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18-Dec-2009, 10:41 AM #1
Background music in Windows 7
I just installed an upgrade from Vista home premium to 7 home premium. Periodically, background music will just start playing on its own for no apparent reason. I have to reboot to stop the music, and it's fine for a while, then it will start again. Different music each time. Never did this in Vista. I have a Dell Studio 15 laptop running Windows 7 home premium, 64 bit.
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18-Dec-2009, 11:45 AM #2
Just a guess, but when it starts playing again launch windows media player(see if that is what is playing it). I know that in Vista sometimes windows media player hides itself (or at least it appears to me since it is no in icon tray or anywhere else). My only guess for it auto playing is that maybe you have some hot key assigned to play music? Anyway just a thought.
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This time when the sound started up, I was hearing commercials instead of just music. As you suggested, I launched Windows Media Player, and played a song from the library. I was hearing both sounds simultaneously. Again, I had to re-boot to get the commercials to stop.
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18-Dec-2009, 06:11 PM #4
Are you an a web page or have a web page open when this happens? Some web pages have hidden commercials and music that will start up after a while. Just a thought though.
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19-Dec-2009, 04:24 PM #5
Background music/commercials
No, I was not in a web page. When the desktop came up, I started hearing a commercial for Mucinex. How strange!
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19-Dec-2009, 04:42 PM #6
Do you have a TV Tuner/FM Radio card in the system?

I'd expect an Icon to appear on the task bar if Media Center started and was playing live TV, but it may play FM Radio in the background without an Icon.

Or do you have an MP3 player connected? It may be set to play automatically if connected, though again I'd expect the Media Center icon to appear on the task bar. Wouldn't expect commercials though, but some players also have FM Radios...
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20-Dec-2009, 02:59 PM #7
I do not have an FM or TV card. I did a test to see if my computer was playing music that was on the computer or coming from the internet. I pushed the key that disables the wireless card (I am on a wireless router) and the music stopped. Apparently I have some kind of virus that makes an internet connection and plays music. I have Spyware Doctor, but it's not finding anything. I installed the free version of AdAware. but am having trouble with scanning. (It always freezes up during a scan, and never gets clear through a scan) I posted a separate question on the software category area, but have not gotten an answer.
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20-Dec-2009, 03:39 PM #8
I'd download and run both of these. Be sure to update them first:
Malwarebytes
SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition

One thought comes to mind. There used to be some AM Radio antennas within 2 miles of the house. We started hearing the radio station over the telephone. Turns out it was a bad connection that was acting like the diode in a crystal radio and demodulating the Radio signal. It's slightly possible that a bad solder joint in the wireless adapter could do the same. I wouldn't expect it to be a problem in the wireless router.
Just for grins, might try turning off the wireless router and leave the card enabled, see if you still get the music. Not too probable, but easy enough to check.
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