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    Laptop Speakers Un-muting Themselves

    This isn't a huge deal, but it's driving me crazy, especially since I use my laptop remotely from work and my wife gets upset that she can hear it making funny sounds when she is home.

    I used to mute my laptop speakers, and they would stay muted, period--if I rebooted, logged out, logged in, locked it--the speakers stayed muted until I intentionally un-muted them.

    Well, I changed the start-up and logon sounds to "none" in the sound control panel.

    Now, whenever I reboot, log out, log in, or lock the laptop, the speakers un-mute themselves. I then forget to check the speakers each time and it starts making other system sounds (which I have not set to "none").

    Is this a bug in Windows 7 regarding setting certain sounds to "none", or what could be going on here?

    If I change the sounds from "none" to something else, then my speakers no longer un-mute themselves.



    Any ideas about my issue or how easily this thread could derail?

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    Hey, it is W7, anything could happen.

    If you are using RDP, you also have the option to play sound at the your end of the connection instead of the other end.

    Or log in remotely, play the first track to Powaqqatsi by Philip Glass, and see what your wife does then.

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    a 1/4 audio adapter will solve your problem, muting the speakers mechanically:



    Plug it on the headphone jack and problem solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    a 1/4 audio adapter will solve your problem, muting the speakers mechanically:



    Plug it on the headphone jack and problem solved.
    I like that solution. My laptop goes through cycles where the volume utility isn't accessible unless I hunt through the options (and even then it's hard to get to) but other times it's right there in the systems tray. Drives me batty, but nothing worse at work than a going to a site with an embedded video that kicks on super loud out of nowhere and everyone knows you're surfing espn.com when you're supposed to be working.
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    Funny you mention the plug, as I used to do that for some other equipment in the past. I may just have to go that route. :-|

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    If you go the plug route, be careful as that can cause hearing loss. All those decibels get stored up in there when you do not have speakers or headphones plugged in. Then, you plug in some headphones and 1.3 gigawatts of stored decibels comes flooding out, your head explodes from the sonic impact all because you could not handle some auto unmuting laptop speakers. You have been warned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    If you go the plug route, be careful as that can cause hearing loss. All those decibels get stored up in there when you do not have speakers or headphones plugged in. Then, you plug in some headphones and 1.3 gigawatts of stored decibels comes flooding out, your head explodes from the sonic impact all because you could not handle some auto unmuting laptop speakers. You have been warned.
    Good thinking 007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    This isn't a huge deal, but it's driving me crazy, especially since I use my laptop remotely from work and my wife gets upset that she can hear it making funny sounds when she is home.

    I used to mute my laptop speakers, and they would stay muted, period--if I rebooted, logged out, logged in, locked it--the speakers stayed muted until I intentionally un-muted them.

    Well, I changed the start-up and logon sounds to "none" in the sound control panel.

    Now, whenever I reboot, log out, log in, or lock the laptop, the speakers un-mute themselves. I then forget to check the speakers each time and it starts making other system sounds (which I have not set to "none").

    Is this a bug in Windows 7 regarding setting certain sounds to "none", or what could be going on here?

    If I change the sounds from "none" to something else, then my speakers no longer un-mute themselves.



    Any ideas about my issue or how easily this thread could derail?
    You may need to disable the "beep" device in device manager.

    Even with sounds turned off, and set to none, the beep device make various system beeps and boops. It's very old school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    Looks like a good solution to me.
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    Or you can deploy drastic measures like open it up and yank the speakers out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    If you go the plug route, be careful as that can cause hearing loss. All those decibels get stored up in there when you do not have speakers or headphones plugged in. Then, you plug in some headphones and 1.3 gigawatts of stored decibels comes flooding out, your head explodes from the sonic impact all because you could not handle some auto unmuting laptop speakers. You have been warned.
    Er, um, remember that I asked the question, not my wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonataInFSharp View Post
    Er, um, remember that I asked the question, not my wife.
    Either way, you are going to end up with no head if you are not careful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RubenX View Post
    Or you can deploy drastic measures like open it up and yank the speakers out.
    An icepick works well too -- jammed in your speakers, or into your ears.

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    Bring laptop here. We will load my 12ga with buckshot and after we blow it to bits, you can go buy a desktop and not plug in speakers. Problem solved, you never NEEDED a laptop anyway. The market just made you think you did!

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