Question about Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console
When I turn on my ps3 instead of the nice main menu, I get a blank screen with some pixelation on it. I was using an HDMI connection, so I pulled it, put my regular rca cables back on and reset the dislplay options by holding the power button on front of the ps3, and the same happened so it doesn't appear to be a cable issue. Any ideas???
Turn on ps3 leave on stand by (red light), hold eject button and power button until you hear beeps and a message appears. connect controller and press ps button. system restore screen should appear, select restart system and from there it should restore everything back to normal. This worked for me, for clear instruction go to http://blogallalong.com/2008/12/05/ps3-green-light-on-and-system-wont-start/#comment-31058
Posted on Jan 10, 2009
Ps3 startup software won't load correctly - can see the wave, but no XMB; can see the video sync to the display device (computer monitor, TV, ...), but the display is "blank". "Blank" is distinct from what the display looks like when it has no sync / no device attached. In our case I had a two state condition I saw. First there was just the Sony "wave" on the display but it wasn't "moving" and there was no XMB. Then when I did the Sony solution (as well as copied to many other places on the web - Fixya, ....) my screen went completely blank. I called Sony support and their steps DID NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM, and I got an RSA # and shipping box from them for a return / repair.
Not happy with what seemed like something which should be fixable without sending to Sony I searched more than previously on the internet for similar problems and solutions like "system restore" because watching my PS3 system lights: the HD seemed to be working, anything I attached to a USB port got power / lightts worked, the eject and power buttons worked, the unit hadn't ever overheated, hadn't ever been abused - dropped, spilled on, ...)
So, after lots of searching, I finally found and entry which mentioned the person seeing "pixalation" and the wave as I had. On that page was an entry which was the only I'd found mentioning THE INCORPORATION OF PUSHING THE EJECT BUTTON WITH THE POWER BUTTON!
With the HDMi and multi AV cables both connected from the PS3 directly to the display device (no receiver / computer / active electronic device(s) inbetween), turn on ps3 and leave on standby (red light), and with the display device setting on the HDMi input.
Then when the display screen goes blank, switch the display device to the input with the multi AV connection from the PS3 system. The display will still be blank.
Then hold eject button (this was the critical thing NOT on the Sony web site or else where that I did and worked!) and the power button until you hear beeps and a message appears on the display, "connect the controller to the USB port and push the PS button". Holding the button takes at least 10 seconds and may take more than one minute. It may take several attempts, it took me three or four since its NOT obvious when holding the eject and power button down simultaneously when what is happening in the PS3 System. Always start by pushing the eject button, then adding pushing the power button.
The PS3 system restore screen with 6 or so options should appear.
Select the "restart system" option (I selected the system restore option as I didn't care about losing anything on the system and wanted a complete clear. Then I did a system update.)
From there it should restore everything back to normal.
This worked for me.
I got it from FixYa (http://www.fixya.com/support/t287741-ps3_startup_software_load_correctly ; t(the entry on the page by zavalarialto) plus,
adding first the steps from Sony solution covering having both HDMi and multi AV connected directly to the TV (http://playstation.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/playstation.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=262&p_created=1180644893&p_sid=GNKWOepj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=965&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MTcsMTcmcF9wcm9kcz00JnBfY2F0cz02JnBfcHY9MS40JnBfY3Y9MS42JnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9bm8gdmlkZW8*&p_li=&p_topview=1), section titled: "If Resetting the Video Output Setting Did NOT Detect Your HDTV Automatically".
A listed location I didn't go to stated as having "clear instruction" was -http://blogallalong.com/2008/12/05/ps3-green-light-on-and-system-wont-start/#comment-31058
Note: For those without an HDMi cable, I don't know what might work, as I haven't attempted to solve in this configuratoin.
What appears to "cause" this condition, is turning the PS3 off with the rear power button while the PS3 is in some "ON" state. Something children are likely to do, and anyone who had a PS2 or other system is likely to have learned to do. DO NOT DO THIS ON A PS3! Turn it off with the off button or through the system with the controller BEFORE turning the PS3 system OFF on the rear switch.
Apparent error condition / state:
It appears that when this is done, the PS3 system hardware / firmware can get in a state where the output circuit for the display is going to the multi AV rather than on the HDMi, as the PS3 HDMi is where it should go with the steps above. How going from a blank display on either HDMI or Multi AV until the Eject button and the Power button are pushed, is something it would seem SONY OUGHT TO PUT ON THEIR SUPPORT AND FORUM PAGES!
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
You have to hold the front power button for about a minute.
Posted on May 19, 2008
Hiya, I did the exact same thing, but with a little common sense i finally figured how to get my screen to load again. this is what i did.
I went back and plugged in my HDMI cable to the tv it was connected to with the rca cables as well. The HDMI connector should load the screen with its default setting. Go to the settings-display setting-video output setting.
change it back to AV MULTI/SCART and just follow the messages. A message will pop up and tell you if the screen goes blank it will reset to its original setting (HDMI setting). Your screen will go blank, in the mean time, change ur television back to either video 1 or video 2, wherever you have ur regular RCA hooked up...you should be able to see the menue. Hit save setting..now ur PS3 should be able to load through the regular RCA cables...
hope this help...
Posted on May 28, 2008
My start up screen is remaining black but the games load fine. Is this the same problem as everyone else? can someone please suggest something because the games work but I can't get to the menu
Posted on Apr 07, 2008
I got the same prob.but earlier that day it was working fine.but then a few hours later i try to turn it on and this happens!!!
Posted on Nov 25, 2008
The same thing happen but in the game
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
Sounds like a hard drive problem try it in a friends ps3 or formating it with your pc or laptop
Posted on Feb 21, 2008
Re robafamly i had the prob but following your solution worked a treat. but on my av screen i got a hdmi cable has been detected so i clicked on yes to use, on the hdmi screen it came up with the screen resolution. once i clicked ok it started to restore itself had to do it twice tho.but cheers brilliant advice.
Posted on Aug 19, 2010
I have the same problem i formatted it on my laptop still nothing.....
Posted on Apr 01, 2008
How to Access Playstation Recovery Menu
1. Turn off Playstation
Posted on Sep 22, 2010
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