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Steampunk Cogs, Tubes and Gauges by Mordasius Steampunk Cogs, Tubes and Gauges by Mordasius
This collection of rainmeter skins uses tubes, gauges and tooltips to display information. Most of the skins have twirling cogs or other gizmos to add a little movement to your desktop but none of them use much in the way of CPU or RAM resources. You will need the latest beta version of Rainmeter to run these skins. Get it from rainmeter.net

The skins in this version are:

- Analog clock (left-click to change the clock face or left-click on the tube to change the colour of all tubes in all skins of the collection) - watch for the steam emission every minute.
- System info with a gauge showing overall CPU usage, individual bars for up to 8 cores and smaller gauges for RAM and SWAP memory usage.
- Network activity showing upload and download speeds along with the ping return time and wifi signal strength.
- Volume control - use the mouse scroll wheel to adjust the system volume.
- Gauges for used space on 1-4 hard drives (gratuitous pendulum thinga-me-bob for one or two disks).
- Weather skin with analog gauges for temperature, barometric pressure and wind direction. Click the forecast icon for a 72-hour forecast from the Weather Channel.
- uTorrent tracker using Lua script adapted from LuaTorrent 3.1 by JS Morley
- RSS/Atom feedreader built around Kaelri's Reader.lua script . Feed items are sorted by date/time and anything less than an hour old is bulleted. The neat little selector animation uses Kaelri's Universal Transitions script .
- The Music Player uses Poiru's NowPlaying plugin and works with a variety of media players (e.g. Windows Media Player, AIMP, Foobar2000, iTunes, MediaMonkey, MusicBee, Media Player, Classic, WinAmp, Spotify, TTplayer, VLC, Zune, etc.).
- Skin Launcher for the FeedReader, Weather, Network, Music Player and uTorrent skins.

NOTE: Click the settings icon in the two-o'clock position on the Skin Launcher to open the CogsTubesGauges@ResourcesConfigsUserVariables.inc file where the weather code and other user settings are stored.

The collection is intended for use on widescreen resolutions and the rmskin includes a 1920x1080 version of the wallpaper shown. If you don't fancy the black/gold background to the skins you can change to a transparent background in the UserVariables.inc file.

If you have any suggestions or questions concerning the skins, you'll get a quicker response if you contact me on the Rainmeter forums .

UPDATE 18th January 2013 - Fixed an error in the uTorrent skin that prevented it working properly on some machines.
UPDATE 20th January 2013 - Added a skin variant to show CPU usage on up to 8 cores.
UPDATE 27th January 2013 - Added circular variants for the volume control and skin launcher skins.
UPDATE 8th March 2014 - Fixed another problem getting the night time forecast from Weather.com
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"this guy pushed the limits of the rainmeter skins as far as amount of details and transitions goes." Cogs, Tubes 'n' Gauges by ~Mordasius ( Suggested by LukasKokoska and Featured by neiio )
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WindSpirit22 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
The Skin Launcher has two question marks, one at 11 o'clock and the other at 1 o'clock, in place of buttons. Are they placeholders for some future update, or is there a way for me to get them to bring up other skins, or what?
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Mordasius Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Yes they are there for you to add your own actions.  You need to open ...Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\CogsTubesGauges\SkinLauncher\SkinSettings.inc and edit the lines for item 7 and item 8 at the end of the file.   If you are not familiar with Rainmeter, just send me a note saying what you want the buttons to do and I'll help you out.  They don't have to be used to open other skins.  You could for example use them to launch your browser, open Notepad++, etc.
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MrN0body Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Hello there. I don't know if someone is still reading this thread but i have a question relative to the weather skin.

But first let me thank the rainmeter team and of course you Mordasius for this awesome work. It fits perfectly my steampunk stylised office.

My question is about the weather skin : i managed to change the location at will , but i have an issue with the present weather sky icon . It shows up accordingly when i change the location to a new one , but then when the weather .com site updates this icon doesn't show up anymore and when i move the cursor on top of it i've got the present weather informations but begining with a N/A where i should have the sky description.

What's strange is that the forecasted icon is working well.

Am i doing something wrong on the weather.com site ( i am not registered on the site) or should i change something in the skin ini file ?

Anyway the rest is perfect. Thanks a lot
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
I'm sorry but I can't replicate this problem.  All I can suggest is that you check and double-check the location code you are using and be sure you make the change in ..\Documents\Rainmeter\Skins\CogsTubesGauges\resources\Configs\UserVariables.inc
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MrN0body Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
ok i'll do that. I am just a bit suspicious cause i've already put 3 different codes. Perhaps there is a syntax error in what i put . the code i've got from weather.com is slightly different than the one you give in exemple .

I live in France and i put this code : FRXX0098:1:FR

i tried also without the last ":FR" but without any improvement.

Do you think this is related to the country? ( but if yes why does it work at first...?)

Nevertheless, it is a slight issue , and it doesn't shadow your work.

