Disabling PC SPKR in Dapper?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au
Mon Nov 13 15:54:31 UTC 2006

On Mon, 13 Nov 2006 10:31:47 -0500
"Ed Smits" <ed.smits at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have a problem with my PC speaker in Dapper - even though I haven't
> enabled any system sounds in Sound Preferences I still seem to get the
> annoying beeps etc. This is especially annoying in the XP VMWare guest
> session - and that's set to not have any audio device and no Windows
> system sounds.
> Is there anything I can do to kill it completely? I seem to remember a
> blacklist or something in modeprob.conf or something when I used to
> run FC5, can't find the equivalent in ubuntu.
> Thanks. Not a big problem, just annoying.

This doesn't disable the speaker permanently - but while in X ( GNOME,
KDE, window manager) you can type this in a terminal to disable the
system beep:

xset b off

In a tty / virtual terminal ( ctrl-alt- F1 to F6) you can type

setterm -blength 0

If you use gnome-terminal you can also set the "Terminal Bell" to off by
un-ticking/un-checking it in the profile general preferences.

To disable the system beep in GNOME, go to System - Preferences - Sound
and under the "System Beep" tab un-check the "Enable System Beep" box.

Whether any of this helps with vmware, I don't know ...


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