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

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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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Change Linux console screen blanking behavior

How do I change the screen blanking behavior on Linux virtual terminals? For example, if I switch to a VT from X, login, and leave the system alone for 5 minutes or so, the screen will blank like a ...
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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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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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Is there a real reason to use a screen saver?

Other than entertainment, is there a real reason to use a screen saver? Does it somehow "save your screen"?
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Where can I get a “black screen” screensaver for OS X Lion?

Mac OS X Lion doesn't come with a "black screen" screensaver. Where can I get a screensaver that works with Lion and blanks the screen?
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How can I trigger the screensaver on my Mac?

When I step away from my computer, I want to turn the screensaver on. Any suggestions for how I could do that?
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Make Gnome screen lock after 1 hour, not 15 minutes?

I am using Fedora 20 with Gnome. The screen Power Savings blanks the screen after 15 minutes and then the screen gets automatically locked. I'd like to have the screen blanked and locked after an hour,...
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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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Any way to detect what is disabling the screensaver?

Is there any Windows application out there that will determine what process is preventing the screen saver from becoming active?
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How to get rid of lag/delay when unlocking Windows 10

With Windows 7 (and XP) I could walk up to a locked PC (without Ctrl-Alt-Del requirement) and start typing my password, even with the screen off, and the keypresses would all be sent to the password ...
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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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Permanently disable screensaver Fedora 19

I am creating a bash script that will 'setup' a client machine running Fedora 19 (GNOME). I need to be able to permanently disable the screensaver with no user input. I found some (granted, old) ...
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How can I display a web page as my Gnome screensaver?

We'd like to change our screensavers to show the current status of our service at a glance. We already have a page that shows uptime, build status, and more as large red and green squares, and that ...
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Showing webpages as a screensaver in Mac OS X

Is there a way to show a collection of web pages as a screensaver in Mac OS X? Among other things I would need this app to be able to maintain sessions and either share them with Safari or Chrome or ...
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Synergy Windows 7 Screen Saver issue

I have synergy server running on a Windows 7 laptop, I have another laptop running windows XP as the Client. When synergy is first started the Screen Saver will start after the 5 mins of inactivity ...
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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 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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Is there a utility for running a screensaver as a standard window?

Since I have a large widescreen, I'm splitting its area into rectangles (Using winsplit revolution), and thought it might be nice to run a screensaver in one of the smaller unused areas. Is there a ...
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(How) can I change the time until the screensaver kicks in from the command line?

As the title asks (Windows 7). (How) can I change the time until the screensaver kicks in from the command line? Is it even possible? Normally I am happy with a 5 minute setting, but occasionally I ...
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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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Prevent windows screen lock when playing with joystick

My windows 7 system is set to lock the screen after 20 mins of inactivity. (Office enforced policy; cannot change settings..) When I am using the keyboard/mouse, windows treats them as user inputs &...
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Disable screensaver / screen blank via command line?

I am attempting to disable screensaver, screen blank and screen lock via the command line. This is because the settings will be applied in an unattended install. From my own research this appears to ...
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How do I disable the SuSE screensaver?

Running SuSE 11.1 w/ KDE 4. Screensaver keeps blanking out my screen on me and I can't find a setting to turn it off. A secondary issue is that it also eventually locks my screen on me if screen is ...
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How to set the Screen Saver Grace Period for Windows 8?

I manually added the ScreenSaverGracePeriod (REG_DWORD) value in seconds to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon registry key and it didn't enable the screen ...
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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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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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Screensaver won't start in windows 8

I had windows 7 on my computer for some times, I decided to install windows 8. Had no problem with windows 7 with the same hardware. But now the screensaver won't start. Even if I set it to start ...
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How can I disable all internet connections while my screensaver is running?

I was wondering if it's possible to disconnect my desktop PC from the internet entirely when starting a screensaver? I would also like to reconnect to the previously selected network (I'm using a wi-...
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Make your Screensaver as a Wallpaper in Windows 7?

I have an ASUS laptop, a G75V model. It has 16GB Ram, 2TB of HD space, and a 2GB 660M video card. It is also a 17" LCD at 1080 DPI resolution. It has an Intel i7 processor in it. So what I think I am ...
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How can you lock start the screen-saver in OS X with a keyboard shortcut?

I want to be able to lock the screen quickly, and and the hot-corner thing is slow and tricky. Any ideas?
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to start a screensaver?

For example, like I can press Win+L to lock my computer, can I press Win+(something) to start my screensaver? I'd like it to be just like if it starts automatically, where it will show lock screen on ...
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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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When exactly does a Windows program pause running?

I have an app that needs to run for long period unattended on Windows XP and 7. I have it running on a remote machine that has LogMeIn installed so I can look at it from afar. The program has regular ...
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Is there a screensaver that makes my computer look unlocked?

Due to office shenanigans, I try to leave my computer locked when I step away. Sometimes I forget and hilarity ensues. What I'd like, though, is a way to detect when attempted shenanigans occur. ...
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I would like to make the screen go black every 8 seconds. How?

As the title says, because I suffer from dry eyes I've been told to blink every eight seconds when I'm in front of the computer, and I thought a black screen might help. Do you have any easy solution ...
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Stop screen from locking when laptop lid is closed

In Ubuntu 12.04, how can I keep the screen from locking when I close my laptop? I know I can disable locking altogether, but I do want the screen to lock when inactive. And I want it to lock when I ...
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Screensaver that just disables keyboard and mouse

Does anyone know of a way that I can lock my computer without a screensaver being shown? I run some graphs that I like to check every now and then from a distance. But I don't want other people to ...
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SMPlayer does not disable screensaver

I am running SMPlayer 0.8.0 (mplayer frontend) on Linux Mint 14 64bit, when I play a movie and stop using the peripherals the screensaver kicks in after a while. I have checked the "Disable ...
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Disable Windows 7 screensaver over RDP

How can I turn off the screensaver in RDP sessions and thus keep the session alive and unlocked, even if I am not actively working in it for some time? Note: the solution should work without ...
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Fully Independent Screensavers for Multiple Monitors?

I am using dual monitors, but one of them is not used often. It's just for monitoring CPU, RAM, and hard disk usage, clock, and some gadgets. I really want to have a screensaver for it, which will ...
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Picasa screensaver won't turn on sometimes

The Google Photo Screensaver, AKA the Picasa screensaver displays a weird behavior on my laptop: sometimes it works just fine, but lots of times it starts for a second or two, and then it stops, as if ...
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Screen Saver Won't Activate

I am using a Intel computer stick plugged directly into the HDMI on the TV. Running Windows 10. I'm unable to setup my computer to "auto-lock". In the power settings, I set it to turn the display off ...
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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 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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How to get a screensaver at the Windows 7 login screen?

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. Since a couple of weeks, I no longer have a screensaver on the Windows login screen. If a user logs and then lock his session, the screensaver will start ...
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OSX Run Bash or App as the screensaver

Is it possible to use an Application or bash script as the screensaver? I would to like to run a bash script pmatrix or App (iTerm) as the screensaver? I'm on 10.6.8.
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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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Temporarily turn off power management / screensaver for watching movies

When watching a movie on my PC (in a flash player widget in FireFox on Windows Vista), I would like to be able to tell my PC not to switch the screen off or put the screensaver on. Now I can go into ...
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Make screensaver registry changes take effect immediately in Windows XP

I know I can change the settings for the screensaver in Windows XP from the command line by updating the registry as follows: regedit.exe /s settings.reg Where settings.reg contains: Windows ...