Obnoxious VMWare console beeps
The VMWare machines on my work laptop would chime whenever I did things like filename completion. The problem was, it was BIOS-level super obnoxious beep that was likely pissing off my cube-neighbors (no volume control nor mute worked). I had turned off all sounds in the Windows host OS, which seemed to be the problem. So if your console beeps are out of hand, set the Windows' "
Default Beep" to something. That will have Windows re-intercepting the beep and then the system volume control / mute will work again.