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How To Fix Sound on PS3 Games

by Ben Hepworth on August 10th, 2011

ps3So I got home from work today and the kids were playing Lego Harry Potter on the PS3. They were really excited to show me one of the levels. As they began to show me, I noticed immediately that there was no sound. At first I thought they just had the volume turned down. I asked them to turn it up so I could hear and Travis replied, “Oh, the sound doesn’t work. But that’s ok, we’re used to it.”


I made him save his game and hand the controller over to me. Out came my phone along with Google. There were a ton of responses for how people have fixed this issue of no sound on the ps3 during games. In my case, I’m running the HDMI cable from the PS3 directly into the TV. I know it’s not a problem with the HDMI-in on the TV because the video and sound works when I play a Blu-Ray on the PS3. That also eliminates the HDMI cable as the problem child. The only thing left was the PS3 itself. The clicking on the menus was audible, but there was just no sound when playing a game. I tried messing with the Audio settings, including telling it manually to use HDMI for the sound output like some had suggested online. No dice. I finally found one comment nested pretty deep inside of a forum. Here is what I eventually did to fix the PS3:

  • With the PS3 off, hold down the power button.
  • After the first beep, continue to hold the power button.
  • Continue to hold until you hear a second single beep then release.
  • Press and hold the power button again until you hear 3 short beeps then release.
  • Then press it one more time until you hear 3 short beeps then release.

This triggers the PS3 to auto-recognize the HDMI cable and asks you if you want to use it for both video and audio. I clicked through the few screens and now sound works everywhere, including games. Note: the 3 beeps are close together. Here is a video I made of the process:

  1. Tom permalink

    I broke my own rule and didn’t google this problem earlier…just dropped $100 on a basic sound bar to try to fix the problem…It didn’t…time to make a return to Best Buy

  2. Angie permalink

    Yes this really works thank you so much(:

  3. Gaurav Singh permalink

    It’s really works.thanks

  4. Shawna Castano permalink

    Thanks so much! It worked

  5. Kendra permalink

    Thanks, this was a quick solution to our problem that totally worked!

  6. Thank you very much for this. It really worked.

  7. Terrilee permalink

    Omg thank you worked

  8. Robert Kotoff sr permalink

    Thanks work great

  9. Nigel permalink

    It works really well. Thank you so much

  10. Tarun Chaudhary permalink

    Thanks a lot

  11. Sam permalink

    Fantastic!!!! Great solution 🙂

  12. Christian permalink

    Thank you SO MUCH, that worked, and it’s the only solution i’ve found online that has worked, i have 2 TVs that i play on, the one in my living room and my room, my room the audio didn’t work, but it did in the living room, but this fixed the problem in my room, so thanks!

  13. Anime lover permalink

    Amazing, ur a god

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