Margrethe has had a curious issue with her new Dell laptop – when she has put it to sleep and resumed working, it has made a loud beep when re-connecting to the wireless network. After googling around a bit, I found a few possible solutions to this problem, one of which we’ve tried and seems to be working this far.
1) Open Intel PRO/Wireless (the application controlling your wireless adapter, running in the system tray in the bottom right corner, it’s a green, fan-like icon showing the connection quality). Go to the Tools menu and enter Application settings. There are a number of checked boxes under “Alerts” – un-check them and click “OK”. This seems to be working on this system so far.
2) If that fails, you can try to disable the built-in beeper (speaker). Your PC would be unable to beep, but other sound should work. Go to the Start menu -> Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager. In the list, double-click “System devices”. Somewhere in that list, you should find “System speaker”. Right-click it and choose “disable”.
These tips were gleaned from a thread over at the NotebookReview forums: Very useful thread on the beep “problem” / feature affecting Dell Inspirons.
Hope this helps someone!
In an unspecified future post: A review of my MacBook!
PS: The Inspiron 6400 is in general a nice machine. This particular example of the species has got integrated graphics and the cheapest screen – at the price, it’s a well-rounded machine. Its main negatives are size/weight. The large battery option is well worth it – an actual battery life of 4 – 5 hours is great!