SEARCH

How-To Geek

Disable the System Beep on Ubuntu Edgy

I dislike the system beep on any computer, anywhere, anytime. Here’s how to turn it off in Ubuntu.

 

Go to System \ Preferences \ Sound and click the System Beep tab. 

Uncheck the box, and hit close. Easy as that!

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/24/06

Comments (14)

  1. mrli

    I think this only disables the annoying beep within Gnome, but how can I also disable it in all(Ctrl+Alt+F1(~6)) terminals altogether ?

  2. davg

    yeah, that’s what I want to know

  3. The Geek

    @arsgeek

    Good article.

  4. ADC

    Thank YOU! It was driving me crazy..

  5. pasted from somewhere else

    sudo rmmod pcspkr

    The place to blacklist modules is /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, so open and edit this file and add at the end of the file:

    blacklist pcspkr

    That’s it, no more beep beep beeep going around.

    Hope this will help handle your virtual console in a greater way ;)

  6. Colin

    I think this only disables the annoying beep within Gnome, but how can I also disable it in all(Ctrl+Alt+F1(~6)) terminals altogether ?

    Add “setterm -bfreq 0″ to your ~/.profile or /etc/profile.

  7. asdf

    sudo rmmod pcspkr
    blacklist pcspkr

    \o/

  8. Owen

    mrli – best to leave it enabled outside Gnome, unfortunately, as particular combinations of system beeps can actually be trying to tell you what the problem is when your computer is *seriously* broken.

  9. NeptuneRX

    Thanks for this post, that blasted beep has caused more problems for me then I have time to tell.

  10. Simon Shine

    As “asdf” points out, to properly disable the pc speaker throughout the system in Ubuntu:

    Edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist and add a line, “blacklist pcspkr”

    Going “sudo rmmod pcspkr” after every boot is bothersome.

  11. stopka2top

    It`s work on Debian Lenny 5.0
    modprobe -l |grep pcsp
    lsmod | grep pcsp
    Add in file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist founded variables
    for examlpe
    blacklist pcspkr
    blacklist snd_pcsp

  12. haile

    damn that was great. i hate beeping sound

  13. zigzag

    Colin’s suggestion with …
    “Add “setterm -bfreq 0″ to your ~/.profile or /etc/profile.”

    Works best! Works on most linux distros (that i’ve tried).

  14. Tarot

    Buen blog, buen post, documentado y bien escrito, un gusto leerlo. Ademàs con informaciòn

    muy ùtil. Gracias.

Get Free Articles in Your Inbox!

Join 134,000 newsletter readers

Email:

Go check your email!