How to disable system beep sounds from PC speaker

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:

  1. Right-click on the Windows Start menu;
  2. Open “Device Manager”;
    Device Manager Windows - open
  3. Expand the “System Devices” tab;
  4. Right click on the “System speaker”;
  5. Select “Disable device” in the context menu.
    Disable system speaker Windows

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:

  1. 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”.
      Command Prompt run as Administrator in Windows 10
      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);
      Windows PowerShell Windows - run
  2. Enter the commands in sequence:
    sc stop beep
    sc config beep start= disabled
    Deactivating of a system beep in Windows

Deactivating system beep in the Registry Editor

You can deactivate the system beep in the Windows Registry Editor:

  1. Open the «Run» window. To do this, use the hotkeys Win + R;
  2. Enter the regedit command;
    Regedit - command to open Registry Editor
  3. Follow the path:
    \HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Sound\
  4. Right-click on “Beep” and select “Modify”;
  5. Change Value data to “No”;
  6. Save changes by clicking OK.
    Disable system beep sounds in Windows

How to disable system beep through the Windows Control Panel

To disable the system beep in the Control Panel, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel. You can do this from the Windows Start menu;
    Control Panel Windows - open
  2. Turn on view by large icons;
  3. Go to “Sound”;
    Sound in Control Panel Windows 10
  4. Open the “Sounds” tab;
  5. Find “Default Beep” in the list;
  6. Set it to “None”;
  7. Save changes.
    Turn off Beep sounds in Windows

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:

  1. Right-click on the Sound icon in the Windows system tray;
  2. Click “Open Volume mixer”;
  3. Turn off the system sounds.
    Turn off system sounds in Windows

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:

  1. Launch the Terminal (“Applications” – “Standard” – “Terminal”);
  2. 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)
  3. At the end of the opened file, add the line:
    blacklist pcspkr
  4. 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.

PC speaker

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.


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