Macbook receiving AM radio via display port connector

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by boxgamex, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. boxgamex macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2008
    A few weeks ago, I discovered that when my Mini Displayport to VGA connector was plugged in, I heard a buzz through my speakers. It didnt bother me that much, so I just dealt with it. However, today I was plugging my external speakers in, and when the connector was about half way in.. I started to hear audio that I knew wasnt on my computer. Turns out it was commentary on a college basketball game. I started to listen some more, and discovered that it was 1530am. Seeing as I use just a standard set of 5.1 computer speakers... I found this to be extremely odd, so I figured id share this with everyone. Any ideas why this may happen?
  2. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    I know my PowerBook has never done that. Or my iBook.
  3. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Wow AM Radio with a Mac.

    Does Apple know how long people have waited for this utility on their iPods/iPhones?

    How come it is so dang hard to get an AM radio app or device?

    I know of about twenty people right off the bat who would buy an iPod for local football sports coverage if Apple would figure this out.

    Anyway that is a weird but interesting issue. Obviously something is being used as an antenna with your set up.
  4. eelmac macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2009
    it actually sounds pretty awesome :D free radio!
  5. nemacman macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2009
    Last time I checked all AM radio was free.
  6. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    You can buy video cables that have ferrite beads (or buy the beads and DIY) that can eliminate RFI/EMI.
  7. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2009
    You'll hear stories like this every now and then. Happened to me when I lived in the dorms in college and plugged headphones into my speakers...except I got 88.1 FM!

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