PS3 + HDMI = Black Screen

Ok so a few people had this problem and so did I. Essentially you hook the PS3 up to your TV over HDMI, and you get a signal, but it’s a black screen.  I had been waiting about a week to get my HDMI cable in the mail from MonoPrice and when it finally got here and I hooked it up, and switched on the PS3 I was pissed.

Update #2: I surprising number of people have reported that simply unplugging all components and waiting about 10 mins before plugging them back in and fixed their setups. We have some more comprehensive workarounds below if that one doesn’t do the trick, but you should at least try it first.

After some reading I saw the suggestion that worked for me:

  1. Hook up the PS3 using the old-school cables that came in the box, in my case that was the composite cable, in addition to the HDMI connection between the TV and PS3 (connect both outputs).
  2. Turn on the PS3, let it boot up
  3. OPTIONAL: If you have no video, hold your finger on the Power button for 6-10 seconds, you should hear two beeps. A normal power-off is only 2 seconds or so, but if you hold your finger there for 6-10 secs it causes a hardware reset which should reset your video output to the default composite cable. After the second beep, you can let go.
  4. OPTIONAL: With newer firmware updates, it seems the PS3 auto-detects the HDMI connection and will ask you if you want to switch to it, you can say “Yes” and skip down to Step #7.
  5. Go to the System Settings > Display Settings, and change the display to HDMI
  6. Switch your TV to the HDMI input, accept the display changes.
  7. Unhook the old (composite) connection.

After much worrying, the steps above fixed my problem and I was off the races. My first impression of the interface running at 1080p on my Mitsubishi WD-65831 was “NICE!”… I’ll post my BluRay (Crank) impressions soon.

Update #1: This update is long overdue — this post is a few years old and there have been almost 200 replies below with folks running into the same issue. I’m going to try and summarize some of the other things that have worked for people incase the above doesn’t do the trick:

  • Problem: No matter what you do, you cannot get video output OR you get it, but loose it after a few moments/secs/minutes.
    • SOLUTION: More than a few times I’ve seen this caused by cheap HDMI cables that are not allowing the television and PS3 negotiate a secure HDMI connection OR your TV/PS3 just doesn’t like the cable. I recommend Amazon Basics HDMI Cable for $7 or something from Blue Jeans Cable (make sure you get the right length).
    • NOTES: In cases where you are using HDMI-DVI or an HDMI hub or some other piece of equipment in the connection chain, try and rule that piece of equipment out first (by removing it temporarily) before getting mad at the PS3 or TV. That would be the easiest way to start troubleshooting.
  • Problem: Video output is corrupt (weird artifacts) or discolored or screwed up in some weird way.
    • SOLUTION: This sounds like damage to the video card in the PS3 and likely needs to be sent to Sony. There are a few commentors below that reported this issue.
  • [NEW] Problem: I get video output from the composite or component cables but not from the HDMI output and it used to work!
      1. Make sure your PS3 firmware is fully updated. Past PS3 firmware updates have effected how the PS3 negotiates a secured HDMI connection and may help.
      2. Make sure your TV’s firmware is fully updated. Yep, TV’s have firmwares. You can check your manufacturer’s website, they typically offer firmware updates that you can download to a USB drive and plug into the side of the TV and they auto-update themselves.
      3. If none of that works, follow the first recommendation and try a new, high-quality 6.5′ HDMI cable from Amazon – $7.
      4. If that doesn’t work, the problem might be your PS3 and TV not being able to establish a secure HDMI handshake which is required for an HD signal. You can try working around this (if your PS3 and TV hate each other) by purchasing what is called an “HDMI switch”, it’s basically a hub but for HDMI connections (as opposed to USB or network connections). You can get a $10 manual switch here, or a nicer remote-controlled HDMI switch here for $25.  If you just have the 1 PS3 HDMI connection and don’t need any other connections, just grab the $10 one since it will always stay on the same setting.
    • SOLUTION: More and more people are reporting this issue in the comments below and my recommendation to them is to troubleshoot in the following sequence, total cost is around $17-32:
  • [NEW] Problem: I get video out from the composite cable that came bundled with the PS3, but not from HDMI and I really don’t want to send my PS3 back to Sony for repair! What can I do?
    • SOLUTION: Ok, it sounds like there is something wrong with your HDMI port and it needs to be repaired, but if you really don’t want to do this, another option is to buy the PS3 Component AV Cable ($16), check to make sure your TV accepts HD (720p, 1080i or 1080p) over the component connection and hook your PS3 up that way instead.
  • Problem: I’ve tried everything and cannot get video output.
    • SOLUTION: Very similar to the one before, this sounds like your video card might be toast and your PS3 needs service from Sony. (I’m assuming you have tried literally everything else recommended).

