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How To Disable the Annoying Beep Sound on a Gateway Laptop When You Plug In or Unplug the Power Cord

Updated on May 24, 2013

I recently purchased a new Gateway laptop. It had the most annoying beep when you unplug the computer or plug it in. I had to figure out how to disable that sound. So here it is for those who might be experience the similar mind-numbing problem.

These directions are for Windows 7.

  1. Right click on the sound icon down by the clock.
  2. Select "Playback Devices"
  3. Click on the "Playback" tab if it is not already selected.
  4. Then click on the speakers.
  5. Select properties in the bottom right.
  6. Click on the "Levels" tab.
  7. Click the speaker icon under "PC Speaker" to mute it.

TaDa.
No more annoying beep.

You can also lower the volume in step 7 rather than muting it if you just want it quieter.

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      zack 

      4 years ago

      how do you do it on windows 8

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      Alex 

      4 years ago

      Thank you so much! At first I did not have the PC speakers option. I went to the Gateway site, downloaded the most current audio driver (2010 or so) and then restarted my computer and it worked. I hate drivers and dealing with them, but it turns out they are extremely useful once you get a hang of them

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      Laura 

      5 years ago

      omg. I get as far as step 7 but under my levels tab there is no "PC speaker". all it says is speakers and a volume control. but the beep still occurs even if my speakers volume is muted. Someone please help me. Im going crazy with this beeping. I have a gateway D-something with windows 7 that I had to reinstall because i replaced the harddrive.

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      Blegloo 

      5 years ago

      Thank you.. the shanking of my mind via power cable disconnection after all these years has finally come to a halt, kind sir. The nightmare is finally over. I can resume life without wanting to obliterate my laptop every time I use the thing. Everything will be OK again..

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      surya 

      5 years ago

      thank fook for that!

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      Ivana 

      5 years ago

      I just have one question. When I do this that you recommend all I do is mute the speakers, so I don`t listen to anything unless I undo the mute and then the beep is back. :) What shall I do?

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      Ivana 

      5 years ago

      Thank you very much, the beep was killing me :) THANK YOU !

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      dan 

      5 years ago

      I'm just woried that this beep sound might be the motherboard and eventually get the blue screen of death, but I am not sure if that is what it is or the beep sound is just annoying alert that you either plug it in or unplug it

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      Kelly 

      5 years ago

      ohhhhh what a relief! now i won't want to throw my laptop out the window for the annoying noise! THANK YOU!!

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      jaylord 

      6 years ago

      Thanks to you man, now i finally muted the annnnoooyyiinng beep sound..

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      martinnitsim 

      6 years ago

      you ok gary if you are still in need of them i think this is there web address

      and some info , there there most competitive in the game , mention martin told you to ring

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      Emily 

      6 years ago

      I had this same problem and I didn't see pc speakers either- I had to do this:

      after clicking play back options right click the speakers part and then select properties select levels and then there will be two bars- speakers and pc speakers hit the mute button at the end of the pc speakers bar. and you're done!

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      Minhaj Mohamed www.twitter.com/eminhaj 

      6 years ago

      The annoying beep is gone! Thanks HH..

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      Dwight 

      6 years ago

      your beast!

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      Luke 

      6 years ago

      My past two years of misery could have been solved this whole time...Thank you dearly.

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      Ansh 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much for this! I have lived with that sound for ages now - got it checked by a computer professional and everything and no one told me the solution is that simple. Thanks!

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      theman 

      6 years ago

      you are the man

    • pilgrimboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Regan Clem 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Some people have commented that have Vista machines. As I do not have one to play around with, I cannot give directions or tell you if it works.

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      Jeff 

      6 years ago

      I have an nv52 and nv53, this worked on my nv53 but the nv52 doesn't have the pc speaker option. This may have something to do with upgrading from vista to windows 7, however my drivers are all up to date.

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      Lora 

      6 years ago

      WORKED! Thanks =D

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      chris 

      6 years ago

      thanks man, this beeping was driving me crazy i almost went and bought a new cord :/

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      Jonathan 

      6 years ago

      Oh this is fantastic. It's so simple, but it's so devious. I don't know how many times I've run by that PC speakers tab and never thought twice about it. What in the world are they even for? As far as I can tell, their sole existence was to alert everyone in the library/ cafeteria/ resource center that I had just plugged in (or unplugged) my computer. Now, I will be stealthier than a F-117. Thank you so much!

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      peter! 

