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Old 03-13-2014, 01:35 PM   #1
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How to make a Beep control in alsamixer?


I am using Debian Squeeze, and I am trying to make a beep using my shell and the following command:

printf '\a'
No beep is heard, though I have a speaker and headphone on my computer.

I have found some suggested solutions on the Net as to how to make the beep. One of them reads as follows:

Steps to fix:
1) Open a command terminal (Applications->Accessories->Terminal)
2) Type "alsamixer" at the command line and press enter.
3) Use the left and right arrow keys to move across to the "Beep" control.
4) Press the 'm' key to unmute it. The box should change from 'MM' to '00'
5) Press the up and down arrow keys to select the volume for the beep.
6) Press escape to exit alsamixer, and enjoy.

There are many solutions on the Internet that suggest the same thing: unmute the Beep slider on the alsamixer. But there is no Beep control in my alsamixer.

When I press F3, or F5, different sets of sliders appear, but non contain Beep.

So, my question is: How can I make a Beep slider appear on my alsamixer?

Thanks in advance for any hint!
Old 03-14-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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If you search a bit, you find that there are no guarantees that this works for all cases, in fact a lot more cases show that it doesn't work. There's one on stack overflow here stating that certain Linux distros don't work.

I tried to find my old code or search, but was unsuccessful for either alsactl or amixer, there was a bunch of settings I used to use on an embedded system to guarantee that sound was unmuted and volumes were set to maximum for all output interfaces; because the audio the hardware team chose was not the usual path and I used a sledge hammer approach to force all platforms to uniformly be all on.

It was like:
amixer set <pathway> volume <100 or max>
amixer set <pathway> mute off
And the pathways were what I saw when I got the properties. There were things like "master-volume" "rear-speaker".

Sorry it's been a while and I can't locate the script which did that and so only going by memory. I figured a web search would've worked, but not too much, here were a couple that I located: LinuxQuestions.Org Question, and Question.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:11 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply.
The post is helpful. Noting that some other fellows had to go to extremes to sound the bell, now I realize that sounding the bell might not be a trivial matter for all systems.


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