I want to know why the "popping" sounds were disabled, the ones that sound when I changed the volume, very Mac OSX like.
Is it possible to re-enable them? I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and I loved those sounds by the way.
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OK, it seems that in it's default configuration 11.10 with compiz doesn't ever play the system alert sound.
To fix this, open /etc/pulse/default.pa:
sudo nano /etc/pulse/default.pa
Around line 158, you should see a line that looks like:
#load-module module-x11-bell sample=bell-windowing-system
Remove the leading "#" so that it reads:
load-module module-x11-bell sample=bell-windowing-system
Save that file, log out and back in, and you should have your alert sounds back.
Start nautilus with root access by opening terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T)
Type in the password. (The characters don't show. Just type it and press enter)
copy all the files in that folder and paste them at
If you have used dconf editor before to mess with the sound settings in org then return it to default value (freedesktop). If not then skip this step.
Close nautilus. Exit terminal. Lougout and Login again.You will have gotten back the popping sound and also other system sounds if they were missing before. (logon sound, warning sounds, etc.)
P.S. Answer obtained from other site not particularly for this problem; however upon trying it out, it worked. Hope it helps you too.