Re: PC Speaker ocassionally hangs on an FIC VA-503+ under 2.4.[567]

From: Nate Eldredge (
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 13:06:35 EST

> I have noticed the following problem on a system which I installed
> on a FIC VA-503+ motherboard with a 450 Mhz K6-2 CPU. This problem is
> consistent and is present in kernels from 2.4.5 - 2.4.7. The problem
> is that occasionally the PC speaker will hang when making a beep. When
> the hang occurs the beep stays on, the screen blanks out, and all
> processing on the system appears to hang. After a few moments the
> system appears to unhang itself, the screen returns, and everything
> returns to normal.

Yes, I've also seen this. Same motherboard, CPU is a K6-3 450 MHz. I
think I was running early 2.4. I tried several things to fix it; I forget
exactly what they were but none of them worked. (I also remember seeing
dropped keystrokes while playing DOS games that used the PC speaker.) The
final fix was to disable beeping in software (setterm -blength 0 on the
console and some xset command in X.)

Definitely a hardware problem, anyway.

Nate Eldredge

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