REMINDER: If you don’t see your particular question answered here, use your browser search functionality to search this page (which includes the comments below) for keywords to your problem; there is some awesome information in the comments about alternative setups or configuration issues that is too broad to try and generalize and cover directly here.

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603 Responses to PS3 + HDMI = Black Screen

  1. noah714 October 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    So I have the first gen ps3. I was playing it yesterday morning on HDMI *my AV cable has never worked on my ps3 before* I unplugged it and plugged it back in and it says no signal. I tired all the tricks the button beep a different tv new hdmi cables. Is my video card shot?

  2. Daniel October 9, 2011 at 1:45 am #

    I have a strange problem.

    I connect my PS3 to the TV thru HDMI cable and it works.

    Then I take the HDMI cable from the TV to my AMP that have HDMI in and out.
    My TV then say it is wrong format.

    The signal is 1080P.

    My mediaplayer with the same 1080P have no problem.

    I tried to shut down and restart but same problem.

    What could cause this problem?

  3. Nathan October 11, 2011 at 2:23 am #

    I had a 320 GB PS3 slim and one day the screen just came up blank. Eventually I got the display back by unplugging the HDMI cable and using the Component AV instead, however I couldn’t get the HDMI to work again.
    The solution turned out to be ridiculously simple. Turn off the TV (unplug it) for a minute or two, then plug it back in and turn on again. Hey presto, HDMI works again! I’ve no idea why it works, but I found this link which gave me the idea:

    • jd November 22, 2011 at 11:54 am #

      thank you. this worked after all else failed.

      • Marven February 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

        Still have an old 1951 HMV Valve Radio, Long,Medium and Short Wave sniagls and still pick up lots on in.Run it up once a month to preserve valves (spares short) and it sounds just great with its huge elliptical speaker. Where you post is concerned dont get me started.Component systems are more environmentally friendly but for instance an iMAC if u keep up the warranty will last a long time,takes up less space and I certainly would get fed up with an outdated design in the end (shallow or what).Agree re all in one printers, very wasteful.

    • Jonathan April 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      It worked for me too! Thanks for this obvious solution! I was preparing myself to buy a new PS3!

      • Jode January 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

        Thank you. easiest and least obvious solution!!!

    • tom July 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      Thank you!! Had been looking on the web for 20 minutes, found several solutions, but none worked. This really simple procedure did the trick though! Glad I don’t have to bring my ps3 back to customers service for a broken hdmi port or something.

  4. Canuck October 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I moved to Europe from North America and my PS3 only shows up in black and white. I’ve tried it with just the yellow, white and red cables and with the HDMI cable as well as hold the start button while powering it up but makes no difference. Anyone have/heard of similar problems? Is it because the PS3 is North American and TV is European and is there an adaptor for that?

  5. Freddiesq42 November 18, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Thank you this info fixed my ps3.

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  8. SilverStormHD December 29, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Whel I think not anymore HD… I think that this problem is so strange that someone won’t believe me and laugh at it but I am crying here. I installed the HDMI cable to my ps3 and the main screen displays perfectly, I was even amazed of how more beautyfull it was but when I opened Battlefield 3 I couldn’t beleive to my eyes… It was a total disaster! The screen was very small and was at the top left edge of my screen and it was repeating uptill it got to the top right edge of my screen… I am disperate! How can I solve it?

  9. SilverStormHD December 29, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Nothing… I just solved it, for people that had the same problem the only thing you have to do is to follow this steps:
    1. Go to Video Settings
    2. Select HDMI
    3. Select MANUAL ( it’s very important select manual )
    4. Select one resolution down of your current
    5. If the problem still persists then do it again.

