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I have a screensaver set in my system preferences, but when I lock my screen either with Alfred or clicking on the user profile menu and hitting "Login Window...", it runs a different screensaver.

Is there a way to change the screensaver on that login page? Perhaps it's like setting the screen save for the sudo user (sorta).



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You could remove the X tag. OS X doesn't use the X window system. – ggustafsson Mar 6 '12 at 8:47
@ggustafsson What's that now? – Josh Pinter Mar 6 '12 at 16:28

As noted in this answer:

The screensaver for the login screen is the one set for the root (i.e. system) user account

I tried running the terminal command the user suggests, but it was a bit grumpy about a missing folder. After creating the folder with:

sudo mkdir -p /var/root/Library/PreferencePanes

...executing the System Preferences again ran without the previous error and opened preferences as root.

Hope this helps.

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Are you sure OS X is not set to display a random screensaver? It's on by default.

System Preferences

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Nope, it works fine when I'm logged in. – Josh Pinter Mar 6 '12 at 16:28
Then i don't have a clue. – ggustafsson Mar 6 '12 at 21:48

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