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Author Topic: Terminal Hack - Screensaver Desktop  (Read 8612 times)
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« on: April 07, 2007, 05:40:14 AM »

So, you have seen your screensavers, Flurry being the fancy swirling lights right?

Well, what if I told you that there is a nice hack that can make your active screensaver become your desktop backdrop.

Well, there is, and its fantastic.

Set the screensaver you want to use as your active screensaver in System Preferences. I set Flurry as its really cool looking.

I'll assume you have not got root access and will have to use sudo.

Go to your Applications/Utilities folder and select the Terminal application.

In terminal type this as a single line:

sudo /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/
ScreenSaverEngine -background

You will be prompted for your password, just type it, or if you have not set one just press Retun.

there you go. now hide the terminal by doing Command-H. and continue to work as normal with an amazingly cool backdrop.

To turn it off just do Command-Tab to bring the Terminal back and close the terminal and select 'Terminate'.

There you go.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2007, 02:50:59 AM by wraith2021 » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2007, 04:50:37 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2007, 12:46:31 PM »

It works perfectly and is terminally cool !

Thank you !
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