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Ps3 comes has gone black and white all on its own!

Hey bought my ps3 2 months ago and have been using it with a panasonic plasma telly not hd. Initial setup was fine and all was well for a couple of weeks. One day i turned on the console after changing nothing and the menu and all games were in B&W only. Thinking it may be the crappy cable that came with the console i bought a better scart lead for it and it worked fine for a while. Tonight its gone back to B&W again out of the blue. Ive tried holding the button down etc and doesn't work.
The only thing i can think of that changes on its own is the xmb. Could this affect the settings? How could it be ok one day and not the next?


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Re: Ps3 comes has gone black and white all on its own!

If you can't fix it. I got mine fixed at It was pretty cheap and I got it fixed pretty fast. Or you can try to get sony to warranty it but... good luck!

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Message stating check signal cable

Hi there, This could be a few possible issues. What you can try depending on your setup, is 1st to try and connect your ps3 to a different telly using the same cables if possible, like if you had it connected to hd telly with hdmi cable, use this setup on another telly to see if you have the same problem. If it's the same on the 2nd telly then it's the hdmi cable that's the problem, just replace and you should be good to go, but if it works on the 2nd telly then you will have to adjust some settings usually a resolution issue on the 1st telly. You can also try using an analogue cable that came with the ps3 to see if that works. If it was the analogue cable you were using anyway you may need to get a new one, but try on another telly 1st to be sure. It's most likely just a resolution issue but if you have the same problem on 2 tellys it's probably the cable then. Hope this helps

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Connect ps3 to a non HD tv and picture only black and white?

Are you connecting it to a new SD tv after having been connected to an HD set? You can force the system to reset the video resolution settings by pressing and holding the On/Off button after the system has already turned on. I believe it is ~5-10sec. You will hear another beep after the initial startup beep. This will reset video setting to default and go through the resolution setup wizard again.

However, it is also possible that you are trying to connect a component cable to a composite tv. They are VERY different signals even though the cables fit interchangeably. If you use the Green component cable for video on a composite tv you will only see a grayscale image of the picture. This is most likely your issue. If this is the case you will need to buy a composite cable for the PS3 (the PS2 one is the exact same as the PS3 one.)

FYI Component cable has Red, Green, & Blue cables. Composite has Yellow (Video), White (Left Audio), Red (Right Audio). Both are normal RCA type plugs and will fit in each others plugs, but the signals are VERY different.

Jul 20, 2010 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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No picture on tv screen from ps3 console

It may be that,

You have it on the wrong channel.I personally have had trouble with this.Usually on most modern televisions there is AV 1 2 3 4 and 5,CVI,and HDMI 1 2 and 3.Try each of these channels.

You don't have the cords lined up.The three cords(in the order of Yellow White Red) must be lined up straight up and down.Otherwise the sound will be on one channel while the picture will be on the other.

Thats all I can think of,I hope it helped.

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I bought my ps3 in january 08 its a 40gb a couple of days ago i went to play it the sound is fine but the picture is not coming up i took it to my neighbours and it didnt work on his telly either i think...

You can have it repaired at:
PS3 Yellow Light of Death Repair using Infra Red UK
or if you have the receipt, you can have it replaced under the Sale of Goods Act. Anywhere up to 6 years after the date of purchase.
To do this you just need:
Independent PS3 fault report UK
Stating that the fault was there at time of manufacture.

Nov 24, 2009 | Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) Console

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I have just recently bought a second hand PS£

Ohhhhh u got there a problem i had months ago. PS3 only gives u one output signal at a time, that means either u use it hdmi or u use it the normal rca way.Bad thing is that the ppl at sony didnt think of this kind of situation.
What u need to do is go to ur friend's house and use his hd tv to config ur ps3 to the correct output signal(rca), both on video and audio. If u bought the ps3 from ur friend, he should know how to do it, since he had to config it to hd in the first place. Be sure to probe it with the config u are going to use at home :)

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How do we change PS3 settings from HDMI back to non HD?

switch it to standby then hold the power button for three beeps(not including the first power on beep)this should open a troubleshooting menu,pick option 2.If it doesnt give you the menu first time,switch it off at the back and repeat the steps again.Good luck.

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Actually if you do have a ps2 you don`t really need a Dvd upconverter because Ps3 is a full Dvd player +blu Ray Hi Definition.I suggest to take the dvd out and just use the ps3 as a Dvd player
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I was worried about burn in when I got my 42 inch plasma a year ago. I read reviews and suggestions saying that you should not play games on it for the first couple months of use on the plasma TV's. I actaully stayed away from games for about a month on it and I have been fine and have never had any issues. I have a cheaper model as well so I would guess the expensive ones would be even better then that for burn in.

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Black and white and feedback

hi this problem usually happens if you have got alot of things plugged into the telly like dvd players this causes the interferance and can be solved by disconecting these other items.
Also are you plugging it into the telly via scart lead or are you using the av leads ie the different coloured ones.
If you are using scart fitting have you tried pressing the av button on the telly controll as if you are not on the right av chanell this will cause black and white pictures so give it a try also this is the same with the coloured leads let me know how you get on.
Make sure their is nothing in the conector at the ps3 end like a biit of paper or fluff as this can cause all sorts of problems and dont use your ps3 on carpet as it will cause unit to get to hot and will cause parts to overheat and will need replacing check all air vents are free from dust and make sure its on hard surface if the unit has overheated it will cost a fortune to repair

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