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03 September 2003 @ 03:28 pm
Ghost speakers...  
Last night I started hearing very faint music in my room. I thought it was coming from my radio, like I'd accidentally turned the volume low instead of turning it off when the alarm went off. Nope, not the culprit. I listened closely until I found the source -- my computer's speakers. But it wasn't music I was listening to, nor even music that I have on my computer. It sounded like a radio station, fuzzy, playing hip hop and rap. Even when I put my own music on, I could hear it faintly through the music.

So, puzzled and very sleepy, I simply turned them off, and it stopped. This morning I woke up, and turned them back on, and there was no sound coming from them. A few hours later, however, it started again. It goes on and off.

Does anyone have any clue how this could be, or what I should do? Should I start preparing for an alien takeover or what? I'd like to figure out what this is and stop it, especially since it's shitty music.
Mood: puzzled
Music: Blur - On Your Own
herding virtual hedgehogsnessur on September 3rd, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
used to happen to me all the time when i lived in a trailer park. Had 3 ft. floor speakers, and i could always hear music even when they were off. i really should blame ghosts, but i'm feeling kind of jaded today, so i'll blame random scientific pheonomena instead.
There's probably a lot of baggage to considereianorange on September 3rd, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
even alien invaders listen to Sean Paul and 50 Cent
Corpsus Hypertexticusspacemummy on September 3rd, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid, if I put my teeth almost together, I could pick up a local radio station on my molars.
Alex Staherskiintheblacklodge on September 3rd, 2003 02:41 pm (UTC)
You're definitely getting RF (radio frequency) interference. I'm not sure there's much you're gonna be able to do about it besides get a different cable for your speakers. A cable with better shielding won't get the interference, but I doubt they even make them for computer speakers.
2πr: robots need love tootwopiearr on September 3rd, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
what mobius said.

I've heard reports that wrapping tin foil around your cables can help some, though I've not tried it myself. Longer cables will also conduct better, acting essentially as antennas would on a radio, so if you're at all skilled with matters electrical you might want to try splicing out any excess cable from your set-up's requirements.

The other thing you might want to try is broadcasting your own RF signals in an effort to drown out the ones your speakers are picking up. Wireless base stations are the best tool for this I can think off offhand, but you can also find kits for RF white noise generators in the back of most eletronics magazines. (They're used as practical joke tools for scrambling TVs and things) It'd likely take some tuning to get it a) on the right frequency and b) localized enough not to interfere with random passerbys' cel phones, however, so a small amount of electrical adeptness is probably still required there.
just johnjustjohn on September 3rd, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC)
Also ... Make sure your speaker wires aren't crossing or tangled in other wires.
chicarun207 on September 3rd, 2003 05:16 pm (UTC)
::hears twilight zone theme::
beyond starlightunderstudyashey on September 3rd, 2003 08:39 pm (UTC)
THAT HAPPENS TO ME TOO!! at home AND school, i hear it sleeping all the time and it wakes me up... its sooo weird