Originally Posted by ThinkRevolutionx
I found it. It's my cable wire connected to my TV. I just bought a new belken cable line thats 25 feet because i was forced to move my setup.
Why it's doing it with the ps3 and not my DVD player is beyond me, however when i connect it , it starts - and the more I tighten it the louder it becomes.
I'm not sure if theres more to it then that, but I can't hear anything anymore with it disconnected.
Bob, you're my hero. But what do I do now?
OK, this is good. This problem is solvable.
The garbage coming in on the ground shield of your cable feed is hopping around to any device it can get to -- via any electrical cabling connecting them -- trying to find a path back to ground to complete the circuit. Apparently the PS3 provided the missing link in this. Presumably there is a path from the cables you were using with the PS3, through the PS3's chassis ground shield, to its power plug and thus back to ground. Your DVD player didn't provide that path either because of differences in the cables you used (for example, an optical audio cable has no electrical signal path) or due to the way chassis shielding is implemented in it compared to the PS3.
The bottom line in all this is that if you fix the problem at its source you will be all set. It is unlikely your PS3 is defective.
Now, the cable lines feeding your house pick up all sorts of garbage on their ground shield since they are typically run in proximity to power lines, etc., on the utility poles. The PROPER fix for this is to have the cable feed correctly tied to ground where it enters your house. This gives all that garbage a place to go before it gets into the wires inside your house.
If you are comfortable with such stuff you can do this yourself. Otherwise call your cable company for service.
The cable line will come in at a service box on the outside of your house and your in-wall cable feeds go from there. It is the service box that needs to be grounded. That means a sturdy wire from it attaches to something metal that actually goes into the soil. Check that this has been done and that the connections are not corroded. A common mistake here is that the ground wire is attached to a metal pipe which actually changes to PVC (plastic) before it enters the soil -- thus no grounding.
Next each length of coax cable has a connector on the end that is attached by stripping back the insulation, folding the ground shield back over the wire, slipping on the connector and crimping it into place on top of that folded-back ground shield (using a crimping tool that's kind of like a specialized pair of pliers -- see Radio Shack). The connector then gets screwed into the socket for that end of the cable. If the connector is not screwed down tight onto its socket, or if the connector was not crimped tight enough onto the end of the wire, or if the ground shield was not folded back properly under the connector after removing the outer insulation of the coax then that connection point will not be properly tied to ground.
So -- go check each end of each cable and fix the connector as needed (re-crimp a loose connector, or cut off the bad connector and crimp on a new connector correctly). Also check for corrosion on the threaded part of the connector and socket, as that too will screw up the connection of the cable's ground shield to ground on the socket.
It is possible that your new Belkin cable has a bad ground shield like this, and is picking up garbage from being placed close to things like the wall-power plug for some device. The fix for that is just to replace the faulty cable.
Most of the time this will fix the problem. Rarely however your cable feed will pick up garbage from running next to the power lines inside your house. If it has an internal break in its ground shield, that garbage can't exit back to the ground connection you made at the service box. This is a nuisance because such wire is typically inside the walls and hard to replace.
So instead what you do is use a "ground breaker". This is an inexpensive little gadget that goes between the cable feed coming out of your wall and your cable receiver box (or TV if you have it screwed into your TV directly). The gadget is made of a pair of transformers (that have no common electrical connection) which pass the cable signal itself while breaking the connection between the cable shield on one side and the cable shield on the other. The upshot is that none of that nonsense on the cable feed's ground shield can get past it. Example:http://www.smarthome.com/81285/Xante...-634-00/p.aspx
[NOTE: This gadget is for CABLE TV feeds and will not work properly for a SATELLITE TV feed like DirecTV or Dish.]
Remember, if you have a cable TV receiver set top box, this gadget goes on the INPUT feed to that box, not on the output feed from that box to your TV.
Now the problem with these cheap gizmos is that the cheap transformers they use don't pass the entire range of cable TV frequencies equally well, and so if you have some weak stations on your cable you might not be able to receive them cleanly with this in the path.
So for that reason, and also because having your cable feed properly grounded is a good safety measure (lightning protection). It is ALWAYS best to try to eliminate the problem first by getting your cable service properly grounded to begin with as described above.
Getting your cable service provider to take this seriously and actually fix the grounding is another problem. Often they will just plug in a ground-breaker and skedaddle....