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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:42 am    Post subject: How do I turn it (beeping) OFF (or even down)? Reply with quote

I have a Dell laptop where the system beep is unbelievably loud.

A few situations:

Machine on before booting gentoo - all is peacefully quiet.

Machine booted, but before logging into console, volume keys (up, down, mute) emit a loud, low frequency beep.

After logging in (bash), volume keys beep at a higher frequency (just as loud, though), and "errors" such as hitting backspace on an empty line, also produce the loud, high frequency beep.

After logging in (X), everything is blissfully quiet again.

I found (and even read) this:

http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Visual-Bell-8.html

But "set bell-style none" does NOT make a difference. There must be some way to control this (at the console).
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I'm not mistaken, you can disable it in the kernel.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sound drivers seem to remember the last sound setting across reboots, so I've generally found
sound levels to be a balance between the hardware setting (some sort of button on the keyboard)
and the sound drivers setting (the GUI volume control).

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In X, you can use xset to turn it off or to turn down the volume. Look at the option b of xset.

In general, you can simply unload the pcspkr module or remove it from your kernel. In recent hardware alsa might also control the beeps in which case you will have a separate channel in alsamixer which can be muted to turn off beeps.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always do the following.

Device Drivers --->
Input device support --->
[*] Miscellaneous devices --->
< > PC Speaker support
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Kernel & Hardware to Duplicate Threads, please see this FAQ: UN10: Disabling the system bell / beep
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