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ATM (Another Task Manager) for Windows 98 and Windows ME
Provides a real-time capability to monitor all processes and threads, used memory, their CPU usage, execution time, etc; allows you to completely manage the system priority of all running processes and threads.

BVSLICE
Change thread priorities on NT/W2K. Display of CPU usage, or any other statistic such as memory usage or priority, for every process on the system.

Task Info 2002
TaskInfo2002 is combination of Task Manager and System Information Utility, It visually monitors different types of System information in Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP .

by KeysCapt See Profile edited by Dersgniw See Profile
last modified: 2006-06-27 22:24:46

Running the program as a service under Win2K or WinXP will enable this.

In addition, there is a program available called HideIt X that will remove/restore the UD tray icon for you.

Here's a detailed description of installing and running this program:

First download the program, HideItX, and save it where ever you want. A suggestion would be your C:\program files\united devices folder.

Next create a shortcut to this app. If you want it to start when UD starts, then put it in your startup folder. If you just want to be able to hide and show the icon, then create a shortcut where ever you want. To create a shortcut either right click and select "Create Shortcut", then move what was created to where ever you want, or right click, drag it to the folder and then select "create shortcut". Click it once, wait (or hit f2) and rename it if you want. If you want to have the option to start and/or hide and/or show UD, then just copy the shortcut.

Here are the 3 ways to do this:


    Use HideItX to start UD and hide the icon.
    Right click on the shortcut and select properties.
    Change the target text box to say this:
    "c:\program files\United Devices\HideItX.exe" -start c:\program files\United Devices\ud.exe; -delay 5; -nopill

    Here's a screen shot of what this looks like, the target line just shows the end of the actual target:



    Use HideItX to hide the icon.
    Right click on the shortcut and select properties.
    Change the target text box to say this:
    "c:\program files\United Devices\HideItX.exe" -nopill

    Use HideItX to show the icon.
    Right click on the shortcut and select properties.
    Change the target text box to say this:
    "c:\program files\United Devices\HideItX.exe" -yespill

--
Thanks to dersgniw for this description.


by KeysCapt See Profile edited by lilhurricane See Profile
last modified: 2006-07-22 21:02:32

If one computer has no internet connection, you can do this.
(This assumes you have CD-burning capabilities.)

Download UD Monitor, and have it set up with some cache slots.

Grab the cache slots filled with work units you have downloaded and then burn them to CD (or use disks but with these new work units they are around 1-2 MB).

On the other computer, make sure UD Monitor and UD are installed. Make a cache slot so it creates the folder. Then put the work units from the CD or whatever media you used to get them to this computer from your other one on this computer. You will have to put the work units in the UDm cache folder. If you already have cache slots then rename the work units you are bringing from the other computer to a higher number. Make sure read only is off.

You can do this with results or work units.

I did this. Computer 1 couldn't connect to UD servers. I sent the finished result to computer 2 in a folder. Then I did the above and it created a new cache slot by adding it in UD Monitor. It still kept the old ratings of the computer until it sent the result and downloaded a new one. It then updated the ratings to the computer it is on now.

by hockeyfun1$ See Profile edited by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2002-07-16 22:28:42

Here!




by mattmag See Profile edited by Sir Joseph See Profile
last modified: 2002-08-12 20:57:23

If you want to run the Agent while your system is in the login screen, there is a method, but the only downside is there is no way to check progress on it if you do it this way, as the icon for it will not be in the tray next to the clock.

Make sure UD is set to NOT run as a screensaver. Go to Control Panel and then go to Scheduled Tasks. Select "Add a scheduled task" and then tell it the location of UD.exe. Pick "Start task when computer starts up". Then type in Administrator and the password for administrator. Then make sure to check "Open advanced properties" and click Finish. Go to the Settings tab and then uncheck the line that says "Stop the task if it runs for 72 hours". Then click OK.

After that, just re-boot and it will start UD as a task and will run while you are in the login screen. It should be able to upload and get new units this way as well.

But as mentioned, you lose the blue icon in the tray if you do this and therefore won't be able to check to see what % you are at or anything that you can do with it.
Thanks to Cajun Man for posting this info.

There is an "official" thread about running the Agent as a service in Windows here. There may be some issues in doing this, so it is recommended reading before you attempt running the Agent as a service.

by KeysCapt See Profile

Here are the steps to set up the United Devices client as a service in Windows XP (and 2000) and still have access to it.

What you'll need:

1) An installed and registered copy of the United Devices client.
2) A copy of INSTSRV.EXE (Also found by googling).
3) A copy of SRVANY.EXE (Also found by googling).

