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Message 805912 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 16:41:55 UTC - in response to Message 805906.

It's so simple.....
You just download the little silent-burst.wav file linked at the bottom of the page, save it to your temp file or wherever, and then go into the sounds and multimedia settings and specify the new silent wav file for any events that you don't want to hear any tones from....it just plays the silent file....
How's that for muzzling windows, eh?

Blissful silence....


Couldn't you just remove whatever sound association with whatever event you dislike hearing the sound from?

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Message 805916 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 16:50:59 UTC - in response to Message 805906.

Ever put up with something really annoying for years until one day you really try to do something about it?

Take me for example...
I often have the audio output of my computer patched into my large stereo system to listen to audio clips at higher volumes than my PCs audio system can handle (just ask the neighbors...LOL).

What always drove me nuts is that anytime you adjust the volume slider in windows, you get this annoying, rather loud 'ding' sound at full blast along with the music. Drove me batty at times.

Going into the 'sounds and multimedia' settings in windows and setting the 'default beep' to none didn't help either...it just substitutes another default tone which was about as annoying as the ding....

I finally searched and found this webpage...Kill default windows beep..

It's so simple.....
You just download the little silent-burst.wav file linked at the bottom of the page, save it to your temp file or wherever, and then go into the sounds and multimedia settings and specify the new silent wav file for any events that you don't want to hear any tones from....it just plays the silent file....
How's that for muzzling windows, eh?

Blissful silence....

I have My main PC hooked up to the 57" TV, Now for a Wireless RF Keyboard w/trackball and a DVI & Audio to HDMI converter and I could use the 57" TV as a monitor full time, The TV will do split screen in HDMI, But not from DVI to HDMI(Drat) or back the other way(Drat and double Drat). It's on My list of course, Some where down the line, But not at the End of the Line. ;)
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Message 805921 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 17:14:47 UTC - in response to Message 805906.

It's so simple.....
You just download....

You can go even simpler, without needing to download anything.

1. Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
2. Expand System Tools and select Device Manager.
3. From the View menu, select Show hidden devices.
4. Expand Non-Plug and Play Drivers.
5. Right-click Beep, and select Properties.
6. Select the Drivers tab.
7. Click Stop. You can also change the start-up type to Disabled so the beep service never starts.
8. Reboot computer.
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Message 805934 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 18:13:26 UTC - in response to Message 805906.
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Ever put up with something really annoying for years until one day you really try to do something about it?

[...]

What always drove me nuts is that anytime you adjust the volume slider in windows, you get this annoying, rather loud 'ding' sound at full blast along with the music. Drove me batty at times.

Going into the 'sounds and multimedia' settings in windows and setting the 'default beep' to none didn't help either...it just substitutes another default tone which was about as annoying as the ding....

[...]

It's so simple.....
You just download the little silent-burst.wav file ... any events that you don't want to hear any tones from....it just plays the silent file....
How's that for muzzling windows, eh?

Incredible!

That must count as one of the best GUI clangers! Who would have thought to include a system event sound for changing the sound volume? And also not be able to turn it off!


Long ago on Win3.11-wfw and Win95C, the system events sounds were quite a 'novelty' and it was quite 'cute' to hear an electronic click echo for each keyboard mechanical click. This was back in the days when most PCs didn't have speakers let alone sound cards... Strangely, we now have 'cute' old fashioned telephone bells as the ringtone for the latest mobile phones, and some of the latest digital cameras give a loud playback sound of an old-style mechanical shutter and motor wind of a film camera...

Immediate audio and visual feedback is good and useful, but only for some things, and only if not intrusive.

I very soon switched off all the Windows events sounds except for just those for "critical" or "abnormal" events. Nicely useful when debugging software. The only 'cute' sounds left enabled were those for Windows startup and shutdown. (Those got switched off during a session of perpetual reboots whilst chasing a certain bug...)


And now?

I think my view is well known that I consider the latest Microsoft OSes to be far far too much of "IN YER FACE DUDE!" and insidiously intrusive. A good OS should be good enough that you do not even notice it is there. It should all just work, simply.

Audio feedback is very good and useful if done properly and in the right place.

Happy quiet crunchin',
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Message 805935 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 18:19:20 UTC - in response to Message 805921.

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5. Right-click Beep, and select Properties.
6. Select the Drivers tab.
7. Click Stop. You can also change the start-up type to Disabled so the beep service never starts.
8. Reboot computer.

Mmmm... Why the reboot? Is the 'service' not stopped?

(Seems a bit extreme.)

Cheers,
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Message 805989 - Posted: 7 Sep 2008, 21:45:59 UTC - in response to Message 805935.

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5. Right-click Beep, and select Properties.
6. Select the Drivers tab.
7. Click Stop. You can also change the start-up type to Disabled so the beep service never starts.
8. Reboot computer.

Mmmm... Why the reboot? Is the 'service' not stopped?

(Seems a bit extreme.)

Cheers,
Martin



It`s microsoft............ :)

Linux is a bit differant...... :)
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Message 806048 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 0:26:57 UTC

Oh great. The thread has successfully turned into another 'Winbloze iz teh suxors, Linux rocks!' thread.

