I just updated to Lion and I'm wondering why the background of the locked screen (login screen) seem to be different everytime I look at it: it is either the grey texture, the default desktop background or a plain black background.

Why isn't it the same background all the time ?


If you are logging in fresh, it is grey linen.

If you are waking from sleep or display sleep without a screen saver enabled, it is the desktop background.

If you are waking from a screen saver, it is the screen saver itself.

Finally, if you are waking from display sleep or sleep after a screen saver has been ended by display sleep or sleep, it is a black background.

There does not appear to be a way to change this, but keep your eye on apps like Secrets. If anyone's going to figure it out, it's them.

  • What do you mean "screen saver has finished" ? – Cedric H. Aug 7 '11 at 15:34
  • Sorry that wasn't clear. I've edited the post. – Nathan Walker Aug 7 '11 at 16:26
  • For me, sometimes its linen; other times its the galaxy background; and my desktop background is set to a solid grey color. No consistent behavior of the login background. – ybakos Jul 31 '12 at 13:51

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