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system uptime
drive space usage
cpu usage
disk activity
network activity
physical memory usage
page file usage
memory paging
file cache space
system resources
running processes
network ping
 

FreeMeter contains 10 different meter. FreeMeter Professional adds 8 more. You determine which ones you want to see, the order in which they appear, and their size.

You can quickly hide the FreeMeter window by double-clicking the title bar. To unhide it, double-click any FreeMeter system tray icon or use the hotkey combination you specified (Pro version). While hidden, all the meters continue to gather data.

 

Bar Graph Meters

In all bar graph meters, a red bar indicates high utilization; yellow, warning; green, normal. Each graph can also have a blue moving average line. In FreeMeter Professional, you can change the red/yellow/green limits and the colors.

System Uptime

The System Uptime meter displays the amount of time that system has been running since it was last booted.

Drive Space

The Drive Space meter shows the status of the disk volumes being monitored. You choose which columns to display and the order in which they appear.

In this example, the “Backups” volume is red because the free space on that volume has dropped below the user defined warning level. Drive P:\ is crossed out because it is currently unavailable. FreeMeter can monitor local drives and network shares.

You can double click a volume to open an Explorer window on that volume. You can right click a volume and select “Show Folder Usage” to view the individual folder usage on the volume.

CPU Usage

The CPU meter shows the percentage of time that all your computer's CPU cores are busy. This meter can be a bar graph or line graph and can be drawn with or without the blue moving average line.

In the Professional version, this meter can graph user and kernel CPU use separately as shown in this second graph. Kernel CPU time is drawn in the darker color.

In this example, the meter is also drawn in the optional flat, or 2D, style that is available only in the Professional version.

Disk Activity

This meter graphs your disk performance. It displays the rate at which your computer is reading from and writing to all of your disks. The number in the upper right corner is the maximum value at the top of the graph. The graph will continuously rescale to hold all the recorded data.

There are separate lines for read (red), write (white), and moving average (blue). The moving average is of whichever is higher, read or write. In the Professional version, you have control over all the colors in the graph, including the background color.

Network Activity

The network graph meter shows the network traffic on your computer. The number in the upper right corner is the maximum value at the top of the graph. The graph will continuously rescale to hold all the recorded data.

In FreeMeter Professional, you can have two network meters running, so you can have one for the wired connection on your notebook and one for the wireless connection.

There are separate lines for receive (red), write (white), and moving average (blue). The moving average is of whichever is higher, read or write. In the Professional version, you have control over all the colors in the graph, including the background color.

Physical Memory Usage

These two, separate meters show your physical memory usage. One shows it as text, and the other as a graph. The number in the upper right corner of the graph is the maximum value at the top of the graph.

In the Professional version, you have control over all the colors of the graph, including the background color.

Page File Usage

These two, separate meters show your virtual memory use in your page file(s). One shows it as text, and the other as a graph. If the OS increases the size of a page file to meet memory demands, the increase will be reflected in both of these meters.

In the Professional version, you have control over all the colors of the graph, including the background color.

Memory Paging
only available in FreeMeter Professional

The Memory Pages/sec graph indicates the rate at which pages are read from or written to disk to resolve hard page faults. This meter is a primary indicator of the kinds of faults that cause system-wide delays. If this meter shows a lot of activity when your computer is being sluggish, you may need more memory.

File Cache Space
only available in FreeMeter Professional

This meter graphs the size of the file system cache. This is the total size of all files currently in the cache. It is not a graph of available file cache space. All unused memory can potentially be used to cache files.

The number in the upper right corner of the graph is the maximum value at the top of the graph.

Running Processes
only available in FreeMeter Professional

The Process meter shows a list of running processes. Besides the name of the process, it includes the process' total CPU time, memory use (its “Working Set”), and percentage of CPU used since the last update.

Because FreeMeter is still a 32-bit application, it cannot monitor 64-bit processes.

Network Ping
only available in FreeMeter Professional

The Network Ping meter pings (using UDP) a list of local or remote hosts to determine which are up and which are down. It displays each host's ping response time. The longer the time, the slower the network connection to that host.

If a host does not respond within your time limit, it will turn yellow. If it is not responding at all, it will be read. As with all meters, you can change the colors that are used.