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

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

  1. jon08 macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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

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    Probably new mail.

    Perhaps spam mail is also considered new mail.
     
  4. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Happens to me a lot when using trackpad expose with no windows open.
     
  5. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    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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