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Hi all,

a couple of years ago I used AutoIt to write a program to help my son. The laptop it was on has crashed and been wiped etc... so I lost the AutoIT program, and can't remember how to re-do it. I am sure I can figure it out, but I would appreciate any input and a shove in the right direction.

Here's what I want to accomplish

Start the AutoIT script

It asks for the number of second to run a loop

It opens a program (DVD player)

RUns the DVD for the specified number of seconds

pauses the DVD

waits for an "ENTER" key input to restart the DVD again for the specified seconds

loop that until the program is exited.

I seem to remember lines that checked to see if the DVD player was already open, and then making sure that is the active window too.

Thanks to all


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Welcome to the AutoIt forum. :mellow:

This should get you started:

#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>
#include <Misc.au3>

HotKeySet("{ESC}", "On_Exit") ; Press ESC to exit

$hGUI = GUICreate("Test", 500, 500)

GUICtrlCreateLabel("Set seconds to run", 10, 10, 200, 20)

$hInput = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 10, 30, 200, 20, $ES_NUMBER)

$hButton = GUICtrlCreateButton("Run", 10, 60, 80, 30)


While 1

    Switch GUIGetMsg()
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
        Case $hButton

            ; If a time has been entered
            If GUICtrlRead($hInput) <> "" Then
                ; Delete GUI
                ; Read entered time
                $iTime = GUICtrlRead($hInput)

                ; Open the DVD player
                ;If Not ProcessExists("DVD.exe") Then
                ;   Run("DVD.exe)
                ;   WinWaitActive("DVD")

                $dll = DllOpen("user32.dll")

                While 1

                ;   WinActivate("DVD")

                    ; Tricky bit - how to run DVD player
                    ; Would suggest either MouseClick or ControlCommand
                    ConsoleWrite("Running" & @CRLF) ; Simulate running

                    ; Wait the required number of seconds
                    Sleep($iTime * 1000)

                    ; Use a similar command to Pause the DVD player
                    ConsoleWrite("Paused" & @CRLF) ; Simulate pausing

                    ; Idle until ENTER is pressed
                    Until _IsPressed("0D", $dll)



Func On_Exit()

You will need to fill in the correct values for the DVD player process name, path and window title. I cannot give any real guidance on how to play/pause the DVD player as I have no idea how you can interact with it. i imagine there are controls on the window - you can use the Au3 Window Info tool to get class/instance data for them to use in ControCommand or a position for MouseClick.

If you run into problems, please do come back and ask. Good luck and enjoy relearning AutoIt! :(


Public_Domain.png.2d871819fcb9957cf44f4514551a2935.png Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind

Open spoiler to see my UDFs:


ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area


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