Hi. My old keyboard had nice hotkeys that provided me with the ability to pause, play, change song, stop, mute, change volume and even just bring up the calculator all without leaving any application. However, for the buttons to work on anything but WMP i had to have it on top, but i could be in the middle of a game or any app and be able to control my media, without having to have in up on the screen. That keyboard died a week ago, and now my new keyboard a WolfClaw II, which only has internet hotkeys. I never use them since when i am browsing the internet, i can readily use the normal shortcuts. I have been searchign everywhere on how to do this, but the only ways i have found are to download apps, and i just don't like to download that kind of program for security reasons, and that if I use them they may change my setup such that i can't use my keyboard without them.
I am the kind of person who can't focus unless i have some kind of distracting background noise that distracts me from distractions, and so i ignore all other distractions that might take me off task. even just writing this is hard for me since my parents surprise me and enter my room occasionally, and they don't like the music i do, and yell at me because of it, even though it can't be heard past my door, and as such i need to have fast music control so that they don't get pissed off.
I also have a problem. My PC (windows xp pro sp1a) crashed, and when it was at 68% done with dumping the physical memory to the HD, it restarted (on its own i did not turn it off since i already know that doing so would be BAD VERY BAD and i was right). When it was rebooting it displayed "Disk read error, press Ctrl+alt+Del to restart". When when i tried to instal windows on my HD, setup got to the screen that said "Setup is inspection you hardware configuration" then froze, that message did not even leave teh screen after 10 minutes in the hopes that maybe windows was just being itself and crashing before it was even installed. But NO, this happened EVERY time. Luckily i had already ordered a back up HD, so my pc was only out of commision for 2 days. but when i put in the new HD i had to change the priority so that the new one was primary, because the old one would still prevent windows setup from launching. after i got windows set up on the new HD, any attempt to access the old HD resulted in the message "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable". I have been meaning to attempt to use Knoppix to access the drive, but i jsut have no idea how to use knoppix, and i don't feel like screwing my PC up anymore. I don't want to partition the old HD because i have important school data on it.
Any help appreciated,