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Message 806079 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 2:41:15 UTC - in response to Message 805934.

I always enjoyed changing the ms startup wav to a personalised one to the purchaser of the unit. usually something demeaning about there computer skills, and I'd make them figure out how to get rid of it.I could only get away with this by charging very small fees.
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Message 806130 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 8:36:22 UTC - in response to Message 805935.

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5. Right-click Beep, and select Properties.
6. Select the Drivers tab.
7. Click Stop. You can also change the start-up type to Disabled so the beep service never starts.
8. Reboot computer.

Mmmm... Why the reboot? Is the 'service' not stopped?

(Seems a bit extreme.)

Cheers,
Martin


Of course the reboot is only to activate the start-up type change.
Not to stop the service.
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Message 806139 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 10:43:34 UTC - in response to Message 806130.
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7. Click Stop. You can also change the start-up type to Disabled so the beep service never starts.
8. Reboot computer.

Mmmm... Why the reboot? Is the 'service' not stopped?

Of course the reboot is only to activate the start-up type change.
Not to stop the service.

So the 'reboot' can be 'whenever convenient' such as whenever you next happen to reboot?

(Then new setting doesn't get randomly lost?)

Happy quiet crunchin',
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Message 806141 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 10:47:28 UTC - in response to Message 806048.

It`s microsoft............ :)

Linux is a bit differant...... :)


Oh great. The thread has successfully turned into another 'Winbloze iz teh suxors, Linux rocks!' thread.

Keep cool, just a bit of an obvious joke.

Now... If you want to take a nibble or a byte at it, then fork a new thread?

Happy crunchin',
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(Sorry for the parallel puns! :-p )

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Message 806170 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 12:48:08 UTC - in response to Message 806139.

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7. Click Stop. You can also change the start-up type to Disabled so the beep service never starts.
8. Reboot computer.

Mmmm... Why the reboot? Is the 'service' not stopped?

Of course the reboot is only to activate the start-up type change.
Not to stop the service.

So the 'reboot' can be 'whenever convenient' such as whenever you next happen to reboot?

(Then new setting doesn't get randomly lost?)

Happy quiet crunchin',
Martin


Exactly.
At the next reboot the service is processed according to the new setting.
Actualy this is not realy a service but a driver but function of setting is the same.


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Message 806230 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 17:50:24 UTC
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Oh god I've been sporked. ;)

Yeah the beep I don't hear It here, But then I told It to shut up already some time ago.

But then I hate to just fiddle around, Although John Rich sure can(Raisin McCain).
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Message 806267 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 20:36:51 UTC - in response to Message 806141.

It`s microsoft............ :)

Linux is a bit differant...... :)


Oh great. The thread has successfully turned into another 'Winbloze iz teh suxors, Linux rocks!' thread.

Keep cool, just a bit of an obvious joke.

Now... If you want to take a nibble or a byte at it, then fork a new thread?

Happy crunchin',
Martin

(Sorry for the parallel puns! :-p )


Nope, not me. I suppose I should have put a smiley at the end of my sentence to indicate that I understood the jab and was poking back in my own way.

Please carry on...

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Message 806282 - Posted: 8 Sep 2008, 21:16:00 UTC - in response to Message 806048.

The thread has successfully turned into another 'Winbloze iz teh suxors, Linux rocks!' thread.

I went to empty my trash and accidentally deleted my trash can...

It took me at least fifteen minutes to figure out how to get it back...

Winbloze rocks! lol... ;)
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Message 806412 - Posted: 9 Sep 2008, 4:50:36 UTC - in response to Message 806282.

The thread has successfully turned into another 'Winbloze iz teh suxors, Linux rocks!' thread.

I went to empty my trash and accidentally deleted my trash can...

It took me at least fifteen minutes to figure out how to get it back...

Winbloze rocks! lol... ;)



I keep doing that instead of emptying the bloomin thing...however, it only takes me 30 seconds to recover ;)
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Message 806564 - Posted: 9 Sep 2008, 22:56:25 UTC - in response to Message 806412.

The thread has successfully turned into another 'Winbloze iz teh suxors, Linux rocks!' thread.

I went to empty my trash and accidentally deleted my trash can...

It took me at least fifteen minutes to figure out how to get it back...

Winbloze rocks! lol... ;)



I keep doing that instead of emptying the bloomin thing...however, it only takes me 30 seconds to recover ;)

All it takes is a bit of practice... :-)

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Message 806582 - Posted: 9 Sep 2008, 23:47:15 UTC - in response to Message 806282.

The thread has successfully turned into another 'Winbloze iz teh suxors, Linux rocks!' thread.

I went to empty my trash and accidentally deleted my trash can...

It took me at least fifteen minutes to figure out how to get it back...

Winbloze rocks! lol... ;)


LOL that's great

can't say I ever deleted my trash can and not sure how to get it back, but it reminds me of the time my mom moved her task bar to the top of her screen and couldn't figure out how to fix it, but her best trick was when she dropped a book onto her keyboard and flipped her display upside down.

gotta love computers.
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