Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Via Dodgeblogium, I find this technical advice from Microsoft.
During normal operation or in Safe mode, your computer may play "Fur Elise" or "It's a Small, Small World" seemingly at random. This is an indication sent to the PC speaker from the computer's BIOS that the CPU fan is failing or has failed, or that the power supply voltages have drifted out of tolerance. This is a design feature of a detection circuit and system BIOSes developed by Award/Unicore from 1997 on.

What the fuck? Not exactly intuitive is it?

"Oh my god, it the haunting strains of Beethoven's Für Elise, what can it mean? Oh, I know: it must mean that my CPU's fan is knackered! Thank you, Microsoft Award/Unicore programmers, for making this exciting and valuable addition to Windows the BIOS rather than, say, flashing up a fucking dialogue box."

Fucking hellski...

4 comments:

purplepangolin said...

I'm not a particular fan of Microsoft but did you actually read the last sentence of that quote?

Ingram said...

If using classical, surely a Requiem would have been more appropriate...

Myrddin Wen said...

This safety feature prevents the PC from powering up, if there is a power supply fault incorrect voltages can cause serious system instability or overheating, a dead cpu fan can cause destruction of the cpu.

Minimal power is used to signal the (ab)user to the situation. There are a number of simple three pin devices which will play a nice tune, I suppose the designers could have picked Yankee Doodle or Yellow Rose of Texas. You'll need a soldering iron...

If the notes are programmed into the BIOS, you could make your own, perhaps something by The Smiths? You'll need a StyloPhone.

Anonymous said...

Or this,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNUb-m9hwxA