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Volume level indicator

poppop31
My volume level indicator don't show up on my desktop, it used to,the volume control on my key board still controls the volume.I am using XP media center SP3,How can i get the indicator back.
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poppop31
Cape Coral FL
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    OH Smeg

    Open the Control Panel and left click on the Sounds & Audio Devices. When the next window opens add a tick to the Box that says Place Volume Icon in the Task Bar and check Apply it will now be back on the Task Bar.

    If it is currently ticked untick it apply and then tick it again and click on apply it will now be back on the Task Bar.

    Col

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    Ya beat me by less than 2 minutes on this one.
    :-)

    I was just excited to see a question from someone that didn't appear to be from the middle east. Although, by the grammar, I questioned this one, too.
    ;-)

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    OldER Mycroft

    The sooner TR starts using internet time, the better for all us non-Americans to feel we're part of the mix. :)

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    OH Smeg

    It was actually the middle of the night when I posted the above. Sometime after midnight local time. I really need to find someone selling a Life on E Bay and buy it ASAP. :^0

    Col

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    1. Click on the Start button.
    2. Open the Control Panel (Settings>Control Panel).
    3. Double click on the Sound and Audio Devices icon.
    4. Select the Volume tab.
    5. Put a check in front of 'Place volume icon in the taskbar.'
    6. Click Apply & OK and close Control Panel.

    There you go.

    The icon is now down by the clock so you can adjust volume.


    If you were referring to a utility that is exclusive to your sound card, you will need to search in Start>All Programs for it. Once you find the utility in the sound card's program directory, you can right click on it and select Create Shortcut.
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    cubeslave

    On my XP box at home the Volume Control keeps disappearing from the task bar, and I use just those same steps to bring it back (removing the check/tick mark, applying and putting it back).

    Do you have any idea what might be causing this?

    I read http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/319095 but it doesn't give any specific causes.

    My gut reaction is that if it is doing weird stuff like that, there is no telling what might be going on that I do not notice. Because of that I have even considered reloading the OS.

    Aside form it being an infernal chore, I'm old school enough to think that a reload is the absolute last resort for items that cannot be fixed otherwise.

    If the annoyance is just caused by some misbehaving app, or registry key that keeps getting corrupted, I would much rather just attack the cause.

    On the other hand, if it is a symptom of bigger issues, I'd like to know that too.

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    ... a Registry Cleaner or Tweaker.
    The checked box to add the icon to the Systray is a reflection of a registry setting. Putting the check in the box makes the change to the registry and vice versa. If the check goes away on it's own, then it would make sense that something is making changes to Registry settings. The most likely culprit would be a program that takes control of the Registry. Of course, performing a XP System Restore would also change a registry setting back to what it was.

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    cubeslave

    If something were turning it off I might have some starting place about where to look for the problem.

    Since I have yet to noticed any pattern to when the control disappears, I don't have any suspects yet.

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    ...that your assumption that the control is 'missing' may be incorrect. It is most likely just hidden.

    With XP, if you have many programs loading icons in the Systray at boot, it is common that some of the icons will not appear even though the program is actually started.

    Try this:

    Open Network Places using the shortcut on the Desktop or by opening Control Panel\Network Connections and selecting My Network Places.
    Once My Network Places is open, look on the left side under Network Tasks and select 'Hide icons for Networked UPnP Devices.'
    Then reboot.
    See if that corrects the issue.

    Here's an article that may be helpful:
    http://www.tech-pro.net/howto_013.html

    .

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    OH Smeg

    Is inserting a Password of some type and letting the system catch up at the loading stage to allow it to load everything.

    Sometimes with a lot of applications running the system can start without some of the desired services running. I've noticed this a lot when there are USB Scanners involved but it also happens at other times and unless you are looking for it you don't see the problem.

    Anyway inserting a Password and waiting till all HDD activity stops allows the system to load correctly.

    Col

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    OH Smeg

    And if it wasn't Windows it may be possible to fix.

    The problem here is that this is a common occurrence and can happen with a new install and it does tend to happen with every install of Windows unless it is locked down so tight that the User can not make alterations or use many of the Administrator functions. Personally I believe that Windows itself removes the Volume Icon from the System Tray if it isn't used in a set time frame it is removed.

    Personally I don't expect Windows to actually work properly and the little things like a disappearing Volume Icon are not worth doing anything about it's when the big things go wrong that you have to worry. If you sweat all of the little things in Windows you would never get any work at all done.

    Col

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    cubeslave

    If it is just a windows annoyance I can put up to it until I work out something to keep it from happening.

    The reason I contemplated drastic measures is it the volume control annoyance was a symptom of some bigger problem or corruption.

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    Jacky Howe

    Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area, and you receive an error message when you try to add it
    <br>
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/319095
    <br><br>
    <i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>
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    Jacky Howe

    System Tray icons
    <br><br>
    - Right-click the clock and select Properties for XP and for Vista.
    <br>
    - Vista: In the "Notification area" of the dialog box click the "Customize..." button
    <br>
    - XP: Click the "Customize..." button
    <br>
    - Check the Icon settings that you want to display. The default is Hide when inactive.
    <br>
    - Make your changes.
    <br>
    - Click Apply
    <br>
    - Click OK
    <br><br>
    <i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>
    <br><br>
    <i>If you think that any of the posts that have been made by all TR Members, have solved or contributed to solving the problem, please Mark them as <b>Helpful</b> so that others may benefit from the outcome.
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    OH Smeg

    Open the Control Panel and left click on the Sounds & Audio Devices. When the next window opens add a tick to the Box that says Place Volume Icon in the Task Bar and check Apply it will now be back on the Task Bar.

