There are several ways to disable usually noisy PC speaker in Ubuntu Linux (this is what beeps every time you wish to keep silent). The fastest one is just to unload its kernel module/driver:

sudo modprobe -r pcspkr

Add the the line “blacklist pcspkr” to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist to turn off the speaker forever :)

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18 Comments

 

  1. March 18, 2009  2:06 am by AllXboxGames Reply

    this is one of the best tips I have read anywhere

  2. March 18, 2009  7:47 am by ryanhaigh Reply

    I see your <code>sudo modprobe -r pcspkr</code> and raise you <code>sudo rmmod pcspkr</code>



    This module REALLY needs to be blacklisted by default!

  3. March 20, 2009  9:45 am by awerxx Reply

    What, in case where hardware problem occurs? To diagnose a problem we using beep sequence depending on BIOS. Those disabled speaker not supporting such a diagnose?

  4. March 25, 2009  5:36 am by ryanhaigh Reply

    @awerxx

    The beeps that you would use to diagnose a problem ussually occur at startup which is independent of the os.

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  6. April 11, 2009  6:47 am by Cody Reply

    Very useful tip. I have always hated how the PC speaker beeps when I do something simple, like hitting backspace one too many times in the terminal. This helps out a lot.

  7. May 1, 2009  11:25 am by max payne Reply

    Thanks so much, I hate the guts of the PC speaker, wakes up the neighbourhood.

  8. May 1, 2009  12:43 pm by zdaddy Reply

    Awesome tip, this is one of the first things I do now on a new install.
    Newbies might get thrown off by the missing .conf. Here's the command line method of opening the blacklist.conf file:
    gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

  9. June 8, 2009  2:29 pm by John Dondapati Reply

    Really cool tip. Thanks a bunch!

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  14. May 12, 2012  9:59 pm by Georgi Georgiev Reply

    Great tip! Really helpful to disable on Desktop Linux installs

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