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Instructions for the Steampunk Resource Monitor PDF Print
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antique-dials-small.pngHere are the instructions for the Steampunk Resource Monitor. The resource monitor will allow you to monitor your system's resource usage on a second by second basis using a human-friendly steampunk interface. The Resource Monitor is provided as a Yahoo widget that runs on your desktop behind all your applications so it does not interfere with your day to day computer functionality.

This widget works with Windows XP SP3, it has been tested on Vista Home, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and Mac OS/X and it should work on all these with no problems whatsoever.  You will of course need to download and install the Yahoo widget engine first - which you can get here.

ADDENDUM: The Steampunk Resource Manager Widget on Windows 10 - This Widget does NOT run on Windows 10. This is because Microsoft has not yet created the necessary WMI classes on Windows 10 to extract per-cpu information. I am hacking together a fix to remove this functionality from the widget temporarily until Microsoft gets its act together and creates the missing classes. Sometimes Microsoft delivers sub-standard products and it shows... 

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 Victorian machine, simply pull some levers and press some buttons. See the diagram below for a fuller explanation.

On windows, the widget can currently provide individual core monitoring on single and multi-core systems with up to 4 cores from either Intel or AMD. The newer hyper-threaded quad core systems have their 'false' extra core readings aggregated to four gauges. AMD Tri-core systems are handled as expected showing three core gauges. On Macs the core information is currently unavailable until we create additional code to extract this information.

resource-monitor-help.jpgPERFORMANCE

The widget uses the YWE! API to extract processor, memory, battery, disc utilisation and wireless information and this causes very little cpu to be used whilst gathering the information. However, the cpu information for multicore processors is obtained from the Windows Management Instrumentation Layer (WMI), this requires a little more processor overhead so you may want to disable these gauges on a slow system that is running slowly or doing a lot of work elsewhere. On a dual core 2ghz system the overhead is unnoticeable.

antique-dials-with-vdu.pngThe widget runs on a 1 second sample interval but if that is using too much resource on a low-powered PC then you can reduce the interval to 5 seconds using the interval slider provided. The large CPU gauge can be animated to swing the needle in a smooth fashion, of course this uses more cpu cycles so if you want to save precious cpu simply switch it from smooth to jerky using the animation toggle.

Widget size is set in two stages, use the bottom slider to select the size and then press the push-button buzzer. The widget will then resize. The widget can be resized to quite a big size in expectation of big screen sizes in years to come! The minimum size is 10%.

The widget is complete with sounds operating on all functionality. The sounds are perfectly suited to the widget but should you not want them you can simply turn them off using the mute toggle. Playing sounds causes  a small amount of CPU utilisation for a very short period, you may notice it jump slightly when using the longest sound, the crank handle.  Sounds can be disabled at any time by clicking on the 'M'ute toggle.

INSTALLATION

1. Install Yahoo widget 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 Yahoo widgets.

Where is the download link? Here it is!

Here is the widget running on my desktop.

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BUGS - to fix errors see the end of this article where bugfixes are listed.

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Preferences

You can right click on the widget at any time to show the preferences that control the operation of the widget. All the preferences can be controlled from the toggles, switches, sliders and buttons on the front end. If you feel happier in the preferences then do feel free to modify anything you like, you can't do any harm...

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This is the CPU gauge preference screen where you control the operation of the CPU main and secondary gauges.

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This is the gauges control screen  from which you may control which gauges are activated

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 This is the memory gauge preference screen where you set the threshold for a virtual memory alarm.

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This is the configuration preference screen where you control sundry items.

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This is the drive gauge preference screen where you configure drive related items.

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This is the commands screen, a double-click on a gauge will run these utilities. You can customise them by replacing them with your own.

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

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 The general gauge allows setting of the size and sampling interval

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 The animation prefs control the type of animation displayed.

 

Windows 10 Bugs

Windows 10 is a new o/s and as such it has a number of brand new bugs. Rule 1: Never install a new o/s, what you always need is the old, stable o/s and certainly not the new.

The resource monitor uses WMI to extract performance data. WMI is the Windows Management Instrumentation layer that is mean to provide system level information in a standard fashion to allow monitoring programs access. WMI is one of those fundamental building blocks that HAS to work in order for Win10 to be seen as a decent and grown-up o/s. It worked in XP, Vista, Win 7 and 8 but has some bugs in windows 10. These bugs manifest itself in the resource manager hanging or just not working at all. This isn't the widgets fault but that of Microsoft and Win10.

To fix WMI:

Create an icon on your desktop and point it to this exe, C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe and run it as administrator.

This will create a Window with admin rights. 

Go to this folder: C:\Windows\System32\Wbem.

c:> cd C:\Windows\System32\Wbem.

Create a batch file here called fix.bat and place the following statements within it.

@echo on
cd /d c:\temp
if not exist %windir%\system32\wbem goto TryInstall
cd /d %windir%\system32\wbem
net stop winmgmt
winmgmt /kill
if exist Rep_bak rd Rep_bak /s /q
rename Repository Rep_bak
for %%i in (*.dll) do RegSvr32 -s %%i
for %%i in (*.exe) do call :FixSrv %%i
for %%i in (*.mof,*.mfl) do Mofcomp %%i
net start winmgmt
goto End

:FixSrv
if /I (%1) == (wbemcntl.exe) goto SkipSrv
if /I (%1) == (wbemtest.exe) goto SkipSrv
if /I (%1) == (mofcomp.exe) goto SkipSrv
%1 /RegServer

:SkipSrv
goto End

:TryInstall
if not exist wmicore.exe goto End
wmicore /s
net start winmgmt
:End

Run this batch file and wait until it completes, if it pauses or hangs for a long period then ctrl/c and it should continue. This will replace the repository files that are required for WMI to operate.

c:>  winmgmt /verifyrepository

The above command will verify the repository is all correct.

Now rebuild the performance counters:

At the CMD prompt, type lodctr /r and press ENTER.

c:>  lodctr /r

This will repair pointers that are stored in the registry which are used by Perfmon.

-oOo-

When you next restart the resource manager widget, it should now work. If you have to do this often please do NOT blame the widget but blame Microsoft's poor bug-fixing.

 

 

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