How to disable the GDM pre-login 'music' in Ubuntu 11.04

To get rid of the annoying pre login gdm ‘music’ in Ubuntu 11.04 just open the ‘Startup Applications’ from the Control Panel

  1. Click on the logout button on the top right
  2. Select System Settings to get to the Control Panel
  3. Then just untick the GNOME Login Sound option - refer image below

and then option the terminal/commandline and execute this command

sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 --type=bool --set /desktop/gnome/sound/event_sounds false

restart and you won’t get those annoying drums

Old info

One annoying issue in Ubuntu 11.04 is that there is no GUI to disable the pre-login sound that GDM (the Ubuntu login screen) makes when it opens. This ‘music’ becomes an issue when you work in a quiet environment

from the command line execute

gksudo gedit /etc/gdm/custom.conf

and add the line


above the and the [daemon] line

save the file and restart - now you won’t hear the pre-login ‘music’ at the login screen

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