It is 2009 and I am still hearing my pc speaker

Scott Ritchie scott at
Thu Mar 19 18:26:56 GMT 2009

Mike Rooney wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 12:55 AM, Scott Ritchie <scott at> wrote:
>> I wanted to bring this to the attention of the mailing list, as it's
>> been a pet annoyance of mine for 10 months now with a relatively simple
>> workaround.  Simply put, my laptop will emit a very harsh screech
>> powered by the PC Speaker, and Ubuntu is to blame.  There are two bugs:
>> A harsh beep during normal use whenever the "alert sound" is supposed to
>> trigger:
>> A harsh beep on shutdown:
>> Something is clearly wrong.  It was bad enough that this was a problem
>> in Intrepid, but it's still happening in Jaunty as well.
>> There was talk earlier of blacklisting the pcspkr module by default.  If
>> we can't solve these two bugs then that seems like a fine workaround.
>> The best solution, of course, is to actually solve the bugs - I'd like
>> to actually hear that friendly Gnome alert beep instead of the harsh
>> system beep I'm getting.
>> Regardless, if this doesn't get fixed then you can bet we'll see
>> reviewers complaining about Ubuntu using the very words I did in the
>> subject of my email.
> I had this problem in early Jaunty alphas as well, although it seems
> to have fixed itself after a fresh install of Alpha 5. Have you tried
> this Scott? It may mean that the issue is solved for at least some
> cases in the final release. Either way I agree it is quite disturbing;
> everyone in my office also found it annoying for a bit until I gave up
> and went back to Intrepid until A5.

This is after a fresh install of Alpha 6 (albeit with my old home 
directory).  It might be somewhat hardware specific then.

Scott Ritchie

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