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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.”

What?!#@%?!!!!

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:

222 Comments
  1. Chris bulmer permalink

    Yr a DIAMOND! TRUE LEGEND! Thank u greatly!

  2. Zeke N permalink

    Oh my god, thank you kind sir. I had just stopped using my Turtle Beach PLa’s so the audio was screwed up. This just saved a life. Thank you sir ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  3. Kyle permalink

    Worked for me. Thanks!! :)

  4. Dean permalink

    THANK YOU!! I was beginning to think the system was just broken. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

  5. James permalink

    Thanks man. This was so frustrating!

  6. THANK YOU! Works perfect now. :D

  7. stephen permalink

    You sir are a Leg-end thank you!!

  8. Sarah permalink

    Thanks! I was playing without sound for a month I feel silly

  9. fixed. thanks dude!

  10. Rob permalink

    Nice one thank you

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