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    Your thoughts on "system" sounds?

    I like having system sounds. I especially like that I can customize them myself. What I don't like, is that they play through the same sound hardware as my music. (Who would want their doorbell, or phone, to sound out through your 200W JBL's?)

    I wish computer manufacturers, and software writers, would design a separate system for system sounds. Just a small motherboard based sound chip that could play through a small external or internal speaker.

    What's your thoughts on this? Thanks.

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    It's already there. The little speaker on the motherboard.
    As far as I know, there's just no software to address it.

    It's generally just for use by the Bios, to give you that reassuring BEEP when the board is booting up properly, or more complex beep codes when it's NOT booting correctly.

    But I'm not without compassion either. I will have my system sound set up for watching a sports event (or something) and then an email comes in and "You've Got Mail" shakes the whole house and I can hear it clear over to my neighbors house.

    But, Windows comes with way too many sounds.......for everything!
    I cut that down to about five sounds for the five most important events, and I delete the rest of those obnoxious Windows Sounds.

    Unless you design your own PC, the sound thing is just something you'll have to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
    But, Windows comes with way too many sounds.......for everything!
    I cut that down to about five sounds for the five most important events, and I delete the rest of those obnoxious Windows Sounds.
    Me too, Doc. But those five are important.

    One thing that did occur to me, is I wonder if I can set up two sound cards. My "good" one and a 2nd cheapy, then assign system sounds to it?
    I think I'll look into that.

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    While you at it you might look into this...

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    I don't know how, or if it will be of any use in your particular situation.
    I don't think you'll have much luck with two sound cards as all sounds will either default to one or the other.

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    Thanks Clint. It appears that I can set the system sounds volume separate from "music" files. I'll play with this a bit and see how it goes.

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