killing the beep

Sitting at my laptop, configuring a Debian test environment in VMware, Helloween in my headphone, i almost got killed by a heart attack when i had my finger on the wrong key, forcing the console to give out a loud, high pitched, screaming beep. This behaviour needs to be changed!

So how can i stop those annoying beeps?

Solution 1:

# modprobe -r pcspkr

This is rigorous, just kill the one who’s disgusting you. No talk, no discussion, no excuse, just take out the gun and kill him.

If you want to never load the module, add the line “blacklist pcspkr” to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist. And if you now really need the beep for reasons i can’t follow, it’s up to you to start it with:

# modprobe pcspkr

Solution 2:

# setterm -blength 50 -bfreq 220

I found this one here. It’s more diplomatic, political correct. The PC-Speaker has a right to live too. The command just lowers the frequency and shortens the sound to 50 milliseconds, so it’s tolerable and saves the health of your ears (and heart). Sadly, you can’t control is the volume.


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