Why does OS X produce occasional "Funk" built-in sounds?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jon08, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. jon08 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2008
    This was already occurring in Leopard and now in SL as well - occasionally, sometimes even more than that, the "Funk" built-in sound comes out of nowhere - at times even several times in a row. Why?

    For those who don't know what I'm talking about: it's the sound you hear when you for example get disconnected from iChat or MSN, etc. You can listen to it if you go to System Preferences\Sound\Sound Effects.

    Why does it sometimes occur out of the blue, even with no apps running?
  2. skottichan macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    I've not experienced it with nothing running. I've narrowed it down to when it's just Mail running. I too would like to find out why.
  3. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Probably new mail.

    Perhaps spam mail is also considered new mail.
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Happens to me a lot when using trackpad expose with no windows open.
  5. wackymacky macrumors 68000


    Sep 20, 2007
    38°39′20″N 27°13′10″W
    It's a sound as that the system generates when it is trying to get your attention.

    Possibly there is a background process triggering the alert, but noting being displayed on the GUI?

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