The ExSetTimerResolution routine modifies the frequency at which the system clock interrupts. Use this routine with extreme caution (see the following Remarks section).
ULONG ExSetTimerResolution( ULONG DesiredTime, BOOLEAN SetResolution );
Specifies the amount of time that should elapse between each timer interrupt, in 100-nanosecond units. The minimum value is approximately 10,000 (1 millisecond) but can vary slightly by platform. (This parameter is ignored if SetResolution is FALSE.)
If TRUE, the call is a request to set the clock interrupt frequency to the value specified by DesiredTime. If FALSE, the call is a request to restore the clock interrupt frequency to the system's default value, which is platform-specific.
ExSetTimerResolution returns the new timer resolution, in 100-nanosecond units.
To set the timer resolution, a driver calls this routine passing TRUE as the parameter for SetResolution. The following rules apply:
- The routine changes the clock interrupt frequency only if the specified DesiredTime value is less than the current setting.
- If a driver requests a DesiredTime value that is greater than what is currently set, the routine just returns the current setting.
- If a driver requests a DesiredTime value that is less than the system clock can support, the routine uses the smallest resolution the system can support, and returns that value.
ExSetTimerResolution (0, FALSE);
Note that the result of changing the clock interrupt frequency is system-wide and can have a severely negative effect on system performance. Also note that higher clock interrupt frequencies can shorten a system's battery life.
During the processing of an IRP_MJ_POWER request, the power manager holds a lock on a resource that ExSetTimerResolution must acquire to complete. Consequently, a deadlock will occur if a driver directly or indirectly calls ExSetTimerResolution while processing a power request, and then waits for the call to ExSetTimerResolution to return before the driver completes the power request. For more information about safely calling ExSetTimerResolution while processing a power IRP, see Calling ExSetTimerResolution While Processing a Power IRP.
|Minimum supported client||Available starting with Windows 2000.|
|Header||wdm.h (include Wdm.h, Ntddk.h, Ntifs.h)|
|DDI compliance rules||IrqlExApcLte2, HwStorPortProhibitedDDIs|