Here is what you do:

1) Place both INSTSRV.EXE and SRVANY.EXE into your United Devices folder.
2) Open a DOS window by clicking Start>Run and typing CMD.
3) At the C:\ prompt type with out quotes "cd C:\Program Files\United Devices" (assuming you installed the client in the default location) and press enter.
4) Type the follow exactly as seen here including the quotes to install the service: INSTSRV UnitedDevices "C:\Program Files\United Devices\SRVANY.EXE" and press enter (You will get a confirmation that the service has been installed) Close the DOS window.

Warning: The following steps involve editing your registry. Proceed with caution!

5) Open the registry editor by clicking Start>Run and typing regedit in the box.
6) Navigate to the new United Devices registry key located here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\United Devices
7) Right Click on the United Devices key and Select New Key. Name that new key Parameters. You should now have a key Named United Devices with two sub keys, Security and Parameters.
8) Left click on the Parameters key. You should now have the default key on the right with white space. Right Click in the white space and select New> String Value. You'll get a new string value named New Value #1. Rename that AppDirectory by Right Clicking on it and selecting rename. Repeat these steps to create a string value called Application.
9) Double click AppDirectory. Type the following in the Value data box: C:\Program Files\United Devices then Click OK.
10) Double click Application. Type the following in the Value data box: C:\Program Files\United Devices\ud.exe then Click OK.
11) Close the registry editor and start breathing again. The hard part is over.

---END OF REGISTRY EDITING---

12) Remove the UD entry from start up by clicking Start>All Programs>Startup then right click on the UD entry and select delete. This step is required to avoid two instances of UD starting.
13) Reboot
14) Open the newly created service entry by Clicking Start>Administrative Tools>Services then scroll to the service called United Devices and double click that service.
15) Click the Log On tab and select Allow service to interact with desktop then click apply. The blue pill will immediately be visible in your task bar. Click OK.



16) Close the services window.

That's it, you're are done. Now United Devices will start as a service even if no one is logged in. These steps were adapted from installing Folding@Home as a service and were tested on Windows XP Pro SP1a.

Notes:

1) Because it is now running as a service, you can't just close the client. You'll now have to stop the service by Clicking Start>Administrative Tools>Services then scroll to the service called United Devices and double click that service and clicking the Stop button.
2) You can set recovery options that force UD to restart if it fails by making appropriate selections under the Recovery tab in the service options.
3) You may remove the service one of two ways:

a) Open a DOS window by clicking Start>Run and typing CMD then typing cd C:\Program Files\United Devices and press enter. Then type INSTSRV UnitedDevices REMOVE.
b) Manually delete the United Devices service key by opening the registry editor and navigating to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\United Devices and selecting the key and pressing delete on the keyboard.


by jazzman916 See Profile edited by slash See Profile
last modified: 2007-02-07 21:22:18

UDStatsServer is a program written by Asciimonster that will allow you to monitor the status of the Agent on the machines in your network, from one computer. This saves you from having to go to each machine and bring up the Agent window to see its progress.

Download Link


It installs and sets up easily. There are three files in the .zip - one for the "server", one for the "client", and a readme.

Simply install the "server" on the machine you wish to monitor from, and the "client" on the others. This works on a simple peer-to-peer network. You put the address of your "server" (ie: 192.168.1.XXX) into the program on each client, and hit "connect".

Then the server program will show you every time each client saves the WU, the last interval, average interval, and number of saves.

If you install the "client" program on the same machine as your "server", you need to identify your machine as "localhost" when setting up the client.

Screen shots and additional info is available in this thread.

submitted 02/11/02

by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2004-11-13 14:17:53

If I switch users (I log out of my admin account and log into a guest account) I notice that the UD doesn't show up in the task manager and my CPU is idle. How can I set the UD Agent to run on any account?

Here are two ways to do this.

One is to use this reg file to add the UD agent to run at the start of the system by adding it to the
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
list. Edit the regfile to be sure the location/path of UD.exe is correct for your system. (C:\Program FIles\United Devices\ is the default installation location.)

The other way is to put a shortcut to UD.exe in the folder
%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
(where %systemdrive% is the root of the drive where XP is installed.)

Either of these will start the ud agent and show the blue pill and allow a status check no matter what user you log on as.

If the user(s) "Switches" users a dialog box will come up telling the 'switched to' user that another instance of the UD agent is running. Just click on the OK button to continue.

