Use Your Computer Monitor and External Speakers With Your PS3

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Just got a brand spanking new PS3 as a gift from my ever loving younger brothers, and all I'm planning to play is Super Street Fighter IV. I realized quickly that I really wouldn't be able to play consistently if I use our household television since everybody else watches their shows on it. So I figured I'd have to use my AOC LED Monitor as my display that way I'd have no competition what so ever since it's totally mine. In this post I'll give you a quick run down on what you need to do to have your PS3 up and running on your own monitor. And don't worry it's as easy as plugging in a couple of stuff. So check the break for all the action.




Here's what you need:

1.) The Monitor (duh!)

2.) HDMI to VGA or DVI Cable. Depending on what your monitor supports. Here I have a HDMI to DVI Cable since I use the VGA for my computer.


3.) 2 RCA Plug to 1 RCA Plug Adapter and RCA Plug to 3.5mm Jack. Since your monitor doesn't have any speakers built in we need these adapters to be able to add an external speaker.


4.) Speakers. I just bought some cheap ones since I really wouldn't need anything too powerful.

5.) The AV Cable that comes with the PS3.


If you have all that we're ready to set everything up.

1.) First of connect the HDMI plug to the PS3 and the DVI or VGA plug into the monitor.

2.) Connect th AV Cable to the PS3 and then plug the white and red RCA's to the adapter and then the speaker to the 3.5mm adapter. When you're done it should look something like the picture below. Don't worry about the yellow RCA plug as that's the one for video since we're using HDMI.


Now you're all set up. When you turn everything on your PS3 will ask if you want HDMI as your source for video and audio, just go ahead and say yes. Don't worry we'll still get the audio from the AV cable going to the external speakers.

One thing I noticed is when you're on the PS3's main menu you'll see an "Output Not Supported" message annoyingly float around the screen. Don't worry about it, it goes away when you're in the game itself. I'm not sure why but it only shows up when you're on the PS3 main menu.


That's how easy it is. Just post any questions on the comments and I'll try to figure it out as best I can.



Posted by Jab Escutin


22 comments:

twitch.a said...

your younger brothers are so cool!! :) lol!

Anonymous said...

dud thank you for your guide!

i just want to ask where can i buy hdmi to vgi cable and for the sounds 2 RCA Plug to 1 RCA Plug Adapter and RCA Plug to 3.5mm Jack..

thank u!

jab said...

thanks for the comment... you can buy everything at ACE Hardware... the adapters are around Php 40.00 if I remember it correctly and the HDMI to DVI cable is around Php 800.00 to Php 1,000.

Anonymous said...

many thanks!
this is a great alternative way if you can't afford to buy those HDtv's jejeje!

Jeanko said...

hey can u post ur exct aoc monitor model cuz it look just like mines yet i cannot find a dvi port in it only the vga can u help me out?

Jeanko said...

@Jeanko - you can see more images of the monitor I used at this post. Let me know if you need anything else.

Anonymous said...

hi, i just bought an 18.5" phillips LED monitor. i bought an hdmi-dvi cable since the monitor needs a dvi. but when i turned on both my ps3 and monitor, nothing happened. the monitor simply says check cable connection. help. thank you.

Jab said...

@anonymous - is dvi the only input of your monitor? If not you might want to check your input source. If it's only dvi your cable might be the problem. Hope that helps. You might want to put in a name next time so we can recognize you. Thanks!

Million said...

hi jab. it also has vga. is there an hdmi-vga cable? if yes, will the ps3 have hd quality as well? thank you.:)

also, i just bought the hdmi-dvi cable a while ago so i dont think there is a problem with it.

the monitor works on my pc as well.

this was anonymous btw. thank you.

Jab said...

@million - there's also an hdmi - vga cable and I think it will also display HD. I don't think you have to buy a different cable, try checking your monitor's manual and see how you can change your input source to dvi. Hope that helps.

Million said...

Thanks Jab! This blog has also helped me with the sound.:) I'll follow that process as once I figure out how to work my monitor. haha thanks again and God bless.:)

jab said...

@million - you're welcome! Hopefully everything works out.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post. It helped me a lot. Your brothers are totally cool by the way.

aois said...

Hi I have followed your way to connect it to an external speaker, it worked, however the sound is only coming out from one side of the speaker and my speaker are perfectly fine. Do you know of any solution to this?

Jab said...

@aois - are both left and right speaker cables connected?...

aois said...

yes jab, both the speakers are connected. my fren has the same issue was wondering why.

Jab said...

@aois - you might want to check the audio settings on the ps3 menu itself...

john abruzzi said...

jab..can u check if this monitor is ok for ps3

18.5” AOC E936VW

followed ur guide but its not working..

Jab said...

That looks good to me...

john abruzzi said...

thanks sa response...pero nagfflicker lng po ung screen tpos no signal...bat gnun po...

ok lng po ba rektang hmdi to dvi??

napapanood ko kasi sa utube..hdmi cable male..kokonek sa hdmi female converter to DVi...same lng po ba silbi nun...

o baka defective ung cable na nabili ko..cdR king po kasi e..

john abruzzi said...

ok na!!!cable problem po..bumili me bago..kaso un nga..un output not supported na nagffloat..d po b tlga maalis un

Jab said...

Naalis yan... Punta ka lang settings ps3... Display output... Gawin mong 720p...