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!