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

January 24, 2009 by
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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.

HERES WHAT WORKED FOR ME:

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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47 Responses to “Playstation 3 – PS3 stuck in 480i can not change to hdmi or component”

  1. john says:

    heres my problem that i posted:
    http://www.fixya.com/support/t1237462-hd_wont_work_ps3
    and a solution sent me to your post
    i tried ur steps many times and couldnt get it to work…

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  2. admin says:

    OK John, your problem is different than the one I posted. Looks like you can actually select the proper resolutions but for some reason your TV doesn’t seem to support them. This is usually due to either the TV not being set-up correctly or the wrong cables. Give me the model number of your TV and the type of cable you are using and let’s go from there. One more thing you can try first is to set the resolution. Then shut down the PS3 disconnect and then reconnect your cables and then restart the PS3. If this doen’st work it is most certainly related to the TV settings or the cables you are using.

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  3. Jerry says:

    my prob is opposite i only use multiport hookup for just a t.v. was borrowed put on hd tv now nothing shows up on my normal tv

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    • admin says:

      Jerry,

      The fix for you is actually easier. 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.
      Let me know how you make out.

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  4. Josh says:

    it helped me alot thanks

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    • admin says:

      You are very welcome, glad we could help and very much appreciate that you took the time to post and let us know of your success.

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  5. dicknutz says:

    You ROCK!!! My God I was going insane, what kind of retard was left with that job? Seriously, he needs to be fired because that is one of the more ridiculous oversights i’ve come across. Thank a lot!

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  6. Justin Mayse says:

    I just got a PS3. I am using my old PS2 Component Cable to connect to my 8 year old Mitsubishi 46 inch HD1080. There is only one HD input (480i/480p/1080i). Does not support 720p from what I can tell. I am having somewhat of the same issue. I am not able to get the display settings on the PS3 to stay on 1080i. It keeps reverting back to 480i even thought the “Test” works. Any ideas on how to get the settings to stick? I did use the composite video cables on this same TB the first time I used the PS3. Does that have anything to do with it?

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    • admin says:

      Justin,

      My apologies for not answering. I imagine by this time you figured out the problem but if not and for the possible benefit of others… Your issue is due to the cable. The PS2 cable is a composite cable, yellow for video, red and white for audio. You need a component cable or hdmi. See the following for pictures.
      http://www.lyberty.com/encyc/articles/svideo.html

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  7. anthony says:

    i have a vpl-w400 and am using monster gaming component cables for the ps3, when i set it to component it works and shows in 480i i then set it to (check the boxes) any option above ntsc and it goes blank, however when i change it to 1080i (max support for the projector) the projector doesnt say it cant support it or no display it simply widens out to the correct ratio and stays blank, i tried different settings in the projector and ps3 nothing seems to get it above 480i. the projector is in good working condition PLEASE email me thank you thank you!

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    • admin says:

      Anthony,

      I believe your answer is in the original post.

      1. Sign on
      2. Go to settings
      3. Select display resolution
      4. Select your input 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.

      After setting your resolutions with the check marks

        DO NOT push the square or the x button on your 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.

      Please post a reply and let me know if this works.

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  8. Guy says:

    Ok, I have a PS3 that was working fine with my Samsung 63″ TV over HDMI. However, power was cut off to the unit and when it came back, I get “Not Supported Mode” on the HDMI input to the Samsung. That means that the video coming from the PS3 is in 480i which is not supported — min is 480p. The PS3 detects the HDMI on the TV, but if I tell it to output to HDMI…blank screen Not Supported Mode. I can never get to the settings where I can select the video modes the Samsung supports. So, it always defaults back to composite 480i. I’ve tried a Gateway monitor as a second set but no joy. Any suggestions?

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  9. luke says:

    im also having problems
    when i first got my hdmi cable all i did was plug it in say yes to a few options and it worked fine but then i used it on another tv which is a sdtv, did the whole ‘hold the power button down till you hear a 2nd beep’ thing, was working fine but then i decided to use my hdtv so i plugged it in only using the red,white and yellow cables started watching a movie then remembered i have a hdmi cable so plugged it in as well as the red,white and yellow cables thinking it would just come up with a automatic message and give me the option of changing the setting like before but there was nothing and i have tried going to display settings- video output settings, then scroll up select hdmi but once i do it comes up with this message..

    connector: HDMI

    press the X button. the screen will be displayed based on this setting.
    if the setting is not correct, the screen will go blank temporarily. then, after 30 seconds the system will go back to the previous screen.

    so i press X and screen goes blank then 30 seconds later it returns and there are no changes what so ever, i have tried everything i can think of, searched the internet for hours looking for answers and have had no luck what so ever. so please may you help me before i end up smashing my smashing my ps3 to bit!!!!!

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    • admin says:

      Sorry you are having issues.

      Did you try what I explained in the original post?

      you shouldn’t push either the square or the x.

