Screensavers were developed to prevent phosphor burn-in on CRT and plasma computer monitors.

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Transparent screensaver for Windows? [closed]

I am looking for a transparent screensaver. Or a way for there to be no screen saver, but instead of locking, it disables the mouse and most of the keyboard, until I hit an unlock key.
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Run a batch/cmd upon screensaver

Is there a way to run a .bat or .cmd when the screensaver starts? I've noticed some .exe can run if you rename them to .scr but is that it?
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How to set screensaver for Lock Screen of Windows 8?

Is it possible to set the screensaver for the Windows 8 Lock Screen? When it locks, it shows the time, notifications, and background image. Then turns of my monitor after the time specified in my ...
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Screensaver with active desktop [duplicate]

I am running XP and im looking for a screensaver that does not change the desktop. I.e when the screensaver is active, i want to be able to see my desktop as it is and any changes on the desktop to be ...
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What's the fastest way to lock your screen?

Ideally, I'd like to be able to press 1 button on my keyboard and have the screensaver come up, and not just a preview, but the actual screensaver such that when I try to access the computer it shows ...
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Windows 8.1 start screen backgrounds file location

In Windows 8, the start screen backgrounds used to be in the imageres.dll file, but as of 8.1 they're not. Does anyone know where the start screen backgrounds are housed in Windows 8.1? If not, is ...
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How do I set a hot corner in Windows 7?

I have a dual monitor setup on my Windows 7 box at work. I'd like to know how (if possible) I can set a hot corner to start the screensaver or put the display to sleep?
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Start screen saver the moment I lock the computer on Win XP

Can I change the scheduling of the screen saver, to start as soon as I lock my Win XP?
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Screen locks even when plugged in

I have attempted to prevent my screen from locking when plugged in for 3 hours, but it is not happening. These are my settings: Nevertheless, if I leave my computer for 15 minutes it locks, even ...
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How can I prevent a policy-enforced screen lock in Windows 7?

Our corporate BOFH imposes the screen lock setting with a ridiculously short delay. It's frustrating and counterproductive. Is there a way to prevent the automatic screen lock? I would assume there ...
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Transparent screensaver for linux?

I want to have a few console windows running tail -f on logs. Unfortunately this means that anyone with access to the computer can press Ctrl+c and have shell access. So I want to lock the screen ...
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Are screensavers relevant anymore?

I have an LCD monitor,and from what I've read from the Wikipedia article,they only protect CRT and plasma monitors which means that LCD monitors are not vulnerable to phosphor burn-in like those ...
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Lock Screen after screensaver starts + delay

I would like to have my win7 desktop lock after say 15 minutes of idle time. I also want my screensaver to start at 5 minutes of idle time. I tried using programs that run a command after a certain ...
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Use a Web page as Screensaver (Linux)

Heyo, Is there an easy way to use a web page as a screen saver under Linux? preferably without allowing any interaction with whats presented. I'd like idle admin desktops to show our network ...
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Mac OS X auto Sleep prevention

I have a problem with Mac OS X (Leopard) on my MacBook Pro: when I go away for a few minutes my laptop automatically sleeps and all my running applications stop working (such as my downloads). What ...
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Run an application with/as screensaver

How do I add a custom application to run as a screensaver. Like calc.exe for example?
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Horrible OpenGL performance on Intel HD Graphics laptop

I’ve been trying to run the ReallySlick screensavers on a laptop for a while now, but some of them do not work (they crash), and the ones that do work have terrible performance and are uselessly slow. ...
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Lock Mac after N mins of inactivity?

Is there a mac app that can lock the screen after N minutes of inactivity? Preferably N mins after the screensaver has kicked-in. Locking when the screensaver comes on is annoying - I want my ...
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Gamepad prevents screensaver from starting on Windows 10

Since I've upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, the screensaver doesn't start anymore, and the screen never goes into standby when my gamepad is plugged (even idle) into the computer. "Allow this ...
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What is the usefulness of a screensaver on a computer using a LCD monitor?

Old computers were using CRT monitors and when an image was continuously displayed on the screen, it became marked. So, screensaver where invented to avoid screen burn-in. Laptops and modern ...
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How to wake from screensaver directly to the login screen in Ubuntu

(a.k.a. How to switch users without entering password, part II) (see part I) I've got Ubuntu 9.10 with a user account for my wife, and one for myself. "Wake-from-screensaver" should result in "choose ...
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Should I use a screensaver or just turn the monitor off when I am done?

After using a screensaver for over ten years, I am starting to think about changing the way I save energy with my monitors. I want to get in the habit of shutting my monitors off when I am done using ...
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Mac: How to log in as different user when Mac requires password to wake from sleep?

If your Mac is set up to require a password when being awoke from sleep or the screen saver is it possible to log in as a different user? If so how?
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Is it possible to change the background behind the OS X login box screen saver unlock?

I have my Mac configured to require a password when it goes to sleep or when the screen saver comes on. When I wake it up I'm presented with a login box and the screen behind it is flat black. I would ...
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Switch user from locked screensaver?

I'm having the same problem as this, but the answer from there doesn't work for me. Neither in my iMac upgraded from Lion to Mountain Lion (currently at 10.8), nor from a Mac Mini with Lion Server (...
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Screen (not Lock Screen) Timeout Stuck at 1 Minute

I recently got a new laptop (Lenovo T440p with Windows 8.1 Pro) and was having the following issue: the screen would lock (screen would go black and require a password to get back in) after 1 minute. ...
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How to prevent screensaver

How can I prevent screensaver to run on windows xp? I can't disable it because of some security software, but if there is a small program that can simulate some keypress every 2-3 min that should do ...
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How can I lock the mouse and keyboard but see the screen?

Our team has a small Mac that we use to display an auto-refreshed web page, but it requires an authenticated user be logged into it. So the question: how can we show the browser, but have the ...
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Windows 7 hangs after longer inactivity of user

I have serveral PCs running Windows 7 in different falvors (32- / 64-bit / Professional / Ultimate / ATI / Nvidia) - they all have one problem in common... ...if I don't work on any of them for a ...
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Windows spanning 2 monitors resize themselves onto 1 after screen saver is started (Win XP)

I have a dual monitor setup with an ATI Radeon HD 3450 driving 2 Dell 1907FPs in Extended mode. The video driver is ATI's 8.561-081201a1-073177C-Dell. Onscreen, I have a couple of non-maximised ...
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Xubuntu 9.10 running on VirtualBox never goes idle

On my Windows 7 32bit machine I'm running a VirtualBox instance of Xubuntu 9.10 32bit and I've noticed that the screen saver on the virtual box instance of Xubuntu never becomes active despite setting ...
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Windows logon screen not always displayed after screen saver activated

I've set screen saver settings to turn on after 60 minutes and "on resume, display logon screen". When I returned in the morning, I was brought to the desktop without a logon screen. However, I just ...
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Run screensaver after idle time on lock screen [duplicate]

How could Windows be configured to run a screensaver after 2 minutes of idle time on the lock screen? Windows properly runs my screensaver after 2 minutes in explorer, but will not start my ...
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Auto lock the screen for any user after specified period of inactivity on Windows 7

In Windows 7, when logged in as a specific user, you can adjust the screen saver settings so that when the screen saver activates subsequent interaction displays the login screen. More specifically, ...