What would make BEEP quit working? I've been using a paid-for TCC Version 18 on Windows Vista Home Premium since 2015, and all-of-a-sudden BEEP does NOT make any sound, but other computer sounds work and I can play mp3 and mp4 files.
"In the past many problems were found in the use of the Beep API. Since Windows 7, the Beep API has been re-coded by Microsoft to work with computer sound cards. Prior to Windows 7, the API functioned only with an on-board sound chip. Unfortunately, during the transition from sound chips to sound cards, some computer manufacturers still used chips while others used cards. This is the basis of the problem for older Windows versions. No problems should be encountered in the use of the Beep API for recent builds."
RE: Switch to 64-bit TCC: won't that require me to get a 64-bit OS?
RE: "echo ... winapi ...": After hitting RETURN, the only response "1". No sound.
RE: kernel42.dll: I examined the "properties" of my kernel32.dll, downloaded what some website claimed was the identical serial number, did a binary "file compare", and they were NOT identical. So I decided to rename my current kernel32.dll to kernel32.NOT, copy the downloaded version to C:\windows\system32, reboot, and see if that fixed the problem ... but quickly discovered that I could not even rename the file! "Access denied"!
I disabled "readonly" on \Windows and \Windoes\system32 but still can NOT "touch" kernel32.dll.
I'm going to give up; if I asked Microsoft for help solving a problem on a Windows Vista PC, I could probably hear their techs laughing all the way from Washington to Kansas!-(
My thanks to everyone who made suggestions.
Yes, I did. After a lot of disk activity, it asked me to insert my original disk -- which I have NEVER had.
I then connected the Ethernet cable and re-ran SFC, but it found nothing on the Internet.
Finally, and this may or may not be related to the SFC search, a few days later my PC took MUCH longer than usual to boot, so I turned it off, took it apart, salvaged the hard drive, threw the metal parts on my scrap-metal pile, put the power supply and motherboard in my electronic-scrap "collection", discarded the miscellaneous parts that remained, and called it "quits" for my Vista computer!
I'll now go back to an old XP machine and see what happens.