GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Keeping the Machine Quiet
As a notebook that is taken around while travelling, and used in public areas (like whilst listening to presentations at conferences) it is not so nice to have the computer making any noise whilst booting or shutting down, or any other time, unexpectedly. It is always annoying hearing MW/Windows booting with its familiar opening signature tune (and I wish those users would find the configuration option to turn the sound off on a boot). The apparently uncontrollable beep emitted by Ganesha on booting (which seems to be around the starting up of hald) was an annoyance!
Trying lots of alternatives and searching, I finally have several places where I quieten things down so that I now have a quiet system, unless I run a music player, but that is purposeful noise!
The first task was to get rid of any beeps from any daemons as they start
up. As best I could tell, there is just one that was emitting an
audible beep during the boot, and it was around the time the following
message appears, but I could not track it down specifically:
Starting Hardware Abstraction Layer: hald
modprobe -r pcspkr
I have also seen a suggestion (081116,
that we just need to edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist to add:
Also, to tell gdm
not to beep on starting up the display
manager, I added the following to the end of
Peace and quiet at last!
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