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[Bug 301174] Re: Use proper sound event instead of system beep


I had sound on a laptop that worked flawlessly (as I experienced) in
intrepid, and upon installing jaunty, this behavior appeared. All of the
solutions I've seen proposed are not fixes for this bug; blacklisting
the pc speaker module, controlling the volume of the pc speaker in a

This bug is the following: I can set an alert sound to be played, I can
pick an mp3 or wav in gnome-control-center, and upon triggering the
alert sound, all I hear is a beep. I assumed that this is some sort of
fall back behavior for when sound isn't installed or configured
properly, especially considering, and here's the kicker, that I get
absolutely no warning or error message from ubuntu upon trying to select
an alert sound. As far as a user is concerned, their audio is working
properly (I could still play music from rhythmbox, for example), but for
a completely unknown reason, the alert sounds just don't play.

There are many duplicates for this bug which propose blacklisting the pc
speaker or other such 'workarounds' or 'fixes' for this bug, none of
which explain or address why my audio works in some applications, but
some part of my system fails to play the alert sound.

If someone wants to point me to the bug where this issue is actually
being addressed, maybe I'm in the wrong place. Every duplicate I can
find, linked to this bug or not, all has the same 'resolution' listed,
involving the pc speaker mixer or blacklisting the module completely,
and to me, that is not a resolution for this issue. I've been attempting
to coral all the users who are experiencing this issue to the same bug
report, so that the developers can pin down why this happens, or at the
very least explain that it's a fallback behavior, and that it can be
caused by any number of issues with the user's installation, which have
to be addressed one by one. Right now we have a default install of the
ubuntu OS that leads users to believe that their audio is working, but
gives them no indication or error message as to why it wont play their
selected shutdown or alert sounds (among others?). To me that sounds
like a bug. As I said before, I'm not even sure this bug has been
assigned to the proper packages or projects. To me it seems highly
unlikely that metacity and compiz suffer from the same exact issue and
have the same exact fall back procedure. I haven't seen a single
definitive response from anyone, developer or not, that explains when
and why ubuntu chooses to play a beep instead of the alert sound defined
in gnome-control-panel.

Use proper sound event instead of system beep
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