Screensaver query


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RWB

I have a laptop running XP MCE SP2. I'm trying to copy one of the
screensavers - (nature.scr, can't recall where I obtained it, maybe
Nvidia.com, but it's no longer there) - onto an XP HE SP3 PC.

I've right clicked the file, and run 'install' and also tried dragging it
into the system32 folder, but it won't work. The display properties box
plays the 'error' sound when opened, but without explanation.

It's no biggie, but I'd like to get it to work on the PC, as I have to
format the laptop soon.

Thanks for any help.
 
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VanguardLH

RWB said:
I have a laptop running XP MCE SP2. I'm trying to copy one of the
screensavers - (nature.scr, can't recall where I obtained it, maybe
Nvidia.com, but it's no longer there) - onto an XP HE SP3 PC.

I've right clicked the file, and run 'install' and also tried dragging it
into the system32 folder, but it won't work. The display properties box
plays the 'error' sound when opened, but without explanation.
You don't install .scr files. You deposit them into the Windows
system32 folder (%systemroot%\system32). Then you select it in the
Display applet under the Screen Saver tab.

What happens when you double-click on the .scr file when listing it in
Windows Explorer? If it doesn't run that way then it's not a proper
..scr file or its corrupted.

Does this .scr file work on the laptop from where you are copying it?
Just how are you "copying" this file? That is, how are you getting it
from one host to the other host?
 
R

RWB

VanguardLH said:
You don't install .scr files. You deposit them into the Windows
system32 folder (%systemroot%\system32). Then you select it in the
Display applet under the Screen Saver tab.
If I right click the file, it gives the options, "test", "configure" and
"install" - which is why I tried that method.
What happens when you double-click on the .scr file when listing it in
Windows Explorer? If it doesn't run that way then it's not a proper
.scr file or its corrupted.
Nothing, apart from the Windows 'critical stop' sound playing.
Does this .scr file work on the laptop from where you are copying it?
Just how are you "copying" this file? That is, how are you getting it
from one host to the other host?
Yes, it works fine on the laptop... it's an animated screensaver, of a
stream.
I copied the file from the laptop's system32 folder on to a USB drive, then
copied it on to the desktop of the PC; then, I opened the system32 folder
and dragged it in there.
As soon as I open the display properties box, the critical stop .wav is
heard, and until I delete the file from the screensaver list, I cannot
choose a different one.

Thanks for your reply.
 
J

J. P. Gilliver (John)

In message <[email protected]>, RWB
You don't install .scr files. You deposit them into the Windows
system32 folder (%systemroot%\system32). Then you select it in the
Display applet under the Screen Saver tab. []
What happens when you double-click on the .scr file when listing it in
Windows Explorer? If it doesn't run that way then it's not a proper
.scr file or its corrupted.
Nothing, apart from the Windows 'critical stop' sound playing.
Does this .scr file work on the laptop from where you are copying it?
Just how are you "copying" this file? That is, how are you getting it
from one host to the other host?
Yes, it works fine on the laptop... it's an animated screensaver, of a
stream.
I copied the file from the laptop's system32 folder on to a USB drive, then
copied it on to the desktop of the PC; then, I opened the system32 folder
and dragged it in there.
As soon as I open the display properties box, the critical stop .wav is
heard, and until I delete the file from the screensaver list, I cannot
choose a different one.
[]
I think I know the one you mean. VanguardLH is right that just copying
the .scr file over should do it, and that just double-clicking on it
should just run it as if it were an ordinary .exe file (which it more or
less is), other than that you can't change any settings (such as turn
sound on or off).

However, some fancy ones require other files to be present, and possibly
settings in the registry or elsewhere too: these do indeed have an
installer, which puts the .scr file in system32 (or, I think, I've seen
them in just Windows - not sure if under XP though, certainly under
'9x), installs the other files if necessary, and tweaks whatever else
necessary. You'll need to find the original installer (a .exe) which you
installed it from on the laptop on which it does work: if you can't find
it, then on the machine it does work on, bring up its settings page, and
there might be a link to the website you got it from. It might not be
free, though.
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<SYSTEM HALTED: parroty error!>
 
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VanguardLH

RWB said:
VanguardLH wrote ...


Nothing, apart from the Windows 'critical stop' sound playing.


Yes, it works fine on the laptop... it's an animated screensaver, of a
stream. I copied the file from the laptop's system32 folder on to a
USB drive, then copied it on to the desktop of the PC; then, I
opened the system32 folder and dragged it in there. As soon as I open
the display properties box, the critical stop .wav is heard, and
until I delete the file from the screensaver list, I cannot choose a
different one.
It's possible that this screensaver isn't self-contained. These are
scripts but they could call functions in other ancilliary files. There
may be more than just one file for this screensaver. You may have to
copy over more than just the .scr file. You could use a file monitor
utility to watch what files the .scr script attempts to open.
 
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RWB

VanguardLH said:
It's possible that this screensaver isn't self-contained. These are
scripts but they could call functions in other ancilliary files. There
may be more than just one file for this screensaver. You may have to
copy over more than just the .scr file. You could use a file monitor
utility to watch what files the .scr script attempts to open.

Thanks for that, I'll try it.
 
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