Stop the Beeping!

On my laptop, every time I connect to a wireless network, the Intel software pops up a notification window telling me that I’ve connected, but it is accompanied by a loud BEEP — even though my speaker is muted and I run the “No Sounds” sound scheme.

Turns out that BEEP is a service; but a service that’s hidden from almost all user interfaces.

The easiest way to stop it (temporarily) is to open a command prompt (Click Start, Run and then type CMD and click OK or hit enter) and then type the following:

net stop beep

Easy enough. However, after a reboot, you’ll need to do it again… which is a drag, so let’s use a lesser known command, SC, to handle this for us.

From its help text:

DESCRIPTION:
SC is a command line program used for communicating with the
NT Service Controller and services.

In the command window, type

sc config beep start= disabled

There needs to be a space after the equals sign.

Once you do that, your computer should respond with:

[SC] ChangeServiceConfig SUCCESS

You can also do this using the GUI, but I don’t know why you would want to… it’s a chore.

For an XP system (Win2K and Vista are similarly done). Instructions gacked from Windows IT Magazine:

  1. Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
  2. Expand System Tools and select Device Manager.
  3. From the View menu, select Show hidden devices.
  4. Expand Non-Plug and Play Drivers.
  5. Right-click Beep, and select Properties.
  6. Select the Drivers tab.
  7. Click Stop. You can also change the start-up type to Disabled so the beep service never starts.

Enjoyyour new, quieter, life. 🙂

If you need to turn it back on, use this:

net start beep

On the off-chance you want to turn this back on forever, use the command:

sc config beep start= boot

Or using the GUI instructions, change step 7 to:

7. Click START

To have it restart forever:

7. Change the start-up type to Boot so the beep service starts at boot time.

The Case of the Missing Properties

After installing SP2 for Win2000 Professional, I found that right-clicking on a file no longer brought up the properties for that file.

After trawling around the newsgroups, I found that this is a fairly common problem.

The solution that presented itself and worked for me was to select a few files in a given folder, then right-click and choose properties (which opens the properties window for those files). After doing that, the Properties window came up as expected.

Go figure.

Restoring Property Sheets in Win2K Explorer

After installing SP2 for Win2000 Professional, I found that right-clicking on a file no longer brought up the properties for that file.

After trawling around the newsgroups, I found that this is a fairly common problem.

The solution that presented itself and worked for me was to select a few files in a given folder, then right-click and choose properties (which opens the properties window for those files). After doing that, the Properties window came up as expected.

Go figure.