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Old 10-25-2007, 01:00 AM   #1
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Turn off the annoying bell (pc speaker) in debian etch

The PC speaker 'bell' sound is incredibly annoying. Every time you use the tab-completion or do something vi doesn't like the darn thing beeps at you.

Well this is how I turned it off in debian etch.

Edit /etc/inputrc
vim /etc/inputrc
Remove comment-
set bell-style none
or change to:
set bell-style visible
Visible flashes the screen instead of making a sound. I find it MUCH less annoying and it still serves a purpose.

Then reboot...
should be gone.

I believe there are other ways - ways in which you configure your own kernel? I think there may be other files deeper in the system you can edit also.

Feedback appreciated.

Last edited by checkmate3001; 10-25-2007 at 01:03 AM. Reason: changed title for possibly better search rating (turned -> turn) (removed quotes around bell).
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:56 AM   #2
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I don't think a "nice" bell is annoying, one with a decent sound. But the speaker-bell comes from h... Luckily turning that off is as easy as setting the PCM muted in your favourite mixer app, and saving changes. Of course this affects other speaker sounds than that, but I don't need it so it's all the same for me..

Nice story anyway, I might find it useful one day. Thanks.
Old 01-08-2008, 08:50 PM   #3
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Or, you can simpy remove the pcspkr module.

rmmod pcspkr
nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
blacklist pcspkr
Your speaker has now been silenced.
Old 01-11-2008, 10:12 PM   #4
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i always use "xset b off" to turn off the annoying bell. works nice and immediately takes effect.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:40 AM   #5
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I found it quite useful, edited inputrc and then did xset b off
worked like a charm !

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