Doorbell-like sound at random

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kreekkrew, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. kreekkrew macrumors newbie

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    Hello Everyone,

    I bought an iMac about a month ago, and it has started making a doorbell-like chime at random intervals (at least, I think they're random). I usually have Firefox and Skype open, but neither of them are causing the problem. I also checked Activity Monitor, but there's nothing out of the ordinary there. Does anyone know what is making the sound?

    --Tyler
     
  2. montycat macrumors 6502

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  3. Air2 macrumors member

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    Please go to System Preferences, Sound and check if the sound you hear is one of the :apple: system sounds. That would help tracking the source. Also, many programs have sounds to tell the user that they concluded long operations (e.g. itunes - copy CD to HD). Please write down which programs are active when you hear the sound - maybe there is a pattern to that.
     
  4. kreekkrew thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I checked iCal, and I don't have any reminders set up.

    The sound isn't on the list in System Preferences -> Sound, so I'm assuming it's something I put on myself. I'll post Activity Monitor screenshots next time I hear it.
     
  5. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    Are you getting an email when the chime goes off?


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  6. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    Connect360? Steam? any chat programs?
     
  7. rodman109110 macrumors 6502

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    I had a similar issue where I made a widget from the Chicago cubs(yes I know, they suck) website and it would start playing video randomly in the background on dashboard.
     
  8. kreekkrew thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It could be Steam. I went to Preferences -> Friends and unchecked everything in Notifications and Sounds.

    As for Connect360 and chat, I almost never run Connect360, and I ruled out Skype & iChat.
     
  9. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    it seems some have stated whenever connect360 connect to the network it makes that sound, but definitely could be something else.

    goto Console logs next time it makes that sound, perhaps it may state something around those times
     
  10. kreekkrew, Jul 17, 2011
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    kreekkrew thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It just made the sound again. I checked the Activity Monitor, and nothing looked unusual. Then, I pulled up the Console, and it looks like some errors between my dorm room network and Firefox are making the noise. Here are the errors:

    Code:
    7/17/11 9:57:04 PM	[0x0-0x13013].org.mozilla.firefox[166]	Sun Jul 17 21:57:04 gara9897.kettering.edu firefox-bin[166] <Error>: kCGErrorIllegalArgument: _CGSFindSharedWindow: WID 473
    
    7/17/11 9:57:04 PM	[0x0-0x13013].org.mozilla.firefox[166]	Sun Jul 17 21:57:04 gara9897.kettering.edu firefox-bin[166] <Error>: kCGErrorIllegalArgument: CGSGetWindowLevel
    
    7/17/11 9:57:04 PM	[0x0-0x13013].org.mozilla.firefox[166]	Sun Jul 17 21:57:04 gara9897.kettering.edu firefox-bin[166] <Error>: kCGErrorIllegalArgument: _CGSFindSharedWindow: WID 473
    
    7/17/11 9:57:04 PM	[0x0-0x13013].org.mozilla.firefox[166]	Sun Jul 17 21:57:04 gara9897.kettering.edu firefox-bin[166] <Error>: kCGErrorIllegalArgument: CGSGetWindowAlpha
    
    7/17/11 9:57:04 PM	[0x0-0x13013].org.mozilla.firefox[166]	Sun Jul 17 21:57:04 gara9897.kettering.edu firefox-bin[166] <Error>: kCGErrorIllegalArgument: CGSGetScreenRectForWindow
    EDIT: I was wrong. I realized that in the Connect360 settings, the "Play a sound when an Xbox 360 is discovered" box was checked. I unchecked the box, and the noise stopped! :D
     

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