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Black screen i was in the middle of installing linux and the power went on aent turned the ps3 on all i got was a black screen the leads were all pluged in and the power light was on i held down the power button for 5-10seconds nothing it just turn off. i turned back on the same.

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Re: black screen

Switch the machine off and back on again using the switch on the back. Turn the system on and keep your finger on the power button until it beeps a second time; this should bring you back into the XMB.

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In the middle of watching a blue ray dvd on my PS3 the screen went black and the unit will no longer power up

Powersupply probably fried. Go to and create a repair tag. Go to support at bottom of page. They will send a prepaid box. Hope this helps.

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I have just brought ps3 and when i plug the leads into the tv ie red white and yellow leads i can not find the channel on my tv i have tried other tvs and same thing so i done away with the lead and just...

Hi, try not using the hdmi lead and plug the other lead back into the ps3 the normal av lead with the 3 color wires, now plug it into your telly now switch the ps3 on at the back so the red light is on at the front, now hold down the one button and it will bleep once then bleep twice and keep holding it down till it switches back off

so basically you switch it on at the back then press and hold down the on button until the ps3 turns itself back off, now what this does is reset the video mode so its not set to hdmi settings, now press the on button again and wait for it to come on if you still dont have picture on the telly make sure the video lead is fitted correctly and then get the telly remote and find one of the following buttons
or a rectangle with an arrow facing to the right.

once you have found this button make sure the ps3 is on and then press this button on the tv remote, you may need to press it more than once depending on how many inputs the telly has on it.

now when you press the button on the tv remote press it once then wait 5 sec before pressing it again just to give it chance to pick the signal up.

hopefully now you have the ps3 working through the normal av lead

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

please rate this solution as i have a whole page of unrated posts, thanks

Nov 28, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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PS3 problems At home I have a new samsung hd 1080p TV that I normally use for my PS3. I will be in a hotel outa town for the next couple of days and I wanna watch a movie using my PS3. In my...

I had the same problem, stuck in a hotel room for 2 days. When I held down the button, next time I turned it on, I got the same prompt with using HDMI output, said yes, and screen went black. However, a screen then came up asking if I could see the image or not, but it has a 30 second time limit before it saves those setting, you have to click "No" on this screen, and it will drop the resolution to 780p instead of 1080 and it should work! Make sure you're paying attention so you don't miss the screen!

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How can you watch espn 360 on ps3 system

DarthIbis - that is a good idea, but ESPN360 requires a plugin that is not supported by any form of linux. The only way to get ESPN360 on linux is to run WINE.

Oct 10, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I turn on my ps3 and the screen is black

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The other day my ps3 was working great and today i went to use it and all that i have is a black screen. Know i have it hooked up with a hdmi cable and the tv does recognize it because when i turn on the...

It may have the changed somehow, try turning off your ps3, wait 10 secs, turn the ps3 back on and do not release the power button until you hear the beeps, it should reset your display.

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When i turn on my ps3 it just shows a black scren

hold down the power button for several seconds until "bleeps" a few times that will reset your system and may bring back video,

Jun 07, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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System restart in the middle of games

2.16? You know its up to 2.60? Try updating it again.

If you have trouble updating it, download the 2.60 update from and put it on a memorystick of any kind. Insert the memory stick into the PS3 (with newer PS3's you'll need a usb drive) The site will tell you how to make the folder the PS3 will read from.

You can use the service recovery menu by turning your PS3 off then holding the power button while turning it on till you hear two beeps, your PS3 controller cannot be pluged in while you do this. It will bring up a screen telling you to connect the PS3 controller, once you do that go to the system update and update it.

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Try getting a new AV Option, well actually first startup your PS3, startup your controller, and hit the center PS3 button, because those 2 options are only in the Main PS3 Option, which is accesed and closed through hitting the middle button on your controller. Hope this helped.

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