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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:47 pm 
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Hi, I had the good fortune to get help from BD a while ago on the Apple support forum and he mentioned popping in to this site if I had any other problems. Well I have another problem so here I am.
I'm an old fart with an old MacPro running El Capitan and my problem is my Screen Saver. It went from showing my custom pictures to showing the default pictures, when I tried to remedy this it went to black screen. I've tried a few things with help from Google and Apple support forum but so far nothing seems to work.

I have restarted in a different account and the screen saver worked.
I booted up in Safe Mode, the screen saver didn't work.
I put com.apple.screensaver.plist and com.apple.systempreferences.plist and also the desktop.plist files into the trash but that didn't help.
So now I'm debating upgrading to Sierra to see if that solves the problem.

I know just enough about the computer to get into trouble, so if you fellas can help it may be that I won't need to upgrade.
I have high expectations after reading some of the posts on this site as it seems there are some pretty savvy blokes who frequent this forum.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:12 am 
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Welcome aboard daleslad ! :welcome:

Good Great work so far, btw. Might be light on replies here for a bit with it being Thanksgiving.

I'd try moving these in Safe Mode then restart...

/Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.ScreenSaver.iLifeSlideShows.Big#-some-thing.plist

/Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.ScreenSaverPhotoChooser.Big#-some-thing.plist

/Users/YourUserName/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.screensaver.Big#-some-thing.plist

Where Big#-some-thing is of the form... 4529C54B-3350-5E4D-A1B8-B36DCF9C0D97

Might do com.apple.systempreferences.plist again to be safe.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:05 pm 
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Hi BD, just want to make sure I'm doing this right as I'm breaking new ground here.
I was not familiar with the ByHost folder, never used it before.

1st item, the first file on your list was the iLifeSlideShows. I found two of them and removed them both, they had long numbers.

2nd item, on the second file PhotoChooser I found 4 of them. 2 of them were documents so I didn't remove those. Removed the other 2 that had long numbers.

3rd item, the 3rd file screensaver, found 2 with long numbers and removed those.

4th item, regarding the system pref. file. I figure you are referring to the one in the main Pref. Folder which I removed earlier and not the ones in the ByHost folder that have a number at the end.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:10 pm 
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Yes, good work so far.

Oh, did I mention we need to restart after this?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:47 pm 
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Yes BD you did mention that, I restarted and got partial success, the screen saver is now working using one of the default screen savers but unfortunately I can't change it.
There isn't a Source link that gives you the option to choose a custom photos folder or a different default screen saver to run.
There is an Options link, but that is for changing the speed, streams etc. for the particular saver that is currently playing.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:03 pm 
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Great, sounds like we're almost there now. :)

I don't know why Apple likes to make things so difficult, it's almost like they saw how popular Wibdows was & thought it would be good to emulate them... or even outdo them! :fishsmack:

Here in 12.12.16, Options link won't show much, like if Time is selected then you can't choose a Folder..., that only happens with certain choices...


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:35 pm 
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Options link won't show much, like if Time is selected then you can't choose a Folder

Ooops, I meant Word of the Day, with or without time.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:45 pm 
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Let me know if you can see this screen shot of my Display/Screen Saver
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:49 pm 
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I can't actually see that link " Set option for this screen saver" when I open it up in System Preferences.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:08 pm 
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Yes, I can see that, it's Flurry, the only SS that can damage your Mac & only has choices for speed & such, choose the one above it... Ken Burns...


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:10 pm 
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Wow BD, you're amazing. Everything is working great now, thank you so much I'd never have got that figured out.
Is the Ken Burns effect defunct now ?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:38 pm 
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Whew, super great news. :)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:42 pm 
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Ken Burns is still there, not running, just one of the few choices on the left where you can see choose folder... link, like I said, crazy Apple deal, choose folder should be a menu choice, or on the left side.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:10 pm 
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I just clicked on it to see what would happen and it is now working just fine, I like the Ken Burns effect so I thought I'd just leave it there and see how it does.
If it acts up again I will just switch back to one of the other choices.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:30 am 
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You're welcome, Ken Burns should be fine.

BTW, unlike ASC & most sites, you can edit your posts here, even the Title if you wish, could make the Title like...

SOLVED: Screen Saver no longer works

But I'll leave that decision to you.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:47 am 
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I forgot to thank you, seems I forgot Ken Burns was an EFFECT for a folder, not a Screensaver it'self. :bonk:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:38 am 
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No problem BD
I tried to change the original subject title at the very beginning of this thread but didn't have any luck.

I changed the subject title for this post is that what you had in mind.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:11 am 
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Yeah, that's what I meant, I just changed it, if you see that 1st post you should be able to click the little Edit button,


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:16 pm 
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Great thanks for everything.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 2:26 pm 
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