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    Strange springing sound - help!

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    I think that this question belongs here but would be most appreciative of any help or guidance. In the last few days, I have noticed a strange new springing sound that intermittently pops up on my imac. I cannot determine what app is responsible, but it keeps happening and in uneven intervals.

    I am copying over a couple of logs from terminal that I took after 2 more recent occurrences.

    What is this and how do I stop it? Thank you in advance!

    PID TT STAT TIME COMMAND
    1 ?? Ss 0:01.18 /sbin/launchd
    10 ?? Ss 0:02.36 /usr/libexec/kextd
    11 ?? Ss 0:00.11 /usr/sbin/notifyd
    12 ?? Ss 0:00.18 /usr/sbin/diskarbitrationd
    13 ?? Ss 0:01.03 /usr/libexec/configd
    14 ?? Ss 0:00.06 /usr/sbin/syslogd
    15 ?? Ss 0:03.15 /usr/sbin/DirectoryService
    16 ?? Ss 0:00.21 /usr/sbin/blued
    17 ?? Ss 0:00.17 /usr/sbin/distnoted
    21 ?? Ss 0:00.13 /usr/sbin/ntpd -c /private/etc/ntp-restrict.conf -n -g -p /var/run/ntpd.pid -f /va
    24 ?? Ss 0:00.08 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework/Versions/A/Resources/usbm
    27 ?? Ss 0:00.15 /usr/sbin/securityd -i
    30 ?? Ss 0:14.37 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Su
    31 ?? Ss 0:00.20 /usr/sbin/mDNSResponder -launchd
    32 ?? Ss 0:00.48 /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow console
    33 ?? Ss 0:00.02 /usr/sbin/KernelEventAgent
    35 ?? Ss 0:00.01 /usr/libexec/hidd
    36 ?? Ss 0:00.29 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CarbonCore
    38 ?? Ss 0:00.01 /sbin/dynamic_pager -F /private/var/vm/swapfile
    44 ?? Ss 0:00.01 autofsd
    47 ?? SNs 0:01.36 /Library/PreferencePanes/MozyHome.prefPane/Contents/Resources/MozyHomeBackup
    60 ?? Ss 0:01.09 /System/Library/CoreServices/coreservicesd
    64 ?? Ss 0:01.19 /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall/socketfilterfw
    79 ?? Ss 0:15.44 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/CoreGraphics.f
    84 ?? Ss 0:00.02 /System/Library/Frameworks/OpenGL.framework/Versions/A/Libraries/cvmsServ
    94 ?? Ss 0:00.54 /usr/sbin/coreaudiod
    101 ?? Ss 0:00.13 /sbin/launchd
    105 ?? S 0:00.90 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/MacOS/Dock
    106 ?? S 0:01.34 /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SystemUIServer
    107 ?? S 0:02.60 /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder
    120 ?? S 0:00.88 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/ATS.framework/
    125 ?? S 0:00.22 /usr/libexec/UserEventAgent -l Aqua
    132 ?? S 0:00.05 /System/Library/CoreServices/AirPort Base Station Agent.app/Contents/MacOS/AirPort
    133 ?? S 0:00.21 /Library/PreferencePanes/MozyHome.prefPane/Contents/Resources/MozyHome Status.app/
    135 ?? S 0:00.00 /usr/sbin/pboard
    140 ?? S 0:00.06 /Library/Printers/Brother/Utilities/Server/LOGINserver.app/Contents/MacOS/LOGINser
    142 ?? S 0:06.78 /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/MacOS/Skype -psn_0_40970
    164 ?? S 0:00.04 /Library/Printers/Brother/Utilities/Server/USBserver.app/Contents/MacOS/USBserver
    170 ?? S 0:00.09 /Library/Printers/Brother/Utilities/Server/NETserver.app/Contents/MacOS/NETserver
    178 ?? S 0:03.33 /Library/Printers/Brother/Utilities/ControlCenter/ControlCenter.app/Contents/MacOS
    205 ?? S 0:16.58 /Applications/Utilities/System Profiler.app/Contents/MacOS/System Profiler -psn_0_
    216 ?? S 0:11.08 /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/MacOS/Safari -psn_0_106522
    218 ?? S 0:01.69 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/WebProcess.app/Contents/MacOS/
    258 ?? Ss 0:00.20 /usr/sbin/diskmanagementd
    263 ?? S 0:00.54 /Applications/iCal.app/Contents/MacOS/iCal -psn_0_147492
    267 ?? S 0:00.54 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/DashboardClient.app/Conte
    279 ?? S 0:01.62 /Applications/iChat.app/Contents/MacOS/iChat -psn_0_155686
    281 ?? S 0:00.05 /System/Library/Frameworks/IMCore.framework/iChatAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/iChatAge
    282 ?? SNs 0:00.20 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Ve
    286 ?? S 0:00.05 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServices.framework/Resources/VDC.plug
    290 ?? S 0:00.51 /System/Library/Frameworks/OpenGL.framework/Versions/A/Libraries/cvmsComp_x86_64 1
    294 ?? R 0:01.49 /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/MacOS/Terminal -psn_0_184365
    306 ?? S 0:19.27 /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox -psn_0_188462
    310 ?? S 0:18.61 /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/plugin-container.app/Contents/MacOS/plugi
    296 s000 Ss 0:00.02 login -pf Simon
    297 s000 S 0:00.01 -bash
    312 s000 R+ 0:00.00 ps ax


