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    Exclamation PCFx 0.5 - AlienFX lighting depending on things like CPU temperature

    PCFx 0.5 (Supported M14x Chassis, possibly others too)

    Other chassis can be supported, let me know if you have problems.

    Description:
    Allows the user to identify computer activity or statistics such as CPU temperature from colour variations on the AlienFX laptop. Simply select what you want the zone to show and the low and high colours. Values that are in between low and high colours will be visualised as a gradient, so gradual colour changes rather than sudden colour changes.

    PCFx currently updates colours every 1/5th of a second (200ms), uses the LightFX.dll from the AlienFX SDK and is able to retrieve the sensor information such as CPU core temperatures without third party programs.

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    Known Bugs:
    - Status lights dropdown box has some old options that are no longer required. This will be corrected in version 0.6+.

    Future Improvements:
    - 'Battery Capacity %' added to all dropdown boxes as an option.

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    Download is attached to this post. Extract it, run it, and enjoy! Any questions or ideas please feel free to suggest, and as always if you find the program useful and want to make a donation please do so via the donation button in the program.

    Please choose the correct version for your operating system, e.g. if you run 32-bit please download x86, otherwise download x64 if you run 64-bit.

    Download:
    - x64 (64-bit): Download PCFx_0.5_x64_64bit.zip for free on Filesonic.com
    - x86 (32-bit): Download PCFx_0.5_x86_32bit.zip for free on Filesonic.com
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    Last edited by Ixel; 06-03-2011 at 11:42 AM.

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    Nice idea! Will def. give it a go tomorrow when I am next to my alien.
    If u need to host it here in the downloads section let me know
    Another idea is that u could ask @Mumak to expose an interface of HWiNFO for u to read it's reported sensors/values
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    @Ixel I think you have a great program in the works. Welcome to Tech | Inferno officially now that you've joined and left the guest category. I can't test this yet as I do not have a system yet and am waiting on a replacement. I look forward to trying this out. In the future would there be a way to integrate with HWINFO32, I have used coretemp and it is light and useful but there doesn't seem to be a monitoring program as detailed as HWINFO32. Not sure if your interested or if Mumak the creator of HWinfo32 is, but if you send him a message maybe it will work out for the better. Either way kudos on the incredible program and again welcome to Tech | Inferno.

    Edit: I just can't type as fast as you Michael on my tiny phone lol... We had the same idea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Nice idea! Will def. give it a go tomorrow when I am next to my alien.
    If u need to host it here in the downloads section let me know
    Another idea is that u could ask @Mumak to expose an interface of HWiNFO for u to read it's reported sensors/values
    Hi,
    Thanks for your replies so far. In reply to the quoted message, that would be wonderful. Obviously more testing is required as I've only tested this on my own system (M14x), so it's quite possible other models will have different zone identifiers which means I'll need to make some changes specific to each model if that's the case. I'll look into PMing Mumak and see if there's a way I can interface with HWinfo32 from my program, currently designed in C#.NET.

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    great works love this community
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    Wow, cool idea! I'll test it, hopefully tomorrow! Welcome at T|I!!
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    This is a great idea and really useful thing to do with AlienFX.
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    Indeed, very cool idea, +1 from me.
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    not working on M17xR2 different version

    ************** Exception Text **************
    System.IO.FileLoadException: Could not load file or assembly 'AlienwareAlienFXTools, Version=2.6.8.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=bebb3c8816410241' or one of its dependencies. The located assembly's manifest definition does not match the assembly reference. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131040)
    File name: 'AlienwareAlienFXTools, Version=2.6.8.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=bebb3c8816410241'
    at LightFX.LightFXController..ctor(Boolean disableControler, Boolean readEnableAPIAccessValue)
    at PCFx.frmMain.timer1_Tick(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Timer.OnTick(EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Timer.TimerNativeWindow.WndPr oc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)
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    I'll test it on the M18x tomorrow night. Welcome to the T|I community Ixel!
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