I have no idea why PCs still come with “PC speakers”. Especially laptops! My Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop has pretty good stereo sound (good enough for watching DVDs), but it’s still got a PC speaker. Of course in Windows it’s turned on by default, and it ain’t quiet.
What’s worse: whenever you use Volume Control to adjust the master volume, it nicely says “roger that” with a loud PC speaker beep. Yuck! Especially when it’s 11:30 at night and the baby’s sleeping right nearby, and you were turning the volume down …
Anyway, I finally did some searching and found a Smallvoid article showing that you can turn it off, but it’s not obvious:
- Load Device Manager (go to Start > Run, and type
- Go to the View menu and turn on “Show hidden devices”.
- Scroll down to “Non-Plug and Play Drivers” and open it.
- Find the “Beep” driver, right-click and select “Disable”.
- Reboot your computer (yep, no kidding).
- Bask in the glories of beep-free computing.
6 October 2007 by Ben 12 comments