    PID TT STAT TIME COMMAND
    1 ?? Ss 0:01.30 /sbin/launchd
    10 ?? Ss 0:02.36 /usr/libexec/kextd
    11 ?? Ss 0:00.11 /usr/sbin/notifyd
    12 ?? Ss 0:00.18 /usr/sbin/diskarbitrationd
    13 ?? Ss 0:01.05 /usr/libexec/configd
    14 ?? Ss 0:00.06 /usr/sbin/syslogd
    15 ?? Ss 0:03.18 /usr/sbin/DirectoryService
    16 ?? Ss 0:00.21 /usr/sbin/blued
    17 ?? Ss 0:00.17 /usr/sbin/distnoted
    21 ?? Ss 0:00.14 /usr/sbin/ntpd -c /private/etc/ntp-restrict.conf -n -g -p /var/run/ntpd.pid -f /va
    24 ?? Ss 0:00.08 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework/Versions/A/Resources/usbm
    27 ?? Ss 0:00.15 /usr/sbin/securityd -i
    30 ?? Ss 0:14.46 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Su
    31 ?? Ss 0:00.22 /usr/sbin/mDNSResponder -launchd
    32 ?? Ss 0:00.48 /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow console
    33 ?? Ss 0:00.02 /usr/sbin/KernelEventAgent
    35 ?? Ss 0:00.01 /usr/libexec/hidd
    36 ?? Ss 0:00.31 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CarbonCore
    38 ?? Ss 0:00.01 /sbin/dynamic_pager -F /private/var/vm/swapfile
    44 ?? Ss 0:00.01 autofsd
    47 ?? SNs 0:01.51 /Library/PreferencePanes/MozyHome.prefPane/Contents/Resources/MozyHomeBackup
    60 ?? Ss 0:01.10 /System/Library/CoreServices/coreservicesd
    64 ?? Ss 0:01.22 /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall/socketfilterfw
    79 ?? Ss 0:18.33 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/CoreGraphics.f
    84 ?? Ss 0:00.02 /System/Library/Frameworks/OpenGL.framework/Versions/A/Libraries/cvmsServ
    94 ?? Ss 0:00.55 /usr/sbin/coreaudiod
    101 ?? Ss 0:00.13 /sbin/launchd
    105 ?? S 0:00.90 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/MacOS/Dock
    106 ?? S 0:01.35 /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SystemUIServer
    107 ?? S 0:02.63 /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder
    120 ?? S 0:00.89 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/ATS.framework/
    125 ?? S 0:00.22 /usr/libexec/UserEventAgent -l Aqua
    132 ?? S 0:00.05 /System/Library/CoreServices/AirPort Base Station Agent.app/Contents/MacOS/AirPort
    133 ?? S 0:00.22 /Library/PreferencePanes/MozyHome.prefPane/Contents/Resources/MozyHome Status.app/
    135 ?? S 0:00.00 /usr/sbin/pboard
    140 ?? S 0:00.06 /Library/Printers/Brother/Utilities/Server/LOGINserver.app/Contents/MacOS/LOGINser
    142 ?? S 0:07.13 /Applications/Skype.app/Contents/MacOS/Skype -psn_0_40970
    164 ?? S 0:00.04 /Library/Printers/Brother/Utilities/Server/USBserver.app/Contents/MacOS/USBserver
    170 ?? S 0:00.10 /Library/Printers/Brother/Utilities/Server/NETserver.app/Contents/MacOS/NETserver
    178 ?? S 0:03.33 /Library/Printers/Brother/Utilities/ControlCenter/ControlCenter.app/Contents/MacOS
    205 ?? S 0:16.58 /Applications/Utilities/System Profiler.app/Contents/MacOS/System Profiler -psn_0_
    216 ?? S 0:11.09 /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/MacOS/Safari -psn_0_106522
    218 ?? S 0:01.79 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/WebProcess.app/Contents/MacOS/
    258 ?? Ss 0:00.23 /usr/sbin/diskmanagementd
    263 ?? S 0:00.54 /Applications/iCal.app/Contents/MacOS/iCal -psn_0_147492
    267 ?? S 0:00.55 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/DashboardClient.app/Conte
    279 ?? S 0:01.68 /Applications/iChat.app/Contents/MacOS/iChat -psn_0_155686
    281 ?? S 0:00.05 /System/Library/Frameworks/IMCore.framework/iChatAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/iChatAge
    282 ?? SNs 0:00.23 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Ve
    286 ?? S 0:00.05 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreMediaIOServices.framework/Resources/VDC.plug
    294 ?? R 0:01.58 /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/MacOS/Terminal -psn_0_184365
    306 ?? S 0:33.70 /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox -psn_0_188462
    310 ?? S 0:21.26 /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/plugin-container.app/Contents/MacOS/plugi
    296 s000 Ss 0:00.02 login -pf Simon
    297 s000 S 0:00.01 -bash
    315 s000 R+ 0:00.00 ps ax

