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Mail alert sounds?
Posted by: Don Kiyoti
Date: June 03, 2006 05:49PM
First, call me silly if you must, but I LIKE to hear those sounds, especially the new mail sound. It seems to have been chosen to be audible from the other room, even with the volume low.

My question: why does Mail quit playing those sounds? No crashes, no other odd behaviour, but Mail goes silent after a period of days or weeks. Repairing permissions doesn't fix it, but restarting does.

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Re: Mail alert sounds?
Posted by: johnc
Date: June 04, 2006 10:37AM
It's a known bug that seems to be related to Fast User Switching (while Mail is running). But you might want to give this a try.

Go to /Applications/

Control-click on and "Show Package Contents."

Open the Contents folder in the window that appears.

Open the Resources folder in the window that appears.

Control-click New Mail.aiff and choose "Get Info." In the Info window that appears, check "Open with:" and change the application listed--probably Don't choose "Change All ..." (unless for some reason you want all aiff files to open with

Under "Ownership & Permissions" (in the same info window) unlock the padlock, change the owner to you, and lock.

Close the info window.

You can use this for other Mail alert sounds as well.

When you're done, restart.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/04/2006 10:40AM by johnc.
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Re: Mail alert sounds?
Posted by: Don Kiyoti
Date: June 04, 2006 12:04PM
Thanks for the tip! I'll try it. I don't have any other accounts set up on this computer and fast user switching isn't enabled but I'll see what happens.

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