PS3 PROBLEMS: No video or audio when connected to a LCD monitor

I recently purchased my new PS3 the other day and when hooked up to my 42 inch plasma T.V. it works just fine but when I hooked it up to either of my two relatively new wide-screen monitors in my home office I get no video or audio. So here is what I did.

I went online and did hours of searching and although I did not find a specific article that address my issue, I think I know what is going on. 

First of all my two monitors are a Gateway HD2200 HD Display that has connections for VGA, DVI, HDMI and Composite.  It is supposed to be of displaying HD but has had a history of not working with HDMI before. Also, I have a Hanns-G 19 inch LCD (HW191D) that was purchased last year and you would think it would work also but it didn't.
If you are trying to troubleshoot video issues with your PS3 you will need to know how to reset you video mode so here are the steps.
  1. Turn off you PS3
  2. Make sure the HDMI or DVI connector is plugged in on both ends
  3. Press the power button and hold it down on your PS3 for about 5-10 seconds or until you hear a 2nd beep.
  4. If it is going to work, after the 2nd beep you should see something on your screen. Typically a message
    about the mode you need to select.

Using the video mode reset method list above I tried everything to get those two monitors to work with the PS3 including switching HDMI cables, using HDMI to DVI adapter and every possible setting and nada, nothing.

Luckily I work for a large IT Department and have access to a lot of equipment so I took the PS3 in and hooked it up to a DELL standard definition LCD monitor and to my amazement it worked the very first time using the video mode reset method that I had used before on the other monitors.

So what the heck is going on? From my online research there seemed to be a reoccurring term that kept coming up,  HDCP.

What is HDCP? HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a form of digital copy protection developed by Intel to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across various video connections including Digital Visual Interface (DVI) and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). HDCP does not address whether copying would be permitted by fair use laws. The specification is proprietary, and implementing HDCP requires a license.

The Sony Play Station 3 (PS3) requires your monitor to support HDCP or else it just won't work. So if for whatever reason your monitor does not support it you will have to purchase one that does as there is no work around for this.

I purchased a new monitor from Dell and when I hooked it up it worked perfectly the very first time. So before you try sending you PS3 back you might want to see if you can find a newer monitor or HDTV to test it on.

Thanks for reading and I hope this helped you with your PS3 problem.  Feel free to email me at with any questions or feedback.

UPDATE 11/24/2009

I received my new Dell monitor today and it works great with the PS3. Hope this helps you.



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