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Random "Ping"-Type Sound - Elusive and Annoying!


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#1 yoshoz

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 12:56 AM

Hi there,

For the last month or two now a random, annoying sound has been emitted from my speakers / headphones on occasion - with a frequency ranging randomly between every few seconds to every tens of minutes / hours. I can't really quantify the sound, but its most similar to the "friend online" sound emitted by MSN Messenger (though slightly shorter and with a more muted / fussy / grey quality).

Here's what I know about it:
- Under my sound manager ("Realtek HD Audio Manager"), I have three systems listed: "Speakers" , "Realtek Digital Output", and "Realtek HDMI Output" - each of which has one of those sound bars that spikes green bars with varying sound levels. The sound promotes a green bar spike under the "Speakers" category only.
- The sound is not one of the system sounds of the "Windows Default" sound scheme (I've tried playing every one, and none sound similar).
- The sound occurs even when I switch the Sound Scheme from "Windows Default" to "No Sounds".
- The sound tends to be emitted most when I am on the internet or on Microsoft Word, though I tend to spend most of my time on these applications - a more accurate saying might be that the sound tends not to be emitted when I am watching movies on Media Player.
- The sound does not seem to be related to MSN, since it occurs when I have exited the program completely (I rarely use the program as it is).
- I thought it may have something to do with the wireless capability of my laptop, but the "Notification of New Networks" and "Activity Animation" functions are both turned off.
- The volume of the noise is not affected by volume control (i.e. it sounds the same regardless of whether my speakers are high or low).

Is there a way to record speaker sounds? I tried doing so with my Audio Manager, but it apparently only records Microphone input. If so, let me know and I can post a sound file of the sound.

Here are my specs:

Windows Vista Home Premium
ASUS M50SV Series Notebook
Intel Core 2 Duo T9300
3 GB RAM
250 GB HD
DirectX 10
802.11abgn + BT Wireless
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS Video Card
Sound Systems: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio), Realtek HDMI Output (Realtek High Definition Audio), Realtek Digital Output (Realtek High Definition Audio) - all of which are controlled by the single driver "RTKVHDA.sys" and all of which appear to be working normally.
Cable Internet

Any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated!


Also, I know pretty much for sure that this isn't a malware problem, as I've already run all my HJT/etc. logs through that board on this forum.
(See topic here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic244998.html)


Thanks in advance for the help!!

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#2 yoshoz

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 11:16 PM

Bump.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 09:34 AM

Just a WAG run Process Explorer and see if anything not quite kosher shows up


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspx

Under file and save as, create a log and post here

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 02:57 AM

Cool thanks for the reply, here's the log you requested:

