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Unexpected sounds coming from your computer can be startling and disturbing. In many cases, however, there's a simple explanation.
I get the noise of a door being slammed on my computer from time to time. Why?
My psychic abilities tell me: you're running AIM - AOL Instant Messenger.
OK, it wasn't my psychic abilities, but it was a hunch, a comment by my assistant that she'd experienced this also, a question ("you running an IM program, and if so which one?") and a test.
I do get people reporting periodic unexpected sounds from their computer and I'm fairly convinced they've simply forgotten that's what their IM programs do.
I'll show you the setting in AIM.
When my assistant mentioned the same issue, my hunch was that there was an IM program involved. When she mentioned that she ran only AIM, I downloaded and installed it.
In AIM, click on the Menu menu:
Click on Settings, then on the left menu click on Sounds:
Scroll down within the sounds options until you find "Buddy List Sounds":
Note that one of the options for "When buddies Sign Out" is "doorslam.wav".
I'm guessing that's what you have set. Those door slams aren't "random" at all ... they're happening each time one of your AIM buddies who was online goes offline.
Experiencing random sounds? Check your IM program's configuration. Check all the sound related settings you can find. My guess is you'll find some kind of sound customization that will explain the noise.
Whether you then want to keep it, of course, is up to you.
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