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Windows 7: Screen savers

18 Mar 2010   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Screen savers

I have tried to install two different screensavers and both failed, with a message that the file for them couldn't be found. When I looked where I expected them to be, as it was in XP (C:Windows) I couldn't find them or the native screensavers either. How does one install a custom screensaver


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18 Mar 2010   #2
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Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I have tried to install two different screensavers and both failed, with a message that the file for them couldn't be found. When I looked where I expected them to be, as it was in XP (C:Windows) I couldn't find them or the native screensavers either. How does one install a custom screensaver
In XP, they go in C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32. It should be a .scr file. Then it should show up in the screensaver dropdown list. For Windows 7, consult this guide: Screen Saver - Change
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19 Mar 2010   #3
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I gave up on one screensaver, an installed a similar one. The other had a different error than I thought, it wasn't looking for one of it's own files, but one called D3DDX9_37.dll. That appears to be something associated with DX9, so it's no wonder that it can't find it. That's the Nvidia Physx screensaver, so you would think that they would keep it up to date.
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19 Mar 2010   #4
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Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Ah. That DLL is necessary to display some DX9 elements. I think I know your problem. Download DX9 from the Microsoft website and install it. That would probably fix your issue. Some apps and games won't run or display properly on 7 without that, such a Hitman Blood Money.
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19 Mar 2010   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

No this is on my W7 installation, so I already have DX11 as it is. I know that I have been told that it is okay for lt to let games install older versions of DX, but I don't particularly like the idea. It was really just curiosity that made me want to install that screensaver anyway. As I said, it would seem that Nvidia would keep their screensaver up to date, since it is sort of a demo of Physx, which is one of their latest adopted features.
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19 Mar 2010   #6
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Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

I know. You still need to install DX9.0c. It won't overwrite DX11, it just adds the DX9 dlls to your installation so you can run DX9 apps.
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19 Mar 2010   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

My interests in games has waned somewhat as of late, but if I get a yen to play one that requires DX9, most of them want to install it themselves anyway, so I doubt that I will bother. Thanks.
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