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Voices on iMac when I log on; must restart to stop

2325 Views 86 Replies Latest reply: Jun 30, 2013 6:34 PM by BDAqua RSS Branched to a new discussion.
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,715 points)

    I'd not expect any of those to cause this (barring firefox being left open on a website that plays sounds just now & then... so remove it, using the - button below the list). It looks as if the two with yellow warning can't be found/opened anyway, I'd remove those too.


    I've never tried dropbox, but doubt it having an alarm or other notification that would make the noises you describe.


    I presume, from your earlier posts, that quitting any/all apps makes no difference to the sound once it's begun, and that you have to shut down; if so, none of those in the list could be a cause.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,230 points)

    I've made the changes you suggested.  I don't know how any of them got on there in the first place.  I only have Safari checked now.

    To stop them opening at login you need to remove them from the list using the 'minus' button - not just deselecting the tick. The tick just tells the OS to hide or show the app.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,230 points)

    Sounds like so far so good - let's hope it stays gone .

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,230 points)

    Mmm, difficult to nail this one down.

    Whilst it's not very convenient to leave your TM backup disconnected it may be worthwhile just to see if you can establish the disk as being the cause. Seems unlikely, but you've tried just about everything else!

    You could always schedule yourself a Reminder to nudge you into doing a manual backup on a regular basis, so that you're not caught out if disaster strikes. Just connect the drive, launch Time Machine and let it run. When it's finished quit Time Machine, eject and disconnect the drive until the next time.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,205 points)

    Hi Janice,

    If I am not mistaken, the Time Machine hard drive is a WifI only device or can it be directly connected by cable?

    I am not an expert on WiFi technology, but is there a chance that your Wifi router signal is picking someone else's Wifi signals close by?

    Epecially any type of audio signals that can be transmitted over WiFi?

    If you know how to get at your WiFi router's software, through a web browser or through dedicated software that came with the router, you might try changing the router's transmit/receive channel to some other channel other than what is has been set to.

    If you do not know how to do this, check your router's instruction booklet, call the router mfr. or,cable company/ISP for help, or find the relevant info to do this through the router mfr. online website.

    Maybe this would solve the issue.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,205 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 3:59 AM (in response to MichelPM)

    It's also a possibility that your WiFi router maybe picking up cell phone signals, as well, if you aren't very far from a cell tower or some sort of transmitting station. Or somebody, again, is using a portable, mobile WiFi hotspot device.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,205 points)

    If it's not the router, it could be noise on the cable line or modem line. Cable companies can install a special noise filter on the cable or modem line to either eliminate or attenuate this noise to keep it from being an issue in the future.

    Good Luck!


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