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Thread: Disabling login drumbeat in Karmic

  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
    Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Disabling login drumbeat in Karmic

    Hello all,

    Just upgraded my eee to Koala and that drumbeat noise on login is back. I had disabled it in Jaunty in system>>administration>>login screen, but my settings weren't carried over during the upgrade and the option to disable the sound is no longer in system>>adminstration>>login screen. I have all alert sounds disabled under system>>sounds. All of the threads I've found relating to the drumbeat are for older versions of Ubuntu. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Off the Alaskan Coast
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Disabling login drumbeat in Karmic

    I think the sound file is: /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/dialog-question.ogg, I don't know where to disable it though..but with this info you should be able to change it at least.

    Edit: This seems to be a known bug with Gnome, try this command to disable the login drumbeat:
    sudo -u gdm dbus-launch gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/sound/event_sounds --type bool false
    Last edited by JBAlaska; November 5th, 2009 at 06:10 PM.
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    Sep 2009

    Re: Disabling login drumbeat in Karmic

    The above command worked for me. I was puzzled why turning off the alert sound events did not work, but this command clarified it.

    Your settings apply only to your user account, but at the time the login screen appears you are not logged in yet, so your settings are not yet loaded.

    What the above command does is turn off the alert sound events for the 'gdm'-user, the virtual user in charge of the login screen. Problem solved!

    It is a terminal way of logging in as the gdm-user, loading up gconf-editor, navigating to the sound settings (/desktop/gnome/sound/) and unticking the 'event_sounds' checkbox.

    Here's the bug report on launchpad:
    Last edited by Konrad Ansehelm; November 17th, 2009 at 01:14 PM.

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