      Here’s what you do.. display settings- video output settings, select HDMI. DO NOT PUSH THE X. Once you have selected HDMI the next step is use your ps3 controller to 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. (if this doesn’t work go thru same steps but hit the left button instead of the right.)

      One other thought… I don’t think you can have both the red,white, yellow (composite) cables and the hdmi cables connected at the same time. I think that may cause it to ignore the hdmi although I’m not certain. Do all the steps and if needed remove the composite cable just before hitting the right button.

      Please take the time to return and let us know if you were successful.

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  10. Lively says:

    Same problems with Samsung as stated above by Guy? I have reset PS3 over and over but the TV NEVER seems to recognize the HD mode and always gives me the “Mode Not Supported” error. The funny part is if I go to the Video setting for BD it lets me manually switch from the 480 setting to 1080, the pictures just springs to life, but the second I hit yes the screen then goes back to black then reverts once again to the 480. This is so frustrating…

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    • admin says:

      DO NOT SELECT YES (don’t PUSH THE X)!! Once you have selected the video setting, next use your ps3 controller to 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. That saves your selection. Only then do you select yes. Write down exactly step by step what you are doing and I will try to help. First start by resetting the unit until you hear the two beeps as explained in the original post and next write step by step what you are doing to try and change the resolution.

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  11. Dom says:

    I was playing on 1080p resolution last night and this morning when i turned on my ps3 it was stuck at 480 resolution i tried puttin in other games even dvds and all i get is 480 HELPP whats wrong with my ps3 how do i get it back to 1080p

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  12. Dom says:

    im having the same problem as Lively what should i do to fix this

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  13. NIco says:

    using component cables i can set my ps3 to 1080i under the compnent settings the test works and all looks fine but the when i enter a game or dvd my screen goes black but ican still hear the sound makes no sense please help????

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  14. Jamaican says:

    ok peeps, this week has been a crappy week for my ps3 …..mind you its a 40gb ….so its one of the older ones…… now my issue is this….i baught a hdtv last weekend and a hdmi cable with it, now all went well until about Wednesday i come home and couldnt get any display in HDMI mode. i did the whole holding down and waiting for the second beep to reset the settings…..went in the settings…..and still nothing…… i also notice that the resolution for the hdmi mode has changed to 720x480p…it should be ****x720p

    anybody else had this prob? …..

    oh i got a new hdmi cable and still nothing

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  15. Queequeg says:

    I tried this over and over again with my HDMI connection. The instructions do not quite match up for HDMI and I could not get HDMI/1080p working. You are able to choose resolutions with Component Cables and so the instructions should work better when using Component.

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  17. Brandon says:

    Ok im using a slim ps3 with a panasonic 32in HD tv. i have an hdmi cable and what not but when i select hdmi the screen goes black and then after a couple of seconds comes back if i hit square or x and if i dont the screen stays black

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  18. freezy says:

    this is dumb i tried it my screen is still fcukn blank! I went got my old tv i set the ps3 up to it but this does nothing because I still cant see what I am looking at!!! you cant change resolutions settings until after the tv has recognized the hdmi!!advice FAIL

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  19. Mike says:

    This must be the problem with the new update…
    I never had this problem until I’ve downloaded First strike: Black ops
    and then updated my ps3 version. Seems to me everyone is having this problem
    I hope sony fix this problem asap cuz this just make ps3 useless now.

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    Fantastic infomation, worked like a charm, now I have 720p for my PS3

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  24. parkedin says:

    I really don’t know what caused my problem but here is the behavior and the fix, inspired but the OP.

    Setup:
    Panasonic 60″ P60ST50
    Denon AVR-1613
    PS3 Slim

    Tivo, PS3 –> HDMI In –> Denon —> HDMI Out –> TV

    Behavior:
    GF reported the PS3 wasn’t working. It was last night but not now. She can hear the startup chime but no screen/display/video output. I confirmed the behavior, checked and toggled inputs.

    Troubleshooting:
    I brought it into my office, held the power button til it beeped and it sprang to life on my Sony TV at 1080p. I was relieved that it wasn’t the video processor or the HDMI port. Powered down, returned to living room and tried again, in the configuration outlined above. This time, after a while as it was trying to autodetect the new display, it showed as 480p.

    I stepped through the display settings, nothing would take, kept returning to 480p. I switched inputs on the Denon and toggled the Tivo and PS3 inputs since the tivo was working fine on its native 1080i.

    My solution:
    I connected the PS3 to my tv directly, as expected, this was fine. However, I went to the Display Settings and toggled on all of them. I powered the PS3 down, switched the HDMI from TV to Denon, powered it back up and viola. Note, It shouldn’t matter since it’s digital but I did use a different IPMI cable for this last step to facilitate easier switching but full disclosure just in case.

    Good luck folks. No idea what caused it. There were no recent changes to the configuration.

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