      6 years ago

      helloo!but does it wor in vista??

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      peter 

      6 years ago

      but it's window 7

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      peter 

      6 years ago

      does it work in neo laptop??

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      Ruth 

      6 years ago

      Thanks so much! my beep is gone!

    • pilgrimboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Regan Clem 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Nadia, it is a system sound that is not the same as the speaker sound for music.

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      Nadia 

      6 years ago

      Hi,

      Im sorry, but it's the same as simply making down the volume in the down part.. I mean it's general, and for example ok i quit like this, but later if i want to listen music or watch one movie i have to make up the volume in the same way.. So if i wanna unplug the power, again i have the same problem, no? So, actually i have the same problem again. It's not quiting exactly the annoying sound.

      Thank you anyway for the info:)

      Best regards,

      Nadia.

    • pilgrimboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Regan Clem 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      lillipop,

      Do you have the latest drivers from the Gateway site for your sound card installed.

      The other day, I uninstalled mine playing around and saw that the option wasn't there. Windows will install drivers but those drivers will not allow you to eliminate the beep. So you have to download the drivers from the Gateway site for the video card in the computer.

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      lollipop 

      6 years ago

      this is not working for mine it jus has speakers when u get to the lastt step it dont have the pc speakers and if i cut the speakers off it wont let any sound come out not even music and this is driving me nuts my cord is messed up so it beeps like every 3 seconds the whole time im on the computer!

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      Regan Clem 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Brianna, I would check to make sure that you have the latest sound drivers installed for your computer. This is important.

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      Brianna 

      6 years ago

      For example, after all the steps I get to the levels tab and it only says "Realtek HD audio output" and "Microphone" not anything else. What do I do?

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      Brianna 

      6 years ago

      When I go through all of the steps I don't have a thing that says "PC Speaker" Is there any other way I can do this. Help?

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      mlr987 

      6 years ago

      OMG, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

    • pilgrimboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Regan Clem 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Geoff G,

      I don't have an XP machine to toy with, but I would assume that it would be accessible in the sound settings in the control panel.

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      Geoff G 

      6 years ago

      How do you do this in XP?

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      Regan Clem 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Sambo, just click the "PC Speaker" button in step 7 again.

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      Sambo 

      6 years ago

      I followed your procedure and now the beep is gone. How do I get it BACK? Now that it's gone, I realize that I actually liked it.

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      athena 

      6 years ago

      thannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu it was driving mE n ma bf crazy! blew my ears when plugged in earphone or loudspeakers!! ssimply annoying!! god bless uuuuu

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      swins24 

      6 years ago

      thanks a bunch

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      aubdazzle 

      6 years ago

      Thanks friend! Instead of PC Speaker mine said PC Beep...

      Duh... lol

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      Bri 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much! I always use my computer at night and im afraid im going to wake everyone up when it beeps but no more! you are a lifesaver!

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      Mona 

      6 years ago

      THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!! phew! no more annoying beeps

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      ELARAM 

      7 years ago

      I love you, dude. Te amo, cabrón. c:

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      Jaden 

      7 years ago

      THANK YOU! My plug in jack was screwed up so it would CONSTANTLY beep if you moved the computer. and now.....No more!

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      Lauren 

      7 years ago

      My hero :)

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      Ursula 

      7 years ago

      Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many Many

      Thanks...

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      Daniel 

      7 years ago

      i have been looking for this all my life!!!

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      7 years ago

      oh my goodness thank you soooo much.. it was beyound annoying

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      jodie 

      7 years ago

      OMG thank you soo much that sound was os annoying!! i have been look for something like this for like 2 weeks!!

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      Nick 

      7 years ago

      hey, i updated my sound driver and now my laptop is making the sound when i plug/unplug. on the level tab i have only one slider "internal speaker/headphones". if i turn it off i can't listen to music etc. help?

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      Brittney 

      7 years ago

      omg omg omg THANKYOU SOOOOO FREAKING MUCH! I HAVE BEEN DIEING WITH THIS FOR OVER A YEAR I WANTED TO SHOOT IT! THANKYOU THANKYOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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      Victor 

      7 years ago

      This saved my day! Thanks alot!

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      jim 

      7 years ago

      THANK YOU!!!

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      Adam 

      7 years ago

      Thank you very VERY MUCH! This sound was killing me and I'm like on the Heaven now :)

      Great job!

      Keep advising in the same way!

