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My ps3 turns on and I can hear it running, but nothing shows up on my screen. This just happened from 1 day to another. What steps should I take to try to fix it?

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Try holding down power button while its turning on. you will here the first beep the a second beep. release the power after second beep. the unit will revert resolution setting back to factory.

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Try these steps :

Step 1. Turn the PS3 onto standby (red light on)
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