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john albrich Dec 27, 2007, 07:44am EST Report Abuse
I built my littlest niece a basic computer and she really liked the Aquarium screensaver.

This is a smple question, but I'm having a hell of a time finding a solid answer to it.

Are there any freeware packages that will let me add more types of fish to the basic 5 or 6 that come with the WinXP MCE "Aquarium" screensaver?

I don't want to expose her computer to the ad-ware, "memberships", and spam that seem to come with the "free" versions of various commercial aquarium screensavers.

For example, she really likes "Lionfish" and she'd also like some jellys and some starfish. (I'm trying to talk her into liking octopuses but she's oddly resistant. I tried cuttlefish but she didn't buy that either. I think a Cone Snail would be cool, too, but "It might eat the fishies". Damn Science Channel. She saw some show(s) where apparently squid attacked a guy, and cone snails ate some poor fish)

But,

1) I don't know if the WinXP "Aquarium" screensaver accepts add-on fish

2) I don't know where I can find some free add-ons if it does


edit: corrected to OS=XP MCE


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Dr. Peaceful Dec 27, 2007, 10:23am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: XP "Aquarium" Screensaver add-ons?
You probably need to buy her one of these software. Or Code more fish. ;)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&...rder=PRICE


Liquid Shadow Dec 27, 2007, 11:19am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: XP "Aquarium" Screensaver add-ons?
Just to let you know, the Aquarium screensaver is very hardware demanding. It gets like 15FPS on my parents computer with a Pentium4 Northwood 2.4GHz and an FX5200.

P.S. - the screensaver I'm talking about is the one included with the MCE2005.



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Adam Kolak Dec 27, 2007, 11:49am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: XP "Aquarium" Screensaver add-ons?
When I was 13, aquarium screensavers were all the rage.

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john albrich Dec 27, 2007, 12:27pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: XP "Aquarium" Screensaver add-ons?
Liquid Shadow said:
Just to let you know, the Aquarium screensaver is very hardware demanding. It gets like 15FPS on my parents computer with a Pentium4 Northwood 2.4GHz and an FX5200.
P.S. - the screensaver I'm talking about is the one included with the MCE2005.


Thanks, I corrected that I put MCE on her computer. I use XP Pro myself. I didn't know it was limited to MCE...I don't use screensavers and I don't recommend them unless someone's using a CRT and then they should just use the "none" (or is it "blank"?) screensaver option.

The Aquarium looks fine on her system, smooth bubbles and swimming fish, and since she's not doing anything else while the screensaver is running the resource hogging really isn't an issue.

Archangel Dec 27, 2007, 12:31pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: XP "Aquarium" Screensaver add-ons?
Dr. Peaceful said:
You probably need to buy her one of these software. Or Code more fish. ;)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&...rder=PRICE


link is broken?

john albrich Dec 27, 2007, 12:41pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: XP "Aquarium" Screensaver add-ons?
Umbra said:
Dr. Peaceful said:
You probably need to buy her one of these software. Or Code more fish. ;)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&...rder=PRICE

link is broken?


Thanks for the info, but it doesn't matter that the link isn't working. I'm not going to pay money for a few lame virtual fish. And, if I wanted to order a screensaver, then the dozens that popped-up when I did my initial search provided all the links I would have possibly needed. A number of them that I looked at looked like they'd even display an advertising splash on the version you pay for...and I'm not going to install that kind of junk on her computer.

Dr. Peaceful Dec 27, 2007, 03:06pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: XP "Aquarium" Screensaver add-ons?
You need to copy and paste the link, dude. For unknown reason, HWA can not redirect Newegg links well. I saw that problem numerous times in different threads.

I agree that paying for a fish screen saver is rediculous. I was walking in a dept store one time, saw this fishy screen saver for $20, I was like what?! Would any one pay that much for this?!

Only if you're desperate to satisfy someone, that is. Such as a in your case a curious kid. LOL ;)

john albrich Dec 27, 2007, 03:49pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: XP "Aquarium" Screensaver add-ons?
Dr. Peaceful said:
...saw this fishy screen saver for $20, I was like what?! Would any one pay that much for this?! Only if you're desperate to satisfy someone, that is. Such as a in your case a curious kid. LOL ;)


It's the eyes*. Even though you know you're being manipulated...the eyes will get to you. I shall resist! But, resistance may well be futile. Maybe I can strike a deal...if she's still interested in adding more creatures when her birthday comes around, I'll consider it.


*Is there a doe-eyed trembly lip emoticon?



 

    
 
 

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