Thanks for your answer.
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Edited Nov 26, 2014
Have you ever thought of moving up the road to Marseille?   WeatherCode=FRXX0059:1 (for Marseille) works perfectly but WeatherCode=FRXX0098:1 (for Toulon) fails with the current weather condition always reported as N/A with no icon.
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MrN0body Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Damned , i'll have to move on...shame , i loved this house :)

Ok seems to be an issue with town accuracy. Well i'll try to find out a best place to Watch for. Thanks for your research about the issue.

See ya
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Fionwen Featured By Owner Edited Aug 24, 2014
I have a question regarding the MusicPlayer: When I put the settings to "PlayerName=CAD" it doesn't open anything at all. I've got the Plugin and VLC recognises it, so I don't know where I went wrong...
Otherwise, it's really great though!
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
The trick is to copy libcad_plugin.dll to \VLC\plugins\misc, (e.g. C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\plugins\misc) rather than VideoLAN\VLC\plugins\notify as given in the wiki.  This works for me on Windows 7 (64-bit).  Get the latest version of the plugin from -> poiru.net/libcad_plugin.zip
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Fionwen Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
I did :( Deinstalled and reinstalled VLC and the plugin from your link, too, but still not working. I have no idea why...
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Cinderful Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Took awhile to get around to it, but damn, this thing is gravy.
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NemesisGreatrex Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really really cool... but why is this in "3D-Fetish" Group?  Is this someone's sexual fetish?  Or is it Group-spamming?
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
:blush: Oopps. I hadn't noticed this had slipped into the fetish world.  Probably the result of agreeing to a random request for inclusion in the group. 
Looks a little out of place amongst all those fleshy tones but then maybe someone thought it was an automated set of dungeon equipment. :firelite-photo:
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NemesisGreatrex Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I hadn't noticed that there is a "resources" folder in there, and it's a great idea too, my bad!  :hug:
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nyankopin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you change the weather location? Could you give instructions please ^_^ 
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Click the settings icon in the two-o'clock position on the Skin Launcher to open CogsTubesGauges\Resources\Configs\UserVariables.inc to change the weather location.
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SeriousTom Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
These are Great !
Will be a permenant part of my DeskTop.
Simply Amazing !
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40880472 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Bloody marvellous.
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4111055038 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
need the wallpaper, either it's no longer in there or i have no clue how to load it.
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
It loads automatically when you install the collection.
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4111055038 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
unfortunately, it didn't for me, and I cant find any wallpaper that comes remotely close to working as well as yours.....
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
You'll find it in \Rainmeter\Skins\CogsTubesGauges\~resources\Images - file name CogsTubesGauges.jpg  Right click on the file and choose the option to 'Set as desktop background'
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greyhndz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Wow! Fantastic! You actually pushed me to download Rainmeter, which I've been putting off for  years. =P (Razz)  I see my fantasy steampunk desktop appearing before my eyes!

Thanks SO much!Heart
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Glad to hear that you've discovered what a fun little desktop customization tool Rainmeter can be.
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
If you are having problems with the Weather Skin please download the latest version (Update 2510) which includes a fix for the new feed from Weather.com
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KnockKnockWhoThere Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Weather dot com is no longer using weather codes it seems.  It looks as though it's now using zip codes.  The weather skin stopped working when they update their homepage.  Any tips on a fix?  Maybe tips to switch to yahoo weather?
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Thanks for reporting the problem.  I've I posted an updated version that works with the revised feed from Weather.com while I work on something more permanent.
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UchaKatamadze Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
I tried but could not change location on weather and could not set up torrent. Any tips?
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
First go to Weather.com [link] and type your location in the search box. You'll see a weather code like NOXX0029 in the address bar at the top of the screen. Now go to the rectangular skin launcher and click on the settings icon which is on the far right to open the User Variables file . Then put your weather code where it says WeatherCode=NOXX0029.
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xela49 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
Awesome Job!! I realy love what you did!!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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ferdin08 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
how to change the size too big bro
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ferdin08 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
wow vintage..thank you so much
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komputeromaniak Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
It's perfect!
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Fra-Nz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks a lot of steam punk visuality .
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:iconmordasius:
Mordasius Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Well thanks for that. The skins were supposed to have a bit of a steampunk look to them. No electrics or micro-circuitry involved here.
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FrenchinAlps Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
***

I tried the way with different language (french) in uTorrent.lua line61 but it doesn't work for me !!
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FrenchinAlps Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Very nice skin

But how can i resolve this in uTorrent

-on this shoot, we can see :Downloading Torrent with % and uploading with arrow
-on my screen i can't see downloading torrent just upload with torrent name and speed

I use last update of your skin, Rainmeter 2.5.0 beta 1792 (64bits) and uTorrent 3.3

Thanks
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satchmachine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Nice Job
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joleenaatchley Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its not showing that i have an internet connection on the skin but i know i do how do i fix it
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Mordasius Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Go to the Network skin with the upload / download graphs and press the middle-mouse button.
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joleenaatchley Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
found it thank you so much for the help
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Ananda96 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Thanks for beautiful steampunk styles, is there any chance to get an recycle bin in this style?
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:iconmordasius:
Mordasius Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Yes that is on the list of additions. I try to finish it over the weekend.
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