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    Ground Loop

    I just installed an amp in my Jeep, and I've got a really nasty ground loop noise when using the computer (when using a portable CD Player, there's no noise at all.... characteristic of a ground loop). I wired the grounds for the amp and the inverter to a single chassis point, and I ended up shortening the chassis ground connection to about 4 inches, but it didn't even change in intensity, much less go away.

    I'm guessing it's from the inverter, but is there any way to get rid of it? I figure someone has had this problem before (can't seem to find anything in a search)

    I'd like to avoid using a ground loop isolater if possible, but I know I'm going to keep the inverter setup, so that might be the only solution.

    What am I missing?

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    Try grounding the black wire on your power supply's device connectors.

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    Put a wire from the AC power supply casing to the same ground point.


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    Gouda idea.... I know it's the computer's funky ground causing it... if you disconnect the signal's ground from the computer, most of the hum goes away. I'll try that and see what happens.

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    Grounded the PSU to the chassis and disconnected the signal ground and it completely removed the ground loop. There's a very faint volume dependant hum that I'm guessing is ripple from the inverter, but it's definately liveable.

    Just so I know, why does the signal ground have to be disconnected? Is that the norm?

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