Scott Hanselman

Stop me if you've heard this one...Q261186 Computer Randomly Plays Classical Music

April 11, 2003 Comment on this post [0] Posted in Web Services
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Computer Randomly Plays Classical Music

The information in this article applies to:
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

During normal operation or in Safe mode, your computer may play "Fur Elise" or "It's a Small, Small World" seemingly at random. This is an indication sent to the PC speaker from the computer's BIOS that the CPU fan is failing or has failed, or that the power supply voltages have drifted out of tolerance. This is a design feature of a detection circuit and system BIOSes developed by Award/Unicore from 1997 on.

This isn't a joke...I wonder why it doesn't just play Nelly's Hot In Herre?

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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