Playstation 3 – PS3 stuck in 480i can not change to hdmi or component

January 24, 2009 by
Filed under: Playstation 3 - PS3 

Hopefully this will help some of you as it drove me crazy. My son has the ps3 and despite what xbox lovers will tell you it’s a pretty darn good gaming system. Being a bit of a geek I’ve set up a server with Nero media to stream all my movies through the ps3. I use a projector that supports up to 1080i and have a 92 inch screen combined  with a surround sound system.  The kids love it. From time to time my son likes to take the PS3 to a friends house or at night bring it to his bedroom to play games. When he connects the ps3 to TVs that don’t support Hi-def the ps3 will revert to 480i display mode. Here is the problem… When you connect the PS3 back to your hi-def system you will get an out of sync issue and a green wavy screen. You can’t see anything, so you can’t change the display resolution back. So what to do?

Try this first (it didn’t work for me but may for you.  If it doesn’t work keep reading):

Flip the power switch at the back of the ps3 to the off position.  Hold the power button down on the front right of ps3 and flip the rear switch on.  Continue to hold down the front switch until it blinks twice.  This will reset the ps3 back to the default which is for regular TV.

If that still doesn’t work make sure the light near the power button is red not green, this time don’t turn off in the back.  Red means that the unit is getting power, but is turned off.
If the light is green, just hold down the power button for a few seconds until the light turns red.  Once it’s red again push down on the button until you hear two beeps, be patient it takes a couple seconds.  It should now be reset to regular TV.


Ok the first thing you need to do is get another TV next to your Hi-def one. Disconnect the Hi-def tv from the ps3.  You now will connect the regular tv via composite cables to the ps3 so that you can see the ps3 welcome screen. Now for the instructions.

1. Sign on
2. Go to settings
3. Select display resolution
4. Select your imput type. In my case its component yours may be hdmi
5. It will ask you to confirm say yes
6. Keep confirming until you get to the screen that lets you check off the displays your hi-def tv accepts. It will already have checked off NTSC. I check off 480p, 720p and 1080i. Sadly no 1080p for me.

Ok good so far… Most people get this far but here’s where the trouble begins. Once you’ve selected your resolutions, it suggests you push the square or the x (DON’T)-. If you push the x it simply unchecks one of your resolutions. If you push the square it brings up a screen that says it will “Select all resolutions that are supported by your TV.”  and  “If the resolution is not correct, the screen will go blank. After 30 seconds the system will go back to the previous screen.”

Well what happens… It counts down 30 seconds and then boom you are back to where you started in 480i. What they don’t tell you is that you shouldn’t push the square or the x.

Here’s what you do.. After setting your resolutions with the check marks switch from the old TV to the Hi-def tv. (i.e disconnect regular tv, connect hdtv to ps3} Once you have done this on your ps3 controller hit the “right” button one time. Meaning not the down, not the up, not the left, but the button that you would use to move to the right. Ok if you have done it correctly your hi-def tv should spring to life and screen will come up and ask you if you want to save the changes. Select yes and you are done.

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