FAQ Wisp

Wisp FAQ



1.) Net skin not registering any activity?

2.) Email bar empty even though the account has emails in it?

3.) Cpu skin not getting a temperature reading?

4.) Gpu skin not registering any activity?

5.) Gpu skin not getting a temperature reading?

6.) Swap is showing a massive negative number?

7.) Recycle Bin bar fills to fast?

8.) Don't see your resolution in the config?

9.) Wallpaper not lining up properly?

10.) Will you be making different versions with different colors?

11.) How do I get the skin to register more emails so the bar doesn’t fill as fast?

12.) Can you make a version for (X x Y) resolution?

13.) How can I add more entries to the program taskbar?




1.) Net skin not registering any activity?

A.) There are two likely causes: 

1.) It’s because the Net values in the ‘SkinVariables.inc’ file are set to high for your internet speed. If you go to the 'SkinVariables.inc' file and find the 'MaxNetIn' and 'MaxNetOut' entries, change them to lower values, say 10000000. That would translate to around a 9.5MBps download / upload.

2.) There is nothing of actual size coming in, or going out for the skin to register. If you want to see if this is the reason, the best way is to watch the skin while you’re buffering a 1080p Youtube video. 


2.) Email bar empty even though the account has emails in it?

A.) There are three likely causes:

1.) You didn’t use the correct login info when you entered it into the ‘Config.ini’. If you want to check if you entered it properly, use the account link checker below the username and password entry fields. For the account checker to work properly, you should have at least one email in the account that you are trying to check. If the account is linked properly, you’ll see ‘Yes’ in the email section of the config.

2.) The WebParser plugin is being moody. I don’t know why, but sometimes the plugin doesn’t want to connect to Gmail. You can either restart Rainmeter to see if that will resolve the issue, or can try to wait it out. If the issue persists for more than a day, please contact me and I’ll try to help you get it to connect properly.

3.) You have the two step verification protection tied with your account. Here’s how to fix the issue so the skin can get the info, while still having the protection of two step verification: Imgur Album step-by-step guide.

More info about 2-Step Verification and how it works with Rainmeter:

“I recently tried out Google's new 2-step verification process which, if I read correctly, makes your gmail account machine specific. SO after turning on 2-step verification any device that would try to access your gmail account would need a device specific password. I guess the whole point was that even if someone snagged my user and pass, they could only access my account from my computer since any other device would require it's own password.

So I went in and told my Google account that Rainmeter wants in and Google gave me a password specific for Rainmeter, changed it in the variables for my gmail skin and am now once again getting my new message notifications.”

The following piece was figured out and written by Waldensamkeit from the Rainmeter forums.


3.) Cpu skin not getting a temperature reading?

A.) You probably don’t have the program that reads the temperature installed and running in the background. Here's the link to the program. Be aware that the program tries to install quite a bit of other things during the installation process, so pay attention. 

You may ask why I use this program and not another one that reads temperatures. The reason is other than trying to install more things during the installation process, the program does it’s job very well. I’ve used it for 3+ years on a multitude of computers and have never had an issue.


4.) Gpu skin not registering any activity?

A.) There are three likely causes:

1.) You probably don’t have the program that reads the activity installed and running in the background. Here's the link to the program.

2.) You didn’t install the plugin that I included with the ‘.rmskin’ package installer. The plugin that I used was made by Stangowner. All credit for making the plugin should go to him.

3.) You don’t have a discrete graphics card. Sadly, this app will not function unless you have a discrete graphics card.


5.) Gpu skin not getting a temperature reading?

A.) There are three likely causes:

1.) You probably don’t have the program that reads the activity installed and running in the background. Here's the link to the program.

2.) You didn’t install the plugin that I included with the ‘.rmskin’ package installer. The plugin that I used was made by Stangowner. All credit for making the plugin should go to him.

3.) You don’t have a discrete graphics card. Sadly, this app will not function unless you have a discrete graphics card.


6.) Swap is showing a massive negative number?

A.) This issue was fixed for the version 2.0 release. If you haven’t updated to that version, it is highly recommended to do so.


7.) Recycle Bin bar fills to fast?

A.) I have the default size to 1Gb until the bar is completely full. If you want to increase that value, you’ll need to open the ‘SkinVariables.inc’ and find the ‘MaxRecycleBinSize’ entry and change the value that is currently set to the new desired value. The value needs to be set in bytes as that is the way that the measure uses this information. 

Here's a conversion calculator so you can set the value to the desired size.


8.) Don't see your resolution in the config?

A.) Leave me a message on DeviantArt, comment on the skins page, or sent me a message to [email protected]. If you contact me about making a different resolution, allow me 3 – 5 days to get the layout made and uploaded.


9.) Wallpaper not lining up properly?

A.) When I made the skin I made it while having the wallpaper under the ‘center’ option. To get to that option, you'll need to go into personalization by right clicking the desktop, and centering the background by clicking the Desktop Background option at the bottom. Here's a link to an image album to hopefully help you if I didn't explain it well enough.


10.) Will you be making different versions with different colors?

A.) I may, but PhotoShop isn’t my strong suit. If you’re good with PhotoShop, or any other image editing tool, and want to help out,  leave me a message on DeviantArt, comment on the skins page, or sent me a message to [email protected].


11.) How do I get the skin to register more emails so the bar doesn’t fill as fast?

A.) I have the default amount set to 25 emails before the bar is completely full. If you want to increase that value, you’ll need to open the ‘SkinVariables.inc’ and find the ‘MaxEmailCount’ entry. After that change the value that is currently there to the new desired value.


