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best way to deal with screensaver on permantly looped show

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Hi, we have a Windows xp machine in our church that is hooked up to a projector (secondary monitor) constantly showing a welcome video. The problem is the screensaver comes on the primary monitor and also affects the projector. What's the best way to handle this in power point?  Worst case we could disable the screensaver and just turn off the primary monitor. Thx.
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by:Echo_S
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That's what I would do -- turn off the screensaver altogether.
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by:Jsmply
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Thanks.  The only downside there is we are trying to keep people from messing with the slideshow (the computer is somewhat accessible) so the screensaver was being used with a password.  Any other ideas?
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by:Papertrip
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If you want to lock people out when you are not displaying the slideshow, just hit ctrl+alt+del and lock the computer.
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by:Echo_S
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Ah, that's a requirement you didn't mention.

I would do what Papertrip suggests. That's the simplest, most straightforward way to lock the system.
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by:Papertrip
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Sorry Echo, I need to get my 10k points for full expert access :p
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by:Jsmply
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If we lock the machine will the slideshow continue on the second monitor?  Don't have that setup in front of me OR I'd just test it now. Thx.
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by:Jsmply
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Ah I miss read that. No,we want to lock people out while its running if possible. We have kids passing through the lobby a lot and don't want then getting on the computer and turning off the show, etc.
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by:Echo_S
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Do what Papertrip says. It will do what you need.
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Oh, sorry, just tried it here and that doesn't actually do what you need.

You can set the presentation up as a kiosk show by going to ...

Ah, geeze. Which version of PPT are you using?

Basically, set it up as a kiosk in Slide Show Settings. Then hide the keyboard if you don't want people messing with it. Or use the No Escape add-in from Shyam Pillai: http://skp.mvps.org/noesc.htm

 
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by:aleghart
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You can install a KVM with a menu system.  Ctl-Ctl usueally brings up a menu showing multiple computers.  From there, you can log out of the KVM, which leaves all computers and screens running.

Hitting Ctl-Ctl again will bring you to the login menu.  Without the right password, the screen shows nothing.  Doesn't matter if you have only one computer hooked up to it.

This will also let you run a dedicated computer for just the slideshow on an unsecured workstation or kiosk, and run a normal workstation that can be secured/locked/shutdown.

If you forget, the KVM can be setup with a timer.  After __ minutes of no activity, it will lock the screen.

Bonus: when you switch computers or lock the KVM screen, the keyboard and mouse are frozen on all the connected computers.  You can't "accidentally" click anything or hit Ctl-Alt-Del.  So, no drive-by reboots.

I have a couple of Aten CS-9134 KVM switches (4-way).  You can park it under the monitor.  You can find the CS-9134 online for ~$150.  Or, your local IT folks might have an old one sitting around collecting dust...free is better.

Some smaller/cheaper KVMs made for desktop use do not have password locking.  So check before you buy.
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by:Jsmply
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Thx. Church budget we are dealing with so the kvm option while good probably won't work. Looking into the no escape add-in. Mvps.org software is trustworthy, correct?
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by:Echo_S
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Yes, mvps.org software is trustworthy. The specific site I sent you to is that of PowerPoint MVP Shyam Pillai. I know him personally, and I will vouch for his trustworthiness. ;-)
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by:Jsmply
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Thx!
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by:Jsmply
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Thx, no escape seems to be working.  May look into the KVM option later as well if budget allows.
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