Newbie Help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sobxals, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. sobxals macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Hi all, new to forum...looks great.
    2 quick questions, as I am very new to Mac.
    MacBook Pro OS X vers 10.4.8 with all the bells and whistles I guess :)
    Connected wirelessly with Airport Express to cable modem.
    It seems every 30 seconds or so I get a subtle sound (funk maybe?) Not sure what it is but it's driving me crazy. I've tried changing sounds under system preferences but it's still there. Almost sounds like an email notification but I'm not getting any email. Thoughts?

    Also, what do the the little black triangles mean under my apps at the bottom of screen mean?

    Scott..There goes that noise again...UGH!!!
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    The black triangle means that the application is open. Generally you want to close applications that are not in use in order to free up system resources for apps you are using. Note that just closing an application's window by clicking the red button in the upper left corner of the window doesn't close the entire application most of the time. In order to quit the entire app, you must do so by hitting Command-Q or choosing the quit item from the app's menu.

    I'm not sure what the noise you're hearing is...I'll think on it for a few minutes though.
  3. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    You wouldn't have Pop Up Block selected in any browser you're using? Some have a sound when blocking pop ups. (Netscape)

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  4. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    Could it be that you are moving the mouse to a hot-spot on the screen which activates Expose? I get that little sound if I have no windows open and I go up to the Apple in the top left, overshoot and hit the hot spot I've setup. Go to System Prefernces, Dashboard and Expose and check your settings. Maybe....
  5. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    Are you sure this is a system sound? Seems odd if you've changed the default warning sound in System Prefs but you still get the same sound.

    What happens if you mute your speakers?
  6. sobxals thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Now that you guys mention it, I wonder if it's a pop up blocker sound. Any ideas how to disable the sound when pop up blocker is enabled?
    I don't run any other anti virus software.......

    I'll see if it happens when I'm not on the net....

    Thanks for all the help!
  7. obrien234 macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2005
    Brighton, MI
    what web browser are you running?

    I don't think Safari even has an option to make a sound...
  8. sobxals thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Figured it out! Thanks to all......
    Determined it was the send/receive notification in Entourage. Didn't realize all this till you guys mentioned the black triangles, meaning I was not closing out entourage completely. I was just closing with the red button.
    Successfully disabled the alert sound under Entourage preferences!

    Thanks so much....I'm sure I'll have another question by the end of the week!

  9. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    yea, but they will turn it on again, and then you will have yet another mystery to solve :D

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