Skip navigation
This discussion is archived

Notification sounds have disappeared

1398 Views 26 Replies Latest reply: Dec 11, 2007 9:42 PM by Keith Lynch RSS
  • Ernst Mulder Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Nov 5, 2007 2:07 PM (in response to Amanda Winton)
    Same problem here. 10.4.10, MacBook.

    So far I couldn't find any solution. The only "strange" thing I've installed recently was the XiphQT Component for QuickTime (support for .ogg). I'll remove it to see if it will help.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,835 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Nov 11, 2007 4:43 AM (in response to Amanda Winton)
    Hi All,

    The standard fixes are:
    Check System Preferences > Sound > Sound Effects has the volume turned Up.
    Check iChat will play the Sounds in iChat > Preferences > Alerts.

    If this work then try deleting com.apple.ichat.plist as this holds the global and Individually set Alerts.
    (it also loses Bubble colours, Font choices for text chats, Saved Status messages and Menu bar icon setting amoungst others)
    Restart iChat

    If that does not work delete com.apple.audio.DeviceSettings.plist in the Hard drive/Library/Preferences (Not your Home folder)

    http://static.flickr.com/35/99733145_7168a1ce77.jpg?v=0

    12:43 PM Sunday; November 11, 2007
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (10.4.10) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5) NETGEAR DG834GUK + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5), + Well 10.4.10 "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • Enrique Ortiz Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Nov 12, 2007 12:45 AM (in response to Amanda Winton)
    Do you have any third part iChat programs installed. Like Chax or anything like that? I lost my sounds after upgrading to Leopard. I had Chax in Tiger. I uninstalled Chax, and my notification sounds returned.

    Aloha
    Mac Pro 2.66, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Brian Lackey, FC-Colorado Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Nov 17, 2007 6:25 AM (in response to Amanda Winton)
    I have the same issue. The frustrating part is that I never know if someone responds! I have to keep checking visually. I have no fixes either. I may have to call Apple Support.
    MacBook Pro Core2 Duo, G5 1.6, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • ndsG5 Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Nov 20, 2007 1:45 PM (in response to Amanda Winton)
    I am experiencing similar missing buddy notification sound problems after updating to OS-X to 10.4.11 on Friday 11/16. Additionally iChat no longer bounces the icon on the Dock when messages are received. Reboots, repair of permissions, and misc cleanups have not resolved the issue. I've checked all sound settings in System Preferences and in Audio MIDI Setup utility as well without success. My buddy is using AIM and is receiving notification sounds when I send and log in/out. Running iChat version 3.1.8 (v445) based on iLife '05. Hopefully Apple Support will address it...
    iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2 GHz PowerPC G5 1GB DDR SDRAM
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,835 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Nov 20, 2007 2:49 PM (in response to ndsG5)
    Use the Download tab at top of page.
    Navigate to your version (Intel or PPC) of the COMBO 10.4.11 update and run that.

    http://static.flickr.com/35/99733145_7168a1ce77.jpg?v=0

    10:49 PM Tuesday; November 20, 2007
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (10.4.10) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5) NETGEAR DG834GUK + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5), + Well 10.4.10 "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,835 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Nov 25, 2007 11:59 AM (in response to Amanda Winton)
    Ok

    http://static.flickr.com/35/99733145_7168a1ce77.jpg?v=0

    7:59 PM Sunday; November 25, 2007
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (10.4.10) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5) NETGEAR DG834GUK + Dazzle DV, Mac OS X (10.5), + Well 10.4.10 "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • Keith Lynch Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 7, 2007 9:42 PM (in response to Amanda Winton)
    I am having the same problem as "ndsG5". iChat seems to be not playing sounds at all after the combo update. It works in the ichat preferences when I assign them but not in the main program. Ever since the update this has happened. I don't keep ichat open all the time either. I have 10.4.11 loaded also. I don't think reloading the combo update will work. It may cause more damage than good since I already upgraded. I am using a griffin imic attached to my external speakers. I also tried disconnecting them and using just the internal speaker. It didn't work either. I also played with the system prefs. That didn't work either.

    All help is appreciated.
    G4 1.8 (AGP Graphics) mhz (tiger) and Powerbook G4 12 inch 1.5 ghz (Leopard), Mac OS X (10.4.11), ipod classic 160 gb, isight, 300 gb external, 512 MB and 1 GB ipod shuffle
  • ndsG5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 11, 2007 1:08 PM (in response to Keith Lynch)
    Thanks Ralph and Amanda for your suggestions and input.

    Keith, I've found a workaround (for my system at least) today that has been working well. Instead of mucking with the Alerts in Preferences I modified the notification actions for each buddy in my Buddy List. However, I cannot guarantee this will help those using iChat for OS-X 10.5. Below is from iChat's help doc:

    "Setting up iChat to notify you when your buddy changes his status"
    You can set up iChat to notify you when a specific buddy becomes available, sends you a file, or invites you to chat.

    To set notification actions for your buddies:
    1. Select a person in your Buddy List, then choose Buddies > Get Info.
    2. Choose Actions in the Show pop-up menu.
    3. Choose an option, such as Buddy Becomes Available, from the Event pop-up menu, and then set options, such as "Play sound," or "Bounce icon in the Dock." The next time your buddy becomes available, iChat will notify you depending on what option you selected.

    I feel a bit stupid because I can't recall if I had enabled those notification actions on initial use of iChat. Or possibly the 10.4.11 update over-rode or reset those actions. In any case the workaround is functioning for me with sounds and bouncing iChat icon.

    I'm quite interested in getting feedback if this works for anyone else.
    Thanks,
    Neil
    iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2 GHz PowerPC G5 1GB DDR SDRAM
  • Keith Lynch Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Dec 11, 2007 9:42 PM (in response to ndsG5)
    Hey Neil,

    It sounded like a good idea but it didn't work. BTW I have Leopard on my powerbook and ichat works fine. Since I did the 10.4.11 update on my tower, it doesn't work anymore no matter what I do. You shouldn't have to go through so much trouble to do this. It's just a stupid bug. I'm sure someone will figure out a solution. (I hope) . I'll let you know if I come across something.

    Thanks Neil and happy holidays!
    -Keith
    G4 400 mhz (tiger) and Powerbook G4 12 inch 1.5 ghz (tiger), Mac OS X (10.4.11), ipod photo 60 gb, isight, 300 gb external,512 MB and 1 GB ipod shuffle
1 2 Previous Next

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.