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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

  26. Bob permalink

    Thank you

  27. Marko permalink

    Thanks man! if you are ever in Croatia, you have a beer from me! cheers!

  28. Jak permalink

    You are a legend, I had tried everything else and was at my wits end with it, thx again mate

  29. Ashley permalink

    Worked for me! Good call. Cheers man

  30. courteney permalink

    Thank you! Thank you. Was near strangling my little sisters! Thought they broke it!!!

  31. Omar permalink

    Well i tried ur way and it seems that it doesn’t work on older fat versions so just go to sound settings and change the settings to manual.

  32. Mark permalink

    You’re awesome!

  33. I still can’t get anything with sound to work on my ps3 I did what you said to. Now I’m getting annoyed :/

    • Pete permalink

      It worked for me, but when it asks if you can read the screen it is for 1080 definition. My tv is 720 so I said no (even though I could see the screen). After that it worked.

      • Arif permalink

        go to sound setting, go to manual and check all the boxes, your tv will choose one!!!!

  34. Jacob permalink

    The sound on my ps3 is still not working after I tried this. The sound works in the game menus and also in the game for 5 minutes then it cuts out. I have tried multiple games and the same continues to happen. Any help would be appreciated.

  35. isaiah permalink

    I have my ps3 on a projector and it’s having the same problems but on my ps3 (it’s the same one you have) it dosent have the 3 beeps and I don’t know what to do

  36. Nigel lee permalink

    I am now my son’s hero, thank you, you sir are now my hero.

  37. Nigel lee permalink

    I am now my son’s hero, thank you, you sir are now my hero. Great solution to a mind numbing problem.

  38. Chris permalink

    Thanks for your help…i was a bit worried after purchasing a second hand PS3 setting it up with a HDMI cable & having no sound..followed your instructions & badda bing all is good..Phew

  39. Peter permalink

    Thanks man this helped me so much!!!!!! Owe you big time!

  40. David Hughes permalink

    Reall really helpfull

  41. Jennifer McGinn permalink

    OH MY GOD THANK YOU!! I was stuck for so long without sound and I had no idea what was wrong and then I finally found this thank u so much man

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  43. Michael permalink

    Legend bro.

  44. Garry permalink

    Really Helpful advice thankyou

  45. Great stuff, really helpful – was going mad playing GTAV with no sound, thanks for sharing!

  46. Damien permalink

    This has been driving me crazy!! All fixed. Thank you.

  47. Even permalink

    Omg man! thanks!! :D
    tried to fiks it for two hours now

  48. Roddy permalink

    Good on you Ben. Worked a treat. Have been trying to fix it via menus for months!

  49. Thanks! it worked perfectly!

  50. David Bailey permalink

    The last of us is saved! Cheers mate

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