Hi, not sure where else to post t his...
Recently (well the last few months) my PS3 dashboard text will be perfectly fine and readable (clear) when started up, but shortly after starting a game, or switching from say Videos to Games to Photos, etc. (and by that I mean scrolling left and right on the dashboard not actually needing to do anything with them) the text will become unreadable and glitches. Stretching out to the right it seems. In Game graphics and text (from the game itself) are perfectly fine, as are movies, but for example pop up trophy windows, or if you hit the PS home button on the controller anything to do with the dashboard (or xmb?) is stretched and unreadable. The picture icons for things however are fine. So just to paint the mental picture the white text, that usually labels what the demos are, the titles for the menus below the picture icons and the text on the upper right (not the faint scrolling text behind it but what appears to be the UI overlay) is what screws up. Images, games, videos, and in game text are unaffected.
I've googled and googled and yahooed and youtubed, but I cannot find anyone answering this problem. I can take a picture if needed.
So, has anyone encountered this problem, and if so what can I do about it? I hope I don't have to just bite the bullet and eventually buy a new PS3?
For model clarification it's the original backwards compatible version of the playstation3. I've put off getting any other versions because I like being able to toss my old PS2 games in every now and then.
If it helps, it seems to do this regardless of the display I plug it into (HDMI LG TV/Computer monitor or an old Sony 1080i TV with HDMI as well.. but I'm getting a brand new plasma come this week and I'd like to kind of fix out any annoyances so I can truly enjoy it).
As you can see (sorry for the bad photo, but I assure you the XMB text is as it appears and isn't a bad product of a photograph) the text from a game (behind it) is perfectly fine, but the pop up display, and indeed everything on the PS3 dashboard is stretched like this.
It doesn't happen immediately but only a few minutes after boot up.
Now that it's clear I'm playing through HDMI and it happens on two sets of monitors that it must be something within the PS3. Would returning to factory settings work, or does anyone know if this is a byproduct of something else? (If it was a dying graphics card for example, why don't I have problems in games, and movies? This is strictly localized to anything relating the PS3 dashboard it seems).
I once thought it could be a product of overheating but I had kept the console completely off for the entire day only to turn it on and have it happen within minutes again.
it's not a terribly horrible problem. After "quitting" a game, and it "resets" the video connection for a few moments it fixes itself and that text never spills over into in game graphics etc so the games themselves are unaffected. It's simply anything related to the XMB or dashboard.
I'm sorry I repeated myself a few times here, but every other place I post this seems to get confused and assume I'm using some AV or component cable.