# I want to remove the volume bar that appears when I turn up the volume!

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# I want to remove the volume bar that appears when I turn up the volume!

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Member
Jul 29, 2008
The Hague
Hi there,

I have yet another problem that annoys me a tiny bit

First take a look at the file I uploaded:

Warning: Spoilers inside!

Alright, you can see two arrows, both are pointing at the volume level, the one in the upper-left corner is from Windows itself which fits Windows great. The one in the down-right corner, is the one from Dell.

This is for volume control and I only want to see one of them.(The Windows one looks better.) And the same goes for brightness level for my screen.

Does any of you know how to remove these Dell volume/brightness bars, on my laptop?

Edit: I have no idea where to start, I've removed a lot of Dell crap from my PC lately, but this one wasn't included in the package I deinstalled... //n_n//

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Another question,

I have 3 extra buttons on the top right off my keyboard(see photo bellow), and I want to change the function of one of the buttons.

Here's the photo(sorry for bad quality, took it with my phone):

Warning: Spoilers inside!

But right, here's each of their function from left to right:

The two gears: menu pops up, can I change it to mobility center? That one was first assigned until I installed Windows 8
the tool: pops up Dell Solution thing support blah, I HATE IT, can I assign another program?
The screen: nothing wrong with, this turns off my screen! ;D

Thanks!

2. ### FAST6191Techromancer

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Nov 21, 2005
This is occasionally a tricky proposition as proper functionality finds itself wound into meaningless nonsense.

You are going to want a startup manager, I am afraid I am not up on my windows 8 ones right now but most legacy ones should do it all anyway.
http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/autoruns-portable is a reasonable start.

Most of them will come with little checkboxes so you can pick and choose what runs. You were on the right mark with the dell stuff- with a few slim exceptions for some wireless cards that force it on me I tend to lose anything that has a vendor name on it when fixing up a machine.

Remapping shortcuts is a different matter. Best case scenario- they are simple key combos you can stick another program in to interpret or they have a nice options setting somewhere to change them, worse and more common is said options are tied to a large startup program and worst is no real options to change things other than playing hacker or even that one or two of them is hardware mapped somewhere (I would not be surprised to see the screen one be that).

Member
Jul 29, 2008
The Hague
Thanks for the help Fast, but I can't seem to find the driver that needs to be shut of to conclude my problem. I did uncheck all Dell programs except for one which is needed for some wireless stuff.

Oh the three button are connected to my hardware separately if that is what you meant? I opened up my Laptop once and found out there is a different ribbon cable for those things.

4. ### RydianResident Furvert™

Member
Feb 4, 2010
Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
You can also run msconfig from the start menu, it has a startup tab that contains the main startup list.

It doesn't have nearly as much info as something like autoruns, but in my experience all the preinstalled programs that run on startup will be there.

EDIT: And it's a program you want to disable. If you disable the sound driver you'll be without sound.

5. ### WizerzakBecause I'm a potato!

Member
May 30, 2010
United Kingdom
Yeah this, basically just disable everything Dell that you see that you don't recognise.

6. ### SifJarNot a pirate

Member
Apr 4, 2009
For remapping the keys:

Download and install Autohotkey from here: http://www.autohotkey.com/ (it is a scripting language with fairly decent key remapping abilities).

Create a file with the extension .ahk and put the following in it:

Code:
#InstallKeybdHook
(that is all you need to put in the file), then double click the file. Provided Autohotkey is installed correctly, the script should run, which will make an icon appear in the system tray (it will be a green square with a white "H" on it). Double click that icon and a window should pop up. Click "View" > "Key history and script info". Then press one of the buttons, followed by F5. You should get something like the following:

The important columns to note are "Key" and "SC". If a name is shown in the "Key" column, all is well. If not, you can use "SCXXX" where XXX is the number from the SC column in place of the name at the next step. (So in my case I could use "Media_Prev", or "SC110").
So now you have the name (or scan code) of your key, it's time to actually remap it to something useful. To do that, create a new .ahk script and put something like the following in it:
Code:
Media_Prev::F5
SC110::F5
(Only one is necessary, I just showed both). This allows you to remap one key to do the function of another. But this may not be very useful to you. Something more useful may be something like this:
Code:
Media_Prev::Run,"notepad.exe"
This would run notepad whenever that button is pushed. (Again, SC110 could be used in place of "Media_Prev"). You can replace the "notepad.exe" with something else. For most executables, you will need to give the full path to the file (e.g. Run,"C:\example\path\to\program.exe"). You can also include parameters (e.g.Run,"C:\program\file.exe -o example.txt") or whatever. Passing a file name should also work, it will cause Windows to handle that file in the same way it would if you double clicked it (so using Run,"example.txt" would probably open it in Notepad unless you've changed the default program for .txt files).

There are many other commands you can use as well besides "Run", a full list is here: http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/commands.htm

You may want to also put the .AHK script into your startup directory so that it will always run when Windows starts (google the location of this directory for your specific version of Windows).
Note that this method may not work for all keys. If they do not appear at all in the script Window (see above screenshot), then they cannot be remapped using autohotkey I'm afraid.

Member
Jul 29, 2008
The Hague
Right, I found that program! It was Dell Quick Set! ;D YEAH

That's one problem less.

Also could anybody tell what the 'Akamai' program is good for? I've read it does nothing really.

Whenever I do what you said SifJar, my pc gives an error that the file isn't found! ;o It is remapped since the error comes from the program itself ;D So there's progress.

Also is there a shortcut to:

Windows Mobility Centre or Control Panel?

8. ### RydianResident Furvert™

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Feb 4, 2010
Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
IIRC Akamai's P2P/torrent-like software that some programs use. They use your computer to stream install files to other computers to save on their own bandwidth. I don't think it's needed once stuff is installed.