I had this problem and managed to solve it by starting the affected games, then switching to my other HDMI channel and then back to the PS3 HDMI channel by which time the game has loaded and has perfect sound
Try checking the cables. (obvious I know but it must be said).
On the XMB (Cross Media Bar), go to settings on the left. Scroll down to "Sound Settings"
Choose "Audio Output Settings", then "HDMI", then "Auto"
If that doesn't fix it then choose manual and the most basic outputs first; -Linear PCM 2ch. 44.1KHz and -Linear PCM 2ch. 48KHz
Depending on your surround sound setup your could get away with other options as well. Fist determine if your setup is 5.1 or 7.1, DTS or Dolby Digital. Then start with the lower KHz settings and work your way up.
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Check for an HDMI port
Check the back of your television for an HDMI port and refer to your owner's manual for your television's resolution. A resolution of 1080p offers the highest quality.
Most PS3 systems support 1.3 HDMI, but older systems may need a software update from the 1.1 or 1.2 version.
Disconnect all the cables and adapters from the back of your PS3, and then unplug your TV to reduce the risk of shock as you work.
Connect HDMI cable
Connect the HDMI cable. Reconnect the power cables on both the TV and the PS3 system.
Hold power button
Hold down the power button until the PS3 beeps and continue holding it for an additional five seconds until the system makes a second beep.
The Playstation 3 should detect the high definition cable and automatically adjust the settings to give you the best picture and sound possible.
Test the connection
Test the connection. If the HDMI cable isn't working, turn everything off and reconnect the original cables to manually change the settings.
Adjust the settings
Turn the system back on, select Settings, Display Settings, Video Output Settings, and then HDMI. Repeat the process for your Audio Settings. You can now experience your games with the highest video and audio quality available.
The PS3 can be hooked up to the tv using either a HDMI cable or the old RCA (Yellow, Red, White) cables. If you are having problems viewing a picture or hearing sound, here is some trouble shooting you might want to try.
Connect the PS3 using both the HDMI and RCA cables. select the HDMI input on your tv. turn on the PS3. If you cant see a picture, press and hold the power button until you hear 2 beeps (this will take about 15 seconds). This resets the PS3 to the old RCA cables. Select the RCA input on your tv. Hopefully you can see the image and hear the PS3 now. Go to the settings on the PS3 and change the display settings to output video through the HDMI. Remember, your tv can only go as high as 1080i resolution, so you wont see anything if you select the 1080p resolution.
If this didn't work, you might have a bad signal though the HDMI cable. Unplug the tv and PS3 for atleast 30 minutes, and then connect the PS3 to the tv before you turn either one on.
If this doesn't help, then you might have a HDMI cable that isn't recognized by either your PS3 or your tv. Try replacing your HDMI cable.
It sounds like either on the 612 or the Yamaha Receiver that the HDMI port is faulty, thus causing the flashing picture. It sounds like the 612 to the TV works fine. I would recommend replacing the Yamaha, and if problem persists then try replacing the 612.
Step 5 - Change from the current video cables to HDMI. (Your tv has different inputs. When you switch to HDMI in the PS3, you will have to switch your TV to the HDMI input that it is connected to, to get a picture)
Step 6 - Be quick, the PS3 will display a "test" for 30 seconds. You need to switch your tv to the correct HDMI input and press "X" on your controller to accept the change.