Originally Posted by Onex
A little curious has the problem come back yet?
Nope, nothing so far. I've kept volume quite high in case it comes back, so that I'd hear it.
Originally Posted by bigmac11
Sounds like an air traffic controller to me. Working construction we used 2 way radios and at one work site we could not only hear the controller but actually got into a conversation with him. He wasn't happy
Do you live near any airports?
Nope, the closest one is maybe 15-20 kilometres away. A colleague did think it could have been an over-flying aircraft, and Russia is our beloved neighbour, but that seems a bit far-fetched.
Originally Posted by Cryolite
could it be a radio? my pc randomly started playing the radio when i was a little. like, does it have any radio feature?
Shouldn't have FM radio, but it does have a 3G modem (no SIM card in it), bluetooth and WLAN up to 802.11n, 2.4 & 5 GHz. Again, none of those should receive radio like that.
Originally Posted by Ganf
Sometimes I think there are code monkeys out there who bury this random, completely insane crap in the untraceable guts of the firmware of electronics...
Back in my Quake1 days I used to play with .bat files a lot to see just how much I could tweak the game from there. Some of you might remember an unofficial expansion pack called the Killer Quake Pack, or something along those lines. There was a batch file in there that every time I opened it the only letter I could type was "D", and after closing it without saving anything Quake would not run until I reinstalled. I have no idea how they pulled that one off, or if it was some crazy glitch in my operating system. Windows 95 at the time I believe?....
I had a TX-89 calculator that would randomly freeze with an empty chessboard on the screen once a month or so. I can guarantee it was a chessboard and not just checkered boxes because it had the number and letters for the grid on the side.
I had a first generation Sega Genesis as a kid and occasionally when I'd borrow my friend's 32x and pop it in (I was convinced that one day I'd rent a game and find that it did more than just change the colors of it) the TV would go either Red, Green, or Blue and fill with random words with random letters replaced with a "☻" or solid Square, which I can't remember the key combination for. But it was either all ☻'s or all squares, never both on screen at the same time.
Had some outdated USB drivers on a computer once that would play random tones through my speakers at random times, at random volumes. It took me weeks to figure out. And no, they weren't USB speakers.
When I was a wee kid I had a Nikko RC car that for some reason stopped working. Naturally reluctant to throw away one of my favorite toys I just let it gather dust in my closet. Weeks later it started, and I swear this is the best way to describe it, twitching. For split seconds the servo controlling the steering and the motor would activate and cause it to randomly jerk around, accompanied with the noise of these parts running. I turned the power switch off repeatedly, removed the battery pack and the battery from the remote and it continued. For days.... I started wearing the same clothes because I was afraid to open my closet door. I eventually gathered up the nerve to take it out in the woods and smash it with a tree limb after two sleepless nights when it was twitching so often and so loudly that I could not go to sleep. I was too scared to even tell my parents. To this day I have no doubt that if I had had the wit to write down what it was doing I would have found a pattern.
I think lesser men would have already succumbed to overwhelming technophobia at that point