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Scheduling to automatically mute Windows XP's sound at certain times

Posted on 2004-08-27
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Last Modified: 2008-03-10
Hello, I was wondering if anyone knew of a program that would automatically mute Windows XP's sound at certain times of the day (maybe even certain times of the week).  It's not really a big issue, just something I've wondered about.  I've woken myself up many a time after forgetting to mute the sound.  Waking up to "You've got mail!" or that door slamming on AIM kind of scares me to death sometimes haha.

I just thought maybe there was a program for forgetful/lazy/etc people such as myself that would mute the sound on a given schedule.  I have found one program that automatically mutes sound after your computer is idle for a given amount of time.  But a lot of times I leave my sound on, on purpose, so that I know when I have new mail but I am not sitting at my computer.  (This program is SmartMute and is freely available from http://www.rtsoft.com/pages/ourproducts_sm.htm if anyone else is interested).

SmartMute is close to what I want, but not exactly.  I'd like to be able to program a schedule of mutes/unmutes so that my computer auto-mutes at night, although it would be really nice for a program that lets me mute on and off on a schedule throughout the week (mute for class, unmute when i'm out, etc, then mute for the night).  *That* isn't entirely necessary, it would just be very cool.  If the program just mutes at night, and unmutes in the morning, then that is fine with me.  I know I could probably whip something like this up myself with a little VB programming or something; but, again with the lazy thing. ;)

Haha I know how lazy this sounds, but I think this would be really cool, personally.  I offered so many points for such a silly little question because I only ask questions on here like once or twice a year.  Usually I can google up what I need, but this time I only found SmartMute.  If I keep searching, that will defeat the point of me being lazy ;)  Might as well use all these points I've accumulated for something!

Oh, and if there is a command in DOS that I could use to mute/unmute the sound, that would also be an acceptible answer as I could just schedule that command as one of my system tasks.  Something like user.exe /mutesound or something as simple as that.  That would work just fine as well!  Just like how you can run a line at the command prompt to shutdown/reboot/etc, if you can mute in the same way, that would work perfectly.  If someone does answer this question with a simple DOS command or the like, I will wait a week and see if anyone gives me a more elaborate program - if not, then that little command string will give you 500 points =)

Oh, and I prefer this to be freeware as well.  The smaller (kb) the better!  Thanks guys/gals!

Question by:Ares284
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Yan_west earned 2000 total points
ID: 11913989
Check this application:


Click once, it mute, click again, it unmute..

Just put it in the task scheduler in control pannel, and start and stop it whenever you want!

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ID: 11914117
Oh wow, that is pretty cool and tiny, Yan West...  I was hoping it would come with some scheduling capabilities built-in but this proggie is still pretty nifty (and yes I've noticed the command line switches, so this is pretty cool).  I definately like this, but I'm hoping to leave this question opened for a day or two to see what all suggestions I can get.  I figure for 500 points, this silly little question will get quite a few answers (or so I'm hoping), and I won't need to leave it opened for a week as previously stated.  This will *almost* do everything I want, so if I don't get anything better by Sunday, you'll win =)

Thanks a lot,
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ID: 11914210
You wont find anything with scheduling ability built in. No one sane would do a proggie that only mute + schedule, if it exist, it would be alot bigger with alot more fonctionnaliies.. ;)

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ID: 11914282
You know what...  you're exactly right.  I'm taking my laziness a little too far here haha.  I just have to script this thing up a bit and I'll be set...  You win buddy, thanks =)

I was just thinking about that a second ago.  It'll be hard to find something that isn't bloatware that has all the features I'm asking.  Plus with your program all I have to do is schedule the darn thing with /on /off switches.

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Thank you, ;) lol

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