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I have the strangest thing happening with my new Powerbook G4. Whenever I use a web browser to load a secure site, the entire time that page is being loaded, I get frequent squeaking noises coming from the computer. I can't tell if it's some kind of electrical noise being picked up and echoed from the speakers, or if its actually a very high-pitched mechanical noise of some kind. My closest comparison would be to have you imagine a squeaky piece of chalk on a chalkboard, except about 3 rooms away and just barely audible, and at a much higher ...

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    Default Powerbook G4 17 "sqeaking" sound during secure web page loads

    I have the strangest thing happening with my new Powerbook G4. Whenever I
    use a web browser to load a secure site, the entire time that page is
    being loaded, I get frequent squeaking noises coming from the computer. I can't
    tell if it's some kind of electrical noise being picked up and echoed from
    the speakers, or if its actually a very high-pitched mechanical noise of
    some kind. My closest comparison would be to have you imagine a squeaky
    piece of chalk on a chalkboard, except about 3 rooms away and just barely
    audible, and at a much higher pitch.

    Is there some kind of special hardware in use to decrypt SSL? I just
    can't imagine what's causing this to only happen during secure
    (https) page loads.

    Anyone else seen this?

    BTW, using Jaguar 10.2.6
    Powerbook G4 17" with 1GB memory
    Safari 1.0 (v85)

    To test this on your own PowerBook, just trying loading the main PayPal
    page (you don't have to fill anything out, or even have an account - it's
    just an example of a secure page on which I hear the noise):

    [url]https://www.paypal.com[/url]

    While the page is being loaded in Safari, listen very closely to your
    Powerbook (on my PB G4 17, the noise seems to come from roughly the
    right-hand side, near to the screen, roughly where the right speaker is).

    Weird.

    PLM
    Patrick Mills Guest

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    Default Re: Powerbook G4 17 "sqeaking" sound during secure web page loads

    In article <pan.2003.08.02.05.23.15.32208ix.netcom.com>, Patrick Mills
    <plmillsix.netcom.com> wrote:
    > Whenever I
    > use a web browser to load a secure site, the entire time that page is
    > being loaded, I get frequent squeaking noises coming from the computer.
    Yes, I've noticed the same thing, though I had not connected it to
    loading a secure site. However, a couple minutes of testing, loading
    large sites and small sites vs secure sites, that does appear to be the
    source of the issue!

    So I can't offer any explanation, just corroboration. I'd really LOVE
    to know what causes this!

    --
    -Thomas

    <http://www.bitjuggler.com/>
    Thomas Reed Guest

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