The beep is loud (I've fallen off the chair quite a few times because of it), useless (well... sort of), annoying and just plain unnecessary. So, I finally decided to get rid of it. Of course, like any other linux newbie I decided to do a quick search on the interweb to find out how to fix the problem.
The first article I came across, from the how to geek, was a bit useless because it was for Ubuntu Edgy! Since I'm using the 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) version of the operating system, there is no 'System Beep' tab when I go to System > Preferences > Sound! But then I found another article from arsgeek that helped me handle the problem. Except, the instructions on arsgeek could have been a little better... so I'm publishing what I did on my blog.
First, I pressed Alt + F2, which brought up the run application command, and typed in the command as stated on arsgeek with a sudo in the front. Like so:
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
And checked the box beside 'Run in terminal' and clicked Run.
Then, I typed in my password when Terminal asked me to type it... and Gedit open with the blacklist file.
I copied and pasted the entry:
#silly speaker beep
at the bottom of the file, and saved the file > Closed Gedit. Finally, on the terminal window that was still open I typed in (I could have of course restarted my system... but I didn't want to waste the 20 seconds):
sudo rmmod pcspkr
And that was the end of the annoying speaker beep problem, in Linux!
More on my experiences with Linux later!
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