flutters eyelashes for effect Hey there, all you computer-savvy Dopers!! I come to you to beg assistance with my screen saver. Normally, thanks to the power of Google and some common sense, I’m able to figure out what needs done when my machine acts up, but I’m in way over my head here.
Here’s the scoop: I haven’t used the screen saver on my desktop in about a year. Last night, my husband was changing the desktop settings (I’m giving him the desktop since he bought me a laptop, and he’s personalizing it to suit his tastes.) When he got to the screen saver settings, they were greyed out. Which means, of course, that something is configured to disallow changes from being made. I ran Spybot, AVG Antivirus, and Advanced WindowsCare, but none of those turned anything up, so I did a net search. Found several tech geek sites that were in agreement that the registry was usually to blame (I tend to be very cautious so as not to screw things up worse!)
Under the Users/Desktop settings in RegEdit, the Screen Saver value was set at 0, and I changed it to 1 and did a reboot. Re-ran my Spybot, AVG, and AWC, and found some registry errors, so I fixed those. Now, the settings in Control Panel are unlocked, and I can choose a screen saver and configure the settings just like normal. HOWEVER, after the allotted minute, it still won’t come on. It’ll run fine in Preview mode (and I checked all of them, to make sure the problem was across the board.) But leave the computer sit, and nothing happens.
I know the first thing to spring to mind is usually spyware/malware/viruses, but I keep very carefule track of all that, and I don’t download unneccessary crap for my computer (toolbars, games, or anything like that.) Nothing I’ve come across has turned up results, so that’s why I’m here, asking the gurus of the intarwebs for advice. Please, please inform me of what I missed!
flutters eyelashes again, just for good measure