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    Lightbulb New Utility from myself (shaneturner12) - PC Information Application

    Moderators - if this is in the wrong forum, please move it to the correct one.

    In response to the amount of people I have seen not being sure on what their system specifications are, I have created a utility that will give this information to them - all that needs to be done is simply starting the utility.

    Any comments/questions etc about this utility can be made to myself either via this thread, or by PM if it is sensitive.

    This tool can be downloaded from my tutorial website, which can be reached from the link in my signature, then clicking the 'System Info Utility' link on the right-hand side of the page.

    System requirements for this tool are mentioned on the website page.

    A direct link to the relevant page is http://shaneturner12.awardspace.co.u...m-info-utility.

    Be aware that the tool displays the driver date in reverse UK order - 20120105 equates to 05/01/2012.


    Current Features
    The tool can detect:
    System Make and Model
    Operating System
    Free/Total physical memory
    Graphics card (including video memory,driver version,and driver date)
    Processor (including how many, and clock speed)
    Physical drives including how much space is free
    Detected DirectX version (due to a limitation in Windows, this will not be able to tell you whether it is up to date - to check this, use my Updating DirectX thread)

    This information can be saved to a Rich Text Format file, or quickly copied to the Clipboard for pasting in a forum post.

    Future Features
    Detection of antivirus/firewall software
    Reasonable feature requests

    As this is my first utility that is Trainz-related, I welcome comments/suggestions, but please make them reasonable.

    Also let me know if the tool is not working correctly.

    Note: Some older graphics cards may give incorrect information if they do not support WDDM.

    Shane

    EDIT: ATTENTION NORTON USERS

    I am aware of issues between Norton products and my utility where Norton deletes it before the user can use it. I am currently in the process of dealing with this issue, but it is an uphill battle with Norton. No other antivirus products appear to be doing the same.
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    Very cool. However, video memory is report as 1,024 as well as 0.00...also, it's not showing my F: drive (third HD). Thanks, Shane!!!

    PC Information Report
    Generated using PC Information Application by Shane Turner
    System Manufacturer:Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    System Model:GA-MA790XT-UD4P
    Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
    Total/Free Physical Memory (in GB):8.00/5.83
    Graphics Card:Windows Live Display Driver
    Driver Version:15.5527.0.0
    Date of current driver:20100806000000.000000-000
    Video Memory:0.00 MB
    Graphics Card:NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
    Driver Version:8.17.12.7533
    Date of current driver:20110520000000.000000-000
    Video Memory:1,024.00 MB
    Processor:AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 B55 Processor (3.24 Ghz)
    Processor Type:64 Bits
    Number of Processors:4
    Detected DirectX version: (This may not match any expected values) 4.09.00.0904
    Drive Information:
    Drive C:\ : 270.54GB Free
    Drive D:\ : 42.76GB Free

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    I will have a look at the video memory reporting feature, as I can tweak that quite easily, and re-upload the file.

    The video memory is reporting the dedicated video memory for the graphics card. The reason it is reporting two different figures is because it has detected two graphics cards or two seperate graphics drivers.

    Thankyou for the comments, I can make use of them to improve the software.

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    I have now updated the application in response to the comments received so far. Users that have already downloaded the previous version will need to re-download from the site to get the updates.

    All constructive comments are welcome, as are reports of anything that is not working as expected.

    Note though that if you have an external drive, the program can only display this if you have plugged it in.

    Also, if the Video Memory is reporting as 0, then it means that you have an integrated graphics card.

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    Thanks Shane, you'll soon be releasing a Trainz Tweaker, right?

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    Once I've looked into the relevant parts, I can look into it.

    You do realise there is already a Trainz Tweaker by someone else, but I know that is quite basic.

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    Oh yes, I'm only trying to convey that since this is a foray into creating Trainz centric programs, I'm confident it won't be your last.

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    True - I will see what I come across next.

    Anything can happen...

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    An issue has been identified in the previous version of the application, which prevented the application from starting.

    This has now been rectified, and a fixed version is now uploaded.

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    http://www.cpuid.com/

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    Which of their tools are you referring to?

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    I think I'd be more inclined to trust Shane's tool not to install spyware etc than some random company on the net

    Cheers for the tool Shane and looking forward to many more .
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    My windows 7 installation gave me this on first run:


    See the end of this message for details on invoking
    just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

    ************** Exception Text **************
    System.IO.IOException: The device is not ready.

    at System.IO.__Error.WinIOError(Int32 errorCode, String maybeFullPath)
    at System.IO.__Error.WinIODriveError(String driveName, Int32 errorCode)
    at System.IO.DriveInfo.get_TotalFreeSpace()
    at PC_Information_Application.Form1.Form1_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnCreateControl()
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl()
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.ScrollableControl.WndProc(Mes sage& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.ContainerControl.WndProc(Mess age& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Form.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Form.WndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.O nMessage(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.W ndProc(Message& m)
    at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)


    ************** Loaded Assemblies **************
    mscorlib
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5448 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    PC Information Application
    Assembly Version: 1.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 1.0.0.0
    CodeBase: file:///F:/Public_F/All%20Software%20Installs%20ECHO/PC%20Inormation/PCInformationApplication.exe
    ----------------------------------------
    Microsoft.VisualBasic
    Assembly Version: 8.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 8.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/Microsoft.VisualBasic/8.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    System
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5447 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    System.Windows.Forms
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5446 (Win7SP1GDR.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Windows.Forms.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    System.Drawing
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/2.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Drawing.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    System.Runtime.Remoting
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Runtime.Remoting/2.0.0.0__b77a5c561934e089/System.Runtime.Remoting.dll
    ----------------------------------------
    System.Management
    Assembly Version: 2.0.0.0
    Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.5420 (Win7SP1.050727-5400)
    CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Management/2.0.0.0__b03f5f7f11d50a3a/System.Management.dll
    ----------------------------------------

    ************** JIT Debugging **************
    To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
    application or computer (machine.config) must have the
    jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
    The application must also be compiled with debugging
    enabled.

    For example:

    <configuration>
    <system.windows.forms jitDebugging="true" />
    </configuration>

    When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
    will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
    rather than be handled by this dialog box.


    I looks to me, Shane, that your main module is looking for something my system doesn't have. I have no floppy, no IDE devices, and an on-board video as well as a PCI-X video. Both my CD/DVD and HDD are SATA devices.

    Also, note the misspelling of your 'message&' argument in a couple of the calls.

    Bill
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    Thankyou for letting me know - I will address that immediately.

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    Sure. I'd be happy to test-run any changes you wish to make, Shane. BTW: which version of VB is this (.NET or VB6)?

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