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Hi,

A strange request perhaps. No idea where to post it!

We have a browser based PC/Server monitoring system (provided by Centrastage.com). Unbelievably it doesn't have the ability to make an audible noise if an alert is displayed on the on-screen 'dashboard'. Not good if your backs are turned away from the monitoring screen for any length of time (yes-- I and others have requested this feature).

In the meantime; are there any little utils out there (or browser plugins) that can be set to periodically scan the contents of a Window for a defined item of text (e.g. Server Alert) that could then be set to make a noise? Or is it a case of learning a language and writing one myself?

It can't be beyond the wit of man can it?

Cheers
Andy.
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by:Qlemo
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With VBS, PowerShell etc. you can get access to the content of a webpage (as HTML, XML, ...), and scan that. It is easier if the script starts the browser. When the search text is found, it could then play something like this (PowerShell syntax here):
1..10 | % { [console]::beep($_*110,$_*100) }

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Is that an option?
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by:i7-Tech
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At this point ALL options are welcome. Thank you for that one Qlemo.
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The basics are
$ie = New-Object -com InternetExplorer.Application
$ie.Visible = $true
$ie.Navigate2('http://something')

while ($true)
{
  while ($ie.ReadyState -ne 4) { sleep -m 10 }
  if ($ie.Document.body.innerText -like '* Alert! *')
  {
    1..10 | % { [console]::beep($_*110,$_*100) }
  }
  sleep 15    # 15 seconds
}

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by:i7-Tech
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Hi thanks for the example. I've tweaked it and it works well for us!
Cheers :)
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by:LeeTutor
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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by:Qlemo
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According to http:#a39847543, http:#a39839667 is a solution.
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by:i7-Tech
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Hi, as posted by Qlemo above. I have accepted a solution.
Would it not be better to leave it open for someone else's benefit rather than 'abandon it'?
What did I do or not do wrong when I accepted it and left it open?
I took the script and applied the changes pertinent to my situation i.e. the http address & timings - plus I altered the crazy out of tune beep for a more acceptable sound (Lol!)

Thanks guys,
Andy.
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Accept my apologies. Thank you.
i7tech.
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