Subject: Re: beeps replaced by static?
To: Quentin Garnier <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/11/2005 10:58:09
In message <>, Quentin Garnier writes:

>> >
>> >On Sun, Apr 10, 2005 at 07:57:55PM -0400, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
>> >> I recently upgraded my laptop from a 20 February kernel to a 5 April=
>> >> version.  I no longer hear beeps when I do, say, "echo ^G"; instead, I=
>> >> hear a brief burst of static.  But sound card support is working; I ca=
>> >=3D20
>> >> play mp3s with no problem. =3D20
>> >
>> >Quoting UPDATING:
>> >
>> >20050325:
>> >        pcppi(4) was separated in two devices, adding attimer(4).  Be su=
>> >        to add a config line for an attimer(4) device in your kernel
>> >        configuration, or you won't be able to set the pitch of the beep
>> >        with wsconsctl.  Also, it is advised to attach both devices the
>> >        same way (i.e., both on isa or both on acpi) or the pcppi(4) dev=
>> >        may fail to find the attimer(4) one.
>> >
>> I saw that and ignored it, since I'm not trying to set the pitch.  I'll=
>> give it a try.
>Well, without a attimer(4) device, you get the default pitch.  On my
>station, it is a usual value, but I guess on a laptop using the sound
>card as a speaker, it can be different...

Indeed it was -- the fix solved the problem.  It might pay to update 

		--Prof. Steven M. Bellovin,