USB Noise Keeps Blipping

August 4, 2008 at 09:38:27
Specs: Vista 64, 3.2 4gb

So I have this strange problem. After I come back to my computer after a long idle, generally when I first fire up a game, it will make the USB connection noise (da-dum) twice. It doesn't seem to affect anything (except me, obviously) but I want to get to the bottom of this. My computer has plenty of juice, and doesn't really exhibit any other problems. I do have a logitech g15 gaming keyboard and g9 mouse. They frequently change settings with games so I wondered if that was it. However this morning I noticed that it did it after about a minute with my computer. I went and right clicked on the desktop and heard the noise.

The only consistent thing is it seems to happen once after I use the computer when it has been idling for awhile.

All powersave options I could find are removed and I am currently getting rid of nvidia network access manager, but I am just guessing at this point. Can anyone point me (or help me point myself) in the right direction?

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August 4, 2008 at 09:46:03

Do you get any balloons stating "found new hardware"?

If not, I would GUESS that the sounds are being generated by your Logitech hardware. Check the Logitech software for audio options.

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August 4, 2008 at 11:06:16

You normally only hear the USB connection connect or disconnect sound when you plug in or unplug a USB device. If you hear it at other times....

- you may have a loose USB connection - try plugging into other USB ports, and/or making sure the USB plug on the end of the cord is not bent out of shape, and/or making sure the plastic blocking plug is still there and secure in the plug and the port. If the USB port is connected to a front port on the case, or is a port in a plate in a slot space at the back of the case, make sure the wiring connector(s) that connects it to the mboard is/are not loose on the mboard header pins.
- the USB cord may have broken wires inside it - if the wire insulation is still intact, if the wire ends are still touching the device will still work but that wire's connection is iffy, and you may hear the USB connection or disconnection sound at random.

- ports directly connected to the mboard, or ports in a USB controller card in a slot, or ports in adapter plates at the end of slots that connect to two, or more, individual ports on USB headers on the mboard, are the most reliable ports to use.

- some devices do not work properly when connected to a USB hub, that is, a hub that is two or more ports connected to one USB port directly connected to the mboard, even if it is a "powered" hub that has an extra power supply so all the ports can be supplied with the standard 500ma even if all ports have something in them. If that kind of hub is not "powered" it shares the 500ma the one directly connected port provides with all the ports in the hub, and that can cause problems when more than one device is connected to the hub. Most multiple USB ports higher up on a case front, USB ports on a keyboard, and USB ports on a printer or all in one are this type of hub.

If another USB connected device that is more sophisticated is connected to such a hub, you may have problems with simpler devices plugged into same hub when more than one device is connected to it.

- some case wiring to USB ports on the front of a case, usually the two lower down on the case, that is wired to two port connections on a USB mboard header, is inadequate, and some devices will not work properly plugged into those ports.
e.g. such front ports I have on one case work fine with mice and keyboards (USB 1.x devices) but will not work properly with USB flash drives, printers, scanners, or an iPod Shuffle.

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August 4, 2008 at 11:38:24

All my stuff is plugged into the back of the computer, but it is an alienware, so it does have that front wiring. This is weird, is there a way to figure out what that noise was? Event viewer or something?

Found this:

Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.

I checked MS and it said to use MSI tools and use event registration, I went in the tool but I didn't know what to change.

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August 4, 2008 at 13:19:28

Ok, I found out its this:

First beep

A request to disable the Desktop Window Manager was made by process (3416)

Second beep
The Desktop Window Manager was unable to start because composition was disabled by a running application

Why is this happeneing

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August 4, 2008 at 13:49:41

The USB connection sounds I was talking of are "dum-dee" when a USB device is plugged in or gets a connection, and "dee-dum" when a USB device is unplugged or has lost it's connection, as in, "dum" is a lower tone than "dee", and "dee-dum" sounds like the sound you commonly hear for a front door "doorbell" sound. Is that what you're hearing, and/or are there other sounds you're hearing?

(If the USB device is a flash drive or a card or a card reader or a USB connected external drive, you don't get the "dee-dum" sound when you unplug the device after using Safely remove hardware.)

Look up the exact error messages reported, or more than one word of them, on the web.
If you are seeing these in Event Viewer, there is usually a link in the reported info to a Microsoft article about the subject you can click on.

If you only get the error when you use a specific game or a specific program, you may have to disable Desktop Window Manager while you use the program or game.

E.g. I searched using the entire second error message...
See the Community Content part at the end

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August 4, 2008 at 15:37:27

dum-dee definitely, though I am just not sure why it only does it after the monitor is in power save mode.

