Erratic screensaver timing

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wrinklysteve

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Greetings. I start with apologies - I started this thread many weeks ago and was being helped but had hardware problems and commitments and I have to start again.
I have up to date XP2 in a clean system. The problem - unimportant but annoying, is that my screensaver, whichever I use, unpredictably resets to one minute no matter what delay time I set. When it does this the screensaver does not run. I admit to sloppy attention to detail - I can't remember when this started but it was probably more than a year ago. A quick fix would be nice but now I have a bit of time to experiment, with help. Thanks.
 
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Is this a standalone system or are on a corporate network. If it is a standalone click start run and type regedit. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop In the right pan double click ScreenSaveTimeOut and set the value data to 600. Click OK and close regedit and restart the computer. Post back with the results.
 

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Thanks Lance, done that. I have experimented with settings in SCR (Sherman's Lagoon) - corresponding changes are set correctlyin the registry and vice versa. I will post back in due time with observations.
 

wrinklysteve

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Just found screensaver timeout set back to one minute, ScreenSaveTimeout in registry still set to 600. I'm going to change the screensaver to prove that it's not Sherman's Lagoon's fault.
 

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WrinklySteve,
That screensaver is not really compatable for OS's above Win95.
In fact, I tried to download it a few moments ago without success so it seems they have removed it from their server. ( http://www.slagoon.com/freeware/scrpc.html )

It would be wise to uninstall it from your PC.

Regard,
Jim
 

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Besides, almost all free screensavers out there come bundled up with hidden adware and spyware.
 

wrinklysteve

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Thank you for your comments and advice, gentlemen. I am very cautious and scan everything before and after use and the Sherman screensaver is the only freebie I have used, on recommendation from others. I'm just trying it on a rebuilt XP PC to see what happens!
 

wrinklysteve

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OK, Flurry's pretty enough but nothing to rave about, imho. Norton's good too until it slows a PC down to an unacceptable level. I've had to uninstall it from a number of PCs that had slowed unacceptably to the owners and gave them the choice whether to reinstall or get a cheaper or free one. Luckily I've never been hit by nasties in free stuff - I'll try what's recommended.
Thanks again.
 

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Now there's a funny thing. I had Flurry set to ten minutes. It failed to cut in and I find it has set itself back to one minute. ScreensaverTimeout is still set to 600. Ideas, please?
 
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