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My pc M/s XP on startup is always in safe mode - I've tried msconf, etc but still cannot get any form of screensaver using control panel Display icon - any ideas

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  • Steve Rand
    Steve Rand May 11, 2010


    A screensaver is a pretty random graphics thing for making sure your screen doesn't get burn-in while you're not using your computer for 5 months straight.

    It's more likely that you can't set your screen resolution higher than 640x480 because of some video card driver problem... and you are NOT actually in safe mode. If you were in safe mode, it would say all sorts of stuff about being in safe mode when XP loads.



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Restored Control Panel Display Desktop pic and Screensaver tabs by changing Registry items - Nodisplay background and Nodisplay screensavr to original setting (0) before virus / adware infiltration
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