Changing A PlayStation 2 To Component. Blind!

Everyone’s got a couple of PlayStation 2’s lying about their house, right? I know I do.

Recently I decided that I’d get it out of its retirement in order to complete Gradius V, sadly when I came to plug it in I discovered I only had a component video cable and wouldn’t you know it, it wasn’t set up in YPBPR mode! Nightmare.

This meant that I had no picture, so although it booted fine, there was no way of navigating the screen to get to the setting that’d enable me to get the picture back. Double nightmare!

Fear not though, thanks to the internet and a bit of retained memory I worked it out. Bear in mind this was a PlayStation 2 Slim that I did this on, so your mileage may vary.

To get the PlayStation 2 into YPBPR mode do the following.

  • Start up the PlayStation 2 without a game in it.
  • Wait about 20 seconds.
  • Press Down.
  • Press X.
  • Press Down three times.
  • Press X.
  • Press Left.
  • Press X.

Bingo! It should now spring back into life. Huzzah!


  1. This is extremely helpful, a lot easier than switch over to composite cables to change it, thanks.

  2. Omgosh, just bought new wireless controllers, and a new ac and compon entry cable and a bunch of resold games for me 8year old. Thought i was doomed when i changed the component video out, but your post saved me and Christmas thank you!!!

  3. Fantastic. Really appreciate the effort you put into thus. Has made 2 girls (& myself!) V excited and nostalgic!

  4. Thanks so much just bought ps2 to HDMI and I wasn’t able to see but the audio worked fine and now I can see so yay and Thanks for all the help and time you’ve saved me

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