-- SID Monitor Overview
-- Installation
-- Graphical User Interface
--- Menubar
--- Graph Area
--- Date Tab
--- Channels Tab
--- GOES Tab
--- Message Pane
--- Status Bar
--- Notification Icon
--- Options
---- Options Startup
---- Options Data Acquisition
---- Options Channels
---- Options Database
---- Options Forecast
---- Options Graph
---- Options Report and Alert
---- Options Location
--- Reapply Algorithm Parameters
--- Generate Report
--- View Report
--- Sunrise and Sunset times calculator
--- About information box
-- FAQ
--- FAQ Reports
--- FAQ Databases
--- FAQ Forecast
-- Licence
-- Credits

SID Monitor logo

System Requirements

SID monitor is a .NET application written in Visual C#.
It has been compiled on Visual Studio C# 2005 Express Edition.
It consists of about 50,000 lines of code.


Basically, any PC can be used. Nominally, in data acquisition mode, CPU requirements are very low and memory usage is about 14 Megs.
Note: Specific functions such as "Reapply New Algorithm Parameters" are very CPU and memory consuming. In this case, a 2GHz CPU and 512Mb to 1Gb of RAM are welcome, depending of the number of channels being used.

Connection to the analog-to-digital converter (MAX187) is done through a serial (COM) port.
The software has also been tested on a USB-to-serial port converter.


SID monitor should run on any Windows platform running .NET 2.0. It has successfully been tested on Windows XP SP2 Home Edition, Windows XP SP2 Professional Edition and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

The following prerequisites are required:

  • Microsoft .NET 2.0 Redistributable Package. You can download it here.
  • RRDTool. It is a data logging and graphing application. You can download it here.


SID monitor can be installed either manually by downloading binary archives, automatically through an installer or online. Online installation is more intrusive to the system but is easier and it offers automatic updates functionality.

Manual Installation:

  • Install RRDTool.
  • Install .NET Framework 2.0.
  • Download SID monitor archive here. Extract it and copy it to any folder.

Automatic Installation:

  • Install RRDTool.
  • Download SID monitor installer here and execute it. .NET Framework 2.0 will automatically be installed if necessary.

Online installation Installation:

  • Install RRDTool.
  • Execute SID monitor online installation. .NET Framework 2.0 will automatically be installed if necessary.

After the installation, it is necessary to configure the application (paths to RRDTool and database folder, channels setup...).
Refer to Options menu for more information.

SID monitor uses the Windows registry only for the "Automatic start when user logs" option. The registry key that is accessed is "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run". An "SID_monitor" entry is added if automatic start is enabled.

Copyright (c) 2006-2011 Lionel Loudet
Home Page: http://sidstation.loudet.org/sidmonitor/
Support: lionel@loudet.org
Creative Commons License SID monitoring station by Lionel LOUDET is licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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