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Old 20. May 2014, 07:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need replacement suggestion for HotKeyz

HotKeyz is handy for one specific usage on my laptop:
-increase/decrease/mute sound volume.

Unfortunately, it doesn't start up with Windows as marked in options and the software doesn't seem to be upgraded anymore.

Easy alternatives welcome!
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Old 20. May 2014, 09:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't say what OS you are on, however, have you tried the following...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...ly-startup.htm
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Old 20. May 2014, 09:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Joe, using Windows 7 64bit
Not sure how that can help to create the desired hotkey but i'll look into it.
Thanks!
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Old 21. May 2014, 01:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Update: it worked!

Thank you so much Joe!
I learned something new today!
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Old 21. May 2014, 01:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You're welcome! We live and we learn don't we?
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Old 21. Nov 2014, 03:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Have another issue with this outdated freeware.

Even it starts up, many times it does not respond to requests.
Say i set increase volume with win+2 , it will show onscreen that it is doing it but nothing is really happening.

The reason i like this program is 'cause i don't use the laptop but an external keyboard with external monitor too.
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Is it just volume control that you want?

If so then Volume2 is a really nice program with keyboard/mouse options and a good selection of OSD choices including some VU meters. There's also a neat feature that lets you change your volume by moving your mouse up/down a screen edge.

It might be a bit over-featured and heavyweight for you but I like it and it runs nicely (and portably) on my low-end hardware.



It's not been updated in ages but the latest version is here on DA -

http://irzyxa.deviantart.com/art/Vol...ease-340146840

If Volume2 seems a bit OTT for you, then Nirsoft do a couple of programs (Sound Volume View and Volumouse) that might suit you better although I should say that I've never really tried them myself.

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Excellent find sicknero! Thanks!
Thought it'd be a long shot and wait for sure!

Do you think they have one that can eject the CD as well?
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I'm glad you like it, I found it a couple of years ago ... it's very nicely done visually so I run it sometimes because of that, although I don't personally have much use for the actual functions of it. I do like the VU peak meters, and that part of the program can be run separately which is nice.

Anyway yes, Volume2 allows you to set a hotkey combi for CD eject and various other things that you might not expect in a volume controller, such as USB eject (some of the skins even include an utterly pointless but very attractive OS to tell you that your CD/USB drive has been ejected), screen brightness, switch audio device, battery life, reboot/power off, launch exec ...

You just need to open the main Volume2 window, choose "Keyboard" at the left, then you can choose from a dropdown list of functions and choose your key combination.

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Excellent!

BTW, just discovered a few more things that Hotkeyz can do as well.
It's always good to have an alternative!

These are handy programs to have whenever someone uses an external keyboard and a laptop as "desktop", which is my scenario and other people that i know too.
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