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Ok, maybe this is a stupid question but I have very little knowledge about the workings of electricity. I recently built my on custom PC and all is well. However I cannot figure this wire out (picture attached). Is it an earth wire? If so, what am I meant to do with it or where should I put it? If not, can you shed some light onto what it actually is?

Any and all help is needed and appreciated.

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that's a pretty grainy picture you got there. any way of getting a better view, more light perhaps? where is that wire coming from? the power supply? it may be a case ground (earth to you euros)

Edited by dsenette, 07 July 2005 - 09:36 AM.

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that's a pretty grainy picture you got there. any way of getting a better view, more light perhaps? where is that wire coming from? the power supply? it may be a case ground (earth to you euros)

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It just may be a case ground. It's located near the other case wires (USB, Firewire, LEDs). That pic is the best I can get now. It's basically a black wire with a metal tip (as you can see circled in the photo) attached to the case. Any chance you know what to do with it?
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so it's comming off of the case itself....does it look like the other end is attatched to anything important?
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so it's comming off of the case itself....does it look like the other end is attatched to anything important?

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I can't actually see it. It's behind internal metal walls (ya get what I mean). Where you to suggest I rip it out? I only ask what it's for because I have been having trouble with a device connected to a PCI studio soundcard. It's a Yamaha AX-44 unit which slots into CD-Rom drive bays. It has four large input jacks (mic etc.). The first two input jacks have a Line-Mic switch. When turned to mic, I get a large hissing sound (from headphones connected to the unit on full volume) and can hear interference from HD load noise (like little taps) and other little discreet noises. It's all interference.

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wow...yeah now that sounds llike some funky interference..are all of the wires connected properly to the sound device? are there any nicks or cuts in the shielding of those wires? and the yamaha website sucks so i can't find a picture or documentation on the product you mentioned. i say try touching that wire to something grounded (gas pipe, drain pipe, something grounded..) and see if that stops the interferance.
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wow...yeah now that sounds llike some funky interference..are all of the wires connected properly to the sound device? are there any nicks or cuts in the shielding of those wires? and the yamaha website sucks so i can't find a picture or documentation on the product you mentioned. i say try touching that wire to something grounded (gas pipe, drain pipe, something grounded..) and see if that stops the interferance.

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The ground wire is inside the case up the bottom front. It's very short (like half HD length). But as for the wires, they are fine. On my other (older) PC it was all ok.

PS. http://www.yamaha.co...PRODUCT,00.html

The above URL has a Pic of my unit.

Anyone else have any ideas?

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you can get a longer wire and attach it to that wire and see if it make a difference...it probably wont but hey...can't make it worse
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Ok, maybe this is a stupid question but I have very little knowledge about the workings of electricity. I recently built my on custom PC and all is well. However I cannot figure this wire out (picture attached). Is it an earth wire? If so, what am I meant to do with it or where should I put it? If not, can you shed some light onto what it actually is?

Any and all help is needed and appreciated.

Thanks,
Big Dave.

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that is a ground wire and its commonly attached to one of the screws holding your powersupply into the case if you cant attach it direct to ground try that.
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Thats not really that old to me but in computer terms thats old school :tazz:
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