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    Turning off system beeps

    I got a Compaq Deskpro pIII computer from work and have managed to get linux to run almost smoothly (have some minor glitches), but I can't figure out how to turn off the damn system beeps. The beeps come from if I'm in terminal and hold delete and it has deleted everything it starts beeping. When I use gkrellm to check my mail, it beeps once thunderbird is open. Why, I don't know. I've search the bios but haven't found anything that looked useful. I'm not sure whether it can be turned off from the OS or the BIOS. I don't have the manual for the machine and I'm not even completely posative on the type.

    OS: Ubuntu 5.1
    Compaq Deskpro
    PIII 733
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    Originally came with Win2000 installed.

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    The beeps you're talking about can be turned off in the BIOS of your system. Look voor "Beeps error" or "Halt on" and set this to none/off. Hope this will help.

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    Well it will depend on the distribution, but for me (Ubuntu/Gnome) it's System->Preferences->Sound, and then there's a 'System Bell' tab, and a checkbox to enable/disable the beeping you describe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masterslave
    The beeps you're talking about can be turned off in the BIOS of your system. Look voor "Beeps error" or "Halt on" and set this to none/off. Hope this will help.
    I can't find anything in the BIOS resembling beeps or halt on or error or anything causing this.
    I've scrapped Ubunutu. I prefer vanilla Debian over Ubuntu. But I'll check for that under Debian once I get it installed.

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    Some people would call this a stupid idea, but it would work. Unplug the PC case speaker from its header on the motherboard. Solves the problem but then your POST beep won't be heard.

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    If you can't find it, you can dissconnect the wire from the BIOS speaker....

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    Once you disconnect the speaker then when your graphics card fails the computer will have no way to tell you what is wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall
    Once you disconnect the speaker then when your graphics card fails the computer will have no way to tell you what is wrong.
    Same with RAM etc...
    Meh, I hate it when I really wanna say something but I just can't remember what the hell it was....

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    Hmm, I'll have to look into it. Is it just a simple connector or is it soldiered to the motherboard ussually? I got tired of Ubuntus custom packages and it complained when I installed other packages, mainly gaim and firefox. So I'm trying vanilla Debian now and hoping to have better luck. I'll try as soon as it stops downloading stuff.

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    Well usually it's a 4 holed connection that plugs straight into the speaker header on the motherboard. Usually one wire is red (positive) and one is black (negative.) You just unplug it if you don't want it to sound.

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