To use component video cables or a HDMI adapter on a PS2 the "Component Video Out" setting needs to "Y Cb/Pb Cr/PR".

This can be an problem if you do not have composite cables available so you can actually see the screen to change the setting. The below steps will walk you through the process doing it blind. So you can then use component cables or a HDMI adapter.

To get the PlayStation 2 into YPBPR (component) mode do the following:

  1. Plug the PS2 in with either your component cables or HDMI adapter.

  2. Start up the PlayStation 2 without a game in it.

  3. Wait about 20 seconds.

  4. Press Down.

  5. Press X.

  6. Wait 5 seconds.

  7. Press Down three times.

  8. Press X.

  9. Press Left.

  10. Press X.


The PS2 should now start displaying on your TV.