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    Wow, the source code is sickeningly confusing. I taught myself VB when I wrote this and because I was devving it for a few weeks straight, I became pretty proficient.

    But its very confusing what I have done exactly. This will take some time guys.

    Edit: The new one is going to be recoded from the ground up (so its going to be pretty Beta for a while). But I hope to clean things up and make the app have way more functionality. Here's a quick peak of the new version.


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    I think that should be possible...I shall see.

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    [DllImport("User32.dll")]
    private static extern bool
    GetLastInputInfo(ref LASTINPUTINFO plii);

    //Step 4

    internal struct LASTINPUTINFO
    {
    public uint cbSize;

    public uint dwTime;
    }
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    Ive just ordered a fusion brain for myself, and was wondering if anyone knows if this works with a fusion brain.
    either using it to sense voltage drop/loss from the acc.

    and will the new version have a longer delay period before shutting down (was 99 seconds i saw on one post) as its takes up to 5 mins to say fill up on gas, and wait in the cue then pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelmk View Post
    How can I use this to close down some apps before hibernating?
    I would like to close them nicely and not just kill them.
    Quote Originally Posted by blessani View Post
    Wow, the source code is sickeningly confusing. I taught myself VB when I wrote this and because I was devving it for a few weeks straight, I became pretty proficient.

    But its very confusing what I have done exactly. This will take some time guys.

    Edit: The new one is going to be recoded from the ground up (so its going to be pretty Beta for a while). But I hope to clean things up and make the app have way more functionality. Here's a quick peak of the new version.

    Is the issue in the first quote being addressed in the new release?

    It would be perfect for laptop users who also use RR. If I kill rr, winamp and all other embedded apps stay running, if I close it, it also cleanly closes the embedded apps. That way there would be no issues with the playlist going crazy, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyracer View Post
    Is the issue in the first quote being addressed in the new release?

    It would be perfect for laptop users who also use RR. If I kill rr, winamp and all other embedded apps stay running, if I close it, it also cleanly closes the embedded apps. That way there would be no issues with the playlist going crazy, etc.

    Awaiting the new release...
    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyracer View Post
    Figured it out in autoit. VERY simple script:

    Code:
    WinClose("RoadRunner", "")
    Compiled into an .exe, so to get this to work right, download the attachment, rename it without the .txt, then in shutcontrol set this as a pre-hibernate app, and then set RR as a resume hibernate app. No more lost playlists. I set it to run "RRClose.exe" at least 5 seconds before the Suspend routine, just to be sure.
    Download provided in the thread referenced above.

    So anyone else out there, just download autoit, and then create a new script, copy the above code but change the part where it says "RoadRunner" to the window title of the app you want to close. Want to close multiple apps at once? just use multiple line in the same script.

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    Any updates on this?

    Only prob I seem to have with 2.21 is the resume/hibernate apps seem to load twice (Auto IT scripts)

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    I installed this software on my laptop. I didn't get any errors. I get the little icon on the bottom of the screen, but I cant get it to shut down my pc when I disconnect the power. I am running a cut down version of xp called tinyxp that I downloaded from: http://ithotnews.com/index.php?s=tin...=16&submit.y=8. I don't know if this is what is causing the malfunction or not. Any thoughts?

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    sorry to bring up a dead post... but I was wondering what the advantages are to using this app over the power options in control panel and scheduled tasks for launching programs? ...

    I see a couple...
    -The "MultiAction" to reboot the computer and THEN go into hibernation... (is the big advantage here being able to cycle the computer completely, having a fresh start.... but also ready in hibernation mode for when you get in the car again??)

    -Pausing/restarting winamp, thats neat

    -Creating time delays when starting programs upon ACC on again...


    Anyways, with windows XP (i'm using TinyXP)....
    Control Panel > Power Options
    [Hibernate] tab and enable it if you want to use hibernation*

    [Power Schemes]
    Set the "Plugged in" side of the settings to never, if you want the laptop to remain powered on as long as it is receiving power from the car...

    Set the "Running on batteries" side to however long you want for screen, hard drive, and standby BUT leave hibernate set to 'never', for both batteries and plugged in...

    Click on the [Alarms] tab up top:

    There is a 'low battery alarm' and 'critical battery alarm'...
    make sure you select the check box to enable the alarm, and click the box "Alarm Action..."
    Now you see, you can have the computer standby, hibernate, shut down, or even run a program based on the Battery POWER level, and not just based on the TIME.


    MY PERSONAL SETUP w/ XP Power Options:
    [Power Schemes] tab
    Save as... "Carputer" to create a custom set of power settings...

    "When Computer is plugged in:"
    All settings are "Never"

    "When Computer is Running on batteries:"
    Turn off monitor: 1 min
    Turn off hard drive: 3 min
    System Standby: 1 min
    System Hibernate: Never

    [Alarms] Tab

    Enable both low battery alarm and critical battery alarm...
    (The critical battery is just in case something goes wrong with the hibernation, or a program causes problems)

    Low battery set to 10%
    "Alarm action" for low battery...
    When alarm goes off, computer will: Hibernate
    No Notifications enabled...

    Critical battery set to 3%
    "Alarm action..." for critical battery..
    No Notifications,
    When alarm goes off, computer will: Shut Down
    ***Check box "Force stand by or shut down even if a program stops responding'.***
    (there is an option to force shutdown/hibernation even if program freezes)

    So, with my laptop and the power settings...
    I think have everything needed for shut down control....
    Once the ignition is turned off, the computer switches to battery, and after 1 minute of idle time, it goes into standby mode...
    Then it stays in standby, until the battery power reaches 10%,
    at 10% battery power, it comes out of standby and goes into hibernation.

    For extra safety, for example, if a program will not close properly for hibernation, and the power drains to 3%...The computer will then force shutdown even if there are non responding programs..


    ******I'm not trying to make a point AGAINST using this app, I would just like to know the benefits over using the power options/scheduled tasks*****
    If anyone uses this, or knows how it helps out vs. what I have mine set up as, please let me know
    Thanks!

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    I've not forgotten about you guys. I've been really busy over the past few months, but I am going to look at the source code again at some point in the next week and start trying to rectify the problems.

    If anyone has any other feature requests, please post them. Even things like, layout, usability and functions etc.

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