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    Quote Originally Posted by wiidoggii View Post
    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...
    Sorry, I'm pretty noob to these things. I take that ground means (on a plug) the smaller strip?

    How do I check if all the grounds are connected? And what is the main ground? I am using a power strip (4 outlets) so would that be the panel?

    Lastly, everything worked fine just days ago before the move. After I get here, it's all weird. o.o So I'm not sure if it's a "better cable" thing.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoDoo View Post
    Sorry, I'm pretty noob to these things. I take that ground means (on a plug) the smaller strip?

    How do I check if all the grounds are connected? And what is the main ground? I am using a power strip (4 outlets) so would that be the panel?

    Lastly, everything worked fine just days ago before the move. After I get here, it's all weird. o.o So I'm not sure if it's a "better cable" thing.

    Thanks for the help.
    An update on this.

    I also discovered that this problem disappears completely when I unplug the coaxial cable from the wall to my TV. Also, if I plug it back in when the USB is plugged into the Wii, the interference starts again.

    I can receive digital channels (I couldn't before), maybe that's a difference for the cable?

    Maybe the cable needs to be replaced? If it does, would this one help out? Link

    Thanks.

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    no the cable is fine but if you take the end of the cable apart there is a good chance that the foil around the plastic bit of the coaxial cable is touching the coper wire of the cable on route. if the cable is seeled that you use it is the box in the wall that is at fault and there is foil touching something in it, that it should not be.

    And to answer your question from before the ground in somthing is a peice of wire that is conected to a peice of metal that is inbeded in the ground. Not sure on a cable how it works but wit a plug all your grounds (Earths) go back to your circut breaker in the house and it is conected to ground by a wire conected to a pole or somthing in the ground. (sry i no its no help but just thought you might like to know)
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    iv just managed to get one of my old HDD's into an enclosure so that i can use a usb loader with my wii.

    im getting the same problem, when the HDD is connected to the wii only, if the power is on without the usb in then it is fine.

    not sure what it is like everyone else, but my pc is also connected to the same tv next to the wii, when i use the HDD with that there is no problem.

    iv never experienced anything like this before, all my wiring to the tv is in the wall with the tv wall mounted aswell, (power cord's are all external before anyone starts). the coaxial cable is coming straight from the roof into the back of the tv from the wall, (not via socket)

    if it was an issue with the power interfering with the av cables then it would have affected all my other wiring from the start.
    its got to be an issue with the wii or the HDD enclosure as other people are using their HDD without this issue.

    i have a LED in the enclosure, i will try and use it out of the enclosure and see if that is the issue.

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    I'm having this problem too. A 160GB seagate HDD in a 3.5" external caddy from ebay.

    One thing that I've read elsewhere could be why we're having this problem... are you all using usb A to A? (male-male)?

    Driving me insane, I can't seem to find a fix for this. I even tried the crazy tin foil thing!

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    I tried using the usb cable with choke but it did absolutely notta. I had also removed the 3rd prong or ground from my power cable and neither with or without had any effect. I tried better wii component cable also with no effect. The external hard drive enclosure I'm using actually has media controls so you can hook it directly to a tv and play files so I'd imagine it has some type of interference blocking feature as well. The only luck I had was moving the wii and tv to one outlet, and then moving the hard drive to a completely different outlet. It didn't completely remove the static but it made it so much better I can at least stand it now. I'm almost certain the 2 outlets are still on the same circuit, so maybe moving the hard drive to a different outlet not on the same circuit would help more but short of using a 25 foot extension cable and running it across the floor in plain site I can't do that.

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    This is more of a work a round rather than a fix. I wasn't happy so I dug through my equipment and found my old WD Passport hard drive. It's a laptop hard drive (2.5") in an external case that doesn't require a power cord. It uses the power from the usb port. I ran into trouble at first it didn't work. I dug through my box of unused cables and hooked up a usb "y" cable. Then I had enough power for it to work just fine and no more lines. 22-136-405-Z01.jpg12-270-226-S01.jpg

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    I solved the problem so I'll chime in

    I had a terrible problem that would black the screen out completely, this was when I used the same AC adapter for both AC powered USB HDD and Wii.

    So I wrapped the HDD's power and USB cord in tinfoil and electrical tape :



    But that did not help.

    Then I tried using a long extension cord to power the HDD from another room, and that solved the problem for the most part.

    I heard from another post that HDD that does not require AC power doesn't cause a problem - well I have seen, for cheap on flebay, a laptop SATA HDD cable to 2 USB. It needs 2 USB to get enough power. The Wii has 2 USB ports so I bet that would probably work well

    Search for the term "2.5" SATA Hard Disk Drive HDD to USB 2.0 adapter Cable" to find these :





    EDIT : oh I tried one of those adapters shown above and it did not work. In my case it had enough power to show the list of games, but not load the games. Maybe the 250 GB drive needed too much power ?

    Have fun
    Craig
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    Hey I discovered an easy way to solve the static problem

    I discovered how to power a hard drive using the Wii rather than using an AC adapter. This information can be handy for those using an AC adapter to power their USB hard drives and getting static on their TVs (RF interference). There is a product called Nyko Intercooler for Wii. It has a pass-through power connector that uses the Wii's power plug to power a small fan. The two wires running to the fan are 12v pos and ground with enough juice to power a USB to SATA adapter and a 3.5" WD Caviar Green hard drive. Mine is 640 gigabytes and powered right off the Wii. This is possible because inside the Nyko Intercooler is a little board, I think it steps up the current, the result is good



    That's a WD Caviar Green drive and the SATA to USB board from an enclosure. I have white electrical tape covering a lot of it but I am going to build another one soon. I can write instructions if anyone is unsure how I did it.

    This solves the static problem and it's cheap and easy to do You just need the USB enclosure you probably already have, a soldering iron, a multimeter, and a Nyko Intercooler fan



    Cheers,
    Craig

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    Post composite cable

    I have the same problem, if you use the standard composite audio/video cable the problem is virtually gone.

    The only problem is I ran my component cable inside my wall so i do not want to run a wii cable through it. -no more room.

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