The ground loop on my system caused by my cable tv is really starting to irritate me. Now I read in the basics area that this is caused when youre using equipment with the 3rd prong. And it says specifically not to use the 3 prong to 2 prong convertor. Anyway, the only piece of equipment I have hooked up that actually uses the 3rd prong is my HTPC. Unplugging it seems to make little difference, so I assume its due to using a power strip that has 3 prongs. Correct me if Im wrong, but since none of my components other than the HTPC use the 3rd prong, then its entirely superflous, except to protect the htpc? Basically, if I put the cheater plug on, would I be putting all my components at risk, or just the one with the 3rd prong, the htpc? I also managed to eliminate the ground loop in a kind of hack job way before, by having the cable wire so loosely attached that the signal came through, but the surrounding metal wasnt screwed on. Something about me tells me thats a bad idea... Anyway, Id really like to eliminate it entirely from my setup if at all possible. If this only puts my ghetto htpc at risk, Im willing to just use the cheater. I could always just plug the htpc in elsewhere.