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Setting Up the Computer Sounds




To stop those silly noises that occur every time you press certain keys. Double click the Click Start-->Control Panel (in Windows XP make sure you have the Classic view selected). Double click the icon labelled Sounds and audio devices. Click the tab labelled Sounds , then click the Delete button. This will remove all those ghastly squeaks, beeps and burps. Now click Apply and then OK.

If you just want the Windows Start up and Windows Shut down sounds, delete the sounds as described above. Then in the Program Events field, scroll down to the words Exit Windows and click them. Then in the field below the Sounds: heading, click the little down-arrow and scroll down to the words Windows XP Shutdown and click them. To hear what it sounds like click the little square containing a right arrow. Return to the Program Events field and scroll down to find the words Start Windows and click them. Then look in the Sounds: field for the item Windows XP Start and click it.

Move to the upper part of the window and click the Save As button. In the pop-up field type a name for the sounds such as Jims sounds and click OK. Now click the Apply button and then click the OK button. 

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To connect speakers to the computer insert the green Speaker socket symbolplug into the green socket on the back of the computer. If  the computer sockets are not colour coded, look for the  one marked with the arrow pointing out of the sound waves. Some internal dial-up modems have coloured sockets but don't plug into those.

Send a voice message when you email birthday or similar greetings. Windows has an in-built voice recorder which is easy to use. Microphone socket symbolYou will need a cheap microphone. Some microphones have two plugs attached to them, use only the pink plug. Insert the pink plug into the pink socket on the back of the computer. If the computer sockets are not colour coded, look for the microphone symbol next to the socket. Some internal dial-up modems have coloured sockets but don't plug into those.

To start the recording:
Click Start→All Programs Accessories and then click Sound Recorder. Click on Record button (the button with the black circle) and speak your message. Your message can be up to one minute long. Speak naturally and clearly with the microphone about six inches from your mouth. Click the button with the black rectangle to stop recording. Click the button with the right pointing triangle to hear your message. Click File and Save As... Give the file a name and save it in My Documents. Attach the file to your email and don’t forget to tell the recipients to turn on their speakers before opening the file.

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