Perf Plugin for LCD Smartie
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FAST START GUIDE
If you hate reading instructions then here's the fast start guide:
- Download zip file
- Exit Smartie
- Extract perf.dll to smartie's plugins subdirectory
- Extract config-perf.ini to smartie's top directory
- Backup the existing config.ini to config.ini.bak
- Rename config-perf.ini to config.ini
- Start Smartie, see demo screens
- Edit/Copy demo screens
This is a plugin that makes it possible to display bar-graphs of performance counters (such as % CPU Load). The graphs will appear on the LCD display, but currently Smartie's virtual display will display junk.
This plugin redefines the custom characters, so only one type of graph can be on the display at once (i.e. you can have two or more graphs but they must use the same barstyle and direction). [Except, there can only be one "Tiny graphs" at a time on screen].
Win9x not supported. Windows 95/98 do not support the pdh interface that this plugin uses.
Non-English Windows, because the counter names are localised in window's local language the 'Basic Use' and demo config-perf.ini file won't work on anything other than an English system. BUT Not all is lost - The 'advance use' can be used. [I can't test non-english support but I know for example that the German version of '\Processor(0)\% Processor Time' is '\Prozessor(0)\Prozessorzeit (%)'].
Perf Plugin v1.0 can be downloaded here.
To install this plugin copy the perf.dll into the plugins directory of LCD Smartie. [Only the 5.3 and above builds are supported.]
The zip file also includes a config-perf.ini file which shows how the plugin can be used - backup your config.ini file before renaming this as config.ini.
To use the plugin you will need to insert commands into the your screens - please ensure that all graph lines have a consistant scroll setting (i.e. all on or all off)!
The basic form of the commands will only display a graph of the percentage of CPU use:
- Function 1: $dll(perf,1,[height]x[width],[name]) - this will create a graph object called [name] that is [height] high and [width] wide, it will also display the top line of the graph. [name] can be anything you want BUT must be unique (no other graph on any screen can have the same name), it is used to tie the different commands to the same graph. Example: $dll(perf,1,2x20,Test)
- Function 2: $dll(perf,2,[name],[line]) - this command is only needed if your graph is higher than 1 line high. This command displays a line from an already created (using the function above) graph object. The name must match that given in function 1. Line 1 is the bottom of the graph, line 2 second from bottom etc. Example: $dll(perf,2,Test,2)
On a 2 line display, the lines entered into smartie will look something like this:
On a 4 line display, the lines entered into smartie will look something like this:
The format of function 1 is: $dll(perf,1,[options],[name])
[name] can be anything you want BUT must be unique (no other graph on any screen can have the same name), it is used to tie the different commands to the same graph.
[option] takes the form: HeightxWidth#Direction#BarStyle#SampleTime#min#max#CounterName
- HeightxWidth is the size of the bar graph
- Direction is one of: d, u, l, r [for down/up/left/right]. [default: u]
- BarStyle selects the custom characters to use. 0 means no custom characters (so you can define your own), 1 means a solid bar, 99 is for "Tiny graphs", etc. The full list of styles is at the end of this page. [default: 1]
- SampleTime is how often the counter value is fetched, in 1/10 seconds. [default: 5 (i.e. 0.5 seconds)]
- min - used for scaling graph. [default: 0]
- max - used for scaling graph. [default: 100]
- CounterName is a name of a performance counter. [default: \Processor(0)\% Processor Time]
All options are optional except HeightxWidth, but the order must be maintained - so to leave BarStyle out, you must also leave out Sampletime, min, max and CounterName.
- $dll(perf,1,2x16#u#1#5#0#100#\Processor(0)\% Processor Time,Test1)
The best way to find the name of a performance object is to use the administrator tool "performance monitor". This microsoft page gives some details on the format (which even allows remote machines to be monitored). Here are some ideas (there are tons of others):
- \Processor(0)\% Processor Time - Cpu usage of the first processor.
- \Processor(1)\% Processor Time - Cpu usage of the 2nd processor.
- \Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time - Total cpu usage.
- \\REMOTECOMPUTER\Processor(0)\% Processor Time - The Cpu usage of the first processor on computer REMOTECOMPUTER.
- \Process(LCDSmartie)\% Processor Time - Cpu usage caused by LCD Smartie.
- \System\Processes - The number of active processes.
- \Paging File(_Total)\% Usage - Percentage of page file in use.
When a barStyle of 99 or above is used then a tiny graph will be produced, where each bar is only 1 pixel wide. The graph can be up to 8 characters wide and only 1 character high (so, 1x8 or less).
Users with Crystalfontz displays that are gapless between character cells (i.e. 631, 632, 634) can use a barStyle of 100 to get a gapless graph!
NB: Only directions up and down are supported with tiny graphs.
Here is the full list of Tiny graph styles:
- 99 - a normal tiny graph. [Uses characters of 5 by 8 pixels].
- 100 - Crystalfontz special! Produces gapless graphs on supported displays. [Uses characters of 6 by 8 pixels].
- 101 - Crystalfontz special! As 100, but leave bottom pixels empty (so to leave a horizontal gap on gapless screens, such as the 631). [Uses characters of 6 by 7 pixels].
- 102 - As 99 but leave bottom pixels empty. Useful for displays where the bottom line is a solid bar rather than pixels (mostly for VFDs). [Uses characters of 5 by 7 pixels].
See the 'Basic Use' section for a description of function2.
This function fetches the value of a performance counter.
The format of function 4 is: $dll(perf,4,[SampleTime],[CounterName])
Example: $dll(perf,4,5,\Processor(0)\% Processor Time)
For Tiny graphs styles see Tiny graphs section.
The following styles are defined:
- 0 - none; define your own characters.
- 1 - solid.
- 2 - Crystalfontz special! Solid and gapless on supported displays.
- 3 - Crystalfontz special! As 2, but leaves bottom row empty (so to leave a horizontal gap on gapless displays).
- 4 - Solid but leaves bottom row empty . This is useful on displays where the bottom row is a solid bar rather than pixels (mostly for VFDs).
- 5 - Thin bars.
- 9 - Outlined bars.