Monday, March 08, 2010

BEEP! Thanks for the Warning, Ubuntu

So I updated one of my servers to Ubuntu 9.10 recently (I like to stay back from the bleeding edge), and it took me a while to realize that somewhere in there — possibly in the recent kernel update — my system beep went away. A little searching showed that a lot of people hate the system beep and were looking ways to turn it off. Fair enough, but apparently Ubuntu thought that it was a good idea to turn off the system beep by default. Bad Ubuntu!

To fix this, I did

modprobe pcspkr

and to make this stick at reboot, I had to un-blacklist the 'pcspkr' module, which I did by removing the

blacklist pcspkr

line in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf.


W said...

I like the change. The system beep on a laptop makes the entire laptop shake.

rantingnerd said...

I have no problem with turning it off (it's louder -- and possibly lower pitched -- than it used to be on my server). I have a problem with it not being clearly noted AHEAD of time, and with a "here's how you revert this change" listing.


W said...

I agree with you in priciple, but not in practice. When experimenting with Linux distros, I usually forget how to turn the beep off in between installs of distributions that beep by default. I hate forgetting the modprobe command and blacklist file. Do not ask me what the default is for Fedora, SUSE, &c.

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