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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. Uzoma permalink

    This is really amazing , worked 100% thanks a lot

    • Dayne permalink

      You are a hero sir. Thank you for this. Wish I’d found this thread a year ago

  2. Pam permalink

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post this fix. Got May problem fixed instantly. First search for the problem and the video just put the straight forward instructions into context 🙂

  3. Courtney permalink

    You are literally my favourite person I have been having this problem for such a long time and now the sound works perfectly

  4. Gloria permalink

    Same problem. No sound in game only. Did exactly what you said and its back to normal!(:
    Thanks a ton!!!

  5. adam permalink

    This didn’t work for me, I have the ps3 slim,
    What I did was this, I went to display settings>video output settings>sselected hdmi> automatic>the chose finish when the audii output settinfs came,
    This worked for me.

  6. Sean permalink

    This worked
    I thought my ps3 was broke
    Thanks dude

  7. iann permalink

    YAAAY! this one really worked! we wouldve opted to go back in a looong traffic for a fix! THANKSOMUCH!! ❤

  8. Sam shiles permalink

    Perfect! Worked first time, thank you!

  9. Roger permalink

    Thought it was really weird that the sound was working ok on the tv but not on the games. Tried this out on the PS3 slim and it worked first time. Thanks !

  10. Ernst permalink

    Thanks so much, worked 1st time. Saved me alot of headache.

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  12. Tom dick Harry permalink

    You are the man.

  13. Renata permalink

    THANK YOU SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Miguel permalink

    Thanx man that worked 100 cement bro!

  15. no my problem is different my voice comes but stops i between and starts back again permalink

    no my problem is different my voice comes but stops i between and starts backagain

  16. Muzaffar permalink

    Thank you. This helped. It’s working again

  17. Ayoub permalink

    Thank you sir.

  18. Dustin cross permalink

    Thank you so much

  19. Leapinglizard permalink

    Awesome thanks for the information

  20. Its not working there’s no 3 beeps it just turns off

  21. Hi works perfect now.. Thanks a lot for your help.. Good on you.. Greets fr ed

  22. Palash Dalla permalink

    Thank You very much :*

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