FreeMeter Professional contains 19 different meters (FreeMeter contains
9). You determine which ones you want to see, the order in which they appear,
and their size.
In each bar graph meter, a red bar indicates 98% or higher utilization;
yellow, 90% or greater; green less than 90%. Each graph can also have a blue
horizontal line across it which represents the 30 second average for that
meter. In FreeMeter Pro, you can change the percentage limits and the colors
that are used.
You can quickly hide the FreeMeter window by double-clicking the title
bar. To unhide it, double-click ant FreeMeter system tray icon. While
hidden, all the meters continue to gather data.
Circled in the picture to the left are some of the icons that FreeMeter
can put in your system tray. The icons, in order from left to right are: CPU
usage, disk usage, network usage, memory usage and two drive usage icons.
You can turn the icons on and off in the preferences. Right click any of the
system tray icons to access the FreeMeter menu that lets you configure the
application. You can also get to the preferences by right-clicking the the
title-bar of the FreeMeter window.
The Drive Space meter shows the status of the disk volumes being monitored.
You choose which columns to display. You can also change the ordering
of the columns by dragging and dropping them. In this example, the "People"
volume is red because the free space on that volume has dropped below
the user defined warning level. Drive E:\ is crossed out because it is
currently unavailable. FreeMeter can monitor local drives and network
volumes. It fully supports UNC volume names.
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. You can right click
a volume and select "Copy" to copy all current volume information
to the clipboard.
The CPU meter shows the percentage of time that your computer's CPU is
busy. If you have a 2 - 4 processor machine, you have the option to display
each processor in its own graph. [Multiple processor support is only
available in FreeMeter Pro.]
These meters show the amount of physical memory you are currently
using. One shows it as text and the other as a graph.
These meters show the amount of virtual memory in your page file that is
currently being used. One shows it as text and the other as a graph. If the
OS increases the size of your page file to meet memory demands, the increase
will be reflected in both of these meters. The lower the amount of space used
by your page file, the better your system will perform. Adding more memory to
your system can lower the "Used" amount, but you will never be able
to get it down to zero.
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 slow, you may
need more memory.
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
This meter displays the amount of free GDI, User and System resources.
When these numbers get low, you can not launch more applications and
running applications can start to have various problems. The system tray
icon for this meters displays the value for the lowest resource.
The network traffic meter shows the network traffic on your computer.
You can have up to two network meters (only one on Windows 95b/98/ME).
On Windows NT 4, 2000, XP & 2003 this graphs the rate at which bytes are
sent and received on your network interface card. In line graph mode there
are three lines, one line for received data, one for transmitted data, and
another for total data.
On Windows 95b/98/ME, this graphs the number of bytes per second sent or
received by the file server service (this does not include all network
traffic, just file service traffic).
This meter graphs your disk performance. It displays the number of
bytes/second read from and written to all your hard disk drives.
graph mode in FreeMeter Pro and on Windows NT 4, 2000, XP & 2003 there are
three lines, one line for data read, one for data written, and another for
total data. In the non-Proessional version and on other operating systems,
only the total line is present.
The Process meter shows a list of running processes. It can include process
memory usage and the total CPU time consumed by the process.
The System Uptime meter displays the amount of time that system has been
running since it was last booted.
The Network Ping meter pings 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.