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Azu



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1)
What function(s) do I use to toggle the "Better performance (default)" "Enable write caching" and "Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing" storage device options? I want to make a program that automatically disables them when the UPS battery is low and enables them again when it is no longer low.

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What function(s) do I use to directly read from the screen, in userland? There are a lot of APIs for taking screenshots and stuff, but the only ones I've found are really inconsistent; e.g. they don't work with certain full screen 3D applications, and very slow..

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Post 01 Oct 2009, 19:03
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Borsuc



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1) AFAIK you can't, those are just parameters you put into WriteFile, so if the app doesn't have it, then you can't.

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Post 01 Oct 2009, 19:30
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Azu



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Confused
I can change them in the GUI.. so doesn't the GUI call a function that can set them?
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I know I should try to disassemble explorer.exe to see how it does it, but I thought it would be easier if someone could just tell me, since there's a lot of stuff in it..

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Borsuc



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Oh, you mean on the entire device. I don't know how to use device API, I'm not sure you're even allowed without a driver, are you? But then I'm no Windows internal guru, sorry Confused

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f0dder



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Azu, use sysinternals' ProcMon to see what registry values are modified when changing the settings - I reckon that should be enough.

PS: you really don't want the "turn off windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device" (known in previous versions as "advanced performance") - what it does is make FlushFileBuffers() do absolutely nothing, which totally ruins applications' chance of ensuring safe write operations.
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shoorick



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also keep in mind: some of such changes can be applied only after system restart
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Azu



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shoorick wrote:
also keep in mind: some of such changes can be applied only after system restart
!?!?


Gah!!

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It never said anything to me about restarting. But it does with some other things (like the pagefile).

Damn confusing Windows. X_X

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i'm just supposing, can be wrong about particular feature
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jbojarczuk



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I didn't really gave a good look around it, but I suppose that you may call the driver directly, through ioctl call, and then pass IOCTL_DISK_SET_CACHE_INFORMATION as a flag (or kind of operation), filling a DISK_CACHE_INFORMATION structure.

Well, I guess that now you will have enough to google and figure out the rest by yourself.

Good Luck
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Obs: The function used for this purpose is DeviceIoControl
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Azu



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Thanks Very Happy
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