no graphics after upgrade to 5.10.45 on Win2K server

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Jeff Hill

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Message 16042 - Posted: 23 Mar 2008, 10:29:46 UTC

I just upgraded BOINC from 5.4.13 to 5.10.45 on my Windows 2000 Small Business Server SP4 (this is on a Dell PE2600). The upgrade was via a straight install over the previous version into the same folders, as a single-user install. It appeared to be successful, as my projects and tasks were preserverd and didn't miss a beat.

Prior to the upgrade, I got graphics that cycled through the various tasks. Now, I only get the text version of the screensaver, though I can display the graphics for each task within BOINC manager.

The BOINC screensaver necessarily has "password on resume" checked. If I uncheck "password on resume", the screensaver will show graphics. I have tested this with "go to blank" both checked and unchecked; "minutes" is set to 5 (i.e., non-zero).

So... why did screensaver graphics work with a password under 5.4.13, but now I'd have to take off the password? I really don't want to do that.
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MikeMarsUK

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Message 16043 - Posted: 23 Mar 2008, 10:57:40 UTC
Last modified: 23 Mar 2008, 10:59:51 UTC


The screensaver password has never worked reliably on all machines, there are some machines where it has worked on particular versions, and other machines where the same versions don't work. Try turning off the screensaver (set to 'blank' instead). It does nothing useful except wasting CPU time which the Boinc science applications could have been using instead.
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Jeff Hill

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Message 16044 - Posted: 23 Mar 2008, 11:23:35 UTC - in response to Message 16043.  


The screensaver password has never worked reliably on all machines, there are some machines where it has worked on particular versions, and other machines where the same versions don't work. Try turning off the screensaver (set to 'blank' instead). It does nothing useful except wasting CPU time which the Boinc science applications could have been using instead.

Actually the SS did serve a purpose in this case, wasted cycles notwithstanding... I could easliy see from another room whether the server was still alive (because of glare, that's not as easy with just the logo and text).

I suppose I could fall back to the older version for now. I'd also be willing to test a patch or search for boundary conditions.
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Jeff Hill

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Message 16057 - Posted: 24 Mar 2008, 13:28:08 UTC - in response to Message 16045.  

Thanks for the good advice! I'll revert to 5.4.13 for the time being.
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