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How To Increase The Timer Interval After The Timer Is Already Started?

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I have a data aquisition app that has a procedure that is continuously called by a timer every 3 seconds. Depending on the procedures execution, additional time is sometimes required for the procedure to complete (because of external variables) before its time for the timer to fire and execute it again. I could solve the problem by resyncronizing the timer as the procedure time requirement changes.

Is there a way to extend, or change, the timer interval once the timer's been enabled?
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What you should be doing is, on the timer's onTimer event, you disable the timer, and then in a try...finally statement you re-enable it again, e.g.

Timer1.Enabled := false;
try
  //Do your processing
finally
  Timer1.Enabled := true;
end;
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by:systan
ID: 34099019
you could use the; gettickcount() function
eq.,
var
tick: cardinal;
...
begin
tick := gettickcount();
..
..
tick := gettickcount - tick;
...
if tick>=3000 then
tick := tick - 3000;
...
showmessage(inttostr(tick));
...
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by:epasquier
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rfwoolf is almost right. The solution is to stop and restart the timer after setting a different interval. But not on the timer onTimer event, right when your application detects a condition that needs extra time for your process.
I often use a procedure like this one to reset timers. Most of the time, I don't even change the interval, because I just need the same time allowed but from now on. Ex : when recieving data from a COM port, a time-out is usually not from the start of the message, but from the last character received.
procedure ResetTimer(aTimer:TTimer;RemainingTime:Cardinal=0);
begin
 With aTimer do
  begin
   enabled:=False;
   if RemainingTime>0 Then Interval:=RemainingTime;
   enabled:=True;
  end;
end;

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by:Ephraim Wangoya
Ephraim Wangoya earned 1000 total points
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You dont need to change the timer interval at all. Using the OnTimer event is a good solution since you have no way of knowing how long the procedure your are executing will take. Disable the timer until you are done with the process as rtwolf points out.

procedure TForm1.Timer1Timer(Sender: TObject);
begin
  Timer1.Enabled := False;
  try
    ProcessData;
  finally
    Timer1.Enabled := True;
  end;
end;

The down side of this is that, while the procedure is running, your application has to wait for it to finish and you may be receciving more data to process at the same time.
An even better solution would be to fire a thread and let it handle the incoming data. This way your application is always responsive and you ont have to worry about timers and how long the procedure will take.
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