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Legacy AlienFX Tools and Applications

Discussion in 'Alienware Area-51/Aurora and Legacy Systems' started by findvikas, Oct 6, 2008.

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    MOD NOTE: This is not compatible with the M15x, M17x All Powerful systems.

    Last Updated: 04/27/2009

    Here I will post all the tools and applications developed against AlienFX. Please report any bugs or ask for feature requests

    1) TurnOffLights - A quick way to disable all the lights at one click. This handy utility can sit in your Quick Launch and do the job.

    2) AuroraLightsFX: Basically a light weight AlienFX Editor. It can remember all the settings, reload automatically on the next reboot or login and will apply the settings again just like Command Center. Very light on resources and easy to use.

    Also available via "Online Install" , visit here: http://www.vikasverma.com/AuroraLightsFX/
    Online Install ensure that you always have the latest version installed, no more downloading again and again...!!!

    No dependencies, less than 300KB in size single executable. No need to have Alienware DLL's or command center installed.

    Features:
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    + Supports ALX, m15x & m17x models
    + Quick load, choose basic colors from the color wheel
    + Double click on any zone to choose from advanced color mixer
    + Automatically load on startup
    + Registry monitoring for any change in the color setting (HKCU\Software\AuroraLightsFX\Colors)
    + Can also monitor registry for wallpaper change and set all LEDs to an average color from wallpaper (algorithm is weak and sometimes the color is not really the average color :p )
    + Remember every single setting so that you need not to remember anything
    + Minimize to systray for quick access
    + Random color option, choose all LEDs color randomly
    + Apply same color to all LEDs at one click

    Known Issues:
    + Does not save the color settings to BIOS so that next time you reboot all colors will reset to default unless you login to system.
    + Monitor Wallpaper mode is buggy and does not seem to work at all on Win7

    Fixed Issues:
    + Desktop support added
    + some minor coding logic & refactoring of code

    Download the file and extract the content to anywhere and run AuroraLightsFX.exe.
    It contains all the required files and does not require any patching of Command Center. Even if you do not have Command Center on your machine it will still work. Works fine on 32bit and 64bit. Enjoy!

    Screenshots...


    Main Application
    [​IMG]

    Advanced Color Mixer
    [​IMG]

    Registry Settings
    [​IMG]

    System Tray Icon and Context menu
    [​IMG]

    If you plan to load this application at load time, then use msconfig.exe and uncheck AlienFXController.exe from starting at boot time. You cannot predict which application will load first and if it was AuroraLightsFX which was loaded first then AlienFXController will override the color settings of AuroraLightsFX and reset them.

    Try them and let me know if you like it or even if you dislike it.


    For Developers:
    If you are developer and want to have a look at the code behind the Color Wheel then this is for you.
    I have put entire Source Code to http://AuroraLightsFX.CodePlex.com

    DISCLAIMER: Play safe and don't mess up with it unless you know the effect of it. It may cause permanent damage to your hardware. I do not take any responsibility for any damage caused by any code or application submitted by me. Feel free to ask me any questions that you may have.
     
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    Updated...
     
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    Hey findvikas. I've been trying out the color wheel and there is one particular feature I'm really missing. It's the ability to set all the colors at the same time. Any chance this feature might make it into a future update. Other then that it's a killer app. Can't wait to see what else you might have in store for us.
     
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    Awesome post can't wait to try too bad my work has most file download sites blocked! Even sourceforge! :(
     
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    You want it... you got it! Use the context menu to apply same colors to all LEDs. Actually this was in my TODO list for today but missed somehow to give it in the context menu. Its there now... cheers
     
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    rofl

    You make it sound like it was easy to add in that feature. Man I wish I had as much talent in creating/editing software as you do.
     
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    Wow. Way cool! Thanks findvikas.
     
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    Everyone who uses this program SHOULD give reputation to findvikas. I would but it says "I need to spread rep before giving it again". Basically click on the scale next to the online status and give him rep, he deserves it :)

    @Find - Thanks for taking your time to make this program, I will give you rep for this after I spread it around a bit
     
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    Fr33m4n Notebook Consultant

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    Yep, definitely. But I too need to spread the love first.

