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Desktop background keeps going black

  1. #1


    Steven L. Guest

    Desktop background keeps going black

    Hi all,
    I have Vista Home Premium SP1.

    I have set my Desktop Background to be one of my favorite pictures.

    But every half hour or so, without any warning, the Desktop Background
    resets itself to black, and I have to go back into Control Panel to
    reset the background to my picture.

    What is wrong?



    -- Steven L.

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  3. #2


    Gene E. Bloch Guest

    Re: Desktop background keeps going black

    On 12/07/09, Steven L. posted:

    > Hi all,
    > I have Vista Home Premium SP1.

    > I have set my Desktop Background to be one of my favorite pictures.

    > But every half hour or so, without any warning, the Desktop Background resets
    > itself to black, and I have to go back into Control Panel to reset the
    > background to my picture.

    > What is wrong?
    Maybe you have set up a slide show and the picture is alone in its
    folder...or maybe you have set up to blank your screen after a half
    hour...

    If not, I have no other ideas, sorry.

    > -- Steven L.
    Your signature delimiter should have a return after the space and
    before the Steven. Correct format is two hyphens, a space, a return,
    and the signature itself.

    --
    Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com



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  4. #3


    Steven L. Guest

    Re: Desktop background keeps going black



    On 12/7/2009 9:15 PM, Gene E. Bloch wrote:

    > On 12/07/09, Steven L. posted:

    >> Hi all,
    >> I have Vista Home Premium SP1.
    >

    >> I have set my Desktop Background to be one of my favorite pictures.
    >

    >> But every half hour or so, without any warning, the Desktop Background
    >> resets itself to black, and I have to go back into Control Panel to
    >> reset the background to my picture.
    >

    >> What is wrong?
    >
    > Maybe you have set up a slide show and the picture is alone in its
    > folder...or maybe you have set up to blank your screen after a half hour...
    I'm sorry, I didn't mean to imply that the desktop background goes blank
    at regular time intervals.

    I just meant that the desktop background goes black *frequently*. It
    seems to happen when I'm doing something major like installing a new
    application or something.

    I've done some Google searches, and it seems that other users of Vista
    have reported a similar problem--but so far, none of the proposed fixes
    have helped.

    Perhaps there's something in Service Pack 2 that will fix this. I've
    still got only SP1.


    --
    Steven L.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Michael Guest

    Re: Desktop background keeps going black

    Gene, I wasn't aware Vista had that option. I thought only 7 was able to do
    a slideshow for backgrounds.

    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."


    "Gene E. Bloch" <letters@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:eiugQx6dKHA.5568@newsgroup

    > On 12/07/09, Steven L. posted:

    >> Hi all,
    >> I have Vista Home Premium SP1.
    >

    >> I have set my Desktop Background to be one of my favorite pictures.
    >

    >> But every half hour or so, without any warning, the Desktop Background
    >> resets itself to black, and I have to go back into Control Panel to reset
    >> the background to my picture.
    >

    >> What is wrong?
    >
    > Maybe you have set up a slide show and the picture is alone in its
    > folder...or maybe you have set up to blank your screen after a half
    > hour...
    >
    > If not, I have no other ideas, sorry.
    >

    >> -- Steven L.
    >
    > Your signature delimiter should have a return after the space and before
    > the Steven. Correct format is two hyphens, a space, a return, and the
    > signature itself.
    >
    > --
    > Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
    >
    >

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  6. #5


    Charlie Tame Guest

    Re: Desktop background keeps going black

    There was an example program to create one in the Visual Studio set up
    at one time because I played with it, but was that not an option in the
    image viewer or whatever it was called?

    Charlie Tame



    Michael wrote:

    > Gene, I wasn't aware Vista had that option. I thought only 7 was able
    > to do a slideshow for backgrounds.
    >

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  7. #6


    Michael Guest

    Re: Desktop background keeps going black

    I never played with Visual Studio. Thanks for the info.

    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."


