[RC5] Windows Screen Savers

Colin L. Hildinger colin at ionet.net
Wed Dec 2 21:39:05 EST 1998

Yes, all the boxen have APM stuff enabled, yet the boxes with people
running GL screensavers don't do well at all, they actually crack more
during the day than at night because the screensavers aren't running! 
I did go in today and quietly lower their detail levels and speeds a
bit, so that may help some. :)  Most of these machines are also running
ATI Rage Pro chipsets and I downloaded and installed the beta 2 GL
drivers for them, so that might help some, too.  The ideal solution,
though, would be to have the screen saver stop running when the APM
kicked the monitor to sleep.  Next to that, having the client go to
higher priority in this mode as an option would be nice.

On Wed, 2 Dec 1998 16:22:36 -0500 (EST), Christopher Hicks wrote:

>On Wed, 2 Dec 1998, Colin Hildinger wrote:
>> OK, I normally use "Blank" as my screen saver on my work box, but
>> several of the PII's in our office use GL screen savers on non or
>> lightly GL accelerated video cards.  Now, this wouldn't be so bad,
>> except that Windows runs the screen saver program *even* when the APM
>> kicks the monitor off at night.  Does anyone know any solution to this? 
>> Is there anything available that will make the screen saver stop
>> execution or lower priority when APM has kicked the monitor to sleep or
>> off?  Is there a way that the client could (as an option) detect this
>> condition and raise its priority to application level or time critical? 
>Is this true even if you set the "Energy saving features of monitor" on
>the "Screen Saver" tab of the "Display Properties" dialog box?  It would
>seem that Windows would understand that it didn't need to run the screen
>saver while Windows itself had put the monitor in low-power standby or
>shut it off. <SARCASM with more than a tinge of truth> Of course, I still
>want DoJ to force Microsoft to produce less buggy software or be forced to
>release their source to the public domain. </sarcasm>

Colin Hildinger
Design Engineer
Enviro Systems, Inc.

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