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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:20 PM
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My computer speaker started talking chinese to me, what should I do?
I swear this is true, and it ain't the first time either. Every now and then, like for example about two minutes ago, the speakers on my computer start picking up some signal or other and start squawking at me in a foreign language, chinese currently. Its like totally bizarre. I can't tell if it is shortwave radio or cell phone traffic. Spooks me out every time it happens.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:21 PM
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1. Is your cell phone sitting near your computer?
Mine sometimes makes rattlesnake sounds.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:22 PM
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4. nope no where near it.
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Democracy White Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:21 PM
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2. I've had that happen with my old speakers
But it sounded arabic instead... Spooky though cause it happened right after 9/11

Dee
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:21 PM
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3. Hire a translator
:shrug:
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:28 PM
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11. That used to happen to my dad
He lived near the TV station tower and his computer would pick it up. He also used a voice recognition program and if he left it on to do something when he came back he had pages of written transcription.

It was pretty creepy becasue it wrote out things that didn't set well, kind of like the book of revelations stuff.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:30 PM
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12. ok that is completel wierd.
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LaurenG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:41 PM
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15. We figured it was getting all the tv stations signals
It looked like several different newscasts mixed all together.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:22 PM
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5. Maybe you need tinfoil for the speaker?
That or stop eating take out at your computer :evilgrin:

I hear hushed voices speaking other languages, but not when the computer is on... as I fall asleep some nights. Personally, I think my problem might be more serious ;)
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:24 PM
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8. my dog tells me to kill people
but she's obnoxious so I just ignore her.
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:22 PM
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6. Don't worry. It's just trying to call home. P.C., call home. NT
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:23 PM
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7. stand in front of the first tank you see
don't expect to get that pay raise
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Kellanved Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:25 PM
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9. after booting up the OS (Windows?) or before?
Spoken error messages are a questionable , yet frequent, feature of PC mainboards.
As most manufacturers are Taiwanese, the default language tends to be Chinese. So, if your PC speaks Chinese during booting up, that seems to be the most likely reason. (either that, or a Chinese spy hideout).
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:28 PM
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10. no no no
I recognize my motherboard bios voice: she tells me everything is ok on a regular basis. This happens out of the blue while the pc is up and running. It is clearly an antennae effect of some sort that is pulling in some signal or other. I'm just curious what signal it could be. I mean I don't live in a location that would have a lot of chinese people using cell phones.
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Moochy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:36 PM
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14. Powered Speakers?
My speakers, when active with power can pick up a clicking cellphone ping signal that my cellphone is calling out, but it's never speech.

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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:43 PM
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16. It's called "Inductance".
There is a strong radio signal near you and the speaker wires(prolly) are picking up the signal and transmitting it to the speakers.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:47 PM
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17. yeah I got that but....
I like live in the exurbs and there isn't much of anything near me that qualifies as a 'strong radio signal' source, at least that I know of. I barely have cell phone reception.
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:49 PM
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18. A foreign speaker with a CB and linear amplifier...
Is all you need. Nearby, relatively. Perhaps a chinese delivery person with such a thing in his delivery vehicle?
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Systematic Chaos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-29-05 07:35 PM
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13. Well, at least it's not your dog or anything... yet.
:rofl:

I dunno man. It's probably a Chinese neighbor with a ham radio or a CB on steroids or something along those lines.

I used to share a duplex with a total redneck freeper who had over a fucking KILOWATT of CB power. He had antennas on the roof 30+ feet high. Bled into the phones, tv's and stereos of people half a block away. I would be listening to very loud music over headphones at 3am and out of nowhere "BREAKER BREAKER!! SKIP LAND SKIP LAND!!" and all this other stupid mumbo jumbo would give me a coronary. Finally one day the FCC came and did... something, but that didn't stop him completely. I was pleased to move.
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