Saturday, 19 May 2018

E2B v1.99f Beta (includes feature to play tunes!)

yaya, one of the main developers of grub4dos, has done a lot of work to add a 'beep' command to grub4dos. It can play synchronously (in background) or asynchronously (waits until end of play before continuing execution).

E2B v1.99f (was 1.99e) includes this latest \grldr file (grub4dos 0.4.6a) which has the new beep command.

Now you can load the E2B Main menu and simultaneously play the Mission Impossible or Tetris background music (or any tune you like)! Your system must be fitted with an internal speaker (or buzzer) - Virtual Machines will not make any noise, you must use a real system.

Instructions to update your E2B drive

1. Download the E2B file and unpack it to an empty folder on your Windows system

2. Run the \UPDATE_E2B_DRIVE.cmd file from the new folder and pick which E2B USB drive you want to update.

(You could just extract the zip to your USB drive, but it would copy the 500MB CONTIG.ISO file as well).

3. Now use NotePad to add this line to the bottom of your \_ISO\MyE2B.cfg file:

call /_ISO/docs/Tunes/Tetris_Loop.g4b

If you want to try lots of different tunes, copy the \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu Files\E2B Menus\Play_a_Tune.mnu file to the \_ISO\MAINMENU folder.

4. Now boot to E2B and you should hear a noise if you have a speaker - any key press (not ctrl, alt, shift) will stop the noise.

Take a look at the .g4b batch files in the Tunes folder if you want to see how to make your own tunes.

If you find any problems when using this new version of grub4dos, please let me know.

You can revert to a previous version of E2B by 'updating' from an older version (e.g. v1.98).

Note: The included Tunes may be changed in later versions and the syntax for the beep command may also change, so don't go writing any symphonies yet!