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Old 03-25-2011, 05:03 AM   #1
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Thunderbird - incoming mail signal duration

Intro (trying to be as succinct as possible):
I'm trying to set up my Thunderbird 3.1.8 (running on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) to play a .wav file of my choice when new mail arrives. The file I've chosen is 8,8 KB in size and lasts 3 seconds. I've selected the "Play a sound" + "Use the following sound file" options in my Preferences, but only the first second (if that) of the sound gets played - both when I click the "Play" button in the Preferences menu to test it, as well as when receiving mail. Restarting the program with my new settings doesn't help.
Actual question(s):
- Is there a limit on the size/duration of the sound one can use for such a signal in this program?
- Is there any way to modify this limit?

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.
Old 03-25-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
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Have you tried editing the wav file and lowering the bit rate to decrease it, and/or testing another file that is just a bit shorter in time length?
Old 03-26-2011, 09:54 AM   #3
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Thank you very much for your help! Prior to encountering this 'cyber-challenge', as it turns out, I didn't even have a decent sound file editing program on my system, so I installed Audacity (don't know if I'm inducing laughter by referring to it as 'decent', but it worked for me...). Strangely enough, increasing the bit rate - by over 4x - was what did the trick. Have a bug-free day!


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