    Note : I was using a DVI( one side ) HDMI( at the other side ) but it’s the same for the HDMI cables :-)

  10. jamie January 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    i have same black screen problem, tried everything including buying a new HDMI cable BUT my problem is aswell when i hold down the power button so that i get the menu to reset/restore PS3 i dont get the double beep after the first 2 beeps (4 in total) PS3 just shuts down… any answers? thanks

  11. Ray February 20, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    If you have a modern TV. There should not be a problem. Turn off your PS3 and then hit the on button for like 5 to 10 seconds. you should hear a double beep to change the resolution.

  12. crinboy March 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    this was very helpful!! thanks

  13. ADboy March 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    I have a very strange problem i connected the ps3 to my hp w1907 monitor with a hdmi DVI cable and all i get is a grayish screen my screen shows that it is receiving data i tried holding down the power button, manually decreased the resolution with other HD tv but cant get it too work( The monitor is HDCP compliant, The cable works bcoz i tested it with my pc before my ps3 is not bad cause i just played with it on my HD TV

    just paid 10$ on the cable and 50$ on a new game to play on my monitor

  14. Rodrigo April 1, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    Hi all, just want to share my solution, i tried everything explained here and nothing, i noticed that using the ps3 cable that came with my ps3 i had no problem but with the HDMI i just saw a black screen, i tried step by step and nothing, i continued searching through google till i find someone telling that his problem was his Sony Bravia but im on a LG 42lw5600 , he said that until he reconfigured his TV input it came the signal again to normality, so i just tried the same but didnt find where, so i just…

    …turn off and on the TV and Voila!!! =D

    I hope to help somebody out there.

    PD.-Sorry for any gramatical error, im mexican =P.

  15. Craig May 21, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    I have ps3 and i think it’s a 720p and just purchased a brand new sansui LED tv and bought a hdmi cable and sick of setting it to hdmi channel all the time i turn ps3 on. What is the problem? I even took out the composite yellow cable out when i set it on hdmi cable and asked me to save it and i said yes million times but it won’t save properly. The hdmi cable is 6 feet and is the cheapest one from walmart. also was the tv which is sansui 24 inch tv. Please help me out so i don’t do full system format and erase everything i bought via playstation store for games to start the whole thing for no reason.

  16. Tonyyy June 18, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    really works thxxxxx…for alll with black screen problem..get out your tv from electricity for 5 min and after plug in and turn on your PS3 with hdmi hooked up and it will automatically set resolution ! sorry for my bad english! i’m romanian 😀

  17. Byron Chils June 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Can someone help me out here? I have a PS3 and a cheap 10ft HDMI cable from I tried unplugging for 5 minutes and plugging back in but the picture did not come back like many others have. The hdmi cable works fine with other devices so I ruled that out. I’m wondering if something went bad with the PS3. Right now i’m using component and it is working out ok, but i’d like to get HDMI working again.

  18. asd July 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    I cant get anything to show up on my screen even the menu that lets you reset your consoles settings. Its always black, i tried a new cable a different screen and it didn’t help, the problem occurred while i was playing a game i switched from HDMI mode to DVI (my pc) to look at a guide for the game.

    I did this about 30ish times with no problems then suddenly when i went back to my ps3 it was black, now nothing is fixing it i cant try composite because I’m playing on my 27″ pc monitor.

    I even tried unplugging everything on the ps3 so it had no power left i left it there for about 20mins then plugged everything back in, still not working.

    What do i do?

  19. Whitney July 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    My mom and I just bought a ps3 off my cousin and we plugged it in at his house and it worked fine now we brought it home and plugged it in to our tv and it says to pleace change resolution settings or something similar. We don’t know what’s wrong or how to fix it because the screens just blank.

  20. NeedaHammer August 15, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Ok, So Ive tried everything listed above and still cant get this thing to work. This is what is going on: Plugged in Ps3 and worked great! unplugged HDMI from Ps3 and hooked it to Xbox and again workin awesome! Hooked it back to Ps3 and nothing! Re hooked Xbox and shot the snot out everyone online I could find in revenge for Ps3 problems! Then the next morning I hook up the Ps3 and again workin great! Unplug Ps3 again for some more Xbox action. Then try to reconnect Ps3 and now its got the devil in it! No picture from HDMI and only standard definition from av cables. If I try to use the red,green,blue cables it will show my 1080p only it looks all cluttered with static(tv does support 1080p thru them). Did I stumble upon the simple reset procedure the first time and just need to let it sit a bit everytime I change the cable or am I lookin at a bigger problem?

