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I'm not quite sure what the sound is, but it has only started happening in the last two days. The only way I can describe it would be that it sounds like a wooden xylophone being tapped lightly. It will play at random intervals ranging between 1 second to a couple minutes for up to a half hour (from what I have noticed) after startup. If anybody has any ideas as to what is causing this or how to fix it I would appreciate it.

System information:

  • Computer: Toshiba Satellite L655-S5160
  • Audio Driver: Conexant Audio Driver(v4.119.0.60; 07-14-2010; 41.89M)
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It could be helpful to add what laptop brand you have, sound card etc. I have similar issues at startup but however I only have a static crackly sound at start-up then it stops, but we might have the same problem so I'll try looking into it. – Oyibo Sep 25 '12 at 7:10
Thx for the tip, I hadn't thought to post that. I posted an edit. – ever99 Sep 26 '12 at 6:34

I was going to suggest updating your driver to the next version which could help, however I discussed your question with a more experienced Ask Ubuntu member on chat and this is what that member's opinion was on your question:

I saw this one - no good idea. Looks like a looping system sound. ALSA sound drivers reside in the kernel. It usually is hard stuff to replace these with proprietary ones.

The audio dev ppa was an idea suggested HOWEVER (BIG DISCLAIMER) more often than not this can cause serious problems with your system due to the fact that they are "in development" and not fully tested so if you do decide to try this, make sure you've got a full back-up and accept that things could break.

In short if this problem isn't causing you serious pain on the ears and I'd live with it until there is a major driver update which I'd install, however until then I personally wouldn't try the audio dev ppa as of yet as its quite risky.

I'd suggest you get the next major driver update and put a bounty on your question afterwards if the problem persists and hopefully someone with more experience/knowledge about hardware and drivers will be able to help you out.

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