Cannot Preview 3-D Screensaver, and Preview Screen Is Black or Displays an Error Message

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When the display color setting is set to 24-bit color, you may not be able to preview any of the three-dimensional (3-D) screensavers. The preview screen may be black, or it may display the following error message:
No preview available


This behavior occurs if the computer runs Windows XP and uses an Intel video adapter and the driver that is included with Windows XP. Although previewing any 3-D screensaver is affected, the 3-D screensaver itself works if you click the preview button.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

More information

The preview of a 3-D screensaver works if you set the display color to either 16-bit or 32-bit color.

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Article ID: 305927 - Last Review: January 12, 2015 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
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