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    Sound at Start Up (XP SP 2)

    Hi everyone. I hope someone can assist. Two separate computers located in two different locations - a sound started playing during the boot process on both computers around the same time. Looking up the action attached to the sound, mine is a critical stop and the other one is a system notification sound. The computers still go through the entire process but what are they trying to tell me???
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    Re: Sound at Start Up (XP SP 2)

    I guess the place to start would be the event viewer logs to see if you can spot anything unusual. That's: Start, Run and then type in eventvwr. On my machine, the three lists that have the busiest logs are Application, System and Antivirus. It might take some time to look and some guessing or trial and error on your part to see if there's anything in there that might trigger a boot up sound. You can give yourself a little clue to go on if you BOOT the machine and then immediately peruse the event viewer logs, for you can use the time column to look for yellow warnings or red errors at or right after boot.
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    Re: Sound at Start Up (XP SP 2)

    And following up a little, I was Googling around on the "critical stop" item and found ( You hear the Critical Stop sound when you start the computer ), which doesn't say XP, but the MS mouse software could still be involved. As I said, could take a bit of experimenting on your part.

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    Re: Sound at Start Up (XP SP 2)

    I think you might be on to something here! I read the Microsoft article you referenced and decided to look at the mouse information in the Control Panel. I got the following message:
    "Microsoft IntelliPoint - Some mouse settings might not work until you connect a Microsoft mouse to a USB port on your computer or set up a Microsoft mouse that uses Bluetooth technology."

    My mouse is the Dell USB mouse that came with the computer, it is setup as a Basic Optical Mouse and it works fine. Could this be the reason for the critical stop sound? I have had the computer for almost a year and a half and this problem only started 4-5 months ago though.
    Thanks for your time and assistance!!!

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    Re: Sound at Start Up (XP SP 2)

    If there is no other effect except for playing the sounds on boot, you could just go to:

    Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices>Sounds>program events and turn off any or all sounds for the various events
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    I have mine set to NO sounds for all events. ( don't bother me with those hokey beeps and boops ) <img src=/S/cranky.gif border=0 alt=cranky width=18 height=25> <img src=/S/cranky.gif border=0 alt=cranky width=18 height=25> <img src=/S/beep.gif border=0 alt=beep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Sound at Start Up (XP SP 2)

    Thank you for your help! I looked at add and delete programs on the system and found software for a Microsoft mouse. I have a Dell computer that came with a DELL mouse. I deleted the Microsoft mouse software and the critical error notification stopped.
    Much better!!!
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