    @findvikas: I'm having some weird issues. While using the color wheel and having disabled the AlienFXController through msconfig I am experiencing, from cold boot or reboot that the keyboard lights doesn't come on until very late in the boot. Also, as windows starts to load, the color changes from the one I have set with the color wheel to the last one I set through the CommandCenter. Finally, because I have set the ColorWheel to start with windows it starts maximized (would be nice if it was minimized) on the desktop but the colors that is selected in the app is the same as what I last set it to using the ColorWheel (meaning that it at that time it does not match the present colors). To me this indicates that if ColorWheel reads the colors from the registry then the color value is changed elsewhere. Yet I only need to push apply before the colors go back to the ones I picked with the Wheel.
     
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    That is so true, this is the main difference between CC and ColorWheel. CC store the color settings at two places - AlienFX's BIOS and in the theme file.
    I have kept it simple and do not want to mess up with BIOS unless I can reverse-engineer the AlienFX completely.

    I feel that you still have AlienFX coming into picture, dunno why. Do you see AlienFXController.exe running in taskbar or AlienFX Icon in the systray with Green head?
     
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    Frederic Newbie

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    Hi findvikas,
    your work is really awesome. Can you drop some code (declarations) how to bind the .dll in .NET? I'm really excited and would like to try out some ideas with this library.
     
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    If you are developer and want to have a look at the code behind the Color Wheel then this is for you.
    I have put entire Source Code to http://www.CodePlex.com/AlienFxColorWheel

    DISCLAIMER: Just play safe and don't mess up with the code if you don't know the effect of it. It can cause permanent damage to your hardware. I do not take any responsibility for any damage caused by any code or application submitted by me.
     
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    Those turned to be bugs.
    Bugs fixed in current release...

    + Load on start up should start in Systray but instead it prompts with a UI
    + systray icon does not disappear when closing
    + some minor coding logic which was causing issues in applying colors at startup
    + Random colors were not saved to registry
     
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    Just for the interest of developers and people who really like this application.
    I am keeping a track of known issues and proposed features (coming in next release) here

    http://www.codeplex.com/AlienFxColorWheel/WorkItem/List.aspx

    Please feel free to comment on features and you can also request the features on that site. You need to create a account on codeplex.com so that you can request for features or participate in discussion. Its good to centralize the feature request and bug fixes.
     
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    Awesome findvikas. The colorwheel colors are now automatically applied after I log in which is good. The system is still switching colors on me while booting though but I guess that is a MultimediaboardBIOS issue.

    Now I'm gonna make a pointless request. Make it possible to use ResHack or PE Explorer to edit that icon, cause I'm really not a big fan of the colorwheel :)
     
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    I have told you I am taking this seriously. This was a quick fix, and lets not get dirty with reshacker or something like that when you have source

    I have created a Work Item for this feature request and it is approved, and resolved. :)

    http://www.codeplex.com/AlienFxColorWheel/WorkItem/View.aspx?WorkItemId=2815

    There should be a support of loading Custom Icon file for Systray Icon.
    This is achieved by loading Icon file from executable file's path.

    If the EXE is launched from C:\ColorWheel.exe then it will try to load the Icon from C:\ColorWheel.exe.ico

    So download it again as I have uploaded the fix.
     
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    Whoa! I'm really impressed!

    Unfortunately I can't quite get it to work. my colorwheel version is:

    MD5: EFAD5432288DF6783501D99072F2E8CD

    Is this the right one?

    Icon name is: "ColorWheel.exe.ico" Both colorwheel and icon is placed in the AW Command Center install dir.
     
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    Yup, hashes match so I got the right one.

    You might wanna look into this
    http://beeblebrox.org/hashtab/

    Guess the problem lies elsewhere. Gonna PM you the link to my icon so you can check it out and see if it's working for you. I don't own the rights so no sharing ;-)
     
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    My internet connection died last night so I didn't get a chance to test this very last version. Gonna try it tonight. What I intended to tell you before I my connection died was that the first version of the custom icon colorwheel app completely bombed on my machine crashing with an error message every time I tried to change the colors. I'll post the error message when I get home.
     
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