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System Sound I can't stop!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by effdee, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. effdee

    effdee Flightless Bird

    I have a clicking sound which I can't stop, I have gone through all the
    System sounds from Control Panel and done the test for every sound and
    it isn't there.

    I've even tried turning off all sounds, but it still keeps on clicking!

    It's driving me nuts!
     
  2. Elmo

    Elmo Flightless Bird

    effdee wrote:
    > I have a clicking sound which I can't stop, I have gone through all the
    > System sounds from Control Panel and done the test for every sound and
    > it isn't there.
    >
    > I've even tried turning off all sounds, but it still keeps on clicking!
    >
    > It's driving me nuts!


    That's usually the "Windows XP Start.wav" file which is sometimes
    attached to the "Windows Explorer", "Start Program" event. Other
    running programs can have their own similar sounds, and they won't
    necessarily be shown in the Sounds control panel, if they're not registered.

    If you can't find the offending sound event, try searching for all .wav
    sounds and see if any are in specific program folders; listen to the
    sounds, delete any that fit the bill.

    --

    Joe =o)
     
  3. effdee

    effdee Flightless Bird

    Elmo wrote:
    > effdee wrote:
    >> I have a clicking sound which I can't stop, I have gone through all the
    >> System sounds from Control Panel and done the test for every sound and
    >> it isn't there.
    >>
    >> I've even tried turning off all sounds, but it still keeps on clicking!
    >>
    >> It's driving me nuts!

    >
    > That's usually the "Windows XP Start.wav" file which is sometimes
    > attached to the "Windows Explorer", "Start Program" event. Other
    > running programs can have their own similar sounds, and they won't
    > necessarily be shown in the Sounds control panel, if they're not registered.
    >
    > If you can't find the offending sound event, try searching for all .wav
    > sounds and see if any are in specific program folders; listen to the
    > sounds, delete any that fit the bill.
    >

    TY...
    The culprit turned out to be "Windows XP Start.wav"
    Any idea what could be causing it to be triggered about every 5 seconds?
    It would happen for no apparent reason!
     
  4. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:%23rrD7bkMLHA.5668@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl,
    effdee <me@home.com> typed:
    > Elmo wrote:
    >> effdee wrote:
    >>> I have a clicking sound which I can't stop, I have gone
    >>> through all the System sounds from Control Panel and done
    >>> the test for every sound and it isn't there.
    >>>
    >>> I've even tried turning off all sounds, but it still
    >>> keeps on clicking!
    >>>
    >>> It's driving me nuts!

    >>
    >> That's usually the "Windows XP Start.wav" file which is
    >> sometimes
    >> attached to the "Windows Explorer", "Start Program" event.
    >> Other
    >> running programs can have their own similar sounds, and
    >> they won't necessarily be shown in the Sounds control
    >> panel, if they're not registered.
    >>
    >> If you can't find the offending sound event, try searching
    >> for all .wav sounds and see if any are in specific program
    >> folders; listen to the sounds, delete any that fit the
    >> bill.
    >>

    > TY...
    > The culprit turned out to be "Windows XP Start.wav"
    > Any idea what could be causing it to be triggered about
    > every 5 seconds? It would happen for no apparent reason!


    That's interesting; If something was repeatedly calling for start.wav and
    couldn't find it, I'd have expected you to get an error message. I've never
    heard of a corrupte .wav file causing it to repeat endlessly, but I know
    better than to say it can't happen<G>!
    It wasn't clear in your post above: WAS it continuous, never-ending
    clicks?
    Or did it just make two clicks when start.wav should have played? I know
    if a file is corrupted, you might hear a clck when the audio channel opens
    and another as the channel closes, but then it should end and be done with.

    You could verify whether it was system file corruption by programming the
    start event to a different .wav file,any .wav that's short in duration, or
    one of the other system sounds, and seeing if it plays OK.

    If it plays OK then the start.wav file was corrupted. Just replace it or
    turn it off.

