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Is there a way to make a VB program run as a screen saver?
I noticed that a program I downloaded put two files in the windows directory a .scr file and a .ini file, but the actual .exe file is int's it's own directory.
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The only difference between a Screen saver and a normal program is the extinsion.  Windows finds all programs with the .scr extension and lists them and their titles as Screen Savers.  You could make a program that is named .scr and it calls to an external .exe in a different directory.  The Settings part of the screen saver is sent as a command line switch /C .
And Example of this is:
         if Command$ = "/c" then frmSetting.show

Here is a useful api to hide the currsor

Declare Function ShowCursor Lib "user32" Alias _
"ShowCursor" (ByVal bShow As Long) As Long

bShow is either True or False

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What exactly do you put in the program that you call the  visual basic screensaver.exe with? And do you just write it on a .bas and then change the file extension?
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Well I made bas program and put the following in the sub main:

Dim returnvalue As Double
returnvalue = Shell("c:\windows\desktop\screensaver\GMscreensaver.EXE", 3)
AppActivate returnvalue
End

And then I changed the extension to the compiled program above to scr and selected it as my screensaver and it did call the listed program, but I got a runtime error # 6 overflow.

Plus it kept loading the screensaver program without waiting for the delay to start the screensaver that windows has. So I figure I got a bunch of missing code. What do I need to do?
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