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TECH TIP:  Screen Savers - do you really need them? 

Screen savers were invented years ago to prevent "burn-in" on monochrome (green or amber) monitors. Burn-in happens when one image has been displayed on the monitor for a long enough time that the phosphors on the monitor are permanently "burned" or marked with that image.

The modern color monitor generally does not need a screen saver, assuming the PC is actually used once in a while, and especially if it is turned off every night.

Some screen savers can actually cause problems. For instance, some fancy screen savers can use so much processor time that other functions on the PC grind to a halt.  This even happens with the generic screen savers that come with Windows.  So be careful about using screensavers with animations, sound, and cartoon characters.  If you want to use a screen saver, make it a simple one.  But these days, it's probably not necessary.

 

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