    "Charlie Tame" <charlie@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:eVQh9ZDeKHA.1648@newsgroup

    > There was an example program to create one in the Visual Studio set up at
    > one time because I played with it, but was that not an option in the image
    > viewer or whatever it was called?
    >
    > Charlie Tame
    >
    >
    >
    > Michael wrote:

    >> Gene, I wasn't aware Vista had that option. I thought only 7 was able to
    >> do a slideshow for backgrounds.
    >>

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  8. #7


    Gene E. Bloch Guest

    Re: Desktop background keeps going black

    Yeah, I think I screwed up here. I was running Mac OS X for a while,
    and apparently misremembered where the slideshow was.

    I blush with shame (not really!) - but I am sorry to have misled.


    On 12/08/09, Michael posted:

    > Gene, I wasn't aware Vista had that option. I thought only 7 was able to do
    > a slideshow for backgrounds.

    > --

    > "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    > If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."

    > "Gene E. Bloch" <letters@newsgroup> wrote in message
    > news:eiugQx6dKHA.5568@newsgroup

    >> On 12/07/09, Steven L. posted:

    >>> Hi all,
    >>> I have Vista Home Premium SP1.
    >>

    >>> I have set my Desktop Background to be one of my favorite pictures.
    >>

    >>> But every half hour or so, without any warning, the Desktop Background
    >>> resets itself to black, and I have to go back into Control Panel to reset
    >>> the background to my picture.
    >>

    >>> What is wrong?
    >>
    >> Maybe you have set up a slide show and the picture is alone in its
    >> folder...or maybe you have set up to blank your screen after a half hour...
    >>
    >> If not, I have no other ideas, sorry.
    >>

    >>> -- Steven L.
    >>
    >> Your signature delimiter should have a return after the space and before
    >> the Steven. Correct format is two hyphens, a space, a return, and the
    >> signature itself.
    >>
    >> -- Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
    >>
    >>
    --
    Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #8


    Michael Guest

    Re: Desktop background keeps going black

    Now see what you've gone and made me do?!?! I went and tore apart Vista
    looking for sideshow and you know what I found? Windows 3.1. :-)

    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."


    "Gene E. Bloch" <letters@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:uQ5BOvDeKHA.2188@newsgroup

    > Yeah, I think I screwed up here. I was running Mac OS X for a while, and
    > apparently misremembered where the slideshow was.
    >
    > I blush with shame (not really!) - but I am sorry to have misled.
    >
    >
    > On 12/08/09, Michael posted:

    >> Gene, I wasn't aware Vista had that option. I thought only 7 was able to
    >> do a slideshow for backgrounds.
    >

    >> --
    >
    >

    >> "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    >> If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
    >
    >

    >> "Gene E. Bloch" <letters@newsgroup> wrote in message
    >> news:eiugQx6dKHA.5568@newsgroup

    >>> On 12/07/09, Steven L. posted:
    >>>> Hi all,
    >>>> I have Vista Home Premium SP1.
    >>>
    >>>> I have set my Desktop Background to be one of my favorite pictures.
    >>>
    >>>> But every half hour or so, without any warning, the Desktop Background
    >>>> resets itself to black, and I have to go back into Control Panel to
    >>>> reset the background to my picture.
    >>>
    >>>> What is wrong?
    >>>
    >>> Maybe you have set up a slide show and the picture is alone in its
    >>> folder...or maybe you have set up to blank your screen after a half
    >>> hour...
    >>>
    >>> If not, I have no other ideas, sorry.
    >>>
    >>>> -- Steven L.
    >>>
    >>> Your signature delimiter should have a return after the space and before
    >>> the Steven. Correct format is two hyphens, a space, a return, and the
    >>> signature itself.
    >>>
    >>> -- Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
    >>>
    >>>
    >
    > --
    > Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #9


    Gene E. Bloch Guest

    Re: Desktop background keeps going black

    OK, now my head is spinning. Yikes :-)

    Are you trying to tell me that Vista is lipstick on a pig?

    On 12/08/09, Michael posted:

    > Now see what you've gone and made me do?!?! I went and tore apart Vista
    > looking for sideshow and you know what I found? Windows 3.1. :-)

    > --

    > "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    > If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."

