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Old 06-21-2006, 04:09 PM   #1
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The green volume bar indicator doesn't display on my monitor when I adjust the volume anymore. How do I fix this? I recently installed trial versions of AnyDVD, CloneDVD2 and DVDFab Platinum if this helps. I have a HP WinXP Media center edition PC.
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You mean the volume indicator, when you turn the volume up and down,

well make sure that the jack plug that the speakers plug into is in the right socket,

make sure that everything is in the right position,

Some sound devices actually scan to see weather a sound output device is visible (speakers). if there not, then it might not show it.

See if there is a driver for the moniter and also have you dropped it of bangged the moniter in anyyway, as this might stop functions on the moniter from working,

you have the same prob as me and i havn't found an exact fix yet

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Green volume bar? I'm not quite certain what you are asking, but if you can't see the sound icon on your taskbar, it might have been hidden by one of those programs. To get it back, go to Start->Settings->Control Panel->Sounds and Multimedia (path might be slightly different based on your setup). Under the Sounds tab should be a checkbox for "Show volume control on the taskbar." Make sure that is checked, click Apply, then OK and hopefully that helps.
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I see that you have an hp computer and since you are referring to a green volume bar, then it sounds like it's the volume bar that appears on the screen whenever you adjust the volume from the keyboard.

Well this is what you can do.
  1. The easiest thing is to go to Control panel - keyboard (at least that is it in win xp, I don't know if in xp media edition it is the same)
  2. Select the "buttons" tab
  3. Select the "global preferences" button
  4. Now adjust the amount of time to display the volume and button messages
If for some reason, you do not see a "Buttons" tab in Control panel - Keyboard:

Then you have a known driver incompatibility problem with certain hp keyboards and some windows updates. You can fix that by going to hp.com and finding your specific pc model and download the updates for the keyboard driver. Click here to enter your model info or click here to read hp info on the problem to see if your pc is included.

It could be that you need the NET Framework 1.1 installed in order to update the driver. If you indeed end up having to update the driver let me know and I'll help you through it.
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Thanks for the response guys. It's not the sound icon that I'm talking about. When I press the up/down audio buttons on my keyboard, a visual indicator displays on screen showing the sound level. Here's an illustration:

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I don't see a "buttons" tab, so I guess I'll try the update. Thanks. I've had this computer for the past 7 months and had been fine up until a few hours ago.

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I know what you mean. I had the green bar when i had vista, then had it with Media Centre edition, now that im back with XP, i dont have it. Im gonna keep looking for a patch though.
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Then you have a known driver incompatibility problem with certain hp keyboards and some windows updates. You can fix that by going to hp.com and finding your specific pc model and download the updates for the keyboard driver. Click here to enter your model info or click here to read hp info on the problem to see if your pc is included.

It could be that you need the NET Framework 1.1 installed in order to update the driver. If you indeed end up having to update the driver let me know and I'll help you through it.
The update worked, thanks PC Hobbyist. I don't like the new update, unfortunately. The audio level display is located on the bottom left of the screen rather then bottom center. And it's using thin bars instead of the thick ones as before. One other thing, one press of the keyboard's volume button somtimes shows up on the monitor as three bars, and other time it's just one bar. This the biggest problem I have with the new update. This is awful. Is there any way to change it back to the way it was before?
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...The audio level display is located on the bottom left of the screen rather then bottom center. And it's using thin bars instead of the thick ones as before. One other thing, one press of the keyboard's volume button somtimes shows up on the monitor as three bars, and other time it's just one bar. This the biggest problem I have with the new update. This is awful. Is there any way to change it back to the way it was before?

I don't know of a way to change it back. The only thing I can think of is that either the update was not specific for your keyboard or it has now been updated to be that way (especially if they just made one general update for everyone).

On my keyboard (hp wireless multimedia) it has always been thin bars on the bottom left of the screen (before and after updating), but it only changes one bar at a time (well, sometimes two, but almost always only one).

I noticed that on the hp website, they seem to have one update for all hp PCs made after 2003. At least that is all I could find. You might want to either check the specific webpage for your pc model and see if there is a keyboard driver update there that is different than the one you just installed. If so, then use that and see if it helps. If not, then you might have to contact hp for more info.

Let me know how it works out.
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I know what you mean. I had the green bar when i had vista, then had it with Media Centre edition, now that im back with XP, i dont have it. Im gonna keep looking for a patch though.
It sucks not having the volume level indiator on screen doesn't it, lol.


EDIT: Well the new update worked until I restarted my computer. It's once again gone.
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