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System 7: How to unlock screensaver?

I own a vintage "LC II" (a.k.a. "Macintosh Performa 400") with System 7.x installed years ago. Unfortunately I'm not able to log in anymore, because after the initial boot the screensaver fires up and ...
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Screensaver changes images too quickly – is there a way to adjust it?

I like to display my own images using the Mac OS X screensaver, but it seems that Mountain Lion has shortened the duration for which each image is displayed. The duration is too short for my tastes – ...
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Video screensaver in mountain lion

Can I somehow have a video loop as a screensaver in mountain lion? I remember the Save Hollywood app that worked for leopard, but nothing since then. Is there any way?
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Mountain Lion display sleep function and screen saver does not activate

Since upgrading to Mountain Lion, the display sleep function appears not to work, and the screen saver is flaky. I can leave my machine for a couple of hours and when I come back the screen is as I ...
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How do I run a screen saver as my desktop background?

I would like to run a screen saver as my desktop background. How can I do this?
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Why does Apple TV show screensaver when playing video?

On occasion, our 3rd Gen ATV will display the screensaver while playing video. Once it starts doing this, the only way to get it to stop is by restarting. I love my ATV, but this is quite a ...
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How to turn off Mountain Lion's screensaver's password requirement?

I have the current version Mountain Lion and set the Screensaver to 30 minutes, but since I am the only person that have access to this computer, I would like to turn the password off, but there seems ...
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Activating screen saver from AppleScript in Mountain Lion

I had a script that I used to use to activate my screen saver, and it no longer works in Mountain Lion. It was a shell script that called an AppleScript script: #!/bin/bash osascript ...
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How to make the display go to sleep mode when Lion's Terminal.app is in full-screen mode?

I've noticed that when I'm running a full-screen Terminal.app in Lion, the display does not go to sleep. This left me with a nasty case of burn-in over the weekend with a magenta message box from an ...
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Where is the “Computer Name” screensaver stored in Mac OS X?

I've looked in: System/Library/Screen Savers Library/Screen Savers ~/Library/Screen Savers I wish to explore the package contents for a personal project I'm working on. I've done iOS apps in the ...
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Disable screensaver password requirement from command line

I am trying to enable and disable the screensaver password requirement from the command line. defaults read com.apple.screensaver shows a variable askForPassword set to either 0 or 1, depending on ...
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Is it possible to show a screensaver on a secondary monitor while using the primary monitor?

I have an iMac with a large format display set up as a secondary monitor that we use as a television for watching movies. When I am just using the iMac, I would like for the secondary display to ...
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Why is my login screensaver freezing, instead of the display going to sleep?

I have an iMac running Mac OS 10.6.8 with fast user switching enabled, Vine VNC server running on one user account, and the login screen displayed. The screensaver on the iMac activates but then ...
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iTunes-cover screensaver not showing

Today I tried to use the iTunes-cover screensaver (for the first time), but my screen (and the preview area in the system preferences) simply stays black, nothing else happens. Has anybody ...
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Make RSS screensaver show more articles?

I have an RSS screensaver, but at the moment it only displays a few articles and then loops. Is there a way to make it display more articles?
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Prevent users from unchecking “require password to wake computer from sleep or screen saver”

I've recently been given the task of securing a small network. One of the things we want to have happen is to have the computers lock down after a period of inactivity. The easy thing for this, of ...
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10.7.3 - Screensaver turns on while I'm in the middle of typing/mouse activity

Has anyone seen this? Let's say I set my screen saver to activate after 5 minutes. Well I can be typing and using the mouse almost continuously for a period of time (5 minutes? I'm not exactly ...
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Launch program after inactivity [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I automatically launch an application whenever the Mac goes idle? I'd like to launch an AppleScript/ App after 30 minutes of system inactivity. e.g. no cursor ...
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Can I lock my screen with a keyboard shortcut? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a quick way to lock my Mac? I'm running OS X 10.7.3 Currently I've found what looks like 2 possible solutions: Hot corner(s) setup in the "Desktop & ...
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Where is the default Mac screen saver location?

Where is the directory to the default screen savers on Max OS X Lion?
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Why when I wake my new iMac from Sleep, I have to scrape away a layer of screensaver or Lion linen to log in?

I have a strange problem. I am very good with Macs and all Apple products, but this one has me stumped. I have a new (4 months old) 27" iMac (2.7 GHz Intel Core i5) with Lion 10.7.2 and it works ...
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Screensaver in Lion

I like to use events and albums from iPhoto as my screensavers. Lately, only some events and albums show up when I go into preferences>screensavers. If I go out and come back in, most will then show, ...
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Full screen application causes screen saver to not start (Lion)

When I am in a Full Screen application mode, the screen saver doesn't start. So I have to shift to another screen that doesn't show a full screen app. There the screen saver starts! This naturally ...
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How to install a .qtz screensaver in Lion?

What are the instructions to install a .qtz screensaver in Lion?
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Display multiple email accounts in screensaver

a number of use our 'family' OSX Lion Mac Mini in the kitchen. We track multiple gmail accounts by each of using a different browser. But, none of us can tell at a glance if we have any pending ...
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Does Lion allow locking screen on computer sleep and screen saver but not display sleep?

In Leopard, you can configure it so that a password is required when waking the system from computer sleep (i.e. close the lid) or returning from the screen saver, but not display sleep. This allowed ...
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How do I enable the interactive iPhoto screen saver in OSX Lion?

The Lion features page says: Interact with photos in screen saver. New onscreen controls let you pause your iPhoto screen saver and manually flip through the photos in an album without ...
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How can I set the Mac OS X screensaver when not logged in?

When logged in to my user account, the screensaver selected in System Preferences is used. However, when on the login screen before logging in or using fast user switching a different screensaver is ...
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Why is the screen saver not kicking in?

I have a Mac mini running 10.6.7. I have set the screen saver to be automatically activated after 15 minutes, and the session to be locked a while after that. But sometimes, the screen saver stops ...
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How can I launch screensaver with a keyboard shortcut?

I've looked around but can't seem to find any good answers. Would appreciate any pointers.
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How can I show the login window after a period of inactivity?

How can I make my Mac display the login screen (as though I'd selected "Login window" from the fast user switching menu) after the session has been idle for a certain time? I can make it log out ...
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Why do some of my programs get terminated when the screensaver runs?

I have Mac with OS X 10.6.6 running. When the screensaver gets started and runs for a few minutes (10 or 15?) Thunderbind, Firefox and a few other programs gets terminated because OS X seems to want ...
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How can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?

How can I disable the Screen Saver on the login window?
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Sleeping screen (Cinema Display) keeps waking up. How can I make it sleep until mouse is moved?

I have my Mac Pro (Cyrus) configured not to fall asleep completely but to let the screen sleep when not used for half an hour. I also use the keyboard shortcut for forcing the display to sleep. ...
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Is there a configurable “word-of-the-day”-screensaver/ -widget

I am looking for a "word-of-the-day" screensaver or dashboard widget where I can configure (e.g. in a text file) that "words" to be displayed?