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Mass Effect Skin by darkstaruav Mass Effect Skin by darkstaruav
AUGUST 8TH UPDATE

I've hopefully fixed the weather now, but not positive. Also, the download and install size has been reduced by about 30%.

I don't think I'll be supporting this anymore, seeing as I haven't worked on it in a long time and the amount of work required for a nice major update would be too time consuming.

Remember, you can edit the skin and redistribute it, so long as you give credit where credit is due. The skins from both UrulokiBurning and RickF7666 are both based on this, and they both look great. MOD YOUR SKINS AND SHARE :)



You will need a program called CoreTemp for the temperature display to work properly.


Other things you may need
You will need Rainmeter to run this skin. You can download Rainmeter from rainmeter.net/RainCMS/


To properly display the temperature gauge in the older skin, you will need Speedfan www.almico.com/speedfan.php


Make sure to change the weather code to your location. If you need help rainmeter.net/forum/viewtopic.…


YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE WALLPAPERS HERE darkstaruav.deviantart.com/art…


Possible bugs and errors
A word of caution, this was developed in Vista 32 bit, but has been tested and shown working in 32 bit and 64 bit Vista/7 systems (I'm not sure about XP). However, I have had a lot of complaints about bugs. I've never taken any programming in my life, I only know what I have self taught. I know for a fact the RSS reader included is screwed up.


Making the Launcher work
You need to specify your own program paths for the app Launcher. The Launcher skin has been reworked and now includes an EDIT button. Clicking the button opens a text file that can now be used to change the name that appears for the App and the Application path.


Disclaimer Regarding the Mass Effect Trademark
Mass Effect, it's characters, creations, and any other ideas are all protected under copyright by BioWare and Electronic Arts. The use of the Mass Effect Trademark is legal here only under the following stipulations:

- I do not claim to be BioWare/EA Staff/Team.
- I do not claim rights to Mass Effect content.
- I do not profit from the project.
- All credit for the Mass Effect trademark, Mass Effect content, and any other content related to Mass Effect, is credited to BioWare/EA.


Here is a link to a Polish translation of the skin, courtesy of Melllin melllin.deviantart.com/art/Mas…

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Mass Effect Skin by ~darkstaruav The Mass Effect styled skin for the Rainmeter. ( Suggested by phettb3rg and Featured by Alexander-GG )
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Ser-Fergus Featured By Owner Edited May 25, 2015
Ehh mate, do you have a suggestion for a music player that would jive well with the Cerberus theme? I think it'd be great to play the galaxy map theme. 
EDIT: Recoloured the tron one, nevermind.
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DreamsOfStarlight Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
This is insanely epic! I wish I was tech savvy enough to actually use this but will have to settle for staring/drooling in awe at what could have been! Awesome job!
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DarkRoland666 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
nice work epic
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pmcognn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
ahh.... how to download it?
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
The download link is on the right hand side of the page. You also need to download Rainmeter from rainmeter.net
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:iconpmcognn:
pmcognn Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
ok i know it, upper right
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:iconwtfaye:
wtfaye Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
how do i download this idk how to download anything of this site 
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Grandzort Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
I wish this would work on Mac OS. =(
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dorian-blue Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
I love this, it's so cool!

I've been struggling with the launcher and temperature for a few hours now and can't seem to fix it.

With launcher: Changing name for links is going fine, I'm putting in the destinations correctly (at least pretty sure it's correctly) and rather than launching the program it's either taking me to the program file location (without the .exe on the end) or doind nothing (with .exe on the end)

Temperature: Using the newer skin, installed coretemp, have it running. Refreshed skin, restarted rainmeter, still not working. 

I'm wondering if these have anything to do with windows 8 because I spent a long time looking through the comments here and can't find anyone having the same issues?
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
I made this many years ago in Windows Vista so my guess is that it's an operating system issue.  I don't have Windows 8 so I can't verify anything, sorry!
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Vegeta99601 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Hey I just wanted to say thank you so much for this, I too am a big fan of mass effect as well and I always have a ME Background on my PC, but never like this before. Tell you the truth this is exactly what I wanted when making a ME background. The Illusive man rainmeter theme is superb and I cant thank you enough for this dude!

BTW, I know its been awhile since you probably worked on this, but any chance have a solution to the Cerberus Daily News Feed? Doesn't work at all. I tried fiddling around with the code but no luck. If you get a chance let me know.

Also do you have any other ME rainmeter themes made other than this one and ME3 versions?

