How to Reset a PS3 from HDMI to Normal

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How to Reset a PS3 from HDMI to Normal
Resetting can be done with a click of a button. (Junko Kimura/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

After certain situations, such as power outages, moving or changing television sets, you may want to reset your Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) from its high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) to its standard-definition, or normal, setting. Despite how broken your PS3 appears, you do not need a new console. Resetting the device is actually quite simple.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Turn off your PS3. The PS3 cannot be reset, or reverted, from HDMI mode to standard-definition mode if its power is switched to the on position. Give your console about 30 seconds to cool down.

  2. 2

    Hold down the power switch at the front of the PS3 for five to 10 seconds or until you hear the double beep -- whichever occurs first.

  3. 3

    Plug the three-pronged red, white and yellow cord that was included in your PS3's original packaging into your PS3. Connect the other end of the cord to your television

  4. 4

    Switch the input settings on your television from HDMI to AV1 or AV2. Afterward, your PS3 will display standard-definition images again.

Tips and warnings

  • To go back to HDMI, access the XrossMediaBar (XMB) menu, go to "Display Settings" and choose "HDMI." Swap the three-pronged cord for an HDMI cord, and then switch the input settings on your television from AV1 or AV2 to HDMI.

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