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. . . that you could record or download new sounds to assign to events?
To record sounds, you need to have a microphone hooked up to your computer
and a sound card installed in your computer. Most new computers come with
both of these items.
To record your own sounds:

1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to
Entertainment, and then click Sound Recorder. (If you have a sound card,
Sound Recorder is installed with the regular installation of Windows 98.)
2. Click the Record button.
3. Play music, speak, or make whatever noise you want into the
microphone. (You can also record music from a CD playing on Windows CD
player. See the next tip to find out how.) When you are finished, click
the Stop button.
4. On the File menu, click Save As....
5. Enter a name for the sound file. Save the file in the Media folder in
the Windows folder on your hard drive. You can save as many sounds as you want.
6. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
7. Click the Sounds icon.
8. In the Events area, select an event.
9. The sounds you recorded will appear in the list in the Sounds
area. Select a sound to assign to your chosen event. Continue to assign
sounds to as many events as you would like to change.

. . . that you can turn a piece of your favorite song into your start-up
sound, or any other Windows event sound.

1. Put a music CD into the CD-ROM drive. Windows CD Player will open and automatically begin to play the first track on the disc. Click the Stop button.
2. On the CD Player, use the track skip and fast forward buttons to locate the clip you want to record. Set the player to the beginning of the clip, then click the Pause button.
3. Click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to Entertainment, and then click Sound Recorder.
4. On the CD Player, click the Play button.
5. On the Sound Recorder, click the Record button.
6. When you have recorded as much as you want, click the Stop button on the Sound Recorder.
7. On File menu, click Save As....
8. Save the file in the Media folder, located in the Windows folder on the C: drive.

Now you can assign this clip to an event in Windows.

. . . that you can download sounds from the Internet to use for your
events? Here's how to do it:

1. On the Web page, click the sound you want to hear. Windows Media
Player will open and play the sound.
2. On the File menu in Windows Media Player, click Save As...
3. Enter a name for the sound file. Save the file in the Media folder in the Windows folder on your hard drive.
4. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
5. Click the Sounds icon.
6. In the Events area, select an event.
7. The sounds you recorded will appear in the list in the Sounds area. Select a sound to assign to your chosen event. Continue to assign sounds to as many events as you would like to change.

. . . that you could listen to background music while you work? You can play and listen to audio CDs while doing other tasks at your computer.
Here's how:

1. On the Start menu, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then
click CD Player.
2. Insert an audio CD and click the play arrow.
3. Minimize the on-screen CD Player.

You can either listen through headphones or your computer's speakers.

. . .that you can return to the Windows Default sound scheme (the original sounds that come with Windows 98) at any time by choosing it from the drop-down list in the Schemes area.

. . . that I can't answer Jerry's problems, but I do advise him to start watching over his shoulder 'cuz the Halloween goblins will soon be out in full force. Just be careful if you hear them singing in Italian!

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