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    Strange springing sound - help!

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    Hi,
    Unfortunately the log doesn't mean anything to me, however, when you say 'springing' sound do you mean a 'pinging' sound like the echo sounder on a submarine?
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    Strange springing sound - help!

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    No - not like a sub. It has almost 3 parts to the sound and is not in any of the notification options. I have also never heard it before on a mac. My best description is that it sounds like a plastic toy kids hammer that has a little spring action to it - the strike, the compression and then the decompression of the hammer.

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    Strange springing sound - help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by playaslee View Post
    No - not like a sub. It has almost 3 parts to the sound and is not in any of the notification options. I have also never heard it before on a mac. My best description is that it sounds like a plastic toy kids hammer that has a little spring action to it - the strike, the compression and then the decompression of the hammer.
    Apple has a variety of "alert" sounds built into the OS. Go to:

    - Apple Menu
    - System Preferences
    - Sound

    And cycle thru the sound effects to see if you hear the sound that you're hearing. If so...then what you're hearing is a built-in alert sound...in response to you doing something "not-allowed" or "wrong".

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    Strange springing sound - help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Apple has a variety of "alert" sounds built into the OS. Go to:

    - Apple Menu
    - System Preferences
    - Sound

    And cycle thru the sound effects to see if you hear the sound that you're hearing. If so...then what you're hearing is a built-in alert sound...in response to you doing something "not-allowed" or "wrong".

    - Nick
    Nick,
    My sound is none of these and exactly like one ping of an echo sounder.

    It happens very infrequently. I think it may have something to do with my HP EPrint Printer but I just can't nail it down. Everything is working fine though so it's a mystery. I thought the OP may have a similar 'problem'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pendlewitch View Post
    Nick,
    My sound is none of these and exactly like one ping of an echo sounder.
    Are you saying that you're having a "sound issue" as well (just like the OP)? I thought in your earlier post you were helping the OP (I'm a bit confused).

    In any case...I think that the alert sounds may change from time to time depending on the OS version. On my desktop Mac I'm running OS 10.6.7...and I do have a "Ping" alert sound...which does sound somewhat like a "sonar ping" from a submarine. Then there is also an alert sound called "submarine".

    On older OS versions (from a long time ago)...there used to be an alert sound called "boing"...which sounds sort of like a cartoon "springy" sound like the OP was describing...but I don't thing the alert sound "boing" is part of the OS anymore.

    Also...since folks can add (customize) alert sounds...something could be added that wasn't part of a stock OS install.

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    Strange springing sound - help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Are you saying that you're having a "sound issue" as well (just like the OP)? I thought in your earlier post you were helping the OP (I'm a bit confused).

    In any case...I think that the alert sounds may change from time to time depending on the OS version. On my desktop Mac I'm running OS 10.6.7...and I do have a "Ping" alert sound...which does sound somewhat like a "sonar ping" from a submarine. Then there is also an alert sound called "submarine".

    On older OS versions (from a long time ago)...there used to be an alert sound called "boing"...which sounds sort of like a cartoon "springy" sound like the OP was describing...but I don't thing the alert sound "boing" is part of the OS anymore.

    Also...since folks can add (customize) alert sounds...something could be added that wasn't part of a stock OS install.

    - Nick
    Yes you are right, I was helping the OP but with reference to my own experiences with random alert noise. The OP reports unprompted, intermittent sound just like me and I wanted to know if it was the same tone before going further.

    Still, ping, boing or spring it's strange and there are lots of posts on the web.

    Here's one https://discussions.apple.com/thread...art=0&tstart=0

    I don't use Skype or iChat but the OP's logs refer to both of them so this may be the problem?
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