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I'm using 10.04 and some process is periodically causing a sound (more like a chime than a beep) and I can't figure out what it is. I don't want to turn off system beeps or sound in general, I just want to get this particular beeping to stop.

I have tried looking in /var/log/user.log and /var/log/syslog but dont see anything obvious other than perhaps:

Jan 13 15:45:16 awhitt-66131 pulseaudio[5606]: ratelimit.c: 130 events suppressed

However searches on this haven't turned up anything enlightening.

How can I track down which process is making these sounds?

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Open the Sound Preferences, and go to the last tab: Applications.

If an application is making any noise, it will probably be listed here. Take a look and see if the application is there (it may be there only when the sound is heard, so keep looking for a while).

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the only application it shows is Spotify, but I don't see any outstanding issues online where Spotify constantly beeps... – allen Jan 25 '13 at 17:13
Saw the problem app there. looks like before I wasn't opening it fast enough. "asla plugin chrome" – allen Jan 30 '13 at 20:01
Never found the underlying issue with the asla plugin and chrome, but Sound Preferences remembers the muting toggle for applications so muting "alsa plugin chrome" when it showed up meant no more beeps. Thanks @jorge! – allen Feb 7 '13 at 0:55

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