    If it does not play OK and especially if the clicks come back, then it's
    going to be corruption somewhere in the system files instead of the .wav
    files. If this is the case, then keep your eyes open for awhile to be sure
    it's not messing up anything else on your PC. If all is OK, you -could-
    simply ignore it and wait until something easiier to troubleshoot appears,
    if you don't feel you have the expertise to troubleshoot it.
    This is a personal opinion but if it were me I'd want to find and correct
    the problem, whatever it was that was causing it. But I'm a curious person;
    you may not be so curious, so the choice is yours. The obvious places to
    start are to run updated AtiVirus and malware detectors on the system first,
    to eliminate anything that way and then begin to chase things down.
    If you decide you want to chase it down before other sounds do the same,
    or other things start to go wrong, you'll find pleny of guided help right
    here. Just be sure to give as concise a description of your PC and any
    symptoms as you can (it's called helping others to help you).
    It's also possible to get a new copy of start.wav if you wish to have it
    working.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  5. smlunatick

    smlunatick Flightless Bird

    On Aug 2, 2:31 pm, effdee <m...@home.com> wrote:
    > Elmo wrote:
    > > effdee wrote:
    > >> I have a clicking sound which I can't stop, I have gone through all the
    > >> System sounds from Control Panel and done the test for every sound and
    > >> it isn't there.

    >
    > >> I've even tried turning off all sounds, but it still keeps on clicking!

    >
    > >> It's driving me nuts!

    >
    > > That's usually the "Windows XP Start.wav" file which is sometimes
    > > attached to the "Windows Explorer", "Start Program" event.  Other
    > > running programs can have their own similar sounds, and they won't
    > > necessarily be shown in the Sounds control panel, if they're not registered.

    >
    > > If you can't find the offending sound event, try searching for all .wav
    > > sounds and see if any are in specific program folders; listen to the
    > > sounds, delete any that fit the bill.

    >
    > TY...
    > The culprit turned out to be "Windows XP Start.wav"
    > Any idea what could be causing it to be triggered about every 5 seconds?
    > It would happen for no apparent reason!


    Check to see where this sound is assigned. You can assign the sound
    to various Windows programs and options.
     
  6. Elmo

    Elmo Flightless Bird

    effdee wrote:
    > Elmo wrote:
    >> effdee wrote:
    >>> I have a clicking sound which I can't stop, I have gone through all the
    >>> System sounds from Control Panel and done the test for every sound and
    >>> it isn't there.
    >>>
    >>> I've even tried turning off all sounds, but it still keeps on clicking!
    >>>
    >>> It's driving me nuts!

    >> That's usually the "Windows XP Start.wav" file which is sometimes
    >> attached to the "Windows Explorer", "Start Program" event. Other
    >> running programs can have their own similar sounds, and they won't
    >> necessarily be shown in the Sounds control panel, if they're not registered.
    >>
    >> If you can't find the offending sound event, try searching for all .wav
    >> sounds and see if any are in specific program folders; listen to the
    >> sounds, delete any that fit the bill.
    >>

    > TY...
    > The culprit turned out to be "Windows XP Start.wav"
    > Any idea what could be causing it to be triggered about every 5 seconds?
    > It would happen for no apparent reason!


    Run REGEDIT, press the Home key. press F3, and search for "start.wav".
    Where it's embedded might show what program assigned it. Press F3 to
    continue the search.

    Do the same thing for "Start Program" to see if that event is assigned
    in any programs.

    --

    Joe =o)
     
  7. effdee

    effdee Flightless Bird

    Re: System Sound I can't stop! PROBLEM FOUND

    Elmo wrote:
    > effdee wrote:
    >> Elmo wrote:
    >>> effdee wrote:
    >>>> I have a clicking sound which I can't stop, I have gone through all the
    >>>> System sounds from Control Panel and done the test for every sound and
    >>>> it isn't there.
    >>>>
    >>>> I've even tried turning off all sounds, but it still keeps on clicking!
    >>>>
    >>>> It's driving me nuts!
    >>> That's usually the "Windows XP Start.wav" file which is sometimes
    >>> attached to the "Windows Explorer", "Start Program" event. Other
    >>> running programs can have their own similar sounds, and they won't
    >>> necessarily be shown in the Sounds control panel, if they're not registered.
    >>>
    >>> If you can't find the offending sound event, try searching for all .wav
    >>> sounds and see if any are in specific program folders; listen to the
    >>> sounds, delete any that fit the bill.
    >>>

    >> TY...
    >> The culprit turned out to be "Windows XP Start.wav"
    >> Any idea what could be causing it to be triggered about every 5 seconds?
    >> It would happen for no apparent reason!

    >
    > Run REGEDIT, press the Home key. press F3, and search for "start.wav".
    > Where it's embedded might show what program assigned it. Press F3 to
    > continue the search.
    >
    > Do the same thing for "Start Program" to see if that event is assigned
    > in any programs.
    >


    I did a virus/trojan scan and found three trojans, cleaned them up and
    the clicking has stopped.

    The lesson to me is, if something strange starts happening, do a scan.

    thanks for the help....
     

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