System bell not working under Mandrake 10.1

Posted on 2005-04-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I have just upgraded from Mandrake 9.0 to Mandrake 10.1 and the system bell (the beep on the internal speaker)
has stopped working.

If I go to the Sound/System Bell menu in "Configure your desktop" (KDE control centre) I can select
"Use system bell instead of system notification" and set volume, pitch and duration, but the Test button
produces no result.

I have added the line "set bell-style audible" to /etc/inputrc

Operating System: Other (Mandrake 10.1)
Computer Make: Dell (Optiplex GX260)

Question by:martin
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    Expert Comment

    Run kmix or kmixctrl (this depends of what you use)
    And slide up PCM bar 'cause it is on the minimum by default.
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    Author Comment

    marxy said:
    > slide up PCM bar 'cause it is on the minimum by default.

    I have already done this.

    I should have mentioned that the rest of the sound system
    is working normally, eg xmms can play sound files
    and "Turn on all sounds" in System Notifications in
    the KDE control centre produces lots of sounds.

    It is the beep from the internal speaker which is not working.

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    Accepted Solution

    A bit of typpo.
    Look at PC Speaker slide bar (not PCM).

    And be sure you load pcspeaker module
    modprobe pcspkr

    And add it to /etc/modules.conf or /etc/modprobe.conf (depends of distro)
    alias pcspk0 pcspkr
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    Author Comment


    modprobe pcspkr

    does the trick!
    Now I know the magic word (pcspkr) I found a redhat bug report
    on this issue:
    Looks like it will be fixed in the next version.

    By the way, adding

    alias pcspk0 pcspkr

    to /etc/modprobe.conf didn't work, so I just added:

    /sbin/modprobe pcspkr

    to /etc/rc.d/rc.local

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