Windows 10: 'Device Disconnect' sound playing intermittently and along with brief freezes

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  1. ianwelby Win User

    'Device Disconnect' sound playing intermittently and along with brief freezes


    Hi.


    Over the last few days my PC has started intermittently playing the 'Device Disconnect' sound when nothing is being disconnected, and when this happens it freezes briefly around a second.


    This is on Windows 10. I haven't made any changes or added any new devices, I've ensured everything is plugged in properly and I've run updates /restarted just to make sure it's nothing to do with that. Very occasionally I will get the freeze but not the disconnect sound but when it happens it's usually both.


    I haven't seen anything obvious in the event viewer but I'm not sure what I'd be looking for.


    Any help would be much appreciated!


    Ian

    :)
     
    ianwelby, Mar 5, 2021
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  2. JoeJuan Win User

    Intermittent Beeping Sound

    Before I elaborate on the steps taken so far, allow me to notify you that I have done research on this issue via the internet. Armed with the suggested solutions, I then:

    1) Clicked on the 'Start' button, followed by 'Settings'. Then on the 'Settings' window, I clicked on 'System' followed by a click on the 'Notifications & actions' On the right pane, I set the 'Get notifications from apps and other senders' switch to 'Off'.
    No changes were made but it had no effect on the intermittent sounds.

    2) I then added the 'Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows' and disabled it. Again this did not help at all.

    3) I then enabled the switches for both items back to 'On'

    4) Clicked on the 'Start' button, followed by 'Settings'. Then on the 'Settings' window, I clicked on 'Devices' followed by a click on the 'USB'. I then set the one and only switch to notify me if there are issues connecting to USB devices to 'Off'. Again this
    did not helped as the intermittent sound still occurred. I therefore set it back to 'On'.

    5) I clicked on the 'Control Panel' (since I enabled that icon for my desktop), followed a click on the 'Hardware and Sounds' item. On the next page that appeared, I clicked on the 'Change system sound' item. Then on the 'Sound' window, I selected the 'Sounds'
    tab. A list of system sounds appeared under the 'Windows Default' and I moved the cursor to the 'Device Disconnect' item. I then set the sounds associated with that event to '(None)'. The 'Apply' button was pressed followed by the 'OK' button and closing of
    the 'Control Panel' window. The intermittent sound did not occur anymore. However, since I set the sounds to (none), I WILL NOT be notified whenever a device is disconnected and this is what is causing a problem - I prefer to be notified.

    Hopefully you would be able to suggest a better solution. BTW, this problem did not occur initially. Only when the Windows 10 updates were applied recently (about one or two months ago) did the problem surfaced. This was the reason why I suspected that the
    updates was the culprit...but I could be wrong.
     
    JoeJuan, Mar 5, 2021
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  3. JoeJuan Win User
    Intermittent Beeping Sound

    I have a very peculiar problem - most likely related to an earlier question about the intermittent beeping sound after applying the Windows 10 updates. This was answered by a Microsoft agent but the original poster did not reply saying that the sounds
    "disappeared" after the solution was proposed, so I have no idea whether it worked.

    My problem is this: occasionally (and the period between events is completely unknown) my PC would emit a beeping sound through the system speaker. The PC may "freeze" for an instant - i.e., the cursor would not respond at all. I tried troubleshooting the problem
    (including the solution proposed by the Microsoft agent) but the sound persisted. I did identify the sound - they were made by the "Device Disconnect" sound under the Windows Default scheme (activated through the Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Change
    System Sound). The file which emits the sound is called 'Windows Hardware Remove.wav' and every time I used the 'Test' button, the familiar sound will play through the PC's system speakers.

    What do you suggest I do to get rid of the sound? I find the sound irritating and the occasional freeze of the cursor is affecting the PC games that I play. Please help.
     
    JoeJuan, Mar 5, 2021
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  4. Remon Ont Win User

    'Device Disconnect' sound playing intermittently and along with brief freezes

    connect/disconnect sounds

    Thank you for the information.

    If the connect/disconnect sounds is only happening when playing an specific game, It might be a game app or a driver issue. we suggest that you try to uninstall and reinstall the game and check if the problem persists. Check the steps provided below:

    • Open the Start menu.
    • Click Settings.
    • Click System on the Settings menu.
    • Select Apps & features from the left pane. ...
    • Select an app you wish to uninstall.
    • Click the Uninstall button that appears.

    Make sure also that your device software drivers are updated.

    Post back with the result.
     
    Remon Ont, Mar 5, 2021
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