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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. AldebaranLF permalink

    Thanks man, you helped a lot. I’ve been having this issue with One Piece Pirate Warriors 2 and now i can finally play the game.

    PS: A have the latest slim version of the PS3 so the process is a little bit different (dont have any 3 beeps, f.e.) but it works the same way.

  2. malcoln permalink

    Thanks you, worked supper

  3. Laura cawthorn permalink

    Ty very much worked wonders my lad is now happy again and back in his shed xx

  4. amanda permalink

    This worked a treat thanks!!!

  5. aslan permalink

    very helpful, thanks mate, that

  6. AClouse permalink

    Thanks for the tip. I’m glad I found this before I decided to start tearing things apart.

  7. Leonie permalink

    Thanks so much. Grandson visiting..we fixed it :-)..

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  9. Dwpopeye permalink

    Perfect, Thanks!

  10. Paul Sullivan permalink

    thanx for putting up the video my ps3 has sound again…

  11. Debbie permalink

    Thanks a lot very easy to do :D can play gta again :)

  12. Rowi permalink

    You posted this a while ago but people are still having the problem and I just did your steps and it’s all good now, thanks a lot!

  13. Becca permalink

    Thank you so much! This fixed the issue I was having straight away.

  14. Richard Morales permalink

    Awesome! Thank you so much! I thought tv was broke, lol

  15. We have some games playing Audio and some are not.
    when you are in the menu of the playstation it plays music but when you go into the game there is nothing,any suggestions?

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  17. erica permalink

    Thank you so much. The soundless games was eerie and driving me crazy. Now the thunk thunk thunk of the kids playing minecraft is driving me equally mad. Thanks alot :-)

  18. andy thomas permalink

    Excellent! Had no game music forbweeks now and was driving me mad. Nice one!

  19. Bishoy permalink

    THANKS SO MUCH DUDE!! This helped me out heaps!!

  20. eric permalink

    Thank you so much it worked it was so frustrating lol

  21. Dave permalink

    Thanks man. You’re the best

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  23. sean permalink

    thanks my friend WORKING NOW


  24. Archie Garland permalink

    Spot on advice. This happened to me after connecting to a new TV, greatly appreciated. Thanks very much.

  25. James Allen permalink

    You are my new favourite person thank you so much

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