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Playstation 3 Does not display on TV using HDMI or regular video cable. senerio: My son hook it up using HDMI Cable to my bedroom sony flat screen tv to watch a blue ray movie and play some games. which worked fine. We then move the consol back to the living room TV using the regular cable so that everyone could watch the Movie. playstation did not display. We tried to to perform the video by holding down for 5 sec. to no avail. We did however get display to respond a couple of times. '' with plug in you controler using the USB cable. We did that and it gave us a list of choices we selected option one and nothing happened. same situtation no display again. tried to reset the consol several times and then after playing with the on/off it the message apeared again. we then selected from the list number 2 ''reset to factory settings'' Nothing again and will not work on either HDMI or standard video cables. Please help. Thanks

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  • sethwh Jan 12, 2009

    This just happened to me as well.. I was playing a game last night and everything worked perfectly. Today I turned on the PS3 and it just displays a black screen. The activity lights (green/orange) are flashing but nothing is on the screen. My TV shows that there is an input and displays the resolution change notifier (1080i then 720p). Consecutive reboots did not help.



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I posted to your problem with a similar one. I was able to get my PS3 to work by:

1.) Powering down both the PS3 and ViewSonic LCD
2.) Unplugging the power cables to both PS3 and LCD
3.) Waiting at least 10 or more seconds
4.) Plugging in the power cables to both PS3 and LCD
5.) Turning on the ViewSonic LCD
6.) Turning on the PS3 and holding down the power button until the beep

After this sequence I heard the bootup audio and the menu appeared on the screen- which detected the HDMI connection to my LCD.

Very odd.. I've had my PS3 in the same place for months and just today this happened.

I wanted to post my success. Best of luck!


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Was playing rugby world cup 2011 today when some random fuzzy lines appeared on my tv screen, im using a standard sony tv with standard yellow, white and red cables. I've tried the beeping process on the ps3 and also the powering down process, nothings happened as it's still showing no display or sound even on HD. Please help :P

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I am having a similar problem to yours. BluRay worked fine last night now all I get is a black screen can't even get the PS3 menu to appear. Tried calling Sony and got that horrible recording and no live help. Emailed them and still no response.


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