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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:

132 Comments
  1. Tarun permalink

    Thanks so much dude
    Your video helped a lot
    You’re a true gent and scholar.! ;)

  2. Conor permalink

    Thanks a million man!
    This helped a lot!

  3. jake permalink

    thanks for at least suggesting a solution unlike others but still not woring, i read all the problems you were haing and copied exactly what you did but m still playing silently and the menu still plays sound?

  4. Charlie B permalink

    Worked like a charm! Thanks so much!

  5. Eskil permalink

    Thank you. Your post is perfekt

  6. Stuart Pickering permalink

    Worked great my 6 year old is very happy
    Thanks

  7. Yahia permalink

    Thanks a lot,

    I am not deaf anymore

    Good night

  8. Jessy James permalink

    Thank you!

  9. gunn permalink

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! THIS HELPED A LOT!

  10. Flava Dave permalink

    Thanks a lot. Worked for me.

  11. p.wagz permalink

    Worked instantly. Thank you so much!

  12. Robert permalink

    Didnt work for me.

  13. David permalink

    Thank you so much man

  14. Rob permalink

    Thanks alot man I just got a second hand ps3 and had this problem, very appreciated :)

  15. Kieran permalink

    Just used many thanks!

  16. This is still first on Google and worked straight up, thank you for saving me hours!

  17. Beth permalink

    You’re a hero, thanks for putting this up!

  18. Marci k permalink

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyy

  19. unknownlord permalink

    Thank you! I thought my ps3 was broken! I already found it weird that there was no sound in GTA V and BO2. You’ve just earned yourself a like!

  20. Andrew Brewer permalink

    AWESOME. TOTALLY WORKED!!!

  21. Lee permalink

    Thank you so much! Your situation mirrored mine, right down to the kids playing muted games without complaint and you provided a clear solution. Thanks!

  22. Stefan permalink

    Thanks, man ! this solved my sound problem :)

  23. Natalie permalink

    Thanks a bunch; this really saved my mood. This was the only one I found actually giving a specific solution to the problem.

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