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Mass Effect Rainmeter Skin by RickF7666 Mass Effect Rainmeter Skin by RickF7666
This is my modified version of UrulokiBurning Mass Effect Rainmeter skin fav.me/d4d3wtm

His is very cool, but there were a few things I wanted to change, and one change led to another and three weeks later I've taught myself how to make Rainmeter skins, well as a beginner I suppose.

While his and mine do look very similar there are a lot of code changes. I also changed a lot of the graphics files, I even went back to the Mass Effect game and took a lot of screenshots of the interface to hopefully improve some of the elements. I guess you'll be the judge of that.

I have not included all of the pieces that come with his skin as I thought they were redundant or I consolidated them. The only skin I included but did not touch was the Media Player. I don't play music on my gaming PC, but maybe someone else would. All credit goes to UrulokiBurning for that one.

A few notes on what I added.

CPU Monitor: It should detect how many processor cores your PC has and display the correct number of gauges. Also it "should" detect if you have an Intel or AMD processor and display the correct icon to the left of the gauges. As I don't have an PC with an AMD processor I can't exactly test that.

Hard Drive Monitor: Is set to monitor drives C: and D:, although you can change that. Click on the icon for the drive and it will change which drives stats show up. I also created some icons to represent four common hard drive manufacturers and you can set a different one for each drive by clicking on the icon. It will cycle though the four possibilities.

I want to thank UrulokiBurning and anyone who's work went into his skins as well as the people on the Rainmeter forums for helping me with learning Rainmeter.

As this is my first try at a Rainmeter skin please let me know if something isn't working. As I did this with the latest release of Rainmeter, if you are having problems check to make sure you have the most recent buildl 2.1 rainmeter.net/cms/

By the way the tabs at the top of the screenshot are the skin I created for sTabLauncher fav.me/d4fjfa0

For those who want the wallpaper here is the link kaff33nd.deviantart.com/art/Al…
Thanks Qwaftzefoni74 for finding it.

Edit: I just uploaded a newer rmskin file because I've tested the skin on my nephew's PC which is an AMD quad-core and cores 2-4 didn't show up. So I fixed it. So those of you with AMD processors it should work now.

I also forgot to put the link for the program SpeedFan, which is needed for the monitoring things like the temp of the CPU and Hard Drives. So here it is. www.almico.com/sfdownload.php

Edit 2: There was an error in the Rainmeter.cfg file that would give you and error that "Starup" doesn't exist. It was suppose to be "Startup". Thanks DustyBoyT for bringing this to my attention.

Edit 3: Lately I've started getting more requests to post tutorials on how to use/edit Rainmeter skins or Windows syntax. While I do want to be helpful I have no interest in writing tutorials on either Rainmeter or Windows. Both of these products have excellent tutorial resources on their respective web sites.

When I decided to create this skin I had zero knowledge about Rainmeter, but I had an interest and it took several weeks to put this together. I am very gratified that so many people enjoy this skin. This is, by a rather large margin, the most successful thing I've ever posted here on Deviant Art. If you like it, great, if you want to change it in any way, be my guest, but sorry I am not going to be writing any tutorials on how to do that.

As I didn't think I needed to spell it out specifically, but people keep asking the same questions, a lot of the things you can change about the skin, the Weather, paths for the buttons and several other things, are changed by pressing the "SETTINGS" button on the lower right of the button wheel.
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zeropast Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Yo rick! First of all I love the theme man both you and UrulokiBurning did a great job! But for whatever reason my weather tab won't adjust to the city i'm in. I also want to change some of the shortcuts on the desktop launcher (I.E the thing in the middle). And could you also tell me how to make the media player work? Many thanks m8!
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Tom2121212 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2014
How Do i get the Media Player to Work?
Ho and I'm Using "Windows Vista - Home Premium"
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Manitou32 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  New member
Hey, Rick! I'm playing around with your skin and really loving it! Only problem is the RSS feed -- now, before you stop reading, I know you get this question a lot, and I'veread through the answers. From what I gleaned, the RSS feed you created this with is outdated, and needs to be updated. Now, I tried copy and pasting the urls for google news's feed -- and even with the new urls, nothing is coming up. Any sugesstions on how to fix?
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
As I've stated in many of posts asking this exact question, it can take a while for the RSS feed to update.  Particularly if you hit refresh too many times, the web site locks you out for a time.  I've had the feed take as long as an hour to refresh.  Of course this assumes you have the information typed in correctly.  To top it off I haven't updated this skin in several years to I don't know if any of the listed feeds even still work.
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Orkfighta Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Hey, I can't get the RSS Reader to wor; I can't edit the text or get the urls to work or populate the reader. How do I work this?
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gaarasluver Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Writer
Hi there, great skin! I just have a small problem with the launcher not working -at all-. Even when I didn't touch the buttons, none of them would work. Any ideas?
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RickF7666 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Most of the buttons work from code for Windows 7 so if your using Windows 8, which changes a lot and possibly all of the code for the interface, that might explain why they don't work. I don't have Windows 8 so if that is your problem then I wouldn't be able to help you.
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gaarasluver Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Writer
Crap I do have it D: Oh well! Thank you for trying :3
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gaarasluver Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Writer
and by didn't touch I mean didn't edit, lol, sorry ^_^'
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stratocaster129 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Two problemss, both involve the weather display. On the picture above, Instead of where it says "Clear" I have ". . ." and instead of the larger sideways "72 F" I have " C" (I changed it to Celcius) Any idea how to fix this?
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