    > "Gene E. Bloch" <letters@newsgroup> wrote in message
    > news:uQ5BOvDeKHA.2188@newsgroup

    >> Yeah, I think I screwed up here. I was running Mac OS X for a while, and
    >> apparently misremembered where the slideshow was.
    >>
    >> I blush with shame (not really!) - but I am sorry to have misled.
    >>
    >>
    >> On 12/08/09, Michael posted:

    >>> Gene, I wasn't aware Vista had that option. I thought only 7 was able to
    >>> do a slideshow for backgrounds.
    >>

    >>> --
    >>
    >>

    >>> "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    >>> If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
    >>
    >>

    >>> "Gene E. Bloch" <letters@newsgroup> wrote in message
    >>> news:eiugQx6dKHA.5568@newsgroup
    >>>> On 12/07/09, Steven L. posted:
    >>>>> Hi all,
    >>>>> I have Vista Home Premium SP1.
    >>>>
    >>>>> I have set my Desktop Background to be one of my favorite pictures.
    >>>>
    >>>>> But every half hour or so, without any warning, the Desktop Background
    >>>>> resets itself to black, and I have to go back into Control Panel to
    >>>>> reset the background to my picture.
    >>>>
    >>>>> What is wrong?
    >>>>
    >>>> Maybe you have set up a slide show and the picture is alone in its
    >>>> folder...or maybe you have set up to blank your screen after a half
    >>>> hour...
    >>>>
    >>>> If not, I have no other ideas, sorry.
    >>>>
    >>>>> -- Steven L.
    >>>>
    >>>> Your signature delimiter should have a return after the space and before
    >>>> the Steven. Correct format is two hyphens, a space, a return, and the
    >>>> signature itself.
    >>>>
    >>>> -- Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>
    >> -- Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
    >>
    >>
    --
    Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  11. #10


    Michael Guest

    Re: Desktop background keeps going black

    As much as I like Vista and pork, compared to 7, Vista *is* the pig.

    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."


    "Gene E. Bloch" <letters@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:#eF8XdFeKHA.6000@newsgroup

    > OK, now my head is spinning. Yikes :-)
    >
    > Are you trying to tell me that Vista is lipstick on a pig?
    >
    > On 12/08/09, Michael posted:

    >> Now see what you've gone and made me do?!?! I went and tore apart Vista
    >> looking for sideshow and you know what I found? Windows 3.1. :-)
    >

    >> --
    >
    >

    >> "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    >> If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
    >
    >

    >> "Gene E. Bloch" <letters@newsgroup> wrote in message
    >> news:uQ5BOvDeKHA.2188@newsgroup

    >>> Yeah, I think I screwed up here. I was running Mac OS X for a while, and
    >>> apparently misremembered where the slideshow was.
    >>>
    >>> I blush with shame (not really!) - but I am sorry to have misled.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> On 12/08/09, Michael posted:
    >>>> Gene, I wasn't aware Vista had that option. I thought only 7 was able
    >>>> to do a slideshow for backgrounds.
    >>>
    >>>> --
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>> "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    >>>> If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>> "Gene E. Bloch" <letters@newsgroup> wrote in message
    >>>> news:eiugQx6dKHA.5568@newsgroup
    >>>>> On 12/07/09, Steven L. posted:
    >>>>>> Hi all,
    >>>>>> I have Vista Home Premium SP1.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> I have set my Desktop Background to be one of my favorite pictures.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> But every half hour or so, without any warning, the Desktop
    >>>>>> Background resets itself to black, and I have to go back into Control
    >>>>>> Panel to reset the background to my picture.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> What is wrong?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Maybe you have set up a slide show and the picture is alone in its
    >>>>> folder...or maybe you have set up to blank your screen after a half
    >>>>> hour...
    >>>>>
    >>>>> If not, I have no other ideas, sorry.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> -- Steven L.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Your signature delimiter should have a return after the space and
    >>>>> before the Steven. Correct format is two hyphens, a space, a return,
    >>>>> and the signature itself.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> -- Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>
    >>> -- Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
    >>>
    >>>
    >
    > --
    > Gene Bloch 650.366.4267 lettersatblochg.com
    >
    >

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