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    Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    I'm not sure where to post this question but since it concerns the software side of a system, this seems a good spot! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Why are screen savers so hard on a system's performance? I have Marine Aquarium which seems to be a pleasant thing to have going when I am not playing on my computer but it causes some problems. When I click on it to halt the screen saver, then my desktop has to take a long time to appear. I have plenty of RAM available so that's not an issue. Screen savers have always been notorious for trouble and I was curious why this is so? And is there any way around the problem? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    A screen saver does two things, each of which uses resources (memory, processor capacity):

    1) It monitors keyboard and mouse usage frequently to see if the user did anything and the screen saver should be suspended. The overhead is relatively modest.

    2) It draws something on the screen. The "cuter" the screen saver is, the more resources this takes. A simple screen saver such as "Blank", which merely puts up a black screen, uses relatively little overhead, and causes few or no problems. But many screen savers use advanced graphics (and sometimes sound) which use a considerable percentage of processor time. This may conflict with other processes running on your PC.

    Since most monitors have a function to go into standby or to turn themselves off after a period of no keyboard or mouse activity, there is no real need for using a screen saver. They are just for fun...

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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    I concur with Hans, and yes "Marine Aquarium " uses a LOT of memory, disk action and CPU resources. It has always been slow about returning to the desktop. The longer it has run, the longer it will take to restore the desktop.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    Hi Hans and DaveA

    They are just for fun...
    Yes indeed that is exactly why I wanted to use it..... <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>

    I bet in my case it is the CPU that is probably letting me down? because I have 1G of RAM. According to Belarc Advisor - I have an Intel Celeron Processor 1.00 GHZ - 32 Kb of primary memory cache and 128 Kb secondary memory cache. I probably won't use the screen saver much because the aggravation it causes is greater than the pleasure! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Thanks for the replies! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    1 GB of RAM is ample for Windows XP, but a 1 GHz Celeron processor might be a bit underpowered for graphics-intensive applications.

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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Hans - I think I'll just put this screen saver away until I get a new "super duper" computer some point later in my life! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> And then hope that the O/S recognizes the software! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Fortunately this piece of software didn't cost much.


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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    Rather than using a Screensaver, I use Screen Wallpaper, which gives me a really nice desktop background, as opposed to the drab Windows, single color default.

    Check out the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> pics at WEBSHOTS

    Sample of a corner of my current desktop:
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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    Do they still offer their screen saver? - I can't check until I get home - my workplace has clamped down as to which sites we can visit. Below is the version I'm using.
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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    ED,
    Yes, they still offer screensaver options.
    The current version is at 2.5.1.7008. From 7/3/06
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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    Double drat - now I gotta jump thru a couple of hoops to get the newer version on my work machine <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the pointer to an alternate pepper-upper to the desktop. My only concern is how intensive is its use of resources? As you see, I seem to be lacking fire power and I don't want something that will bog down my computer. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by joeperez on 20-Feb-07 15:17. added link to update page)</P>I think if you go to Webshots - Software Updates the current version is 2.5.1.7009. I have no idea what the difference is <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. I quit using this when I got a new PC. Just didn't feel like loading it and my wife did not insist.

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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    I think you'll find that Webshots is insignificant in its resource usage when all you are doing is rotating wallpaper. As long as your rotation period is reasonable (every 10 - 15 minutes) I doubt you'll notice the impact.

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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    Skitterbug,

    It looks like Webshots only uses about 3.6K, so no big deal there.

    As Joe says I have it set to rotate on a daily basis rather on an hourly change. I've lost track of how many different scenes I have DL and saved. Just about any subject too. Start a search for whatever you like and sure enough, there seems to be a good selection.
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    Re: Screen savers (XP2 Pro Box)

    Right you are, Joe.
    I just updated it but haven't really seen any noticeable change between V7008 and 7009. Judging by the Version number change, it couldn't have been anything huge. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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