Process PID CPU Description Company Name
System Idle Process 0 96.82
Interrupts n/a 0.77 Hardware Interrupts
DPCs n/a Deferred Procedure Calls
System 4
smss.exe 508
csrss.exe 660
wininit.exe 716
services.exe 760
svchost.exe 968
ACEngSvr.exe 3948
ehmsas.exe 3920 Media Center Media Status Aggregator Service Microsoft Corporation
svchost.exe 1028
svchost.exe 1064
svchost.exe 1116
audiodg.exe 1252
svchost.exe 1148
wlanext.exe 1652
dwm.exe 2300 0.77 Desktop Window Manager Microsoft Corporation
WUDFHost.exe 12004
svchost.exe 1184
taskeng.exe 2400 Task Scheduler Engine Microsoft Corporation
taskeng.exe 2596
svchost.exe 1272
SLsvc.exe 1288
svchost.exe 1332
svchost.exe 1448
AsLdrSrv.exe 1592
HControl.exe 3804
ATKOSD.exe 3164
KBFiltr.exe 3348
WDC.exe 2936
MsgTranAgt.exe 3812
BatteryLife.exe 3836
ACMON.exe 3844
GFNEXSrv.exe 1604
spoolsv.exe 1848
svchost.exe 1872
svchost.exe 1456
EvtEng.exe 1800
fsgk32st.exe 632
fsgk32.exe 2060
fssm32.exe 3476
FSMA32.EXE 1492
FSMB32.EXE 2140
FCH32.EXE 2844
FAMEH32.EXE 3232
fsqh.exe 3332
fsav32.exe 4136
svchost.exe 2156
RegSrvc.exe 2216
spmgr.exe 2364
svchost.exe 2436
svchost.exe 2512
SearchIndexer.exe 2564
SDWinSec.exe 2684
fsaua.exe 2680
fsorsp.exe 3628
fsdfwd.exe 2012
usnsvc.exe 5952
lsass.exe 772
lsm.exe 784
csrss.exe 728
winlogon.exe 868
MSASCui.exe 2972 Windows Defender User Interface Microsoft Corporation
ATKOSD2.exe 3356 ATKOSD2
RtHDVCpl.exe 3636 HD Audio Control Panel Realtek Semiconductor
SynTPEnh.exe 3680 Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements Synaptics, Inc.
SynAsus.exe 3936 Asus Custom PlugIn Application Synaptics, Inc.
SynTPHelper.exe 4348
DMedia.exe 3688 DMedia ASUSTeK Computer INC.
ASScrPro.exe 3696
FSM32.EXE 3704 F-Secure Settings and Statistics F-Secure Corporation
fsguidll.exe 5428 F-Secure GUI component F-Secure Corporation
scanwizard.exe 6652 FSAV FSM AV UI F-Secure Corporation
rundll32.exe 3788 Windows host process (Rundll32) Microsoft Corporation
rundll32.exe 3872 Windows host process (Rundll32) Microsoft Corporation
jusched.exe 4076 Java™ Platform SE binary Sun Microsystems, Inc.
sidebar.exe 4084 Windows Sidebar Microsoft Corporation
sidebar.exe 5100 Windows Sidebar Microsoft Corporation
ehtray.exe 4092 Media Center Tray Applet Microsoft Corporation
TeaTimer.exe 2068 System settings protector Safer-Networking Ltd.
fsus.exe 3404
razerofa.exe 5420 Razer OFA - On-the-Fly Sensitivity Adjustment Razer Inc.
firefox.exe 1404 Firefox Mozilla Corporation
AcroRd32.exe 1244 Adobe Reader 9.1 Adobe Systems Incorporated
WinRAR.exe 10468 WinRAR archiver Alexander Roshal
procexp.exe 11012 1.55 Sysinternals Process Explorer Sysinternals - www.sysinternals.com
WINWORD.EXE 3484 Microsoft Office Word Microsoft Corporation
explorer.exe 7276 Windows Explorer Microsoft Corporation
msnmsgr.exe 8776 Windows Live Messenger Microsoft Corporation
POWERPNT.EXE 4312 Microsoft Office PowerPoint Microsoft Corporation

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:42 AM

Nothing jumps out at me
Is this an ASUS notebook?
It's got to be some type of an alarm for some application
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Posted 19 August 2009 - 11:32 AM

Yeah its ASUS and you're probably right, but how can I go about isolating it? Safe mood boots, adding one program at a time?

If it makes a difference, I've had lots of trouble with the fingerprint scanner and webcam that came with this laptop. I had thought the issues had resolved themselves a while ago though (I uninstalled the software for both long before this sound started happening). I used to get BSODs from ".sys" files related to this hardware, but, again, they haven't happened for a few months now - before the sound started..

Thanks again,

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 05:04 PM

Another WAG. This is a long-shot, and based on the frequency it happens most likely NOT the cause, but something to check.

Could it possibly be your pop-up blocker letting you know a pop-up has been blocked?

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 09:19 PM

@ Queen-Evie - Thanks for the tip - I thought of that, but I don't think its what you suggest, as the pinging also happens when I'm not browsing the internet. Also, my anti-spyware stuff (AdAware, Spybot, F-Secure) has been with me for awhile, and don't make sounds to the best of my knowledge.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 09:39 PM

Hi again,

A new observation - the sound seems to respond to Firefox only. I hadn't really realised it, since I always have Firefox open in the background. It also seems to particularly respond to YouTube - i.e. the sounds occur more frequently (or start back up if they had been dormant for awhile). Not really sure how to mitigate this, should I uninstall and reinstall Firefox? Or do you think it has to do with FlashPlayer , Java, or one of the other applications within Firefox? (I don't seem to have any troubles on Internet Explorer...)

Thanks

Edited by yoshoz, 23 August 2009 - 10:01 PM.





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