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

From: Nate Eldredge (
Date: Mon Jul 23 2001 - 13:10:59 EST

I lied slightly. It's not quite the same motherboard. I have a FIC
PA2013 which is the ATX version of the same board. And on mine when the
speaker beeped it would sometimes go into what looked like suspend mode
(flashing light on the front) and would not awaken until another key was

On Mon, 23 Jul 2001, Nate Eldredge wrote:

> > 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


Nate Eldredge

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