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    Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver? (SP1)

    Hello,

    Am I correct to say that putting a Screensaver on a Server is a bad thing?
    Because when it runs, it consumes CPU power.

    Secondly about the "My Pictures Slideshow" screensaver (see attached screen-shot)

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver? (SP1)

    Most screen savers consume CPU power, and the "My Pictures Slideshow" will certainly do so, since it has to load images into memory repeatedly. If you want to set a screen saver, he "Blank" screen saver has minimal impact - the only thing it does is make the screen go blank. Instead of using a screen saver, you might consider using the "Power..." settings to put the monitor in stand by mode after a few minutes.

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver? (SP1)

    The screen savers which consume huge amounts of CPU are the 3D ones.

    We once had a server which inadvertently had one of those set, and after the "wait time", when the screen saver cut in, it was using about 85% of the CPU (this was some time back, though).

    Go with Hans' suggest of "Blank"! (They're a waste of space on a server in any event...)

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver? (SP1)

    I would use the on/off switch on the monitor, as it will use NO resources as the "Power saver" is a program which will use some, but very little.

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver

    I agree with you, Dave - turn off the monitor and don't use any resources. As long as anyone who's authorized to sit down at that server knows this, it's only a few seconds to wait for it to come back on. Of course there's always the alternative of leaving it ON 24/7 and see how many YEARS the monitor will last before it dies! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> (all screensavers are a no-no in my book)

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver? (SP1)

    Dave/Al

    Are you saying that a ScreenSaver uses no CPU power when the monitor is powered off?

    That appears not to be the case (on the WIndows 2000 server I just tried it on) -- there are frequent, semi-regular, large peaks in CPU power usage in both cases during the period:<UL><LI>when the monitor is switched off while the screen saver is operating<LI>when the screen saver kicks in and the monitor is already powered off[/list]This matches my experience with the server previously spoken of...

    (Server CPU data observed from another PC on the LAN, using Performance Monitor).

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver

    I'd wager I'm seaking for Dave as well as myself when I say - you didn't understand, my friend. Use NO screensaver, ever! Set it to NONE. As I always understood it, the purpose of a screensaver (originally) was to prevent image burn-in on the screen, which some (all?) pundits say is no longer necessary anyway. I really believe that a lot of people I know who DO use screensavers do so for the entertainment value anyway. On my personal machines, I use no screensaver and have power options set to turn off the monitor. If the consideration on a server is CPU resource, I wouldn't use power options either, but rather Dave's suggestion to physically turn off the monitor. After all, it's not like someone sits at the console playing Solitaire all day (I hope), so one would think for the times when a server operator needs the machine, he could simply punch the power button - on the monitor that is.

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver

    Do you mean "None" or "Blank Screen"?
    (It's a bit hard to instigate security automatically without any s/s setting at all...)

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver

    If it's a server, wouldn't one be required to log on to start a session and log off to end one ?? I know that opens the door to human error, but always assumed there was an automated process that would log a user off after a certain period of inactivity. Having left the corporate environment before the widespread use of the PC in business, I'm clueless.
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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver

    >> ...an automated process that would log a user off after a certain period of inactivity.

    Well, it doesn't log the user (me) off, but it does lock the server - I call it a password-protected blank ScreenSaver <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver

    So what you are saying is that the ScreenSaver password is the security system for the server ?? I thought that only was used for the security of the servers clients. There I go assuming things again.
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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver

    I meant None, but as they say, whatever floats yer boat, mate. I have to admit, I've never been a server-keeper, only having been a "helper" when I still worked in that environment. So, my experience with screensavers lies back in the era where they were little or no security. If the blank screen thing satisfies you, who am I to critique. The last environment I worked in, anyone authorized to "use" one of the servers was required to log off when finished, not just lock the machine. Last but not least, I've always found many screensavers to be problematic, including a few of those included with Windows, and that's why I shy away from the concept wherever I can.

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    Re: Impact of 'My Pictures Slideshow' screen-saver

    Al has been speaking as I intended to. NO screen saver and turn OFF the monitor.

    As for the "Password", MOST screen saver passwords can be bypassed unless it is using the "Lock Terminal" method then it must be the password of the account logged in.

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