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    Yeah we have 240V AC single phase and 415V AC three phase, both 50hz.


    LIEK OMG who has that?

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    I KNOW. wtf.

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    I have the same problem with an enclosure called ByteCC that I bought. It has a 40GB WD disk in it.
    I also bought a generic component cable, so I'm wondering if that is part of the problem.
    Has anybody actually isolated this to their enclosure versus the video cable yet?

    I don't want to just go buying enclosures hoping it fixes the problem.

    The aluminum foil does sound silly to me, I don't see how that could make any difference at all - anyone care to expand on that a bit?

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    It just acts as a sheild.

    When I fit off a T.V outlet in a house and I strip the coaxial cable back theres a foil like substance surrounding the cable to help prevent interference.




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    Yeah, I've seen that too when I stripped coaxe.
    But do the same principles apply to component cables?
    Anyway, just for anyone out there who's keeping track, i actually tried the aluminum foil (my 4 yr old got a big kick out of it!) -- Didn't improve things at all.
    Has anybody else got a suggestion?..
    I found someone with a similar setup to loan me their USB HD AND component cable to see if either one make a difference.
    I'll let you know what the result is.

    Cheers

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    Maybe the foil only works with the coaxial cable because I used to work with a guy who suggested it to me.

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    Coax is not the problem, it's the HDD/enclosure. Have you tried grounding the HDD? Also, a good quality shielded USB cable may help too.


    one that looks like this

    EDIT - when one of them hard drives is installed in a computer it is pretty well grounded, but installing it into an enclosure may take away some of that grounding, a good fix is to use a hard drive that is made to sit next to your computer, not inside of it. Using a cheap hard drive enclosure, you may never get rid of the problem.

    You may also want to try using an electrical outlet that is on a different circut than your tv and wii.
    Last edited by Stomp_442; 10-31-2009 at 09:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geant90 View Post
    Hello, wii hacks, i've been a member without posting for a while, and now i fianlly do with the cry for help or an explenation. My wii as soon as i plug in a USB harddrive that i readied from USB loader, causes onscreen static, im guessing bandwidth usage or something. When in the Wii Home Menu when you plug it in, it starts doing it, and when i remove it stops, the static increases with data transfer why im asuming its bandwidth of hte bus or something idk,i dont have another USB harddrive but i will try my thumb drive as soon as i get it haves any one else haves this problem? I searched and no 1 has expierence this, mayby its just the HD encosure im using, some generic one i bought at a computer show?
    I had a similar problem for a long time; it's since been solved, but I'm still not sure what the exact cause was.

    I had though it was maybe the USB drive as well, then I noticed the static increased when my refrigerator motor's activity increased, but remained even when the refrigerator calmed down.

    In 480i, the static came in the form of wavy vertical lines.
    In 480p, it was few bands of horizontal purple static that would scroll from the bottom to the top of the screen, and cause the entire screen to flicker to black, sometimes so often, it'd render a game unplayable.

    I bought an isolation A/C box for the television/USB drive, and that helped the problem in 480i, but didn't completely eliminate it. I finally got rid of the static completely by switching to 480p.

    So, I don't know if you're having the exact same problem I did, but I'd recommend getting a power strip that provides A/C isolation (a cheap power strip won't cut it)

    Also, get a component cable, and set your Wii to run in 480p, if possible.

    It might not be your refrigerator like it was in my case, but it does sound like electrical interference.

    On a side note, before I got the isolation box, I also tried using an S-Video cable, but encountered more interference than when I simply used the composite cable that came with the Wii.

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    Same problem.

    As much as I hate bumping an old thread, this is the only one on Google that refers to this problem.

    I'm also having this problem, and having moved from an apartment to a house (TV/Wii/HDD is now in the basement).

    Upon plugging in the USB cord, and if the HDD is plugged in (not even powered on), there will be a few (not a lot) scrolling horizontal lines going up the screen. This annoys me and I would like to get rid of it. This does not happen for other USB devices that do not require wall socket power.

    Also, if I unplug the HDD power cord, but still leave the USB plugged it, it goes away. I am still using 480i, but I may get a Component Cable soon and switch over to 480p to see how it is.

    I have also used other USB cords (HDD to Wii), but to my dismay, the problem continues.

    Would this be a problem with the USB cord, the HDD power cord or the composite video cable? Would it be an interference problem? Maybe this problem is caused by the temperature of the room? Does it still happen with the Component cable?

    Can someone who fixed this problem kindly help me with it? =P

    I have read your suggestions, but did not yet try the aluminum since I may be switching the composite cable.

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    Buying good quality cables is the best bet. Look at the one that Stomp posted above, it has magnet built on the cable that will act as a choke. You can buy these magnets and install them yourself.

    As far as the signals bleeding into your AC circuit, Check and make sure that all the grounds are connected, especially the the main ground connected to the panel. In some cases a suppressor can be used.

    Metal enclosures will work better then a plastic enclosure.

    Think of the drive as a car distributer that is not suppressed, your radio will have the sound of the engine rev...
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