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    Weird sounds


    Sorry I goofed and posted this on Windows 8 news

    Recently on my Dell Studio 1747 laptop I've been getting what seems like radio station audio coming through at random times. Some times it's just a split second blurb. Other time it goes on for about thirty seconds. It's never the same. Last time was two voices competing at the start then down to one voice. I can't remember what was said. It seemed like a commercial of some sort.

    I use Acronis True Image and restored a previous image thinking that would solve it. Well it booted up and within seconds the unwanted communication.
    I have run Malwarebytes Pro. I have run a scan with Windows Defender.
    I have opened up Task manager and tried to identify what may be the culprit without success.
    I'm now thinking, as Windows 8 and 8.1 have been on for some time; maybe it's time to re-install.

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    Sounds like RFI interference (Radio Frequency Interference)

    When on battery or plugged in ? Plugged in use good surge protector.

    There is some RFI signal that is being introduced. Whether its through the mains to the Laptop or the router, or cabling.

    Any external speakers hooked up ?

    This using WiFi ?
    This happen with web pages open only ?
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    It's plugged in all the time. It's a feature with Dell that I like. It can be plugged in and not charge. The unwanted audio has happened just after boot up with nothing open other than startup programs. No external speakers are hooked up.
    I wouldn't say it is a quality surge protector; just the standard $20 - $30.00 model.
    Thanks for the reply and maybe that's what it is; rogue RFI.
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    Well since it is plugged in this could be one of issues, surge protector, some are better then others at blocking this.

    As said since most internet is on all the time,still could be getting in through the router or any of the cables.
    Again quality of cables can make differences too. Make sure not any loose or bad connections from the router to the cable feeding the signal to it. I was not sure if you are using WiFi also. Check Ethernet cable if using that or try that instead of WiFi. Try different ethernet cable if using one and have a spare.

    Even read i believe something in house electric could do this, try also different location in house. Could you be close to a local stations broadcast ? Chances may not be coming in from router, could be from electric as said or a laptop component.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Well since it is plugged in this could be one of issues, surge protector, some are better then others at blocking this.

    As said since most internet is on all the time,still could be getting in through the router or any of the cables.
    Again quality of cables can make differences too. Make sure not any loose or bad connections from the router to the cable feeding the signal to it. I was not sure if you are using WiFi also. Check Ethernet cable if using that or try that instead of WiFi. Try different ethernet cable if using one and have a spare.

    Even read i believe something in house electric could do this, try also different location in house. Could you be close to a local stations broadcast ? Chances may not be coming in from router, could be from electric as said or a laptop component.
    AS I said plugged in, but forgot to add on wifi (good router ASUS RT-AC66U). I've had the surge protector for a long time; maybe time to replace. We live in the sticks far away from any technological interference, other than our cable, telephone and wiring. This all started in the last few days. I've been using the laptop in this same place for almost five years without a hitch.
    Initially I was concerned I'd been hacked into; but after what I've done with restoring, scanning and with your help I'm now feeling a bit more at ease.
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    I had an ordinary electric heater play music from local radio station.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I had an ordinary electric heater play music from local radio station.
    Hahahaah Well maybe I should mark it solved; sort of. Thanks for all your help.


    1145: Edit. I was just using my PC (Linux OS) at the other end of the house about 35ft away from laptop. This is the first time I've had it happen there and it was a long interference; maybe over a minute. I wonder; is there a tool out there to detect radio waves?
    Last edited by AllanP; 06 Dec 2014 at 14:57.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I had an ordinary electric heater play music from local radio station.
    So getting warmth and music at same time, that is even weirder, how does a electric heater pick up RFI ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllanP View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I had an ordinary electric heater play music from local radio station.
    Hahahaah Well maybe I should mark it solved; sort of. Thanks for all your help.


    1145: Edit. I was just using my PC (Linux OS) at the other end of the house about 35ft away from laptop. This is the first time I've had it happen there and it was a long interference; maybe over a minute. I wonder; is there a tool out there to detect radio waves?
    Your Welcome,
    Well if not somehow getting into the WiFi ,could be getting in from house wiring. Possibly might want to check that out, know any electricians ? Broken, bad, loose or frayed wires somewhere in electric or router cables. Any WiFi extenders ?
    We know you live in sticks, anybody close by has some kind of FM antenna or CB Radio antenna. CB radio use to interfere with my TV years ago, found out my neighbor had his antenna out his window close by, use to hear it on my TV. Filters for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I had an ordinary electric heater play music from local radio station.
    So getting warmth and music at same time, that is even weirder, how does a electric heater pick up RFI ?
    It was many years ago (in the '50s), we had this heater made of hemispheric metal dish with spiral wire heating element in the center looking like a small satellite dish and when you turned it in right direction it would faintly play radio Sarajevo (where I lived at the time). I was in grade 4 at the time and active in local children radio club. Took it there and teacher was trying to explain that but only years later I found out what wave harmonics can do. Sympathetic wave resonance and frequency dividing is all I could come up with.
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