Microsoft has revealed that playing music videos for Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation damaged some of its older laptops.
On the blog, the company’s senior software engineer, Raymond Chen, said a colleague recently shared a story with him about his days working in Windows XP product support.
He said the video for Jackson’s popular 1989 song contained one of the “natural resonant frequencies” of hard drives that both Microsoft and some competitors were using at the time.
That means when the video is played, the 5,400 RPM hard drive mentioned will stop working.
Mr. Chen added: “And then they discovered something extremely strange: playing a music video on one laptop caused a laptop sitting nearby to crash, even though the other laptop didn’t. play video!”
The manufacturer has solved this problem by creating a special audio filter to detect and remove the offending frequencies before they come out of the speakers and damage the hard drive.
Microsoft XP was made available to the public in October 2001. Mainstream support for the operating system ended in 2009 and extended support ended in 2014.
Mr. Chen said he hopes manufacturers will put a digital version of the “no erase” sticker on the sound filter in the coming years as the issue may have been forgotten.
Rhythm Nation is the second single from Jackson’s 1989 album, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, and contains socially conscious lyrics about racial harmony.
Its music video was shot in black and white to reflect the theme, and the song itself peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100.
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