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Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics Rainmeter Theme
Back to the Basics .1

A powerful visualizer and monitoring skin that uses stereo mix and HWiNFO.

Please note that both the Circular and Monitoring skins are designed for a 1440p screen. The wallpaper is large enough for 1440p as well.

The positioning of Circular is dependent upon variables defined in it’s .ini
The positioning of Monitoring is dependent on the coordinates set in Rainmeter.


please consider that when you criticize. so long as it’s productive, I welcome all comments.

yes, I know the code is clunky. trust me, it was a lot worse at first.

I could care less what you do with this so long as you link back to the latest release (or the release you used)


The first “Major” bar is Total CPU usage. the next four “Minor” bars are each individual core. the last “Minor” bar is the CPU temperature, with 100 degrees centigrade as completely full. The second “Major” bar is GPU Usage. The first minor bar after is the VRAM usage, the second minor bar is GPU temperature, the third is the first VRM temp (voltage regulator temp. nice info for overclocking) the fourth is the second VRM temp, and the last is the GPU fan speed. The third Major bar is the RAM usage, followed by storage drives C through G (if the drive doesn’t exist in the system it shows as full) as minor bars.


that’s the thread about the plugin, and it shows you where to find the correct values for the measures in the .ini file.


1. You need HWiNFO for this to work.

2. the plugin for HWiNFO is vailable in 32 and 64 bit distributions in the .rmskin download.

3. for the Circular EQ included, it listens for “stereo mix” in your recording devices.

to locate this, right-click on the volume tray icon. select recording devices.
Then right click on a blank area of the main window, and select “show disconnected devices” and “show disabled devices”
Select Stereo Mix and set it be a default device. This should not influence any other recording devices.

4. if “Stereo Mix” doesn’t show up after those steps, update to your latest audio driver. That fixed the problem I had
when I originally put this together.

Thanks to Cactuar for his visualizer – which showed me how to put together a visualizer that relied on the audio output and not
a separate program.…



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Skin Details & Instructions

The Back to the Basics rainmeter skin was developed and created by JTMote and was originally published on Deviantart Nov 2, 2014.

To open up and configure any settings for the Back to the Basics theme, simply double click on the time, date or day of week.  Once clicked, you will be presented with a popup with all the settings to configure Back to the Basics to your needs.

For the Back to the Basics weather widget to work correctly, you need to set your weather code within the settings menu.

Yes, the Back to the Basics rainmeter theme does support spotify however you won’t be able to see the progress of the song. Only the buttons (stop, pause, skip) and song name will work. To fix the progress bar issue you will need to configure the variables within the player.ini to webnowplayer or use spicetify widget.

You can resize any Back to the Basics widget (date, time, day of week text, recycle bin and Spotify) by scrolling your mouse UP and DOWN.

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