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DisplayFusion 3.0.5 - It's great, but why 'Open Task Manager'?

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rupertsland
57 discussion posts
Hello Jon.

I enjoy using DisplayFusion. Thank you for building this great utility.

I noticed you added an “Open Task Manager” to the DisplayFusion context menu. I'm not sure why this feature was included, since I can access Task Manager from the task bar.

I was using Mark Russinovich's Sysinternals Process Explorer 11.33 (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx), and I noticed DisplayFusion seems to be running quite a number of threads per second, ranging roughly between 7 and 117 or so. Is the software constantly checking the registry?

Cheers
Rupertsland
Jun 1, 2009  • #1
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I added the "Open Task Manager" because it's something I frequently use on the Windows taskbar, and thought it might be useful. :) As for the thread count, I can't imagine why it would be over 100 per second. Typically, when DisplayFusion is mostly idle, it should hover around 10 threads. 4 of these are threads belonging to DisplayFusion (assuming you have the Taskbar enabled) and the others belong to the underlying .NET framework.
Jun 1, 2009  • #2
swarfega's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Its something I frequently use as well, and its just convenience to have it available on both taskbars.
Jun 1, 2009  • #3
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benway
343 discussion posts
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Its something I frequently use as well, and its just convenience to have it available on both taskbars.

Yep, I use it too and depending if you've got two (or more) widescreen monitors, it can be a long way back to the primary... :-D
Jun 1, 2009  • #4
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Thanks everyone, I'm glad I'm not the only one who uses it. :)
Jun 1, 2009  • #5
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rupertsland
57 discussion posts
Hi Jon.

I made a comment earlier about threads. I openned up Process Explorer again to have a closer look, and I realized that DisplayFusion is using/referring to a DLL file called mscoree.dll, which is Microsoft's .NET Runtime Execution Engine (version 2.0.50727.3053). Whenever I move the mouse around, that's when the CSwitch Delta value in Process Explorer climbs from 10 to about 193 per second.

I am sorry to have made such a fuss about threads. What I posted earlier to the forum was probably a bunch of nonsense, and I might have made a fool of myself.

DisplayFusion works just fine on either the 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows XP. It never crashes, nor do I get any error messages. It just works.

Best wishes,
Rupertsland
Jun 4, 2009  • #6
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@rupertsland: Thanks for following-up. I try to keep DisplayFusion as lean as possible, so I always welcome any performance observations. I'm glad to hear DisplayFusion is working well for you. :)
Jun 4, 2009  • #7
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unreconstructed1
16 discussion posts
I find this feature extremely useful as well, and was glad to see it added to this version.
Jun 25, 2009  • #8
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I'm glad to hear you are finding it useful. :)
Jun 29, 2009  • #9
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