Strange "Boing Boing.....Boing!" Sound on MacBook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Toonfly, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    I hope someone can help.

    Ever since I got my MacBook it does a "Boing-Boing......Boing" sound-effect every now and again and I have no idea what it is. None of my dock icons bounce, it's not new email messages......I just don't have a clue.

    If anyone can shed any light on it, I'd really appreciate it.

  2. macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2008

    Huh? Do you press some keyboard keys when it sounds?
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    Nope, I'm not even touching the computer half the time. I'm pretty good with computers but this one is really stumping me.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2008
    How often it appears? Try creating another account and see if its ok. Then at least you can pinpoint it to a software. Its some program you have running on the background...
    Are you sure its not a program you have running, like skype, instant messenger and so on?
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    I do have skype & ichat running but there's never anything new on them or any other program (ie no new messages, missed calls or anything, anywhere) that I can see.

    I was kinda hoping that the (admittedly bad) description of the noise might ring a bell with someone. It's like something "bouncing" or someone on a pogo stick (ish).
  6. macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    Check your clock settings. You can have a sound for 15, 30 and 60 minute intervals if I remember correctly so you could be hearing that. Kind of like a church bell ringing every hour.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    Nope, that's not it. Those settings not switched on. The noise is def not like church bells.

    "boing boing" (straight after each other)
    then small pause
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2007
    I think I have the answer....

    Do you use Firefox?

    If so, do you have the FEBE Extensions Backup Add-on installed?

    I HAD been looking to the answer to this issue myself and have just found it - I am replying to this thread after reading it myself a couple of weeks ago in my hunt for the issue.

    My FEBE Backup Add-on makes the noise moments before the backup is due to start.

    The FEBE backup "icon" can be found right a the very bottom left of your Firefox window - it looks like a small analogue clock - click on it when the noise starts and hey presto, it stops the backup and the noise also stops!

    You can turn the sound(s) off in the FEBE Preferences, within the Options Tab. You can also reproduce the noise to prove it's the one you thought it was - as I have just done :)

    Hope this helps!

  9. macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2002
    FOUND the problem. There was an "alert" setting in Entourage that made the noise to announce there was NO mail. How helpful is that?

    Anyway, I turned it off - "boing" gone....

    Just curious, do you use Entourage? Found this bit on the Apple discussion boards.
  10. macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2008
    Downey, CA
    is the sound coming from the speakers? meaning are the speakers producing the sound or is it coming from inside the computer as if an internal component were acting up?
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2008
    The sound is coming from the speakers. Intuition would say that it's a program causing it but I have no idea which one. No dock icons bounce and there seems no good reason whatsoever for the noise.

  12. macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    I have a similar Problem, and I've yet to pinpoint it's origin or cause.

    No boing sound, but it is a sound, and it repeats at almost random intervals. I will have to write down the approximate time I hear them, and see if there is any pattern arising.

    Now for the explination of the sound...

    You know when you have a pop up window that either says "OK" or both "OK" & "Cancel" -- and when you try to click anywhere outside the window without choosing an option, it will pop back up infront and make -- the sound?

    Also, if you try to CMD+C something with nothing selected, it will make -- the sound.

    Well I don't even touch the computer and it seems to make -- the sound at random intervals. I'm not entirely sure if it is random, but I will run a small investigation to see.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2009
    Bristol (UK)
    Thank so much for telling me about this!:)

    I have been driven batty by the boing boings for 18months!:mad:
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010
    My Culprit: Skype

    In case someone else stumbles across this thread: my "random" boing noise was caused by Skype: Preferences -> Notifications -> Event: Contact Becomes Available. Since that can happen anytime you're signed in, and there's no "obvious" message/event, it's hard to pin down.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2010
    Thanks! Have finally pinned down what has been bing boinging at me almost as long as I've had my Macbook!
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2013
    Thanl You!

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! i bet you didnt expect an answer years later but it helped! it was driving me crazy!

    Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you !!!
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2013
    THANK YOU!!! there are so many people asking this question on the net and this is the only thread with the answer

    thank you sooo much :D
  18. macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2013
    Annoying "boing" and "chit" sounds

    Thanks to all your posts, I was finally able to track down where these annoying alerts were coming from... it was in the mail notification for Outlook. Thank you all.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2013
    that was my case too, THANK YOU GOOD MAN!!! The sound really drove my creasy, thank you!
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2014
    Thank you! I specifically signed up to thank you!

    That blob bloob ... blib was about to cost me my remaining sanity.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2015
    thank you!! after 5 years, this solution still works! it was driving me crazy, and it is pretty disturbing during class.!!

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