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I'd like to have a script play a pretty chime sound as a notification, but I want it to use the internal speaker because the external sound system isn't always powered on.

Beeping is not an option; it makes passers-by think there is something wrong.

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An alternative to this is possibly supplying speakers - this depends on your hardware though. –  Marco Ceppi Sep 4 '10 at 0:01
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The internal speaker typically cannot do anything but beep. It's not usually connected to any sound hardware.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC_speaker

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