If the user wishes to "Lock" the computer the UD agent will continue to run. However, by default a logon screen saver will run after 10 mins of lock so the user may want to create the following value at:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
REG_SZ value SCRNSAVE.EXE
Value data = SCRNSAVE.SCR


(Note the dot/period before DEFAULT in the key. This value may not exist so create it if necessary)

This will cause the logon screen saver to be the "blank" screen saver which uses no CPU cycles once started.

Submitted by RJKrash

by KeysCapt See Profile edited by Sir Joseph See Profile
last modified: 2002-08-12 20:58:37

Since UD introduced the LigandFit, to start out, you will want to make new cache slots in UD Monitor. The old work units would have non-constant times. One work unit could be two hours and the next could be five. These LigandFit work units tend to average about the same on each computer crunched on.

First once you have some work units crunched in your new cache slots, you will want to log in to your UD Members page by opening UD and clicking "View your scores and rewards". Log in. Click Device Installations. You will see your cache slots. Now divide the number of work units into the time for that cache slot. That will show you your average time for that cache slot. Most likely if you have more than one cache slot on each computer, then the times will be similar. Do the math if you need to to figure out the minutes or hours, etc.

by hockeyfun1$ See Profile edited by Sir Joseph See Profile
last modified: 2002-09-01 23:58:22

Windows XP allows Switching of users without closing another users programs.

Before beginning, verify that you have two Windows user accounts.

Steps:

    •Install the first instance of UD from Account 1 into Directory 1 and give it Device Name 1
    •After the installation completes, verify that it runs and processes work units. Close it.
    •Create a shortcut to UD.exe.
    •Install the second instance of UD from Account 2 into Directory 2 and give it Device Name 2
    •After the installation completes, verify that it runs and processes work units. Close it.
    •Create a shortcut to UD.exe. Right click on it and go into the properties. Set it to run in Windows NT 4.0 SP5 compatibility mode.
    •Run UD via the shortcut
    •Open up task manager (CTRL-SHIFT-ESC) and go to the processes tab. Find UD.exe and UD_xxxxxx.exe (those x's should be numbers), right click on those two processes and go to affinity.. both CPU 0 and CPU 1 will be checked.. UNCHECK CPU 0 .. so that only CPU 1 is checked. Do this for both processes
    •Login to Account 1
    •Use the shortcut to run UD - this one should not be running in compatibility mode.
    •Open up task manager (CTRL-SHIFT-ESC) and go to the processes tab. Find UD.exe and UD_xxxxxx.exe (those x's should be numbers), right click on those two processes and go to affinity.. both CPU 0 and CPU 1 will be checked.. UNCHECK CPU 1 .. so that only CPU 0 is checked. Do this for both processes
    •Open the Task Manager and verify that 100% CPU utilization.


This technique can also be used to accommodate more than 2 processors.

Thank you to Ascent See Profile for providing this information.

by Taoron See Profile edited by slash See Profile
last modified: 2007-02-19 12:48:00

On the client setup, click settings and then connection . In the Host Name box type the network (workgroup) name of the host computer with no \\ (e.g. computer workgroup name=Shop1...type Shop1).

by DSmithLady See Profile edited by Sir Joseph See Profile
last modified: 2002-12-13 15:12:35

UD offers a service where they will make a customized installation for you, based on the form you fill out. You can fill out the form at http://www.grid.org/help/support_installer.htm.

After you fill out the form, they will contact you at the email address you specify.

Quote:
Your request for support has been successfully sent to United Devices.

United Devices Support will get back to you as quickly as possible with an individual installer and specific instructions for deployment.


by Taoron See Profile edited by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2004-03-29 17:36:43

Another useful application for bringing up the UD agent "blue pill" is Blake's UD New Tray.

Sometimes the UD Agent's tray icon disappears even when it is actually running as your own username. This may cause you to not be able to double-click the Agent and see its progress, which makes you have to abort it with Task Manager (sometimes causing you to lose some time that your computer has spent working). This utility will broadcast a message that says "Microsoft Explorer restarted" to the UD Agent, which causes it to redraw its icon in the system tray.

You can find more info on this here

Submitted by lilhurricane See Profile.

by lilhurricane See Profile edited by Dersgniw See Profile
last modified: 2004-05-10 23:38:54

nxl5150 See Profile has created a very cool little application that will quickly download your stats and display them for you:



You can get this app here:
»UD and TSC StatSniffer v1.0

If you encounter any difficulties running the app, see this thread:
/forum/remark,11384030~mode=flat

by KeysCapt See Profile
last modified: 2005-01-16 15:14:02