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How can you make Irssi system-beep without PC speakers?

I know this post. I have now also my PC speakers connected to my computer in the case that the sound starts to work with them. However, this should not be necessary, since I should get the same sound as with beep witout these PC speakers.

My Irssi does not beep when my name is mentioned, although I put the following codes to my Irssi in Ubuntu

/set bell_beeps ON /set beep_msg_level MSGS NOTICES DCC DCCMSGS HILIGHT


/set bell_beeps = ON

I use Audible Beep also tried to set by CTRL-A CTRL-G.

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I answered a related query here. On a similar vein, can you try the following:

  • Check if pcspkr module is currently loaded

    $ lsmod | grep pcspkr
    pcspkr 10496 0

  • If it is not, check if it has been blacklisted:

    $ sudo grep pcspkr /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist*
    /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist:blacklist pcspkr

    If you find such an entry, remove it and reboot.

  • If it hasn't been blacklisted, check if the system speaker was identified properly at boot and if there are any related errors in /var/log/dmesg

    $ sudo grep pcspkr /var/log/dmesg
    [ 15.620198] input: PC Speaker as /devices/platform/pcspkr/input/input8

  • If it there are no errors in /var/log/dmesg, grep all other logs in /var/log/* with today's timestamp.

I'd also check Irssi to ensure it's not been configured to mute sounds.

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Is system beep disabled on your system? From a terminal, type beep and see if you get a beep from your PC speaker.

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Try with Fancy Beeper Daemon. I found a blog post that talks about setting it up, specifically with irssi and screen.

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