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Windows Sounds "exclamation, Asterisk, Load And Unload"

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#1 jhlloyd99


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Posted 15 May 2008 - 10:28 AM

I have a Dell Precision 370, 2 gig, 3.2MHZ with WinXpPro and about every piece of software I have installed, which continually (15-20 time an hour) will utter the "Exclamation" sound, and sometimes "asterisk", with no accompanying message. Looked at event viewer but no help there. Did a search on *.log, and current date, which found 6 or 7 logs with tens to hundreds of messages every minute in some of them, but I am oblivious to how to determine which of these is important, and how to interpret them. Any help appreciated.

The discovered logs are mostly in system32\logs, and are:


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 15 May 2008 - 12:28 PM

What are the names of these logfiles, please?

You can try to use Event Viewer to look for clues also, see How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/


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Posted 15 May 2008 - 12:30 PM

Do you have anything plugged into the USB ports? Faulty device, maybe?
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 03:58 PM

I would suggest either watching the Processes tab in Task Manager around the time that the sounds go off - or you could try exiting the stuff in your system tray (the notification area by the clock) to see if that stops it.

If the system tray thing stops it, then just reboot and then start removing them one-by-one until you get the one that's making the noise. I'm having similar issues with the speech recognition software on my laptop and am ready to rip it out by the roots! :thumbsup:
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