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I noticed that when a keyboard gets highly disabled, the computer has a habit of making an unusual monotone beep. With a few adjsutments to the computer system (by seperating the internal 'beep' from the computer system itself), when the keyboards is disabled, each key will play a different note/chord,
allowing you to forget that you've just broken your computer and enjoy some Vivaldi instead.
As per PeterSealy's anno: An idea for making a piano keyboard work as a computer keyboard. [bristolz, Mar 03 2002]
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||it won't work, because if the keyboard buffer is overflowing <which is what means 'beep' in that situation>, there isn't enough of the computer's mind left to power a program.
||If you just want your keyboard to play music, there are any number of programs that will do this, one came with my SoundBlaster 16, lo these many years ago.
||Or design a keyboard with it's own on-board oscillator/synth and amp/speaker. The value of having such a thing is questionable, though.
||Reading bris brings up good memories, along with
||I think starchaser and bris's link got _sctld_ wrong. But
the second anno got it correctly.
||Its a keyboard with an internal oscilator, so when the
computer is completely disconnected OR the buffer is
full, you still get to use it for wasting time in new ways.