{RESOLVED}deleting screensaver

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pulleeu2

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I picked up a screensaver somewhere called 3D pipes and I can't
get rid of it. Don't know where to find it in the hard drive. When I try to change it, hit apply and ok, I go back to it and its back on again. I can only affect the time before it comes back on. How do I get rid of it?
 
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3d pipes is a default win98 screen saver.

It's located in c:\windows\system directory, you could rename to .old

Can you sucessfully change to anyother screen saver or to none???

Not sure it's a problem with the specific screensaver so much as a problem with permissions to change.
 
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I agree with brianf. The screensaver is loaded from System.ini.
If system.ini has mistakenly been assigned a read only property, no changes can be made to it. No screensaver change will stick.
Try this: Go to find files and type
system.ini
Right click on its icon and choose properties. If the Read only box is checked, uncheck it.
 

pulleeu2

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When I clik on another screensaver, it still shows the 3D pipes. So, no I cannot get another screensaver to work. I can preview the others, but they won't apply.
I right clicked on the 3D pipes and hit properties. The checkmark is not in the read only, but in the archives.
 
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Sorry. Let me explain to you. You don't want to do anything to the screensaver file. Find system.ini using find files.
Do not open it. Right click on it and choose properties. If the read only box is checked, click in it to unselect it. Try to change the screensaver now.
 

pulleeu2

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Okay, I clik start, then run, then put in system.ini then okay, but it brings me to system using notepad, so I just get a list and at the bottom, it has SCRNSAVE.EXE=C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\3DPIPE~1.SCR but I don't know how to get the properties when it uses the notepad.
 
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You typed into run and so it opened the file. You want to type that into find files. It will not be open. You want to right click on the icon for system.ini and choose properties.
Have a look at the attachment I have included.
 

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Right click on system.ini icon you just found and choose properties to bring up this page> Look at the attachment. Be sure the Read Only box is not checked.

EDIT: I will have to add the attachment to the next post. It didn't add itself.
 

pulleeu2

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DONE!!!!!!!!!
I got it. I went into the find files. It just read WINDOWS\SYSTEM
though and not ini. I right clicked, got properties and the read only was checked. I unchecked it and I can use other screensavers now. Thanks alot. Any idea what caused that?
 
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Glad you have it now. Honestly, sometimes these things happen. I know that sounds strange, but in this case, I couldn't tell you. I think Windows has a mind of its own.
 
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