Again thank you so much!
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
The cerberus daily news feed was only update for 1 year after the release of Mass Effect 2, so it expired back in January 2011.  I don't have any other rainmeter themes, I really don't have the free time to do that kind of stuff anymore :/
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RavTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omgwtfbbq this rulez!!
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:iconberevenged:
BeRevenged Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesomeness :D
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:icongameriuxlt:
gameriuxlt Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My outcome [link]
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
very nice
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NekoPandaLove Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I accidently changed something in the settings for the app launcher.... I don't know what was written there. it was the part where it says LeftMouseUpAction=!Execute, I changed it to see if something would work, but I have no idea what I'm doing.
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darkstaruav Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
After the 'execute' command rainmeter will do whatever you tell it to, which in this case is typically to launch a program or open a folder. You can check rainmeter.net for more information.
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taiwanboy0 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
So, how do I use this for my rainmeter? New and confused
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Once you have Rainmeter installed, download the skin and unpack it to your Rainmeter skins folder. You can load and unload individual skins by right clicking on exisiting skins or using RainBrowser. Check Rainmeter.net for better documentation on how to get started using Rainmeter.
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Outcast-fox Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Having trouble with the temp... I am so not computer savvy
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darkstaruav Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Read the description, then post a more specific question if you have it.
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serpantscaLe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I downloaded the file but when I double-click it to install, it says it's an invalid package. Can anyone help out?
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kuraix Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Hello, amazing theme! It's a little narrow horizontally for my 4:3 monitor, maybe I'll have to change that. Either way, I'm wondering about the temp thingy, since you mentioned you need Core Temp in the description, but you ask for a SpeedFan plugin in the skin config!
Could you tell me what to do for it to work?

BTW: What do you think is better? Dreamscape playing a movie on the background or simply a gif image?
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Speedfan is for the original version (more Cerberus looking) while the newer version uses CoreTemp I believe. Both of those are free third party programs you can download and run in the background, which will give you data that Rainmeter can pull to display the temperature.

If you have enough processing power to handle dreamscape without any problems running other programs then I reccomend that.
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kuraix Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Found it, didn't know where the plugins where, but when I found them I searched how to implement CoreTemp and done.
If a video or gif of The Illusive Man in motion with the smoke coming out of the cigar and the star well... spinning, shining, whatever it did in the original game (haven't played for a painfully long time), or of the ME2 main menu (the center of the galaxy if I'm not mistaken) animated, well if they exist and you could share it'd be impeccable. That d be very appreciated.
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kuraix Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Forgive me for asking without previously investigating, a simple search led me to this [link]
There's the Illusive star you have as a wallpaper for the ME3 example, the ME2 main menu with the Omega 4 Relay it says on the vid (haven't played in so long that I don't realize whether it's that or the center of the galaxy) and a plethora of ME3 ones.
Thanks for the skin!
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nygles Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
how do you change the color using the @setting/ settings.ini tool
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Change the color then refresh the skin. Check rainmeter.net for more help.
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Melllin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did a Polish translation of your skin and I have modified it so that everyone can easily change the color. ([link]) ([link])
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darkstaruav Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Wow, awesome work, I'll add a link in the description!
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:iconmelllin:
Melllin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here they are:
[link]
[link]
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:iconmelllin:
Melllin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you want I can translate it back to English for you.
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:icondyvaith:
dyvaith Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
This is seriously fucking perfect. I have it paired with a dreamscene of the citadel ([link]).
[link]

<3
no homo
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Nice setup, I'm jealous :)
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BloodyHaiku Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Digital Artist
:happybounce: This is amazing
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Urdnot-Shepard Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
YOU ARE A WIZARD!
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darkstaruav Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Thanks :)
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Zombunneh Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Sorry if you already answered this (there were tons of questions to browse through), but is it possible to make the temp gauge read in F? This is for the old skin btw. Thanks :D
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darkstaruav Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Yes, you just need to edit a line of code in the .ini file of the skin. I forget exactly what it is, check rainmeter.net for more info.
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Orkyjork90 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Hello, I downloaded this a few months back and I absolutely love it! I had this awesome windows sound set-up that worked in conjuncture with it. For instance, when I had a new message, I had EDIs voice say "You have ___ unread messages." However, I had recently formatted my computer, and I lost this set up, and I am wondering if anyone else knows where I may locate it.

Thank you
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seth71 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Hi there, with every skin launcher, I'm having a problem with finding the paths for certain applications. I'm unsure how to link them.
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darkstaruav Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I'm not sure I understand you, Google might be of more help here if you are trying to find application paths if they aren't in obvious places.
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:iconseth71:
seth71 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Someone helped me figure it out :) Thank you though. Didn't know i needed to copy as a path.
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Destroyer1395 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can someone tell me how to install the theme, I have no idea.
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Download and install Rainmeter, then download and install this skin. Check the Rainmeter website for more info on how to install skins.
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Revanor91 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I don't quite get it, how do I get the weather working?
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:icondarkstaruav:
darkstaruav Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
The weather doesn't work anymore and I'm not quite sure why.
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Revanor91 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Oh i got it figured out on the cerberus skin, but thanks anyway. :)
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AtenTora Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I got the weather working. The URLs under in the "MEASURE WEATHER" section had a problem.
They were all "[link]"
The 10 should be a 0 for the first one, then 1, 2, and 3. (look at the .ini for Mass Effect 2 weather)

Also, fantastic skin.
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