run wscript at particular time (not with sched)

Posted on 2003-03-16
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Last Modified: 2008-01-16

I want my computer to run wmplayer.exe at 12am EST and open mms://blahblahblah streaming source then close the wmplayer.exe program after 4am EST.  There's a sumo tournament in Japan I want to watch, but by the time I get home from late night work or weekend stuff it's 3am already and I can't login since the streaming server is already full. :(

Yes, normally you would just put a shortcut into scheduler but since it's an older program it doesn't recognize the newer mms:// header information.

So I'm thinking go wscript?  Sure.

what I'd like to do is:

at midnight, run wmplayer.exe
open mms:// site
at 4am close wmplayer.exe
optionally some error checking on stop stream error repeat login would no doubt be useful.

so, how do I use wscript to read the windows clock to "sleep" then act while I'm away?  I can do a time delay but I would have to know what time it is for each program execution.  Instead, how do I read the time and act on it when the clock tolls midnight?  I'm sure it's simple, (I modified a script that turns on and off my speaker har har..), but I don't know how to deal with time.  Docs talk about a delay.  I don't want a delay, but to repeat some functionality of scheduler to run at a specific windows clock time.

any helper examples would be nice, thanks.


for your info, not related to my question perhaps, is the so simple speaker script.  It's a useful template to run apps as if you're there clicking away.  If your answer is along the same lines that would be fun.

'----script begins----
'Written by Walter Spicer
'based on a script written by Alan Kaplan and Zubair Ahmad
'open sound and toggle mute on or off weee

set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run "sndvol32.exe"
WScript.Sleep 2000
While WshShell.AppActivate("Volume Control") = FALSE
   wscript.sleep 1000
WshShell.AppActivate "Volume Control"
WScript.Sleep 200
WshShell.Sendkeys "{TAB}"
WScript.Sleep 200
WshShell.SendKeys "{TAB}"
WScript.Sleep 200
WshShell.SendKeys "{ }" 'yep...it is a space
Wscript.Sleep 500
WshShell.Sendkeys "%{F4}"

'---script ends---
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ID: 8157221
ok, I solved it myself.  Found some error code and the right links and chalked up my second script in .vbs .  It really **was** easy.  shock...

I wanted to use Exec and Terminate together, to kill the wmplayer program after 4am (returned as "3" from Hour(Time()) ), but since that didn't work? I opted for a while-loop that tries from midnight to 4am.  

The ntErrorCode is good to lookup, if I had left this script alone, I would have come back to see wmplayer every half second trying to access the site, rather than exiting after running the program.  Good thing I tested.

msdn.microsoft.com resource is there but also try
http://www.winguides.com/scripting/ to cut through the verbage.

here's the result:

'----script begins----
'Written by Walter Spicer
'to log into sumo basho while I'm away ;)

Dim intErrorCode

set oShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
oHour = Hour(Time())

'between midnight,0, and 4am, 3
While oHour < 3
     oShell.Run "mms://blahblahblah/"
     WScript.Sleep 2000
     'end wscript memory process and leave player running
     'or else it will constantly reopen mms:// site argh!!
     intErrorCode =1
     WScript.Quit (intErrorCode)

While oHour > 3
     WScript.echo "not midnight yet"

'on close error fix
While oShell.AppActivate("Windows Media Player") = FALSE
   wscript.sleep 2000

'---script ends---

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