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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. 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

  7. Yahia permalink

    Thanks a lot,

    I am not deaf anymore

    Good night

  8. Jessy James permalink

    Thank you!

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  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!

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  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!

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  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.

  24. Jess permalink

    Thanks mate – worked perfectly first time! :D

  25. Steve Elliott permalink

    I love you.

  26. O. G. permalink

    Worked great! Thanks!

  27. Raz permalink

    Didn’t work. Did it, it asked me if I want to use both video and audio with HDMI, and when I clicked yes the TV went back to no signal, as if I turned off the console (although there was a green light so it was on).

  28. David permalink

    Worked perfectly

  29. Adam permalink


    Thanks for this. Ive tried a load of suggestions from forums etc. But this is the one that actually works!

  30. SGS permalink

    OMG thanks dude. I was frustrated already..

  31. frank permalink

    Do you know why at the first place we all got to the situation of no sound during a game??

  32. Thanks alot man,its working,so i can continue playing my wolfenstein games with a sound,thanks mate

  33. Sir Brown of Norfolk permalink

    Absolute hero, thanks!


  35. Thanks that helped..

  36. TommmmyGun permalink

    Cheers mate. Was panicing a bit there

  37. Amanda permalink

    Really big thank you my son is over the moon!!!!

  38. Thanks for the help it work and the game is all good now

  39. Llewellyn family UK permalink

    Thank you so so much for this help!! We have had our ps3 for 5 years and never heard of this. Massive panic until we found you and read many of the other comments which we echo!!. Worked! Thank you!

  40. Rama permalink

    Thank you, that worked for me.

  41. Rose permalink

    This worked awesome thanks! However to anyone it’s not working for just thought I’d suggest to make sure you unplug your hdmi cables then plug them back in before trying again. That’s what mine needed.

  42. hazyblue permalink

    I owe you a beer. I can now play sniper elite without wondering if I’m spotted or not.

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