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August 4, 2008 at 16:30:04

It isn't desktop manager or any other service it seems. It makes that noise only once when launching any game after the monitor has been brought out of power save. WTH!

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August 4, 2008 at 21:20:38


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August 5, 2008 at 07:57:31

What are your Power settings set to?
(e.g. Control Panel - Power Options)

It doesn't matter what your monitor is set to, it will not cause the USB connect sound when it comes back on.

I have mine set for the hard drive to either never turn off the hard drive, or to turn it off after xx minutes or hour(s)- I have never gotten the USB connect sound when the hard drive comes back on in that situation.

I don't normally turn Standby on, because I have had problems with that working properly with several mboards.
Perhaps you get the USB connect sound when coming out of Standby, if your Power settings are set to use it.
If Standby is turned on there, try turning it off to see if you then do not get the USB connect sound when the mboard "wakes up".

If Standby isn't turned on there, take a look at your bios Setup settings.
E.g. If PNP Aware OP system or similar is disabled or off in the bios Setup, your bios determines when the mboard goes into Standby - if Standby is turned on in the settings, the mboard will probably go into Standby mode regardless of whatever the Power settings are set to in Windows, after whatever time it is set to.
You can probably disable the bios putting the mboard in Standby mode by simply setting the PNP Aware OP setting or similar to enabled or on there.

Do you have a valid reason for leaving your computer on all the time, or for long periods of time, when you're not using it?
If not, then why do you do it?
At the very least, you will get more useful life out of your hard drive(s) (time you are actually using it/them) if you shut down the computer when you're not going to be using it for a long time - at least shut it down when you are not going to be there, and overnight.

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August 5, 2008 at 15:45:12

The hard drive lasts like 1.5 million hours or something, I calculated the life to be over 100 years of straight usage to ruin the harddrive. The point here is how do we fix this noise?

It only happens after I come out of monitor standby (not CPU)(and the ONLY thing in powersave mode is the monitor) and I start a game (3d application). This seems like maybe it has to do with the video card or something, I just don't know.

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August 6, 2008 at 07:52:40

In that case, if it ONLY happens with that(those) game(s) I would not be concerned about it at all. In any case, it sounds like this symptom is not associated any real problem and is merely slightly annoying.

Games are often leading edge software and are more likely to have more bugs in their programming than most programs. They are well known to not work properly on every possible computer that meets at least the minimum requirements of the game.
If this symptom really bothers you, you could check the game maker's web site for t-shooting suggestions or updates for the game, but there may be nothing you can do, except to stop using the game(s) that produce(s) the symptom.

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August 17, 2008 at 16:12:09

I believe I figured out this problem as I was having the same one. Let me know if anyone is still having this problem I will check back

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August 17, 2008 at 17:16:09

An unsolved problem is is a pointless waste of space on this site - there are already too many of those here.
If you have a solution that works for this problem, assuming yours is actually the same one, by all means, supply the details of what you did.
Even if goatman455 is no longer looking at the posts in this thread, it could be of use to someone else in the future.

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September 10, 2008 at 21:10:47

Well I am now having the problem again, so I havent fully figured it out (hence why I am back at this site after so long..) but here is what I did and this helped and made the problem stop at the time.

In your device manager under USB Controllers on mine there are USB Root Hubs. Go into the properties to power management.. and uncheck "allow the computer to turn these off to save power". Do that for all of them listed. Seems that what is happening is power management is turning these off and on to save power and that is why you are getting the USB connection sounds as they are detected/undetected etc. If anyone knows of any other devices in the device manager that have these power save options I'd appreciate knowing about it cause I recently started getting the problem again, and I suspect that there is anotehr device that is causing it somewhere with possibly the same power management feature. It is also possible that my mouse has a faulty connection but it should also be noted that when I am playing an online game (dungeons and dragons online) the whole game freezes for the duration between the two connection noises.. approximately 5 seconds. However, when playing a non online game, I hear the sounds but the game does not freeze up between the 2 sounds.

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September 11, 2008 at 07:16:20


Is your operating system XP or Vista?
If it's Vista, it's possible these things occur only in Vista. I don't have Vista and have not used it yet.

What are your Power settings set to?

Is the computer you are having these problems on a desktop or tower, or a laptop?

Are there any errors appearing in your Event Viewer that might be related to these problems?

Regarding your game freezing, that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with anything else - see response 11.

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September 11, 2008 at 07:24:38

Many online games allow instant messaging. IM can have an audible alert when a message is received.

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