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#1 cnm

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 03:36 PM

Solved. See http://www.spywarein...post__p__774370


I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on HP Pavillion desktop and have had no troubles until yesterday. Then my PC started making a boing sound every few minutes.

I have searched with Google and found others with the same complaint, but haven't been able to figure out what is doing it, or why, or how to stop it. None of the suggestions I've found actually work.

I've uninstalled recently installed programs, disabled sound effects in the Realtek audio driver, looked at Windows sounds but none of them go Boing. I've exited from all running applications. But the Boing still happens.

Anyone have a clue?

Edited by cnm, 01 December 2012 - 05:16 PM.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:16 PM

It's fixed. :blink:

What did I do?
I thought I was uninstalling Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit, but by mistake I uninstalled Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM). When I realized that, I didn't reboot as it wanted me to.
I reinstalled MBAM - which required a reboot first because of incomplete uninstall.
MBAM reinstalled nicely and kept my paid-for protection module.
And no more Boings.

Does that mean it had something to do with MBAM?
Probably not. More likely one of the things I had done previously needed a reboot in order to take effect.

I think most likely it was turning off sound effects in the RealTek Speakers.
I had followed the directions at Windows EXE Errors. (In my Windows the option is "Disable all sound effects" rather than “Disable All Enhancements”).

Anyway the Boing is still gone and no normal sounds are affected. Goes to show that Windows problems are often not malware or user error but simply black magic.
Edit: It came back.

Edited by cnm, 28 November 2012 - 01:14 PM.
Spoke too soon.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:58 PM

How strange. I've never seen MBAM play any sort of boing sound. If you uninstall MBAM again and reboot, does it go away?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:47 PM

Perhaps I'll try that. I get so tired of rebooting, though. The Boing is now infrequent though still happening, perhaps every 10 or 15 minutes.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:12 AM

I keep having the feeling that the Boing is familiar. But I can't place it. Does anyone know of a program that gives a Boing? I don't think it is any foreground application. Has to be something running in the background.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:44 AM

I have an HP desktop computer with Windows 7 and a Usb Logitech mouse.

On occasion I get a boing. When this happens the small light (very small hole) on top of the space bar is on.

To disable that you must tap the light very fast twice. It some time takes a few trials.

Hope that helps.
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 12:09 PM

Thanks nasdaq. That sounds promising but I don't see any hole on top of the space bar. I'll try tapping it anyway.

My keyboard and mouse are HP USB that came with the PC and haven't changed (except to get dirty)..
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

nasdaq, Many thanks for making me think "mouse".

I unplugged my USB mouse, plugged it back in, and no more Boing. :D

A lot of people seem to have this annoyance. Perhaps this will work for others.
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:01 AM

How weird. Was it the (annoying) boing that you hear when you disconnect/reconnect a USB device? If the connection wasn't secure, it might've been coming in and out.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 12:33 AM

No, not that Clunk sound.

A Boing.
Boing Sound 3 is almost exactly it: http://www.soundboar...ing_Sound_Board

And I'm sorry to say it has come back. Not solved at all.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

Progress!

It doesn't happen in Safe Mode with Networking.
It doesn't happen in Normal Mode with Services all enabled and some Startups disabled.

Now I just have to narrow it down by enabling half of the disabled Startups and rebooting to determine which half did the Boing.

If no Boing enable half of the remaining disabled ones and reboot.
If Boing disable half of the enabled ones and reboot.
Keep going until down to one.

We are approaching definitive Boing control. :D
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:16 PM

Boing was PhraseExpress conflicting in some way with Clipmate. I don't know which one made the Boing but I've had Clipmate for years - old version that I don't update and I couldn't do without it.

Eliminating PhraseExpress startup removed the Boing.
I sure was tired of hearing it.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:21 AM

Once I had narrowed it down to PhraseExpress, I found this in a Google search:
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From 2008, and that forum no longer exists, but it did suggest that Clipmate was making the sound.

I decided I really should upgrade Clipmate from 6.5 to 7.3 as it might be that the problem had been solved. Clipmate 7.3 is fine, preserved my mountain of clips. It has much improved configuration options, including a menu of Sounds with a test button for each.

In the Sounds configuration it was easy to identify 'Data Ignored / Rejected' as the Boing. The help Sounds topic says:

Data Ignored / Rejected - Data rejected, possibly because there weren't any formats that matched the application profile entry for the particular program that you copied from. For example, suppose you have configured ClipMate to only capture plain text from your browser. Now you've copied a bitmap, so it rejects.

I set that sound to 'Off' and now I can run PhraseExpress and Clipmate together with no annoying Boing.
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