I have my screen saver set to Arabesque. If I move my mouse down to the Screen Saver hot corner, I get Arabesque. If I sit and wait for the screen saver to start automatically, I get Arabesque.

But if I leave my computer for any length of time and come back to it, it's almost always on Message, putting the name of my Mac up for everyone to see. I dislike this behavior. If I go to System Preferences after this happens, it's still on Arabesque, it's just ignoring the setting.

What's going on? Is there any way to fix it?

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    Do you lock your computer before leaving it? If so, you might be getting other settings than your own user's. You might want to try the suggestions here: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/6336/…
    – Lizzan
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 6:37
  • D'oh, yes, I should have thought of this. That question led me to this answer on a different question which was exactly what I needed. Add an answer to that effect and I'll mark it correct! Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 14:54

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If your computer is locked, the screensaver settings for the root user account is used instead of your own. You can change those settings according to the answer to this question: How can I set the Mac OS X screensaver when not logged in?


"Almost" always? Uncheck the use random screensaver button in the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences.

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  • If you had read my question you would have seen that Arabesque was indeed selected, not Random. Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 14:47
  • I read your question. No need to be rude. Selecting Arabesque has nothing to do with the state of the "Use random screen saver" checkbox. I was just trying to be helpful. Maybe you should edit your question to more accurately describe your problem. Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 17:40
  • Ah, I see. Mountain Lion doesn't have that checkbox there. "Random" is an option along with all the other screensavers. Even so, the behavior I described doesn't fit your assumption, and I thought you were a bit sarcastic in your answer. I do apologize if that wasn't your intent, and I un-downvoted you. Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 23:02
  • Thanks. I'll un-downvote your question as soon as i'm able. Right now, my vote's locked in unless the question is edited. Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 1:03
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    done. cheers, mate. Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 1:09

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