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How a Janet Jackson song crashed Windows XP PCs


Stephane Ficca

Hardware & gaming specialist

August 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

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Janet Jackson © © A&M Records

© A&M Records

This is surprising information to say the least that was recently revealed by Microsoft…

Indeed, a song by Janet Jackson tended to crash computers running Windows XP.

When Janet Jackson crashed Windows XP

It is Raymond Chen who details the information on Microsoft’s official blog, indicating that the song Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson tended to crash some laptops running the old Windows OS. Better (or worse) still, the problem could certainly affect the computer on which the song was being listened to… but also neighboring computers.

In question, a song Rhythm Nation which emits specific frequencies, which are likely to cause some 5400 rpm hard drive models to resonate. Concretely, the sound waves emitted by the speakers of the computer during the reading of the song would make vibrate its hard disk (and that of the neighboring computers), which would cause a failure of the device.

Raymond Chen explains that the manufacturers ended up getting around the problem by adding a custom filter in the audio pipeline, which detects and removes the offending frequencies during playback. Obviously, today you can listen without any problem (normally) to the song of the American artist on your PC without risking the slightest crash.

Source : Neowin



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