PC speaker is a small speaker built into the motherboard. It makes simple monophonic tones. Sound signals can be played even if there are no external speakers. The PC speaker is used to help in computer errors diagnostics and to notify about some system processes. For example, there is a sound when sticky keys happens. Alternative names: “onboard speaker” and “system speaker“.
A PC speaker can be very useful in situations when there are problems with a PC and you need to find out what wrong with it. But in other cases, system sounds can disturb and annoy. So how to disable the system onboard speaker? We will tell.
How to disable PC speaker in Windows 7, 8, 10
Users of Windows 7, 8 and 10 can easily turn off the system speaker and rid themselves of annoying beeps by using the tools of the operating system. There are 5 ways to disable PC speaker:
- From the Device Manager;
- Use the Command Prompt;
- In the Registry Editor;
- By the Control Panel;
- Turn off sound in system tray.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the methods.
Disabling system speaker through Windows Device Manager
To turn off the system speaker, follow these steps:
- Right-click on the Windows Start menu;
- Open “Device Manager”;
- Expand the “System Devices” tab;
- Right click on the “System speaker”;
- Select “Disable device” in the context menu.
Disable system speaker via command Prompt
The second way to disable the onboard speaker in Windows is to use the command Prompt or Windows PowerShell:
- Run the Command Prompt as an administrator. To do this:
- Open the Start menu
- Expand the “Windows System” tab;
- Right-click on Command Prompt;
- Select “More”;
- And “Run as administrator”.
You can also use a more modern and convenient tool – Windows PowerShell. To run it, right-click on the Start menu and select Windows PowerShell (Admin);
- Enter the commands in sequence:
sc stop beep
sc config beep start= disabled
Deactivating system beep in the Registry Editor
You can deactivate the system beep in the Windows Registry Editor:
- Open the «Run» window. To do this, use the hotkeys Win + R;
- Enter the regedit command;
- Follow the path:
- Right-click on “Beep” and select “Modify”;
- Change Value data to “No”;
- Save changes by clicking OK.
How to disable system beep through the Windows Control Panel
To disable the system beep in the Control Panel, follow these steps:
- Open the Windows Control Panel. You can do this from the Windows Start menu;
- Turn on view by large icons;
- Go to “Sound”;
- Open the “Sounds” tab;
- Find “Default Beep” in the list;
- Set it to “None”;
- Save changes.
Mute all Windows system sounds
The easiest and fastest way to get rid of all system sounds emitted by the computer is to reduce their volume to 0:
- Right-click on the Sound icon in the Windows system tray;
- Click “Open Volume mixer”;
- Turn off the system sounds.
How to disable PC speaker in Linux
If the Linux operating system is installed on your computer, then to disable the system speaker, you need to:
- Launch the Terminal (“Applications” – “Standard” – “Terminal”);
- Enter the command:
sudo kate /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf (if using KDE graphical environment)
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf (if using GNOME)
- At the end of the opened file, add the line:
- Save changes.
Disabling the sound speaker on the motherboard
You can turn off the audio speaker directly on the motherboard. It is connected with a 4-pin connector. It is enough to pull it out of the socket and the annoying sounds will no longer bother you.
Many motherboards have a jumper next to the speaker. You can enable or disable the speaker with it.
Before to do the operation, go to the website of the motherboard manufacturer and read the technical documentation to avoid mistakes.