  21. NeedaHammer August 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Little update, So I put the Ps3 in time-out (set it in a corner facing the wall!) overnite and still no HDMI. BUT! The red, green,blue now outputs my full 1080p with no distortion! Do I need to perform an exorcism on this thing or is this a tech issue and my lil buddy just needs to see the Ps Dr.? Any help would be awesome! And despite my having demons or something in mine this site was recommended by over 10 of my friends and helped all of them so thanks for all the great info regardless!

  22. Niel September 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    If this doesn’t work for you, press LEFT then X after holding the power button and waiting for the second beep. This worked for me.

  23. Michael Steel November 17, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Thank you for this helpful guide. You helped me a lot. I want you help a lot too.

    Thank you again!

  24. BlueStarCoUK November 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    okay so my hdmi was messing up and driving me absoulutly crazy but the turn TV off yepp that worked thanks so much :)

  25. jose December 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    im have the same problem i tryed every cable every port shows no image and i was playing just 1/2 hours ago it game me that before i changed my hdd and i cant evan go on safe mode any help pleeaasss email me at

  26. hannah December 26, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    I have a ps3 for Christmas and I have no HDMI cable and the screen Wont go on in my room then I went down stairs cause I fought it was my telly an then tried it in the living room but no luck and I had a fiddle with it but still no luck so I’m just wondering if I need a HDMI cable ASAP can you help me?

  27. Cathea February 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Is it possible, probably is, can the HDMI plug/output is totally blown? Corrupted? How does this happen? Is there anywayt to fix this? We are running on “composite” Please Help… this is all new to me… Thanks!

  28. Mark March 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Hello I don’t know if this site is still working but I have a problem with my playstation 3 120G. It was working perfectly fine until today when I on it and it told me to perform a system update. I did exactly so and it switched off automatically after update. I tried putting it back on but it just went blank! I have tried all the resetting and all suggestions imaginable on here. Used 3 different TVs in the house, used 2 different composite cable to try it, got a new Hdmi cable all to no good! I don’t know what to do. Can someone please help me out!! Pleas!! I’m getting really frustrated. Thanks

  29. Samito March 26, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    Thank you very much ! works for me. :)

  30. Mplsgrl May 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Just wanted to let u guys know your help is very much appreciated. My son (16) reset the video on ps3 and I came here and had it fixed in less than two minutes. Better than any tech support or knowledge pages I’ve used. Thanks again.

  31. Thuglife June 25, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    I plugged mine in one tv, it worked fine, put it on another it working fine, then i plugged it again to the first television and it didnt work, black screen, then i retried on the other television it worked fine, and I know its not the televisions fault since it worked fine on both televisions with a 360.

  32. Jairo Dev July 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    Here’s my case… My PS3 worked perfectly via HDMI. And just this morning it gave me the black screen… [insert gamer-in-distress scene here]… I tried several soutions posted here. None worked. So, using the oldschool color connector, I played around with some Display Settings and System Settings…

    And FINALLY, it was in System Settings that I found an option that reads “Control for HDMI”, and it was OFF. As I understand, this option allows mutual control between devices. So I turned it ON, changed to HDMI via the output option, and THAT DID IT FOR ME!

    As I said, my PS3 worked perfectly up til las night. Same TV for months. So, Was this option on before? How? why? or what happened? Perhaps I’ll never know. I game frequently and my family uses Netflix. I sense no culprits here.

    Anyways, thats that, good luck everyone else!

  33. RobCox1980 July 16, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    Thanks. After trying to reset the video via holding down the power switch, plugging both HDMI and Composite cables in, leaving it unplugged for a few minutes, and finding a newer software update for my tv I finally got my PS3 working again.

    It was strange because at first it didn’t work with either cable, then it seemed to randomly start working with just the composite. Finally after leaving the PS3 unplugged from the power while updating the tv software it came right on with the HDMI. Not sure which specifically fixed it, but it’s working now.

    Thanks for taking your time to post these fixes, and coming back years later to update it. You are an asset to the human-kind my friend.

  34. PS3User November 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Thanks! I had a 15 foot Amazon cable laying around that I had not found a use for so I swapped that out with my existing cable and the PS3 booted to the HDMI input. I performed another swap for my old cable and it picked up like there was never a problem. Thanks.

