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Can play mp3s but can't get a beep
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PostPosted: Sat 03 Oct 2009, 14:31    Post_subject:  Can play mp3s but can't get a beep  

As weird as this sounds I can play music with Aqualung (for example) but can't get a simple "beep" program to beep my speaker. It worked shortly after I got the system reloaded (4.30) on my old M700 Laptop. How can one work and the other not?! Totally confused at this point and hoping for someone smarter to point me to the right answer.
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PostPosted: Sat 03 Oct 2009, 14:56    Post_subject:  

Beeping is different from music. Music uses the normal speakers. Beeps use the buzzer on the motherboard. In Linux, that has its own driver. You can load it like this:
modprobe pcspkr

That command won't give you any output it it works. It only outputs stuff if it fails.

If this restores your beep, you can make it permanent by adding that line to the /etc/rc.d/rc.local file (just open it in a text editor and add the command to the bottom).

EDIT: Oh, I didn't realize you were the same person who asked this here.

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