Can I make grub beep?

Rob Harris robh at
Mon Mar 4 08:33:22 UTC 2013

It got a bit involved, but it is all there!
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John J. Boyer" <john.boyer at>
To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
Sent: Monday, March 04, 2013 4:46 AM
Subject: Re: Can I make grub beep?

This is a bit off-topic, but how can one calculate the frequencies that
correspond to various musical notes. I would like to set my grub to play
the first few bars of Beethoven's Ode to Joy.


On Mon, Mar 04, 2013 at 01:05:56AM +0100, Samuel Thibault wrote:
> John G. Heim, le Sun 03 Mar 2013 12:31:29 -0600, a écrit :
> > You can also make it play a tune. I've included an example line that 
> > plays a few notes of "On Wisconsin" This is not entirely trivial in that 
> > it makes it very clear when to interrupt the boot process in order to 
> > select an operating systems. I always tell my end users to press the 
> > down arrow once when they hear "On Wisconsin".
> I've never thought it could be so useful to be able to play a full song,
> interesting :)
> Samuel
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