Use an old or current computer to wake you up to your favorite tunes using only free software. Note that this has only been tested on an XP machine....Vista users can try this but it might not work
Step 1: Download Programs
The first thing that you will need to do is go out on the internet and download the necessary supporting applications. You will need VLC Media Player
and Auto Hot Key
. You may also want to download a nice icon for the program we will be creating from Here
. Once you have downloaded the programs, install them.
Step 2: Write some scripts kiddies
This will be the backbone of the whole alarm clock system. We will be using auto hot key to set the volume, unmute the system, and start vlc media player playing our files. First open the sample script that comes with auto hot key and delete the main portion of the file that has been written. Then you need to add three important lines.
"SoundSet, 15" - Sets the main volume control to 15%.
"SoundSet, 0, ,mute" - Turns mute off.
"Run "%A_ProgramFiles%\videolan\vlc\vlc" "c:\documents and settings\%username%\my documents\my music\alarms" --recursive collapse --no-one-instance --high-priority --fast-mutex --random --loop" - Starts vlc media player randomly looping all the songs in the alarms folder under my music.