Snow Leopard inbuilt screensaver crash

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  1. eN0ch macrumors newbie

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    There are other threads about 3rd party screensaver problems in SL. But I'm having trouble with SL's own built-in screensaver.

    An hour after installing SL, I came to find a black screen, and endless beachball spinning and no hope of waking the machine up. Forced restart. Got into Sys Prefs > Desktop & screen saver > Screensaver. Tried to select an item in the list. Back to beachballing and Sys Prefs maxing out the CPU.

    Finally managed to find a way to disable the screensaver entirely.

    Is anyone else getting this? Does it have anything to do with the 64-bit / 32-bit thing? (Sorry - I'm not very geeky) Any ideas?

    Thanks.
     
  2. eN0ch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, further clue discovered. I'd say it's a bug.

    It seems to be caused by adding or selecting a folder or item in the list that either has no data or only has aliases. I was trying to use my existing Pictures folder which has a bunch of aliases to a bigger collection of images.

    So presumably nothing to do with the 64-bit thing?
     
  3. IanMacKaye macrumors newbie

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    Same problem over here. How did you manage to disable the screensaver?
     
  4. eN0ch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I frankly don't remember now, Ian. But what I think I might have done would be:

    • force quit system preferences (force restart computer if that doesn't work)

    • re-open desktop/screensaver panel

    • by default it should open at flurry or one of the built-in modules - if not select any one of those as quickly as possible

    • that should keep it stable while you grab the slider bar at bottom right and drag it to the far right ('never')

    HTH
     
  5. The Californian macrumors 68040

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  7. sausageboss macrumors newbie

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    Just came across this issue myself.

    What made it extra vexing is that it happened because I moved data around on an external drive and I guess broke the files the screensaver was linked to. I burned a few hours assuming the drive was somehow mucking with the power management.

    Solution was to delete -

    ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.screensaver.*.plist

    whack all those files, then reconfigure your screensaver.

    snow leopard is still in beta. that's why it was only $29.






     
  8. StevenCNYC macrumors newbie

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    Same problem uses Photos as screen saver

    It first crashed in Preferences in the preview of the screen saver, but then I got it to run at which point I had a black screen that I couldn't stop without powering down the computer. I just changed to the coverflow screen saver, but I really want to use my Photos again. Worked fine prior to upgrade to Snow Leopard. I do have a lot of photos in a lot of subfolders, but still.

    Any fixes. I've seen posts on the mac.com site.
     
  9. eN0ch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not sure whether you'd call this a "fix'. (Maybe more a concession to reality ;) ... ) But I replaced all the aliases in my Pictures folder with original image files. Worked perfectly ever since. That's all I know ...
     

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