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My Windows 7 system makes an intermittent ding sound (like a single chime, or bell). I don't know which process does it. So, my question is: Is there software out there that can tell me which processes are currently sending output to the sound device?

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Did you check your clock gadget? – Mehper C. Palavuzlar May 5 '10 at 21:36
@Mehper: What does the clock have to do with random sounds? – Joey May 5 '10 at 22:03
@Johannes: Some clock gadgets make a sound every 15 minutes. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar May 6 '10 at 6:17

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Fire up the volume control which will list all applications that recently made sounds. If you have it open while the sound plays you can also see which application is doing it.

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More specifically, after opening the volume control from the system tray, click "Mixer" to view all applications. Resize it so all applications appear in view, and wait. The app causing the ding will be indicated by a brief green peak. – Paul Lammertsma May 5 '10 at 22:10
Because of your advice I was able to figure out what the sound is, as well. It is the same sound that the sound mixer issues when you adjust volume levels. In my case it comes up randomly from some other event, but I think now I'll be able to track which one at some point. – harschware May 5 '10 at 22:27
What if instead of the application name I'm seeing "System Sounds"? I do see other apps listed as well but the "annoying" one is being produced by "System Sounds". Is there a way to further find out what exactly is playing it? (I realize that this is from 5 years ago and I'll unlikely get an answer... :) ) – Mihail Russu Jun 4 at 13:12

I had this problem today. I changed from Windows (modified) sound to Windows default and it disappeared. Just a thought

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