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I have a vb6 Keno game that runs unattended 4000 times an stops
How can i determine the length of time it runs ?
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by:Martin Liss
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Please see my article on the subject.
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by:isnoend2001
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Thanks Marty, but i think that's a little overkill
Don't need that much accuracy
example :
3hours, 20 minutes is close enough
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would this be accurate

Dim StartTime as date ?
dim EndTime as date ?
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It depends on the desired accuracy you desire but the methods I describe are much more accurate.
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by:Martin Liss
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Thanks Marty, but i think that's a little overkill
Don't need that much accuracy
example :
3hours, 20 minutes is close enough
The  StartTime and End Time is all you need.
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by:isnoend2001
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Would this work ?
Dim mtimStartTime as date
Dim mtimEndTime as date
mtimStartTime = Now
mtimEndTime = Now
lblTime = mtimEndTime - mtimStartTime
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No. You'll need to do something like this

Dim mtimStartTime As Date
Dim mtimEndTime As Date
mtimStartTime = Now
mtimEndTime = Now
lblTime = DateDiff("m", mtimEndTime, mtimStartTime)

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which will give the number of minutes. You could also do some math to convert it to hours and minutes before displaying in the label.
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by:isnoend2001
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Thanks just what i needed
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You're welcome and I'm glad I was able to help.

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by:isnoend2001
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Doing Some testing and i always get 0 minutes

Debug.Print mtimStartTime = 1/12/2015 6:40:06 AM
Debug.Print mtimEndTime = 1/12/2015 6:41:02 AM
lblTime = DateDiff("m", mtimEndTime, mtimStartTime) & " minutes"
lblTime displays 0 Minutes
What am i doing wrong ?
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It shows 0 because your time is less than one minute and VB truncates the results. If you are interested in under-one-minute accuracy you'll need to do "s" (seconds) ratherthan "m".
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I was only looking at the minutes so i ran more tests and always get 0

lblTime = DateDiff("m", mtimEndTime, mtimStartTime)
Debug.Print mtimStartTime = 1/12/2015 9:51:24 AM
Debug.Print mtimEndTime = 1/12/2015 10:08:28 AM
lblTime displays 0 Minutes
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My apologies. "m" is month and "n" is minutes. The dates were also backward so

lblTime = DateDiff("n", mtimStartTime, mtimEndTime)
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Thanks, that works
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