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Microsoft officially shares an old story: A song crashed Windows XP PCs

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IT House August 18 news, Microsoft recently revealed a crazy story about a song that crashed Windows XP laptops. The song in question is “Rhythm Nation” by American pop singer Janet Jackson.

What caused the computer to crash was that the song contained one of the natural resonant frequencies of 5400 RPM hard disk drive (HDD) models, which is common in laptops even today. In fact, even laptops that weren’t playing the song nearby would crash. However, Microsoft didn’t say what the exact frequency is, and it’s hard to tell which HDD vibration frequency is between 0 and 5000 Hz, although there are some peaks at 12.5Hz, 87.5Hz, 1100Hz, 1450Hz, 1700Hz, 1850Hz.

To fix the problem, device makers had to add a filter for specific frequencies to prevent the computer from crashing, which detected and removed the offending frequencies during audio playback, IT House has learned.

If you have new computer equipment such as Windows 10 and Windows 11, listening to this song will not cause your PC to crash, although some PCs running Windows XP cannot be ruled out.

Of course, any story about the natural resonant frequency cannot be separated from the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940 (light to moderate winds can cause the bridge to sway back and forth, with the center swinging a few feet every 4 to 5 seconds. eventually cause the serpentine resonance to collapse).

Additionally, Larry Osterman had a similar experience with a particular game that crashed the prototype PC.

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