[wdmaudiodev] Re: Changing default audio device in Windows 7.

  • From: Tim Roberts <timr@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wdmaudiodev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 02 Jun 2009 11:52:46 -0700

Shawn Lewis wrote:
> How about for Internet Explorer??  IE doesnt have a means of selecting
> a sound device to use??  Their are a LOT apps that dont have the
> ability to select the desired output device.  And in if i were to
> create my own web browser say using MS WebBrowser control (which is
> nothing more than IE COM wrapped), their is NO WAY for me to set the
> appropriate sound output device before beginning my session.

I think you are misunderstanding things.  If IE -- or your own web
browser -- wants to offer its users a choice of sound devices, it is
perfectly free to do so.  It can present a dialog of sound device
choices, then open a connection to that device and use it.  Most
applications don't care -- they just want to spew a few beeps to the
speaker, and such beeps should go to whatever default sound device has
already been selected by the user.  There is no reason for any
application or driver to change the default sound device on its own.

And there most certainly IS a way for you to set the appropriate sound
device before launching an application -- just go into the control panel
and change the default output device.  That's the right place for that
to happen, not in every Tom Dick and Harry application.  Sophisticated
apps will present a dialog and let you choose.

> So clearly - BAD DESIGN

No.  Users asked for this.

Tim Roberts, timr@xxxxxxxxx
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.


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