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:
- 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).
- Turn on the PS3, let it boot up
- 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.
- 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.
- Go to the System Settings > Display Settings, and change the display to HDMI
- Switch your TV to the HDMI input, accept the display changes.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- If none of that works, follow the first recommendation and try a new, high-quality 6.5′ HDMI cable from Amazon – $7.
- 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.