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      kince 

      7 years ago

      i use a thinkpad sl400 and it worked.. no more annoying sound

      thakx

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      The charger not working well would be a nightmare for this. Glad it worked.

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      nomorebeepforme 

      7 years ago

      THANK THANK YOU!!!! my charger isn't working well so the beep was getting really crazy...

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      You are welcome, Peace7lover.

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      peace7lover 

      7 years ago

      Thank you soooo much :D

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Yes.

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      Yes 

      7 years ago

      You need to upgrade the audio driver if you can't see the PC speaker.

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Patman, I am sorry. I wish somebody lived near me where I could fiddle with their computer that this does not work on. For me, it still doesn't beep.

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      patman 

      7 years ago

      it Doesn't work for me. I don't even have the PC Speaker option. I have a windows seven 64bt.

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      I use external speakers with my laptop all of the time. What kind of speakers are you using?

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      Irish 

      7 years ago

      Can someone tell me if I can plug in external speakers on my gateway laptop. When I plug them in to the headset, that does not work. Model #MS2285

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      Brittany 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    • pilgrimboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Sadly, Loftusnet. It appears that this is a recurring problem with some.

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      Loftusnet 

      7 years ago

      Can you make a video on this please? I'm up to step 7 and there is no "PC Speakers" mine says "realtek HD audio output" and the other says "microphone"

      The realtek one turns off all sounds and mu beep is coming out of the speakers???

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Have you turned it off to see what it does? If so, let me know. If not, give it a try. You can just turn them back on.

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

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      nusints 

      7 years ago

      i only have a "speakers" option. i'm running win 7 64 bit. dont see a "pc speakers" option.

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      That gives me nightmarish chills just thinking about it, Dylan. Glad I could help.

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      Dylan 

      7 years ago

      Thank you. I've had this computer for about a year now and my charger cord is starting to wear out so when moved it will unplug and replug a million times without it ever actually unplugging.

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Mike, It is the internal system sounds that you are turning off here, not the speakers that play music and the like. You can always reverse it if you do it and it does turn off your audio, but I would recommend turning the speakers off there. I did it on Windows 7. So I find it strange that we have different settings, but PCs do that.

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      Mike5466 

      7 years ago

      I click on Level tab (step 6) but there is no PC Speakers option..Just my Speakers and Microphone...I'm using windows 7. Which means I either cut everything off, or leave the beep on. Anyone else got this?

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Glad I was able to help.

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      Kelly 

      7 years ago

      Thank you thank you!!! I thought I was meant to hear that annoying sound for the rest of my computers life! I just disabled it! Yay!!

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      Using the procedures I wrote, I still have music. All you are disabling is the internal system noises. You still get all the window sounds and music.

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      dasfasdfnasdfnl 

      7 years ago

      so what if say you want to use your sound from your speakers but just want to rid yourself of the beep. It should be obvious if you mute your laptop the beep stops, but if you want to accomplish something how about explain how to get rid of the beep so you can still listen to music

      TOOL

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      Regan Clem 

      7 years ago from Ohio

      You're welcome. It is that annoying. I don't know why they made it do it.

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      mixwell 

      7 years ago

      Thank you soooooooo much. I was about to put my 12V drill thru my brain in order to stop the beeping!

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      Regan Clem 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      You're welcome. Glad it worked.

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      xsnrg 

      8 years ago

      DUDE! Thank you...ive been living a nightmare for 2 months and now I have finally woken up!

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      Regan Clem 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Chris. I am glad you found it useful.

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      Chris 

      8 years ago

      You are a god send. I've been sick and tired of this. Thank you so much.

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      Regan Clem 

      8 years ago from Ohio

      Hi HH,

      I am sorry that it did not work for you, but I am glad it put you in the right direction. Are you using Windows 7? Anyway, thanks for the added tips in case other people run into the same problem.

      I had been living with that annoying beep for three months (and I unplug and plug back in at least once a day. It had become extremely annoying.

      To everyone else,

      If you run into the same problem when reading this and applying the solution, please let me know. I am willing to change the article if the solution seems to be HH's method rather than what I have currently posted. What I posted did work for me.

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      HH 

      8 years ago

      The annoying beep is gone!

      For anyone else with this problem- initially this didn't work. I had to mute the pc speakers, then, under the general tab, use the drop down menu to select 'don't use this device' and hit apply. Then switch back to 'use this advice' (hit apply) and finally it worked. For some reason it wouldn't let me hit apply after just muting the pc speakers.

      But thank you for pointing me in the right direction!

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