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Microsoft warns of popular music video that can crash old laptops just by clicking play

MICROSOFT has issued a mysterious report of a music video crashing the laptop playing the song and nearby laptops.

The crazy bug was reported to Microsoft by manufacturers who realized the song could crash their computers.

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The world’s first computer bug was a literal moth found in Harvard University’s Mark II computer in 1947.

Today’s glitches tend to be due to software-based issues rather than physical glitches, but Microsoft Windows Principal Software Engineer Raymond Chen shared a story about laptops’ internal components being rocked by sound waves.

“A major computer manufacturer discovered that playing the music video for Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation would crash certain laptop models,” Chen wrote in a blog.

“The weirdest thing was that when you played that song, it not only crashed the laptop that was playing it, but also a laptop that was standing by and not playing the song,” Chen explained in a Video.

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In older computers, a storage platter is mechanical and physically spins to read the disk.

“This song contained a frequency that matched the natural resonant frequency of the hard drive that these laptops were using,” Chen continued.

The funky beats in Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation would match the hard drive’s resonant frequency, causing it to vibrate and crash.

RockPaperShotgun reported that resonant frequency adjustment is the technique to break glass with sound.

“The manufacturer had to write a special audio filter that detects and filters out these frequencies before they come out of the speaker and crash the hard drive.”

Modern laptops like Apple’s new Macbook Air come with a solid-state drive that doesn’t physically spin.

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Rhythm Nation was one of Janet Jackson’s chart-topping records, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.

But some computers with hard drives hated the tune.

https://www.the-sun.com/tech/6027341/microsoft-warning-over-music-video-can-crash-laptops/ Microsoft warns of popular music video that can crash old laptops just by clicking play

Chris Barrese

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