12.) Can you make a version for (X x Y) resolution?

A.) If you’re asking me to make it for a higher resolution than 1920 x 1080, then it’s highly unlikely that I’ll be able to make it. I have three monitors, all are of different resolutions with my main monitor being 1920 x 1080, the highest resolution of the three. Since I don’t have a monitor capable of going any higher, I can’t accurately make a build for a resolution higher than that. Sorry!


13.) How can I add more entries to the program taskbar?

A.) Ok, go to Wisp's root folder and open the 'Program Taskbar' folder. They're names depict which time format that they use, so open which ever ini that you use. After that, beginning on line seventy-four, you’ll find the five blocks of text that display and launch the programs that you choose. They’re labeled in order as they appear on the taskbar itself: Prog1, Prog2, Prog3 etc… 

Now, before we continue, we need to open the file that holds the information that the taskbar uses. Once again, go to Wisp’s root folder, and find ‘SkinVariables.inc’. This file has the information that the skin uses to place each program, the name of the program, the path to the program, and which time format you use . Navigate to line ninety-nine and you’ll find all the information that I previously listed.

Jumping back into the program taskbar file that you were in before, we’ll need to add however more entries that we’ll need. If you look at each entry that’s already there, you’ll find this line: ‘FontColor=107,168,13’, in the entries Prog2 and Prog4, but not Prog1, Prog3, and Prog5. The reason is that this is the line that determines whether the color of the entry will be white, or green. Currently, the default pattern is: white, green, white, green, white, but you can change this however you like.

Ok, getting to how we actually add more entries to the list. Make a new entry and name it ‘[Prog6]’. If you want, you can copy lines 103, 104, 105, and 106 then paste them under ‘[Prog6]’. It should end up looking like:

[Prog6]

Meter=String

MeterStyle=ProgTaskbarText

StringAlign=Center

FontColor=107,168,13

Then we move on to the bits that determine where everything is going to placed. Under the line ‘FontColor=107,168,13’ of ‘[Prog6]’, you’re going to place two lines, one being ‘X’ and then under that, ‘Y’. The line ‘X’ determines the x coordinates, and the line ‘Y’ determines the y coordinates of the entry. The line ‘Y’ is a simple formula that each entry has, so you may just want to copy it from one of the previous entries, the formula is: 

(#ProgTaskbarHeight#/2-(#ProgTaskbarFontSize#*0.8))

Earlier I mentioned the file ‘SkinVariables.inc’. This is where the information that the formula uses comes from. If you navigate to the lines 113 and 115, you’ll see the numbers that are used. 

Ok, time to explain how the formula works. For me, I use a taskbar height of thirty-five, and a fontsize of twelve, so this is what the formula looks like to rainmeter:

(35/2-(12*0.8))

Coming back to the taskbar ini, we’ll start working on the ‘X’ line. This line uses a simple formula, but is the biggest pain. The reason for that is, regardless of how many entries you add or take from the taskbar, every other program entry’s ‘X’ line will have to be changed if you want everything to be centered. Sadly, as far as I know, there is no good way of actually combating this. The formula that you’ll use for the ‘X’ line is:

(#ProgTaskbarWidth#*0.787)

Since I already explained how the formula gets its information and uses it, I’m not gonna do that for ‘X’. To get everything roughly centered, if you were to add just one more entry to the taskbar, you’d have to subtract ‘.06’ from every other entries ‘X’ line. So, the line that we just edited, ‘X’ of ‘[Prog6]’, would become (#ProgTaskbarWidth#*0.727), [Prog5] would become (#ProgTaskbarWidth#*0.607), etc… This only applies to adding one more entry, if you were to add two more entries,  the number would be completely different. If you need more help with this line, let me know. 

After adding both the ‘X’ and the ‘Y’ lines to the new entry, it should roughly look like this:

[Prog6]

Meter=String

MeterStyle=ProgTaskbarText

StringAlign=Center

FontColor=107,168,13

X=(#ProgTaskbarWidth#*0.787)

Y=(#ProgTaskbarHeight#/2-(#ProgTaskbarFontSize#*0.8))

It may have some different numbers for the ‘X’ formula, but that’s to be expected like explained above. 

Now we get to add the lines that’ll display what the entry will say on the taskbar, and the path to the program. Under the ‘Y’ line, add the lines:

Text='#Prog6#'

LeftMouseUpAction=["#Prog6Path#"]

Since all the other entries have their info labeled like this, this one will be no different. So, altogether the new entry should look like this (The ‘X’ line may be different, that is to be expected like explained above):

[Prog6]

Meter=String

MeterStyle=ProgTaskbarText

StringAlign=Center

FontColor=107,168,13

X=(#ProgTaskbarWidth#*0.787)

Y=(#ProgTaskbarHeight#/2-(#ProgTaskbarFontSize#*0.8))

Text='#Prog6#'

LeftMouseUpAction=["#Prog6Path#"]

Now, to get the lines that were just added to actually do something, navigate to the ‘SkinVariables.inc’ file and add the lines:

Prog6=

Prog6Path=

Under the lines:

Prog5=”Program that’s already there”

Prog5Path=”Program path that’s already there”

After that just put the name of the program after ‘Prog6=’, and put the path to the program after ‘Prog6Path=’. An example would look like this:

Prog6=PhotoShop

Prog6Path="C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Photoshop.exe"

Well, thats it! Hopefully I did a good enough job explaining how to add more programs to the taskbar. If you need any more help, don’t hesitate to ask! Just leave me a comment, or send me an email and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible!


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