Beeping every 10 minutes?

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  1. LastLine macrumors 65816

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    Every ten minutes my G5 iMac beeps twice 'beep beep' 48 minutes, 58 minutes, 08 minutes etc. I can't place what might be causing this. Anyone got any ideas? I could reboot and hope the process finishes but I'd rather figure it out first :)
     
  2. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    Some kind of alarm from iCal? I don't use it, so I don't know how it works. A widget perhaps?
     
  3. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    In the Date and Time panel, is it set to do that?

    Edit: nevermind, looks like that was an OS 9 thing ;)
     
  4. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Nothing obvious in data and time.

    No iCal open.

    No new widgets but if it keeps up I may try disabling soome just to see.
     
  5. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    iCal doesn't need to be open to run alarms and such. :)

    I would suggest opening iCal and looking under today's date to see if anything is there.

    Does adjusting the volume affect the volume of the beep?
     
  6. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Nothing on today. Will advise on volume in 4 minutes time.
     
  7. wasimyaqoob macrumors 6502a

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    I think you need to enter the CODE

    4 8 15 16 23 42

    and press "Execute"

    Lost fans will know :)
     
  8. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    what exactly does that do?

    wait, is that something to do with the tv show "lost"?
     
  9. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok just rebooted and getting the same thing at the same timings, 9, 18, 28, 38, 48, 58....grr... Let's see if installing that security update waiting fixes it.
     
  10. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    security update wouldn't do anything

    Good luck!

    Look in activity monitor to see if any "helpers" are running.

    Also, do you have a rev A, B, or C (iSight) iMac? May have something to do with it (though i doubt it)
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Do the logs say anything about it?
    Is it a loud beep (from a speaker) or is it a soft beep from somewhere deep inside?
    Does it happen if you log in as another user (create one)?
     
  12. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's an iSight.

    But the security update did stop it. Whether it just reset a setting or something I don't know, but after installing the beeping's stopped. I'll say that much.
     
  13. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok, sorry to bump but the beepings back so let's see if anyone's got any fresh ideas how to solve it.
     
  14. localghost macrumors regular

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    This is a little paranoid, but - has anybody else had physical access to the machine?
    I'm asking because some keylogger is beeping if you don't pay/register, and it doesn't show up in the dock.
    if you are lucky there is a short spike in the activity monitor (cpu) with every peep, would help you narrow down possible applications/processes.
     
  15. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Nah I'm the only mac user in the house, the others wouldn't know where to start I don't think. I'll check the activity monitor though.
     
  16. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Never got an answer on any of these..
     
  17. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    Are you sure it's not a smoke detector beeping because of low battery? This happened to me with a Carbon Monoxide detector and it drove me crazy because I couldn't pinpoint the source.
     
  18. balamw Moderator

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    LOL. My kids have a toy cell phone that beeps periodically (about every 3 minutes) when left on, drives me nuts trying to find the *&%^)*&# thing in the middle of the night, since it tends to be under the sofa or buried in a pile of other toys.

    Anyhow, have you checked cron? From Terminal "sudo crontab -e" and see if anything is set to go off every 10 minutes...

    B
     
  19. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    lol sorry I thought I had.

    Not sure where to look for logs.

    AS for the sound volume? I seem to be able to change it using volume controls so I dunno what that means. That said that could all be in my head :p
     
  20. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    LOL, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title.
     
  21. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Done and tried :p Safari didn't much respond to it :p
     
  22. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Try it in Terminal... but really, Don't :D
     

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  23. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Any entry in the logs around the time of the beep. Use Console.app if you're not CLI-versed.

    And what about logging in as another user (create one if need be)? This will help determine if the problem is system-wide, or relegated to your normal user.
     
  24. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Will check out the console next time I get the beeps.

    The trouble with the second user is that the beeps aren' *always* there. Which makes that method tricky. But if console shows nothing we'll try that one next.
     

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