Finally got rid of the system beep

22 November 2008   2 comments   Linux

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I have a Thinkpad T60p which is working really well for me. On it I've run various flavors of Ubuntu and as of a couple of weeks ago I put on Ubuntu 8.10 which has been working very well too except that I didn't get any options in the Preferences menu to switch off the damn loud system beep. The beep comes through the speakers and at a much much louder volume than any other sound or music.

I tried changing thins in BIOS and I tried installing various packages hoping one of them will give me the options. Finally I've found out how to disable it:

$ sudo modprobe -r pcspkr

This tip page showed me how to put it into /etc so it's applied all the time. Thanks Andy!


I had this problem too with 8.10 on a desktop machine. I finally found the option under System > Preferences > Sound > Sounds. The options there seem a little less than intuitive to me. In my case I want a visual alert instead of a beep, so "Play alerts and sound effects" must be on but "Play alert sound" must be off.
I used to put this line on my .bashrc

# shut up!
xset b 0

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