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    Why would Mail.app play "Mail Fetch Error" sound when new email received
    I don't know when the problem started and I can't find any way to stop it.

    I've been running my iMac with Mavericks and have/had started keeping my 2.1 external speakers at a higher than my normal volume level. OK for most stuff except Mail.app with any new incoming email. It plays what I finally discovered is Mail's "Mail Fetch Error.aiff" which is a very deep base sound and can actually make my 2.1 base speaker actually rattle is the sound is to high, as well as almost giving me a heart attack.

    I cannot find any way to change the sound or why it even occurs. I can change the Mail Preference sound to "New Mail" or some alternatives or None, and they work properly, and if any sound is selected there, it plays immediately after the Mail Fetch Error sound.

    That sound apparently means: Mail Fetch Error.aiff indicates the last attempt to retrieve mail was unsuccessful.
    But there is no problem with any mail server that I know of and Connection Doctor says everything is OK and working well.

    I have also tried switching Notifications >Mail sound to On and Off with no cahange.

    Turning Mail prefs sound on or off works as expected, but the old deep base Mail Fetch Error always plays whenever any new email arrives.

    I'll admit I'm stuck to find out how to disable the Mail Fetch Error.aiff sound or what's causing it to play.
    BTW: It sits in Applications > Mail > Contents > Resources along with its associated other three buddys:
    New Mail.aiff, Mail Sent.aiff, No Mail.aiff.

    Any guru have any ideas???

    And yes I could turn down my volume or the base level of my 2.1 base speaker, but I shouldn't have to thanks.

    Thanks,

    - Patrick
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    Patrick

    I know how fond you are of :Find Any File" and using that app and inputing "Mail Fetch Error", brought up 2 hits - as shown below.

    The top one seems to be the instruction for producing the sound you here. Would temporarily moving that to, say, the Desktop, cure the problem? Just guessing really, but a thought.

    S1.png

    Ian
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    Thanks Ian, not a bad idea.

    I'm not sure I understood all that you posted above, but replacing the original Mail Fetch Error.aiff with a different better sound with the same name should certainly get rid of the harsh deep bass sound.

    Apple's OS X apps don't normally like getting modified and can mess up their "signed" signature, but as I've already changed Mail's icon to one of a decent Canadian stamp, maybe changing one of its sound files shouldn't affect it that much.

    PS: I'd still like to know why that sound is sounding. No email "fetch error" seems to be happening AFAIK or Concerned.

    BTW: My Canadian Stamp icon replacement for my Mail.app:

    My Mail Stamp.png


    - Patrick
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    Last edited by pm-r; 05-27-2018 at 06:41 PM.

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    OK, how about a very bad drum roll here and my big face-palm I found the cause.

    I even tried resetting some Mail server settings as confirmed by my ISP tech, as those I was using were old and not recommended. No change to the extra Mail Fetch Error.aiff sound I was getting.

    Today I checked my Mail Rules again but for a different reason and discovered one called "Rule 12" which is an unusual name for me to use and also tucked away at the end out of usual site.

    One big faceplant when I saw this:
    Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 1.34.31 PM.png





    Embarassed YES!!!!!

    PS: I have no idea as to why there would be such a rule or evan any real reason. But it's barely noticible with my external 2,1 speakers disconnected and just the 27" iMac's speakers working.

    Thanks for your suggestion Ian as I was almost ready to switch or replace the Mail Fetch Error sound with something else.


    - Patrick
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    Last edited by pm-r; 05-30-2018 at 05:19 PM.

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