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Instructions for the Panzer Temperature Gauge XWidget PDF Print
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Here are the instructions for the Panzer Temperature Gauge XWidget. The Temperature widget can be assigned the function of your choice. The widgets are provided as a Xwidget that run on your desktop behind all your applications so it does not interfere with your day to day computer functionality.

temperature-gauge-256.pngThe widget works with Windows XP SP3, it has been tested on Vista Home, Windows 7 32/64 bit and Windows 8/10 - it should work on all these with no problems whatsoever.  You will of course need to download and install the Xwidget engine first - which you can get here:

Download Xwidgets here

The widget functionality is self-explanatory, tinker with it and you will soon get to grips with it, you can't do any harm. Think of it as a bit of WWII eye-candy.

Double-clicking on the gauge will cause a personalised Windows application to fire up. The first time you run it there will be no assigned function and so it will state as such and then pop up the preferences so that you can enter the command of your choice. The widget takes command line-style commands for windows. You can find the widget here .

 

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The widget can be resized - Hover the mouse cursor over the widget and rotate your mousewheel up or down. The widget will resize dynamically.

There are two lamps to the left of the gauge. The first shows an over-temperature condition if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees centigrade. The second lamp indicates whether speedfan is operating or not. If speedfan is not running then the red lamp will glow. Speedfan is essential, you can think of the widget as a skin to speedfan. The widget takes advantage of Speedfan's API to provide temperature information from all the sensors on your machine.

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 INSTALLATION

1. Install Xwidget runtime engine FIRST.

2. Download the widget

3. When downloaded it should prompt you to ask what you should do with this widget. Tell the o/s to open it with Xwidgets.

SPEEDFAN

fan.pngThis widget uses Speedfan to obtain temperature information. Why is Speedfan needed? The answer is that the Windows operating system is meant to provide an interface to the motherboard and other components to provide system temperature information. Unfortunately, Windows does not yet do its job as there seems to be no stable hardware specification for hardware manufacturers to provide  temperature sensors. All the hardware manufacturers do their own thing. The end result is that it is impossible for a widget to get the temperatures from all the myriad different types of PC components in the world, so we have to resort to third party applications that can do it pretty well. The best of the bunch is a good piece of software called Speedfan. Speedfan is pretty good at extracting temperatures for almost all PC hardware so it is a fundamental requirement for Speedfan to be installed on your Windows PC for this widget to function.

Get Speedfan here: http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php


Right Click Menu

xwidget-uboat-prefs1.jpgYou can right click on the widget at any time to show the preferences that control the operation of the widget. It will show a pop up menu that allows access to some extra functions. For example, you can access online help from this link as well as visit other links to allow satisfied users to kindly donate...

The Widget Preferences link shows the preferences screen allowing you to select show more configuration options. Some of the configuration changes that can be made can be made. 

The other links are generally self-explanatory, they will open pages on my website where you can obtain new versions of the widget, obtain assistance or help from the developer &c.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferences

This is the configuration preference screen where you control sundry items. You may determine which command will be run on a double-click. You can customise the command by replacing it with your own. You can select the widget size and enable/disable sound control. 

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The default Windows preference screen allows you to change the opacity and order of the the widget.

Some example commands for windows: 

This command would fire up Mozilla's thunderbird email application:

C:\Program Files\Mozilla Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe

This command would open a new outlook mail message:

outlook.exe /c ipm.note

Open a new outlook mail message and populate sender and subject:

outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m someone@microsoft.
com&subject=test%20subject
&body=test

(all on one line)

Personally, I always have the following command assigned to this clock:

timedate.cpl

This fires up the windows clock utility allowing you to set or change the system time.

To fire up a web-page in your default browser, the widget command(s) would be:

start http://lightquick.co.uk/steampunk-widgets.html?Itemid=264  (windows)

open http://lightquick.co.uk/steampunk-widgets.html?Itemid=264  (mac)

xdg-open http://lightquick.co.uk/steampunk-widgets.html?Itemid=264 
(mac) -oOo-

 

fan.png* Speedfan  - why is it needed? The Windows operating system is meant to provide an interface to the motherboard and other components to provide system temperature information. Unfortunately it does not work well as there is no stable hardware specification for temperature sensors. The end result is that it is impossible for a Windows nor any widget to get the temperatures from all the myriad PC components in the world, so we all have to resort to third party applications that can do it. The best of the bunch is a good piece of software called Speedfan. Speedfan is pretty good at extracting temperatures for almost all PCs.

It is a fundamental requirement for this software to be installed for this widget to function. Get Speedfan here: http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php


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