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    Volume Control

    In Windows XP Professional I have checked the option in the control panel to display the volume control in the system tray. Half the time when I boot up the machine the volume control is not present and I have to do a "restart" to get it to appear. Any suggestions how to avoid this and have the volume control display as it should all the time?

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    Re: Volume Control

    Is it really not visible or is it hidden in the tray because it was not used recently? Right click on the tray and choose properties, then customize the notification area options. You can set the volume control to never hide.

    That said... mine disappears often too. But i have a keyboard with a the volume controls and ma forcing myself to use those buttons (finally <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>).

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    Re: Volume Control

    Mary J,

    I don
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    Re: Volume Control

    BTW, you don't need ot reboot, just go into the sound applet in control panel - you may need to uncheck and apply, then recheck and apply, but i only ever have to open the applet and iht ok to close it.

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    Re: Volume Control

    MAry J,

    I tried that yesterday and it didn't work for me. That is one of the reasons I posted the question today. I'm not entirely certain if I tried unchecking the applet but I think I did. I will definitely pay closer attention to what I try the next time but I do know I hit apply that is what makes me believe I did uncheck it to start with. I don
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    Re: Volume Control

    It looks like another Windows XP ...er, "feature". Sometimes not all of the icons in my system tray appears at startup (NAV, Volume and so on) despite I choose "do not hide" option. Sometimes it's annoying, but at least you can use it as random numbers generator (if you cannot decide to do something or not, look does Volume Control icon shows up in the systray...)

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    Re: Volume Control

    Are you using the "Same" account each time? Each account will have different settings.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Volume Control

    account doesn't seem to matter (i definitely use the same one all the time) - it just stops showing.

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    Re: Volume Control

    I have been running XP Pro since bata 1 and have not had this problem. I am now running it on 3 maichines and going to 4 next week. None of them have LOST any icons (knocking on MS wood) that I can remember in the systray area.

    None of these machines have a control on the key board just on the speakers.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Volume Control

    Thought I would add my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> to this thread.

    I've had the new mail notification vanish from the tray, even when it was set to "never hide". After looking at the past items in the system tray properties I noted several different instances of the icon - when I changed the all to "Always Show" the problem disappeared. Evidently the new mail icon was different in some way each time it appeared - so I'd agree with Kalin that it's a (cough) feature of XP. I don't think it works as well as it should.

    There's also a possibility that the drivers for the sound card have something to do with the icon not be present as intended. Creative likes to replace the icon with their own control center, for example - although I've not had problems with Creative's volume control interfering per se.
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    Re: Volume Control

    I've been using Winxp for months as well and i just started noticing it a few weeks ago. It could be other software or patch that's causing it. i can't remember when i first went to use it and couldn't find it. i used to use it alot to mute the sound and never had a problem... until i stopped accessing it as much. i think it was after getting the office keyboard... but not sure on Office XP SP1. It's missing from both my machines - both running SP1. Both also run a lot more tools and utilites that hubsand's doesn't.

    Husband's machine has sound muted and the icon is showing. I set both up with the same customizations but i have more software and more patches on mine. (Bad wife, for not keeping his updated with patches.) I access my machines using terminal serivces multiple times a day, his occassionally (like now to check for the icon).

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    Re: Volume Control

    Mark,


    I looked at the past items, I didn
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    Re: Volume Control

    I think he means to turn off the hide feature on the first page (where the customize button is)

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    Re: Volume Control

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    Re: Volume Control

    Mary was correct - I was referring to both current and past items. Outlook's "new mail" envelope has no less than three entries in "past items" on my main desktop.

    The drivers I was referring to were not the Nvidia drivers, but rather for your sound card. Drivers, drivers, drivers, they are a pain and a bane but they make things work. And they also cause little weirdnesses like this from time to time too.
    -Mark

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