HD TV with the HDMI cord (Which I would have to go and test first) or something else. I would please like to know this before Christmas.


P.S. I do not live in USA!

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  • yella 23 Dec 09, 2008

    nothing comes up on the tv when i turn my the power on plus it has no sound what can i do?

  • yella 23 Dec 09, 2008

    when I trn on the ps3 i get no picture or sound what can I do

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    i need to know how to fix this

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Ok, I've seen all the 8million freakin 'hold button 5 seconds' explanations. All the other explanations, but I see NOTHING, nothing at all on my tv screen. My tv is a Jan'04 model, is this...


I understand your frustration - my PS3 went through about a two week phase where it only read disks about a quarter of the time. It sounds like you have gone through a lot of the standard troubleshooting stuff, so I'm just going to ramble some facts and ideas and hopefully something will be able to help you!
- If your television works, there is no reason it wouldn't be able to host the PS3 system. There is a chance that it will not support full 1080p high definition, but the PS3 is still incredible in standard definition.
- Have you used any AUX input devices on your television before to confirm that the red/white/yellow input jacks work? And have you checked any documentation on your television to see if there is some way to switch to AUX input?
- If you've pressed the button for 5 seconds, the PS3 should be using its default graphics mode, and will be in standard definition using the cables, so that shouldn't be the problem
- If the regular cable TV is playing, there is a good chance the TV needs you to ask it to switch to a new mode of input manually - is there a button on the controller labeled "input", "source", or "AUX"?
If none of these are any help, I would recommend going on eBay or heading to the nearest GameStop and buying a new set of connection cables - there is a chance that is the problem, and is a lot cheaper than tossing the PS3 entirely! Good luck, and I hope I was able to help!

May 06, 2011 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Only sound comes when i connect HDMI cable to my TV for the ps3


you need to select High definition output on the PS3. Connect it via hdmi and via standard lead switch the tv to standard so you can see the picture then select high definition output. Switch over to hdmi and you should see a picture

Mar 01, 2011 | Video Game Consoles

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Iam not able to get a picture from my hdmi cable, but can still here sound. tried three different hdmi cables... please can you help...


1. Your Connections Are Faulty

Quite often, the cause of the no picture problem is a simple one - loose cords. Make sure that the cords are plugged in tightly, both on the TV side and the PS3 side. This is especially true with the HDMI cable connection on the PS3. Often, it looks tight, but you still might need to wiggle it a bit more to seat it correctly. Along the same lines, make sure that the cords you are using are new and match the connections properly on both the TV and your console.

2. Wrong Connection Settings

If you are using the HDMI/DVI cables and you don't get any picture, make sure to check your video ouput settings. If your PS3 thinks you are using standard A/V cords to connect to the set, you'll have issues. The opposite is true too - if you are using the A/V cords and your PS3 thinks otherwise, you'll have the same no picture problem. Make sure you settings match the types of cable connectors you are using.

3. Wrong Resolution Setting


This is also an easy mistake to make that can result in no picture showing on your television screen. For example, if you've been using your PS3 with an HDTV and then try to hook it up to a standard definition television set, you'll encounter this issue. The cure is simple; just go into your settings and switch back to standard resolution and then restart your system. The 720p resolution is the default setting and this should work for most standard definition televisions.

Nov 18, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I turn on the console and nothing appears on my tv im using hdmi but if i use the av cords same thing nothing what can i do to solve this


Hi there, please do the following to solve this problem :-

Step 1. Turn the PS3 off into standby (red light on)

Step 2. Press and hold the power button. It will beep as soon as you press it then beep again about 5 seconds later. Let go of the power button when you hear this second beep.

Step 3. Wait for the PS3 to restart.

This basically resets the resolution back to standard definition.

Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa

Sep 12, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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When i connect my ps3 to my tv there is no picture but i can hear sound ive tested the wire with a friends ps3 and theres nothing rong with it and ive set it up on a difrent tv and it still had the same...


Step 1. Turn the PS3 off into standby (red light on)

Step 2. Press and hold the power button. It will beep as soon as you press it and then about 5 seconds later it will beep again. Let go of the power button when you hear this second beep.

Step 3. Wait for your PS3 to start.

This solution basically resets the video output back to standard definition.

Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa

Aug 22, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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My ps3 wont show picture on any tv, even tried the old white, red and yellow cord and still nothing, any ideas on whats wrong with it?


You have said you have tried the standard AV cable but have you reset the PS3 back to standard definition? Do this by holding the power button down for 5 seconds. It will revert to standard definition after that.

Hope this helps

Aug 02, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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Hdmi from PS3 doesn't get picture or sound on magnavox LCD TV but worked for the last 6 months fine.


If the video output settings on the system do not match those of the
cable or TV in use, there may be no picture. If the screen goes
blank, turn off the system. Then, with only the system and the TV
connected, press the system’s power button for more than 5
seconds to turn the system back on. The video output settings will
automatically be reset to the standard definition (SD) resolution.

Jun 27, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I turn on my playstation and it works but i got no picture or sound. Recently i took my playstation to a mates place. my tv is standard def. my mates is high def 1080p. when i connected my sony to my mates...


sometimes ps has this problem as i m also havin a ps2 n ps3 n i play them on my standard definition tv ....i also hav to restart again n again till 10 to 12 times then finally it starts this may be a plate problem go show it to ur nearest service center.......hope it works

Jan 17, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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No picture or sound


Your display needs to be reset, Turn the ps3 off. Then turn the ps3 back on but continue to press the power button until you hear the beeps then it should work fine :)

Aug 05, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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