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Buzzing wires, help please!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by magicdanw, Mar 2, 2005.

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  1. magicdanw

    magicdanw Thread Starter

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    Hi. I recently opened up my PC to check on some connections, and in order to get at them I took out my TV tuner card. I discovered, much to my amazement and shock, that the Cable TV coaxial cable was "buzzing". It seemed to be vibrating slightly, and I felt a tingling sensation on my finger, as if there were some electric current running through the cable that was strong enough to be very noticable, but not dangerous. This was on the outer sleeve. I took the cable by the plastic coating to try to put it back on the TV tuner's jack, and the inner "spike" made a small spark when it touched the tuner's jack. Now, I know that there is obviously some current running through a cable wire to transmit the picture, but I have NEVER seen a wire with this much electricity, and am pretty "freaked out". I'd like to know what this could mean, and what to do about it. Thanks!
     
  2. pronute

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    This is a symptom of an improperly grounded cable system. My advice to you is to contact your cable provider and get it check into.
     
  3. magicdanw

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    Thanks. By the time I got back to the computer, the wires had stopped "buzzing". However, I will look into that. Thanks! :)
     
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