Wednesday, May 16, 2007

VMWare Beep

Somehow my latest work laptop (Dell Latitude D620) has a PC speaker circuit that bypasses mute settings and the headphone jack. I was finally able to silence the base Windows XP I have installed, but I still had issues with different systems running under VMWare Workstation. I'd get a nice loud beep on a reboot, Solaris X86 somehow locked up into an ear-splitting squeal, FreeNAS beeps on every boot, etc.

After a lot of tinkering, I finally came across the answer here, which now seems to be a dead link:

Go to the global VMWare settings:
"\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini"

And add:
mks.noBeep = "TRUE"

That finally did it, at least in v5.5.

UPDATE: Ethan says it works fine for v6.0 on Vista except his config.ini was in:
"C:\Users\All Users\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini"

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Anonymous said...

This beep has been driving me nuts for months. Thanks!

I can't believe I didn't google this sooner.

Anonymous said...

Yes, thank you very much for this tip!

General Mills said...

Thanks for the post, It really helped me get rid of that annoying beep that nearly kills my ears everytime it comes up.

Unknown said...

Thank you !