Creating a Trace Capture File

Creating trace capture files using the Intel® GPA System Analyzer HUD keyboard shortcut combination is useful for capturing traces while running the application in full-screen mode. You can analyze those files with the Intel® GPA Platform Analyzer tool.

To create trace capture files in a full-screen game: 

  1. Run the Intel GPA Monitor.

  2. Launch the graphics application as described in Launching an Application.

  3. Make sure that the tracing option is enabled. See Enabling Tracing in Your Application.

  4. If not in full mode, use the keyboard shortcut to switch between HUD modes. By default the keyboard-shortcut combination is Ctrl+F1.

  5. Use the keyboard shortcut to capture traces. By default, the capture keyboard shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+T. For information on how to assign a different capture keyboard shortcut, refer to Customizing the Keyboard-shortcut Assignments.

When you capture a trace, the Intel® GPA System Analyzer HUD displays the message providing information on the file name or on possible errors (if any):

Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers hud trace capture Creating a Trace Capture File

All captured traces are saved with the .gpa_trace extension and reside in the user’s home directory:
C:Users%USERNAME%DocumentsGPA_2012_R1. – the path under Microsoft Windows Vista* OS and Microsoft Windows* 7 OS


When capturing a trace, any state overrides that have been applied are turned on.

See Also

Launching an Application
Customizing the Keyboard-shortcut Assignments
Messages Field
Assigning a Profile to the Running Application
Enabling Tracing in Your Application

Creating a Trace Capture File