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Distinguishable Error Beep

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122485D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

A methodology is described which allows humans to uniquely identify computers reporting errors with an audible notification in a Local Area Network (LAN) environment.

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Distinguishable Error Beep

      A methodology is described which allows humans to
uniquely identify computers reporting errors with an audible
notification in a Local Area Network (LAN) environment.

      In an environment which requires many machines in reasonably
close proximity, it is difficult to keep track of machines producing
errors without physically going to a suspect machine for further
investigation. Error reporting typically beeps when an error is
logged; however, it is difficult to impossible to determine which
machine beeped in a room with many machines running. Every machine
logs errors with the exact same beep. This article makes the error
logging beeps distinctly recognizable for each machine.

      The present article ensures each machine creates unique BEEP
sound(s) when error logging. LAN-connected machines have a Token Ring
Adapter. Token Ring (TR) Adapters have a unique address. The TR
address will be used at initialization time to hash a unique
combination of DOSBEEP() call arguments so that error reporting
machines will be easily identified by sound. The specific sound(s)
generated may vary by playing a tune. The duration of specific
sound(s) generated and specific sound(s) themselves may vary by any
number of continuous sounds. Override of configuration can be
performed to change the automatically configured beep so that similar
sounding machines can be made substantially different. Any number of
hashing algorithms could be used to achieve the same end result.
Optional override of beep sound(s) to customize machines for
different reporting beep(s) if dissatisfied with automatically
configured beep(s) can also be implemented.

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