After posting the quick "How to" regarding resetting your PS3 video settings, I received a ton of comments and questions. So, here is a post dedicated to answering them.
- Confusion over which power button I was refering to!!
The main power button on the back of the PS3 must be ON. The main power light in the front of the PS3 must be red. This means that the unit is getting power, but is turned off.
If the light is green, don't panic, all we need to do is force the PS3 to shut down. You can do this by holding down the power button for a few seconds until the light turns red.
Now you're ready to reset the video settings on your unit.
- All you hear is the sound, but no video!!
If you're connecting via HDMI, it's not possible to get one and not the other, unless your TV is off, but your Amplifier is on. With the composite connection (white and red for audio, yellow for video), make sure you've plugged them into the correct connections - I have seen too many people plug the video connector into another audio connector.
Make sure you're TV is set to output the proper source.
In any case, if you have everything hooked up correctly, try resetting the video settings one more time - it doesn't hurt the PS3.
- Everything was working, but the system froze!!
This has nothing to do with the video settings. The system probably crashed. You can hold down the power button on the front of the PS3 for a few seconds to reset the system. If things are really locked up, this won't do anything, and your only option is to turn it off with the button on the back. After you've turned it off, give the unit a minute, then power it back on.
- It still won't reset the video settings!!
Hold down the power button on the front of the unit till you hear a beep (4-5 seconds). If you don't the unit will power on, but won't reset the video settings. Most people don't hold the button down long enough.
- Ready to throw it out the window?
Here are a few other thigns you can try. Try to narrow down the problem further. Test the system out on a friends TV or a computer monitor. (Instructions on how to do that are here). Make sure you reset the video settings for that TV/Monitor. If that works, then the problem is possibly your TV.
If that doesn't work, try a new/different set of cables. After being bent and twisted, cables can break inside their rubber casing, which can cause the problem.
If all else fails, you might have to contact Sony to troubleshoot further.
Hope this update help, if not, post your problems in the comments, and I'll do my best to answer.