  35. Reggie Tidwell January 4, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    My HDMI stopped working suddenly after working flawlessly for over 1 1/2 years. Unplugging the TV and PS3 for 10 minutes worked like a charm.

  36. John March 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    It all started a week ago,I played game using HDMI output and after few hours I turned off my PS3 as usual.

    Later that day when I wanted to play again I turned PS3 on and there was only a black screen,and after 1 or 2 minutes message showed up that there is no signal.
    Once again I just tried to restart PS3,and the same thing happened.

    After that I turn off my PS3,found my Red,White,Yellow cable – the one that you get when u buy your PS3.
    Than I connected that one too at the same with HDMI.
    Next time when I tuned on my PS3 I reset my resolution back to Red,White,Yellow cable and picture showed up as usually but this time of course at 480p.
    PS3 straight away recognized that there is a HMDI connection and asked me Do I want to switch on HDMI connection.
    I press yes and second later my screen just went black as before and after 1 or 2 minute I got same message that there is no signal.
    (As I remember after I pressed Yes to switch on HDMI,PS3 system so pose to ask me am I able to see picture clearly and do I want to keep this changes or smth. like that but that didn’t happen)

    Than I tried 3 different HDMI and the same problem was there.

    I tried using Red,Yellow,White cable just to access settings from XMB and from there to change on HDMI.
    When u go thi way system inform u that if there is no possibility to use HDMI system will automatically after 30 sec. get back on Red,White,Yellow cable usage.

    All this was happening on my Samsung TV who has only one HDMI input,it’s older version of HD TV’s but still great one.

    I have PC monitor that also have HDMI input and the same thing happened with him when I connected PS3,only black screen and shortly after that there was a message on screen:No signal!

    I almost gave up from everything.

    Now comes the strange part,I bought new LG HD TV…when I connected PS3 with one those HDMI cable I already used everything was just perfect and worked flawlessly.

    Than again i tried everything again on my PC monitor and that older Samsung TV unfortunately same old problem still was there.

    While I was trying to resolve this problem I found out that so many ppl have this problem with PS3.
    I mean if u just try to google it u will see…and they do not know what to do and how to solve it…
    So I just hope so that anyone here have any right answer for this problem and how to fix it.
    Does anyone can explain what is exactly this problem and what lead to it?

    Thank u…
    PS Sorry for my bad english,gave my best hope so that u manage to understand me.

  37. Andy March 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    My ps3 wont display nomore also known as the famous hdmi black screen but i tried everything even called sony and they said it needs to be repaired but i would like to know what parts need to be raplaced so i can find them for cheap.

    P.s: My ps3 would overheat a lot

  38. akshay April 22, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    Thank u very much man it was very helpful
    I got my ps3 back

  39. ponchostalker June 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    help, i tried everthiing but my ps3 just says no signal when i try to turn it on now :(

  40. Cameron July 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    As said by Nathan, somewhere in this section, all you need to do is unplug your tv for a minute or two, along with the cords to the ps3. After that do a hard reset (holding the power button until two beeps are heard) and use the AV composite cord. Switch over to HDMI in settings and viola, done. Take note that having both the HDMI and AV composite cord plugged in together can create interference.

  41. George September 2, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    I have samsung tv LE32R57B , it has only one hdmi port and there is no usb port . It recognize my media player ( hdmi to hdmi ) and my computer ( dvi to hdmi ) . Suddenly does’t recognize my ps3 ( hdmi to hdmi ) it says ”do not support ” and has black screen . I tried many things , reset the ps3 video output to default by holding the on/off button for few seconds , new cable , my brothers ps3 but nothing… my ps3 works to other TV . i find to internet the code to access TV service menu {INFO} {MENU} {MUTE} {POWER and then i press reset again nothing… can anyone help me please ???

    thank you…

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  48. sanj December 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Hey man. Switching everything off for ten minutes worked for me. Wohoooo baby

  49. Gabriel February 19, 2015 at 4:18 am #

    Thank you so much. Held button for 6 seconds to turn off and 6 to turn on and it fixed right up!

  50. David October 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    OK, so my P’S3 was having HDMI cable problems but were resolved. My tv picks it up and let’s me do anything normal on the ps home screen. But any time I try to play a game or anything, I lose signal. Literally the only game that will work is portal 2. I tried resetting and adjusting settings. No luck. Is there any way to fix this??


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