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Screensaver Help! Both my husband and I have laptops - his Acer - mine HP. Vista on both. We cannot get a screensaver to engage. Always worked on previous desktops running previous Windows op systems 98/XP etc. Have done the usual troubleshooting and nothing works. Thanks, Mar and Andy, Vancouver

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  • parkduo Jun 19, 2008

    Vista screensaver problem

  • parkduo Jun 19, 2008

    We're only trying to use one from the list - not a custom one. We're only interested in saving our screens.



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Hi

Whats happening exactly?

are you able to see the list of screen saver?
are you able to change the screen saver theme?
are you getting any error after changing the sceen saver when you click ok?

If everything is perfect then it could be a problem with the display adapter driver.

Open up device manager by going to Start -> right click on Computer -> device manager

Expand Display adapter -> do you see WDDM mentioned next to the display adapter?

If not then you have to install the appropriate driver for the display adapter. Even the Vista Aero feature might not work if the display adapter is not capable or compatible for Windows Vista



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Vista uses a different technology for screen savers than in the past. The screensavers and backgrounds are active. Older screensaver software (I inferred from your post that you had a favorite that both of you used and not one from MS) will probably not work here.

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