Battery Alarm May Not Play Sound or Display Message

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If you have configured a low or critical battery alarm to play a sound anddisplay a text message, the message is displayed when a low or criticalbattery condition occurs, but the sound may not be played. The sound maybe played when you click OK to close the message window, or when thewindow closes automatically after a five-minute delay.

If you configure the battery alarm to perform an action (such as standingby or shutting down the computer) in addition to playing a sound ordisplaying a text message, the standby or shutdown action is performedwhen the battery reaches the specified power level, but the sound may notbe played and the message may not be displayed.
This problem may occur on computers that conform to the AdvancedConfiguration and Power Interface (ACPI) specification, if any action isconfigured for the battery alarm in addition to notification by playinga sound.

To work around this problem and receive notification by sound for a lowor critical battery alarm, do not configure any other type of notificationor action in addition to the sound alarm.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows 98.
More information
To configure battery alarm actions, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, double-click Power Management, and then click the Alarms tab.
  2. To configure a low battery alarm, click to select the "Set off low battery alarm when power reaches" check box to enable the alarm, move the slider to the appropriate power level, and then click Alarm Action.
  3. In the Notification section, click to select the Sound Alarm and/or Display Message check boxes to enable notification by sound and/or text message. Note that the sound played is the Windows Exclamation sound, as configured in the Sounds tool in Control Panel.
  4. To enable an additional action, click to select the "When the alarm goes off, the computer will" check box, then click the action you want from the list. Depending on the capabilities and configuration of your computer, these actions may include Standby, Hibernate, and Shutdown. To force the action to be completed even if a program may be preventing it, click to select the "Force standby or shutdown even if a program stops responding" check box.
  5. To configure a critical battery alarm, repeat steps 2-4, clicking the controls in the Critical battery alarm section of the Alarms tab.
  6. Click OK when you are finished configuring alarms.
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