[PPC] Unmute Utility N-Mute

Barry Toner barry at tonermail.co.uk
Sat Feb 8 23:57:13 GMT 2014

Hi David and all,

Sorry I've been a bit quiet of late, work and background work on the PPC and other BCAB bits plus Judo and my wife have been keeping me busy.  I am here though and despite I've had one PC die on me and a laptop that's touch and go able to get mails.

Anyway, enough with the faf.  David, yes please pass the bat file along and I'll test it.  There was another option that I got a couple of years ago that worked for Windows 7, because the sound mixer changed between that and XP.  Do you know if your unmute works under Windows7/8?


-----Original Message-----
From: PocketPC [mailto:pocketpc-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David Griffith
Sent: 07 February 2014 17:03
To: 'Discussion list for the BCAB Pocket PC'
Subject: [PPC] Unmute Utility N-Mute

I wonder if I could suggest that a further addition should be added to the
suite of programmes provided on the Pocket PC. 

A problem many of us find  is that PCS we use in offices have been muted.
I used to get around this by possessing an unmute cd which automatically
ran a bat file which used the freeware utility mute.exe with the command
line mute.exe=off 
This has got me out of trouble several times over the years, including
rescuing sound on a PC without a monitor, where sound had accidentally been
muted, so  even sighted help could not restore sound.

The problem for Pen Drive installation is that it is a bat file so does not
conform to the exe format for relative path execution.

I can however, if it is useful, provide my bat file and the mute.exe utility
to see if anybody knows how to convert this into an exe file suitable for
inclusion on the pen drive.
Ideally if somebody entered the pen and could not get sound after pressing 2
for NVDA then the procedure would be to again press window e to bring up
explorer  , then 1 to open the drive again, then U and enter to run the
unmute utility.

I also have a bat file to bring up the volume dialogue so that you can
easily adjust volume in the case of the level being set to 0  but that is
another story and I will await to see if there is interest in the unmute
concept first.

David Griffith

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