The PlayStation 3 (or commonly known as the PS3) is the third home computer entertainment system produced by Sony Computer Entertainment, and the successor to the PlayStation 2. It was released November 11, 2006

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Unit is on but nothing on TV screen

Play station was working just fine. Yesterday I was going to turn the unit off and it asked me a question on TV screen which I did not know what that meant. I just manually turned the unit off and since then when I turn it on I hear the starting sound but nothing else. The screen is black and no picture or sound. Please help. Thanks.

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I don't suppose you took note of what the question was...? I'm betting it was directly related. I'll do some research and see what I can find, but that would really help narrow the field.


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It appears there's a video-detect reset function of the PS3. Assuming there's no hardware trouble, the cables are all connected properly, and the TV is set to the correct input, try holding down the power button for 5 seconds or so while the unit is off. It should beep a second time to let you know it worked. Now, try turning it on.

It also appears that Tim Gelvin (iFixit contributor) is writing a guide to address this exact issue. It's showing up as incomplete, but it helps to validate my own research.

I hope this helps!

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Good morning Jerry,


I followed your instruction and it REALLY worked. You made our day . Thanks again.



Happy to help. Enjoy!


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thanks s o much!

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