Re: NVDA Beta 4 error tone when opening outlook

Quentin Christensen

Alpha and Beta builds play an error sound whenever an error is written to the log.  RC and stable builds will record exactly the same errors, but don't play a sound.  There are a number of situations where NVDA might record an error, however it then tries something else which works, and so most end users wouldn't notice anything amiss.

If you can reliably reproduce an error in that situation, as Joseph noted, you can find the exact errors in the log, do test if you can reproduce with add-ons disabled, and if so, it's still worth creating an issue on GitHub for: 

We'll prioritise issues which have an adverse reaction for users of course, but fixing such an error might still result in a smoother experience.

Kind regards


On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 5:19 AM Joseph Lee <joseph.lee22590@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I can’t speak to NV Access, but personally whenever you hear an error tone from NvDA (alpha and beta snapshots), I advise opening log viewer (NVDA+F1) and look at lines above developer info statement as it will record the error and traceback information so we (developers) can diagnose the problem. This is more so if you hear error tones constantly (from anywhere).




From: <> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] NVDA Beta 4 error tone when opening outlook


On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 01:07 PM, Gary Metzler wrote:

When using the beta this sound is normal.

Yes and no.  I agree with you, from a practical standpoint, that this tone generally doesn't indicate that anything's wrong that the end user would be concerned about unless there were an obvious bad behavior.  That being said, even in the beta it does indicate that an error condition of some sort has been encountered, and if your logging level happens to be set to debug you can look at the NVDA log to see what, exactly, it is that was not liked.

Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 20H2, Build 19042  

The depths of denial one can be pushed to by outside forces of disapproval can make you not even recognize yourself to yourself.

       ~ Brian Vogel


Quentin Christensen
Training and Support Manager

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