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Amanda, check your connections. Are you using the RCA cords, or HDMI? The PS3 can run the HDMI, but it's not as stable as the RCA cords provided by SONY. However, the HDMI connection is the only way to get the 1080dp or Hi-def video from your system. If you were using the HDMI and are switching back to the RCA cord, the system will NOT auto-recognize the connection like it did with the HDMI. You will have to either connect the system to a TV with HDMI, then manually change the connection type, or do a video reset on the system. Pretty easy to do. Simply turn on the system, and while holding the power button, wait for the second "beep" After you hear the second "beep" take your finger off of the power button and watch your screen. YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED YOUR FIRST VIDEO RESET!!! ^^It should turn on, but may take a moment. Sometimes it's instant, sometimes it can take about a minute. This works for ALL PS3 models.
First, how are you connecting? RCA jacks(red yellow white cords) or HDMI? If it's the RCA cords, they were known to develope shorts in the yellow cord that connects to your TV. Just try another cord. They are very cheap, and the cords from all of the other Playstations will work for the PS3. Second, try to do a picture reset on your system. Sometimes, going from HDMI, back to the RCA confuses the system because the RCA connections are NOT detected automatically, HDMI is. To do a picture reset, turn the system on, then push the power button once,(you'll hear a beep) then push and hold the power button until the system shuts off.(you should hear 2 beeps) Then when you turn the system back on, the picture will be reset. ^^ Good luck, and I hope this helps.
Rudy, are you connecting to the TV with HDMI, or RCA cords? HDMI carries both picture and sound thru 1 cord, whereas RCA splits it to YELLOW RED and WHITE. The HDMI connection is automatically detected when connected to your TV. It will say"HDMI is detected, do you want to use these settings?" RCA is not automatic, and is prone for the video(YELLOW) cord to develope a bad connection. I wouls duggest first replacing the cord. They are inexpencive, and the fastest way to check your issue. I am going to include a link to a youtube video that will guide you through the steps on how to reset your video settings on your system. How To Reset PS3 Video Settings PS3
I would suggest you follow these procedures, hook up your PlayStation 3 to a television. You must decide whether your
TV supports high definitions (HD) resolution or not. For HD resolution,
you must use a HDMI cable or a component video cable. These cables also
support standard definition (SD) resolution. If you only have an SD
television, you can use an S-video cable or an AV cable. These two can't
support HD resolution.
Connect the PlayStation 3 to any audio equipment such as a A/V receiver
or home entertainment system. Connect using a digital audio cable or,
alternatively, run an HDMI cable to your A/V receiver then another HDMI
cable to the television set.
Plug in the Ethernet cable, then connect the other end to a 10Base T
jack from your home network. This connects you to the Internet and the
world of online gaming.
Attach the AC power cord to the PlayStation 3, and then plug it into a
surge protected wall outlet. Don't plug in the power cord until all
other connections have been made as a chance of shock exists.
Perform the initial set up of the system. Turn on the power of the TV
and game console, and follow the on-screen prompts. The pre-installed
software guides you through the set up process.
Have you tried using another HDMI device with any success on the same port? It would be good trying something else on your TV just to make sure the TV isn't the problem.
Also, try turning your PS3 off, then, while it is off, hold the power button down for about 5 seconds. The system will beep, and it will reset the video settings. Try your HDMI setting one more time, but this time set it to 720 p to make sure the resolution isn't too high for your television.
If none of this works, you could possibly have a faulty HDMI port on your PS3. I've seen it happen before.
You might want to try connecting everything unenergised. Shut everything down (turn off buttons on both ps3 and breaker). You may even try unplugging the breaker from the power line. Now connect the HDMI PS3 to TV, audio cables, etc. Energise everything and turn on.
It may be a ground loop caused by cable televisoin and the Ps3, as PS3 uses a 3 prong plug. Try unplugging the ps3 power cord and see if the lines go away. If they do, it is a ground problem...usually with cable tv. If this is the case, try a good quality power bar with cable suppression jacks on it. It will help eliminate the ground loop in most caese.