    If it is currently ticked untick it apply and then tick it again and click on apply it will now be back on the Task Bar.

    Col

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    Ya beat me by less than 2 minutes on this one.
    :-)

    I was just excited to see a question from someone that didn't appear to be from the middle east. Although, by the grammar, I questioned this one, too.
    ;-)

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    OldER Mycroft

    The sooner TR starts using internet time, the better for all us non-Americans to feel we're part of the mix. :)

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    OH Smeg

    It was actually the middle of the night when I posted the above. Sometime after midnight local time. I really need to find someone selling a Life on E Bay and buy it ASAP. :^0

    Col

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    1. Click on the Start button.
    2. Open the Control Panel (Settings>Control Panel).
    3. Double click on the Sound and Audio Devices icon.
    4. Select the Volume tab.
    5. Put a check in front of 'Place volume icon in the taskbar.'
    6. Click Apply & OK and close Control Panel.

    There you go.

    The icon is now down by the clock so you can adjust volume.


    If you were referring to a utility that is exclusive to your sound card, you will need to search in Start>All Programs for it. Once you find the utility in the sound card's program directory, you can right click on it and select Create Shortcut.
    .

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    cubeslave

    On my XP box at home the Volume Control keeps disappearing from the task bar, and I use just those same steps to bring it back (removing the check/tick mark, applying and putting it back).

    Do you have any idea what might be causing this?

    I read http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/319095 but it doesn't give any specific causes.

    My gut reaction is that if it is doing weird stuff like that, there is no telling what might be going on that I do not notice. Because of that I have even considered reloading the OS.

    Aside form it being an infernal chore, I'm old school enough to think that a reload is the absolute last resort for items that cannot be fixed otherwise.

    If the annoyance is just caused by some misbehaving app, or registry key that keeps getting corrupted, I would much rather just attack the cause.

    On the other hand, if it is a symptom of bigger issues, I'd like to know that too.

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    0 Votes
    CaptBilly1Eye

    ... a Registry Cleaner or Tweaker.
    The checked box to add the icon to the Systray is a reflection of a registry setting. Putting the check in the box makes the change to the registry and vice versa. If the check goes away on it's own, then it would make sense that something is making changes to Registry settings. The most likely culprit would be a program that takes control of the Registry. Of course, performing a XP System Restore would also change a registry setting back to what it was.

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    cubeslave

    If something were turning it off I might have some starting place about where to look for the problem.

    Since I have yet to noticed any pattern to when the control disappears, I don't have any suspects yet.

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    CaptBilly1Eye

    ...that your assumption that the control is 'missing' may be incorrect. It is most likely just hidden.

    With XP, if you have many programs loading icons in the Systray at boot, it is common that some of the icons will not appear even though the program is actually started.

    Try this:

    Open Network Places using the shortcut on the Desktop or by opening Control Panel\Network Connections and selecting My Network Places.
    Once My Network Places is open, look on the left side under Network Tasks and select 'Hide icons for Networked UPnP Devices.'
    Then reboot.
    See if that corrects the issue.

    Here's an article that may be helpful:
    http://www.tech-pro.net/howto_013.html

    .

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    0 Votes
    OH Smeg

    Is inserting a Password of some type and letting the system catch up at the loading stage to allow it to load everything.

    Sometimes with a lot of applications running the system can start without some of the desired services running. I've noticed this a lot when there are USB Scanners involved but it also happens at other times and unless you are looking for it you don't see the problem.

    Anyway inserting a Password and waiting till all HDD activity stops allows the system to load correctly.

    Col

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    OH Smeg

    And if it wasn't Windows it may be possible to fix.

    The problem here is that this is a common occurrence and can happen with a new install and it does tend to happen with every install of Windows unless it is locked down so tight that the User can not make alterations or use many of the Administrator functions. Personally I believe that Windows itself removes the Volume Icon from the System Tray if it isn't used in a set time frame it is removed.

    Personally I don't expect Windows to actually work properly and the little things like a disappearing Volume Icon are not worth doing anything about it's when the big things go wrong that you have to worry. If you sweat all of the little things in Windows you would never get any work at all done.

    Col

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    cubeslave

    If it is just a windows annoyance I can put up to it until I work out something to keep it from happening.

    The reason I contemplated drastic measures is it the volume control annoyance was a symptom of some bigger problem or corruption.

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    Jacky Howe

    Volume icon is not displayed in the notification area, and you receive an error message when you try to add it
    <br>
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/319095
    <br><br>
    <i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>
    <br><br>
    <i>If you think that any of the posts that have been made by all TR Members, have solved or contributed to solving the problem, please Mark them as <b>Helpful</b> so that others may benefit from the outcome.
    </i>

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    Jacky Howe

    System Tray icons
    <br><br>
    - Right-click the clock and select Properties for XP and for Vista.
    <br>
    - Vista: In the "Notification area" of the dialog box click the "Customize..." button
    <br>
    - XP: Click the "Customize..." button
    <br>
    - Check the Icon settings that you want to display. The default is Hide when inactive.
    <br>
    - Make your changes.
    <br>
    - Click Apply
    <br>
    - Click OK
    <br><br>
    <i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.</i>
    <br><br>
    <i>If you think that any of the posts that have been made by all TR Members, have solved or contributed to solving the problem, please Mark them as <b>Helpful</b> so that others may benefit from the outcome.
    </i>