A Different Beep & SndVol Problem

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Ellen1910

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It's driving me crazy so I'm asking now, but it's after 1AM here and I may not be able to participate till tomorrow.

I rebuilt a computer for my niece -- WindowsXP SP3. As I usually do, I put a shortcut to sndvol32.exe on the desktop, and because that applet beeps when the slider is moved I disabled "beep" in Device Manager. Everything was working fine -- no beep -- and had been for days when I put aside the computer five days ago. Tonight I started it up and the beep was back on the sndvol slider.

Device Manager showed a red x on "beep". Right clicking "beep" offered the opportunity to disable "beep" (obviously I expected it to say I could
enable it). I clicked disable; restarted and returned. The red x was still there and the beep was still active on the sound volume applet. Device Manager now offered the opportunity to enable "beep". I tried that, rebooted and returned. The red x was gone, and the beep was active on the applet -- as expected. Disabled it again, got the red x but still got a beep.

Finally I uninstalled "beep". Rebooted and "beep" was gone from Device Manager -- but the beep sound was still on the volume control. Rebooted again -- without clicking on "beep" -- and "beep" reappeared in Device Manager.

I'm at my wits end. Any ideas? what I'm doing wrong? overlooking?


Edit: Is it the case that disabling "beep" only works if one or more -- or all -- "Windows sounds" are silenced via the Control Panel? If so, which sounds?

And why all the crazy OS actions I experienced?

Edit 2: It appears that if the Windows Sound "Default Beep" is "no sound" disabling the Device Manager's "beep" will stop the sndvol slider from beeping.

Still -- what was all the craziness?
 
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