User Guide

  • 2020.4
  • 12/10/2020
  • Public Content

Launching an Application Manually

Before launching your application for analysis:
  • Launch the Graphics Monitor on your target system.
    The Graphics Monitor icon appears in the taskbar notification area.
To run your application manually with the System Analyzer HUD enabled:
  1. Double-click the Graphics Monitor icon in the taskbar notification area, or right-click it and select
    Graphics Monitor
    Graphics Monitor Launcher Screen
  2. In the Graphics Monitor
    Launcher screen
    , select an application for analysis:
    • In the
      Command Line
      field, browse to your application or enter the full application path. You can also enter any command-line options required to run your application.
      If the path to the application contains spaces, put the path in
      quotation marks.
    • If you already analyzed your application with Intel® GPA, you can select the application from the list of recently run applications.
  3. (
    ) In the
    Working Directory
    field, type the directory in which the application should run. This is useful for games that use a launcher or mission packs located in a different directory than the game files.
  4. (Optional) In the
    Environment Variables
    field, type environment variables for the application.
  5. Choose one of the following modes to startup an application:
  6. Frame
    . Choose this mode to monitor real-time metrics and capture a frame.
  7. Trace
    . Select the Trace mode to monitor real-time metrics and capture a trace.
  8. Stream
    . Choose this mode to capture a frame sequence until the application is stopped. Optionally, you can configure the Graphics Monitor to capture a specific graphics API. This can be useful if your application uses more than one API. To do this, enable the
    Extended Profiling Modes
    toggle in the Graphics Monitor
    pane. The mode selector drop-down will feature entries that are specific to different graphics APIs.
  9. Click
    to launch the application with the System Analyzer HUD overlay.
    You can press CTRL+F1 to toggle between different display modes and view real-time metrics and the available override modes.
If you are new to Intel® GPA, select
in the list of applications and click
. This will run a sample application with Intel® GPA instrumentation active, enabling you to quickly analyze the performance. With this sample, you can verify the correct installation and operation of Intel® GPA. This is especially useful if your application appears to have problems when running with Intel® GPA.
While working with the sample
, you can add more buttons to switch on/off 3D scene overrides:  -
- to change the GUI to display Toggle vsync, Toggle alpha blend, and Toggle depth test buttons. By default, the application does not show these buttons.
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