• Kairos
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    71 month ago

    Hm. Well if the motherboard can play a song it can blast “<Type> Error” during startup to be infinitely more helpful.

    • @Dave@lemmy.nz
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      221 month ago

      I don’t think those speakers are capable of voice. They can handle a few different beep tones and that’s about it. The song was not like listening to Spotify, it was played using beep tones.

      • @thejml@lemm.ee
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        41 month ago

        I had an Athlon motherboard with voice POST messages… one night I woke up to it saying “your CPU has a problem!” over and over and was freaked out until I was completely awake and figure out what was wrong.

        It wasn’t high quality coming through the piezo speaker, but it was good enough.

      • @Asidonhopo@lemmy.world
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        21 month ago

        I definitely remember short 2 or 3 second clips of relatively high quality music being played through our family’s IBM XT’s motherboard speaker at one point using a demo we got from a BBS or the Public Domain Software site in the mid-80s. It wasn’t easy but some madman made a proof-of-concept that did it and it was incredible at the time.

      • Kairos
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        1 month ago

        Ohhhh right. Well its worth the <$1 of input costs.

          • @bandwidthcrisis@lemmy.world
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            111 month ago

            You could just about play speech using one bit output using pulse-width-modulation. But it was almost unrecognizable. And would take a lot of memory for the time.

            It was usual to have different numbers of beeps for POST errors.

            But this was an age when a PC would say “Keyboard error. Press any key to continue”, so things were not thought out that well.

            • @14th_cylon@lemm.ee
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              31 month ago

              If your keyboard was actually working, you pressed a key. If it was not working, you went to get new keyboard. What is “not thought through” about that?

          • Kairos
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            21 month ago

            Tip: be passive aggressive and sarcastic when helping them. It both teaches them the solution in a memorable way, makes them not want to get help from you again, AND makes them think twice before doing so.