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In the last two days, my system has begun to chime on the 1's and the 6's (every five minutes) at 01, 06, 11, 16, 21, 26 etc continuously.

Is there a tool to monitor the system and report what process is making this chime?  I have tried FileMon.exe and ProcExplorer (sysinternals tools)
Perhaps a tools that specifically can monitor this sending of data to the sound card ?

thanks
-j-
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Methinks this may be a case of trial and error approach... :)

Click Start->Run->MSConfig <Enter>
From the Startup tab, deselect everything - reboot, then beginning adding options back in (you can exclude items you're familiar with that you 'know' aren't causing the problem...).

Presumably it's the normal "Windows" chime?
Of course, the mute button always works too (tee hee)
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I have tried to redact services and TSRs with hijackthis,... the only things left are those that seem to belong there...
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Hmm - what kind of apps do you have running?  Does it happen in safe mode as well?
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jadedata,

The time period and the chime make me think it may be email notification.  Take a look at the Notification Area (by the clock on the bottom right).  Click on the chevrons (<<) to see all of the items listed.  In most cases the program will also have some presense there as well.  Look to see if you have a new mail notice.  It may be something else but that is a common one.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt
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sirbounty: safe mode... will check...


b0lsc0tt:  not email.  turned off all programs and even started removing autostarts in the config... still a dainty chime sounds on the five minute marks

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I'd be impressed if you were getting a new mail message precisely every 5 minutes...
Is it the normal Windows chime sound?

Open a command prompt - see if you have any characters repeating (like maybe a key is stuck).

Does it start only after you open a certain app, or is it right from the start when windows has loaded?
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This just start today?  Or have you been living with it a few days? : )
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it also happens in safe mode... and would happen under any circumstance including

when the computer is turned off.....






it's the freekin' missed call chime for my wife's new trakfone that she plugged into my surge suppressor to recharge it...


i'm in the process of drafting a new rule for the use of my office equipment.

-j-
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that was a fun two hour adventure!
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Er, we'll let this be our little secret...heh heh heh...
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you other highly paid and over trained technicians,.....

Beware!  This could happen to you also!
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Whatever helps you sleep at night champ... ;o)
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