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Message 1419700 - Posted: 24 Sep 2013, 17:42:22 UTC

Hello everyone. I'm pretty new to this project (or anything like this, for that matter), and I have a question: Is there a way to set the SETI@home animation screensaver as my wallpaper? It'd be pretty cool if I could see that pulse model thingamajig at all times. Thanks!

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Message 1419818 - Posted: 24 Sep 2013, 20:57:51 UTC - in response to Message 1419700.

No. The screensaver format is completely different from the supported background formats.

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Message 1419870 - Posted: 24 Sep 2013, 22:14:52 UTC - in response to Message 1419700.

But what you can do is:

Simple View: open BOINC Manager->On a running CPU task either click Task Commands->Show graphics.
Advanced View: open BOINC Manager->Tasks tab->click a running CPU task so it hi-lights->click Show graphics.

The window that now opens can be set to full screen.
When you then press ALT+PrtScr (Print Screen) simultaneously, a copy of the screen is written to clipboard. You can next open Paint, do CTRL+V to paste the image and save it as a JPG file and set that as your desktop's wallpaper.

It won't move, but it'll have your name on it.
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Message 1439552 - Posted: 7 Nov 2013, 6:12:55 UTC

The "Show Graphics" button is grayed. How do I get it active?

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Message 1439585 - Posted: 7 Nov 2013, 8:23:12 UTC - in response to Message 1439552.

You'll have to click on (select) a running task first, in order to enable the 'Show graphics' button.

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Message 1439613 - Posted: 7 Nov 2013, 11:51:47 UTC
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Also, it'll only be available tasks running on the CPU, not on tasks running on the GPU. You can recognize the GPU tasks because they;ll show e.g. in your case Running (0.04 CPU + 1 Nvidia GPU).

Back in the day when doing calculations on the GPU first came into swing, it was decided not do add the graphics application to the GPU science application, as both these programs would then be fighting for the same resource. This could increase the amount of errors. Thus it was decided that the --then-- CUDA application was released without a graphics application.

The present range of CUDA, CAL and OpenCL applications all stem from that one CUDA application, with the same decision behind it not to do a graphics application alongside it. Even when other projects (Einstein and WCG) have shown that it won't be a problem on present day videocards.
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Message 1467384 - Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 18:30:19 UTC

I have Boinc since 2008. At one point I changed the computer and since then the screensaver is missing the RFI graph. I tried all the solutions I could find in settings but I still can't get the seti@home classic screensaver. Is there a way to fix that?

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Message 1467391 - Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 18:42:08 UTC - in response to Message 1467384.
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Many of the latest integrated Intel graphics chips, known in Intel parlance as HD2000, HD2500, HD3000, HD4000, and HD5000 or somewhere in between, are unable to display the RFI graph properly. I have the same issue on my Core i7 2600 that powers my Media PC connected to my TV to show the screen saver. The issue seems to lie within the Intel graphics drivers (this isn't their only bug either, many of my uncompressed Blu-Ray rips into .MKV format have graphical artifacts that do not show up on other computers that don't have Intel graphics).


[Edit] Ah, found what I was looking for. You are using an Intel Pentium CPU model B960, which is a Sandy Bridge class mobile CPU with integrated HD graphics. So my explanation above about the drivers is going to be accurate.

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