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  • I downloaded your program last ni. (http://batteryalarm.codeplex.com/) & tried it out on my Gateway Vista, and it works like a charm!!!  I set the audible alarm to come on at 5% battery life & go off at 5 minutes & then every minute afterwards.  Thanks SO MUCH!!  I'll be donating as soon as I finish this!


    Saturday, September 5, 2009 2:22 AM

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  • Having the same problem that Sherron(?) wrote about on Aug. 9 '09--my Vista Home Edition computer just shuts down unless I'm plugged in because I don't see the "low battery" icon flashing in the notification area!  I've gone to the link that was posted as an answer to Sherron but still can't find out how to change the warning to something that will get my attention--like a sound or a big flashing box (like Windows 98 had)......something that I cannot avoid noticing!  Help!
    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 5:26 PM
  • Hi Sharie C.,

    Try the following steps.
    Steps to enable the battery icon in the taskbar:
    1. Right-click the taskbar, and then click Properties.
    2. Click the Notification Area tab.
    3. Under System icons, clear the Power check box.

    For your reference, I’m adding some links those talk about:
    1. "Low" and "Critical" battery alarms do not sound on a Windows Vista based computer:

    2. Battery meter: frequently asked questions:

    Hope this information is helpful.
    Let me know if this worked.
    All the best!

    Thanks and Regards:
    Syed V - Microsoft Support.
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    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 3:49 PM
  • Syed V--Thanks for the reply!  However, why would I want to turn the Power off for the low-battery icon in the notification area on the taskbar if my problem is that the icon doesn't get my attention when the battery is getting low?  (Steps 1-3 above)  Does some other way of "low-battery" notification take over when the icon is turned off?

    I also went to the other 2 sites and did change the percentages on low-battery and critical-battery notification, which should, I hope, give me more time to notice the icon on the task bar when it starts flashing the little red X on the battery.  Surely there's some sort of "fix" for this problem with Vista, right?

    Sharie C
    Friday, August 28, 2009 12:55 AM
  • Hello,

    Try running the sfc scan to see if any system files are malfunctioning. To do this, follow these steps.

    1. Click Start, type cmd, right click on cmd in the list and then click “Run as administrator”.
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
    2. At the prompt, type the following command and hit enter.
    sfc /scannow

    I’m adding a link that talks about “The System File Checker tool”: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936212/

    Once the above steps are performed successfully, restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

    Thanks and Regards:
    Syed V - Microsoft Support.
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    Microsoft Answers Feedback Forum and let us know what you think.

    Sunday, October 11, 2009 6:25 PM