The Psychedelic Screen Saver - FAQ
While the screen savers should still work in high/true color modes, you will only get the palette animation effects in 256 color video modes. In order to get some of the effects that they use, the screen savers use a palletized video mode. This means that colors are referenced by index rather than by RGB value. By using a palletized video mode, the screen savers can change the RGB value that corresponds to a particular palette index and the result is that all of the colors on the screen that use that index are immediately updated. Neither high or true color modes use a palette, so it is not possible to achieve the effects without manually updating the entire display.
You can use the "Video Mode" panel inside the Psychedelic Screen Saver configuration dialog to force the screen saver to run in a 256 color (8-bits-per-pixel) video mode.
Once you've received your registration number you can enter it into the screen saver and remove the registration reminder messages by following these steps:
The next time the screen saver runs it should be fully registered!
Well, on Windows 3.1 and Windows 95/98 you can just press the "Print Screen" key and this will copy the image to the clipboard. From here, you can paste the image into your favorite image processing application and save/edit it.
On Windows NT, after the screen saver time-out period, the OS switches over to a secure desktop and then runs the screen saver. Because of this, pressing the "Print Screen" key will terminate the screen saver rather than copying the image to the clipboard. In order to avoid this behavior, you can run the screen savers (*.SCR files are just *.EXE files that have been renamed) from the command line or create icons for them. When you run them this way, you run them on the application desktop and the "Print Screen" key works just fine.
Run the exe file and it will initiate the setup process.
There are samples in Microsoft's Platform SDK that demonstrate how to write a screen saver. Take a look around on the MSDN site to find out more.
The PSY files are saved setting files that contain all of the control values that comprise a Display. You can review, edit, and display them in the screen saver configuration dialog or launch them by double-clicking on them in the Windows Explorer.
The "Effects" module differs from the other modules in the way it works. Instead of producing a pattern, "Effects" modifies whatever pattern is currently on the screen. For this reason, the effects module will produce the best results when it is used with one of the other modules.
As you've noticed, I have provided documentation for everything but the module controls. The best way to discover what the module controls do is to experiment with them.
Psych 2.5 (and higher) will run *only* under Windows 95/98 or Windows NT. It is multi-threaded so it won't run under Win32s.
You are trying to install the 32 bit version (Psych 2.5 or later) on Windows 3.1. Psych 2.5 is for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT only. Fortunately there are 16 bit versions that should work just fine on your system. You can download them from our download page at http://www.synthesoft.com/
The "Strength" setting is a weighting that controls how much one module is favored compared to another. For example, if you made "Pattern" as strong as possible and "Stain" as weak as possible then the "Pattern" module would draw quickly while the "Stain" module would lag behind. Strength only has an effect when there is more than one module selected.
To remove SS Runner from your task bar you need to follow the following steps:
1) Right click the SS Runner icon on the taskbar and select close from the popup
At this point, SS Runner has been removed from your taskbar and will no longer be run when your system is started.
From the Windows Control Panel using, depending on your Operating System, the "Programs & Features" or "Add/Remove Programs" applet.
My policy on upgrades is that, by registering a particular version, you are entitled to use any and all versions up to but not including the next major version.
For example, if you register version 2.1 you are automatically registered for all 1.x and 2.x versions but not for 3.x versions. Basically, you get updates to the version you registered and a discount to upgrade to a new version if there is an upgrade fee.
This problem is probably due either to a problem in your video driver or to the way the driver is configured. There are several things you can try that may resolve the problem.
See the answer to the previous question (above) since this is probably due to a video driver problem.
When you run the screen saver on a Windows NT system the screen saver has to run for about seven seconds before the operating system will prompt you for a password. This has nothing to do with the screen saver, this is a (very useful) feature of Windows NT.