Done VBEEP instead of sound

May 20, 2008
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Syracuse, NY, USA
My laptop sucks when it comes to brief sounds. If it has been 10 seconds since it produced the last sound, there's a ~2-second delay before I hear the beep from pressing a bad key in TCC. Could there be an option to to a VBEEP (default, no sound, without disturbing any command line in progress) instead? That could also be good in places like libraries.
 

Charles Dye

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May 20, 2008
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You can do this today, with Sound Sentry:

Control Panel > Ease of Access Center > Use text or visual alternatives for sounds
Turn on the tick box at the top, and select either "Flash active window" or "Flash desktop". (The caption bar option doesn't seem to work with Take Command, at least not on my system.)
 
May 20, 2008
10,618
81
Syracuse, NY, USA
You can do this today, with Sound Sentry:

Control Panel > Ease of Access Center > Use text or visual alternatives for sounds
Turn on the tick box at the top, and select either "Flash active window" or "Flash desktop". (The caption bar option doesn't seem to work with Take Command, at least not on my system.)
I thought TCC was responsible for the beep when I pressed a bad key.
 
May 20, 2008
10,618
81
Syracuse, NY, USA
Sure. But TCC calls Windows functions to do it. And Windows has hooks for accessibility. (The same approach also works with CMD.EXE.)
It works for the system sounds (and also plays the sounds). It does not work for TCC's simple bad-key honk() (or with BEEP FREQ DURATION).