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Hello, this is my first time on the forums. I hope this is the right place to post for assistance.

I've come across a script that would help me automate the closing/re-opening of a program based on the state of another program. (if program x is open, program y should be closed, and if program x is closed, program y can be open, where program x is any program from a list. When I use the SciTE-Lite editor to test the code (Tools > Go), the script works as intended. However, when I compile the script to place in my startup programs folder, the script does not work, entering a paused state instead (where the system tray icon flashes between the icon and a red x)

I'm not sure why this is happening so I'd appreciate some assistance. The script I'm using is attached (and also appended inline). (turn_rainmeter_off_when_gaming.au3) The script reads from a text file which contains a list of executables which I want the script to monitor (program x from the earlier example). The .txt is placed in the root of the C: drive but you can modify the script to place it anywhere you'd like.

Thanks in advance.

Script code in-line:

#include <Array.au3>
#include <File.au3>

Local $aGames
$file = "C:\Games.exe.txt"
_FileReadToArray($file, $aGames)

Local $sRunning

AdlibRegister("_CheckGame", 1000)
ConsoleWrite("_CheckGame() was registered by Adlib" & @CRLF)

While 1

Func _CheckGame()
        ; Assign a static variable to hold the number of times games are checked for.
        Local Static $iGameCount = 0
        Local Static $iCount = 0

        While 1
                For $i = 1 to UBound($aGames) -1
                        $iGameCount += 1
                        If $iGameCount > UBound($aGames) Then
                                $iGameCount = 0
                                $iCount += 1
                                ConsoleWrite("Checked for a game " & $iCount & " time(s)" & @CRLF)

                        If ProcessExists($aGames[$i]) Then
                                $sRunning = FileReadLine($file, $i)
                                ConsoleWrite($sRunning & " was launched. Terminating Rainmeter." & @CRLF)
                                ConsoleWrite("Rainmeter has been terminated." & @CRLF)
                                ExitLoop 2
        ConsoleWrite("Running game is " & $sRunning & @CRLF)
        ConsoleWrite("Checking if Rainmeter can be restarted..." & @CRLF)
        While 1
                If Not ProcessExists($sRunning) Then
                        ConsoleWrite("Starting Rainmeter..." & @CRLF)
                        ShellExecute("C:\Program Files\Rainmeter\Rainmeter.exe")
                        ConsoleWrite("Rainmeter has been restarted." & @CRLF)





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Generally if you click the icon it goes auto paused

If you want to disable this feature 

Opt("TrayAutoPause", 0)


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This thread was reported as "game-related". As it merely checks whether certain processes are running and does not interact with the listed games in any way, I am happy for it to remain open.


Welcome to the AutoIt forum.

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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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22 hours ago, Bilgus said:

Generally if you click the icon it goes auto paused

If you want to disable this feature 

Opt("TrayAutoPause", 0)


Thanks, this solved my problem. 

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