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Message 1125737 - Posted: 8 Jul 2011, 2:24:07 UTC

How can I turn off the BOINC screensaver? I am using VERSION 6.12.26(x64).
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Message 1125740 - Posted: 8 Jul 2011, 2:48:44 UTC - in response to Message 1125737.

you should be able to do that through your PC display settings or you could just reinstall BOINC and when it comes to the section where you can choose advanced options you uncheck the "use the BOINC screensaver"
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Message 1125855 - Posted: 8 Jul 2011, 12:12:58 UTC

I have also "preferenced" that the Seti system be used between 0:00 to 6"00am. That's not happening.
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Message 1125868 - Posted: 8 Jul 2011, 13:17:56 UTC - in response to Message 1125855.

Are you using a local preference or the online preference?

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Message 1125882 - Posted: 8 Jul 2011, 13:59:03 UTC - in response to Message 1125855.

Do you have selected "Run based on preferences" in the Activity menu?

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Message 1125944 - Posted: 8 Jul 2011, 16:22:41 UTC - in response to Message 1125855.
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I see you're running Windows 7. This OS has extra security measures which make idle detection more difficult to follow than it was under XP and previous Windows. In order to be able to figure out whether or not you're wriggling your mouse or tapping your keyboard, BOINC uses a little program called boinctray.exe

There is a problem with this program, that it's only started from the registry, so only after a system reboot. It won't be started by BOINC or by the installer, so when you install BOINC, it's not running at the end of the install. However, on a clean installation of BOINC you need to restart anyway to allow Windows to finalize making the accounts & groups, so then boinctray.exe is started.

However when you upgrade BOINC, the Uninstaller will unload it from memory and delete it from disk, then the Installer will rewrite it to disk but not start it.

You will have to reboot the system, or (easier) navigate to C:\Program Files\BOINC\ and (double)click on boinctray.exe, then check in Windows Task Manager->Processes that it's running. It won't show in any way that it's running, other than through Windows Task Manager.

When boinctray.exe runs, you'll find that preferences will be followed (my system runs only between 9pm and 7am on the same preferences) without a problem.
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Message 1135618 - Posted: 3 Aug 2011, 19:10:16 UTC

unfortinatly i have the opposite problem i just cant get the screen saver to work with seti or the show graphics button, it was working before i formatted the computer so i cant work out what i have done wrong lol
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Message 1135683 - Posted: 3 Aug 2011, 22:03:07 UTC - in response to Message 1135618.

You are running optimised applications, which AFAIK don't have a graphics part.

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Message 1135684 - Posted: 3 Aug 2011, 22:03:34 UTC - in response to Message 1135618.

What kind of videocard do you have and did you install he correct drivers for that one? If you're still using the Windows supplied drivers, try drivers from the videocard's manufacturer.
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Message 1135834 - Posted: 4 Aug 2011, 8:10:49 UTC

Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
installing latest driver now :D
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Message 1135836 - Posted: 4 Aug 2011, 8:15:33 UTC - in response to Message 1135834.

And what do you expect to see when you are running optimised applications? They don't have a screensaver integrated.

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Message 1135837 - Posted: 4 Aug 2011, 8:26:01 UTC
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well when the right work unit is currently running i would like to see the screen saver like i use to, also the display driver was already up to date, thankyou both for your help :)
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Message 1135855 - Posted: 4 Aug 2011, 10:30:46 UTC - in response to Message 1135837.

Once again: optimised applications don't have a screensaver.

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