Disable System Bell
Posted on 2006-05-31
For several weeks now, I've been trying to kill the system bell on my laptop. I'm a university student, and I like to mess around on my laptop during boring lectures.
All was fine until one day, during a particularly fruitless maths lecture, when I had just finished encrypting a letter using Cygwin and GPG. I wanted to make sure I had encrypted the correct file, so I issued the harmless (or so I thought) command: cat <filename>. As luck would have it, I had accidently passed it the newly encrypted file, rather than the plain text letter.
The cursor hung for a split second, and then my system bell went off into a loop, shattering the near silence of the large lecture theatre. And the worst part? The lecturer thought I did it on purpose, and shouted at me (thru a microphone) in front of 200 odd people.
Needless to say, I would rather that didn't happen again.
I have a dual boot system (linux/windows), and have figured out how to disable it in linux. Unfortunately, disabling it in windows has (so far) proven to be close to impossible. I would be extremely grateful to anyone who could tell me how to do this.