I use Vista, on a laptop, but when the battery is low or critical it doesn't display a message or a sound, it just craps out.
I read somewhere that the whole not-sound-playing is by design!?!? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950161/en-us#appliesto which seems utterly lame to me, but that's just me.
edit: actually, none of the system sounds are playing, like Windows start up and shutdown. I usually turn these off, cos they're incredibly annoying. I've noticed it now, cos now i've been testing various options ... They DO play when I dual boot into my Windows XP... so I don't think its hardware related, and sounds with video and mp3 are also playing normally.
However, the message ALSO doesn't pop up, so any help with that will be mightily appreciated.
This is the warning I DO NOT get, ever...
I've been deep into the control panel, and there IS some setting which deals with a Battery warning, but that one is turned ON already.
I've followed these steps from here: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-set-low-battery-warnings-on-a-windows-7-or-.navId-397923.html#glossary-Sleep
a. Open the Control Panel.
b. Choose Hardware and Sound, and then choose Power Options.
c. By the selected power plan, click the Change Plan Settings link.
d. Click the Change Advanced Power Settings link.
e. The Power Options dialog box shows up.
f. Click the plus sign (+) by Battery.
You see five items for consideration, each with settings available for when the laptop is plugged in or on battery power. The items are in chronological order:
f1 Low Battery Notification: Turns on a warning for when the battery power gets low, as set by the Low Battery Level item.
f2 Low Battery Level: Determines at which percentage the Low Battery Notification warning appears. The value is set as a percentage of battery life.
f3 Low Battery Action: Specifies what happens when the battery reaches the Low Battery Level warning. Options are Do Nothing, Hibernate, Sleep, and Shut Down.
f4 Critical Battery Level: Determines at which percentage the critical battery action takes place. Values are set as a percentage of battery life and must be lower than the Low Battery Level values.
f5 Critical Battery Action: Specifies what happens when the battery reaches the percentage set by the Critical Battery Level. Options for On Battery are Hibernate, Sleep, and Shutdown. The additional option of Do Nothing is available for when the laptop is plugged in.
My settings: "f1 Low Battery Notification", yes, I've turned that on. Nothing happens.
"f3 Low Battery Action" and " f5 Critical Battery Action" are both set to Hibernate. Seems prudent.
Again, any help TO GET A WARNING, POP-UP OR WHATEVER, will be mightily appreciated.