For an experiment I'm running (I'm a grad student in Psychology), I would like to be able to change the system alert beep (aka Ctrl-G aka ASCII 07 aka the \a escape sequence in C and its cousins) to a different sound. (I'm using it as input to another piece of equipment, and that piece of equipment doesn't like the current sound...) (In my ideal universe, I'd like to change it to a sound that only comes out of, say, the right side channel so that I can play something else out of the left, but that comes later...)
I'm using Windows XP, and on my particular machine (a Gateway laptop) the sound does come out of the general speaker, not the motherboard one. It is affected by the volume control and its balance features, which leads me to believe that Windows is substituting some sound file for the system sound, now I just need to find it...
Unfortunately, most of the advice I've been able to find is for turning off the beep, not changing it, which is why I'm turning to you. (I definitely don't want to turn it off, I had to jump through a lot of hoops to figure out that it even existed!)
Changing the default beep in the sound scheme (from the Sounds control panel) did not change the beep I get when my program uses \a.
Listening to every file that a search for *.wav turned up (including in hidden and system files/folders) did not uncover the right beep.