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Hi... I have a dialog based MFC app. In OnInitDialog, I start a timer with 1000msec delay. I use the standard SetTimer. Whenever the time passes, I call WM_TIMER and run an algorithm. My question is this: the algorithm I run is very important and needs to be precise. But WM_TIMER is a low priority message. How do I improve the accuracy, or how do I make the message more high priority? I want to try avoid multimedia timers because I have tried them and got lost. Standard SetTimer is nice and simple.
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Please try this code (multimedia timers):

// Global variable:
UINT uTimerID;

void CALLBACK MyTimerProc(UINT uID, UINT uMsg, DWORD dwUser, DWORD dw1, DWORD dw2)
{
  if(uID!=uTimerID) return;
   // Do your work here
}

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// somewhere in your app
  DWORD dwUser=0;// argument to MyTimerProc
  uTimerID=timeSetEvent(1000,0,(LPTIMECALLBACKPROC)MyTimerProc,
                                             dwUser, TIME_PERIODIC);

// Cleanup:
  timeKillEvent(uTimerID);

This code sets up a multimedia timer with the maximum possible resolution
(uResolution=0), and passed one user defined argument to it (dwUser). This could be a
pointer to the class you originally had the 'OnTimer()' routine in. Passing it this way allows
to access the class members within 'MyTimerProc'.
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