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Musical Disabled Keyboard

This is not a pun, no really it's not.
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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.
[ sctld ], Mar 03 2002

One approach http://www.halfbake..._20piano_20keyboard
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.
StarChaser, Mar 03 2002
  

       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.
bristolz, Mar 03 2002
  

       Reading bris brings up good memories, along with sadness.   

       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.
pashute, Aug 02 2012
  
      
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