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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. Jimmy permalink

    This fixed the sound on my ps3. Thank you so much

  2. Bill permalink

    Thanks for this saved my life!

  3. Dude u are awesome fixed my problem!!

  4. Sarah Saville permalink

    Perfect! Fixed it straight away.

  5. Bibicus permalink

    Super fix. The power of the Internet.

  6. Justo permalink

    Oh you legend!! Spent months devo playing without sound!! Gonna get your name tattooed on me Hhahva whooooo

  7. Keith permalink

    Works well but you don’t get the 3 beeps on the latest v. of Software on the PS3, you only get two then let go, it will go into recovery mode, exit out of there and when it reboots it will ask about the HDMI, select yes and you’re off to the races.

    Worked like a charm for me. :) Thanks OP.

  8. Thank you so much!!! You’re awesome man!!! Thanks!!!

  9. Vinny permalink

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  10. Andy B permalink

    You are a genius! Works perfectly now!

  11. Marcus permalink


  12. Works great! Thanks a lot

  13. Charlene permalink

    Thanks so much! Gotta love google and your clear instructions!

  14. Thank you so much it has took ages to find of and finally found this website….Thank you so much really appreciate it x

  15. Christian permalink

    It worked! Thank you so much!!!

  16. Will parker permalink

    You saved me beating the computer thank you so much

  17. Dan permalink

    Fixed…perfect…this changed my world

  18. Lucifer permalink

    Didn’t work for me. I assume that I’ll need to get my Playstation fixed, then. Grrrr.

  19. Ida permalink

    Thank you soo much!

  20. Omg it worked, thank u so much!!!

  21. louise permalink

    Thanks so much this worked got one vert happy husband :)

  22. Lauren permalink

    Thankyou so much! I was having problem with game sound in far cry 3, I followed your tutorial and it worked!

  23. DMC1985 permalink

    Thanks. Worked straight away

  24. Henrik permalink

    You saved my sons birthday! Thank you so much! :)

  25. Steve permalink

    Dude, you just saved Christmas…….thanks very much for the post.

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  27. Ivan permalink

    This works!! I thought it would only work to fix video issues. Thanks man!! Saved my nephew’s xmas!

  28. Shari permalink

    Awesome… Easy simple fix

  29. eFBé permalink

    Had the same issue with HP years 1-4 and your trick worked. Thx alot!

  30. didi permalink

    wow…. best fix on the internet. a lot of happy kids :)
    Thank you so much for the post :)

  31. Neel permalink

    Absolute leg! Nice one buddy, thanks a lot !

  32. Paul permalink

    My son hade same problems with two games!
    Your tip worked out great..! Spank you ;/)

  33. Caroline permalink

    Ten points pal I’ve got happy wee boy

  34. TEDDY J. permalink

    Yes, this solved the problem!

  35. chris permalink

    Legend thank you very much sorted problem straight away 👍👏

  36. Nino permalink

    Thank a lot your the best

  37. Katie permalink

    May re playstation gods reward you my dear friend.

  38. jay permalink

    Just to think you had the answer all the time. Well done!!
    My PS3 is working again hdmi output rectified. Your a star!
    My commendations to you once again. Thank you very much.

  39. Nicci permalink

    Amazing, sorted first time! Thank you so much 👌🏼

  40. Charles permalink

    Thanks much

  41. Chris permalink

    wtf why does this work for everyone except me

  42. Millan permalink

    Omg THANK YOU, I’ve been trying to fix this for HOURS! 😀

  43. Groovylyd permalink

    Great worked perfect thanks!

  44. Dilraj singh permalink

    I realise this is a very old post but I have to thank you so much for saving my PS3!!!!!!

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