Blade Runner Screen Saver


In early 2006 at the request of a couple of the denizens of the usenet newsgroup, alt.fan.blade-runner, I created a Windows screen saver using (without permission) some sampled video from the Westwood Studios computer game version of Blade Runner and sound files sourced from the web.

It shows the balcony scene (which itself was borrowed from a scene within the movie), with ‘Blade Runner Blues’ playing in the background and some general ambience sound effects. It has some configurable options, like volume and frequency of sounds, and should run on any Windows box from Windows 95 up to Windows 7 (it has been tested on 98SE, 2K, XP and Win 7 x64).

I can’t host the file here due to file restrictions, so if you are interested in having a copy please leave me an email address in a comment and I will post it to WeTransfer for you.

Note: this program was written in visual Basic 6 and requires the VB6 runtime which is not included with Windows 7 or 8. You can download the runtime at Microsoft VBRUN60.exe.

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  1. #1 by Dexter on November 28, 2013 - 8:26 am

    HI there, still offering support for this screensaver? I’ve had it in my win2k PC for many years now, but recently changed over to a new machine and am having trouble getting it to work. is there a guide somewhere fo rrunning balcony on a windows 7 machine? Thanks fo much.

    • #2 by AlfieUK on November 28, 2013 - 9:35 am

      Hi Dexter.

      The screensaver runs without problems on Windows 7 32 and 64 bit, but you may be missing the Visual Basic 6 runtime which is not included in Windows 7 by default.

      You can download the runtime at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/192461

      If that does not solve the problem you are experiencing then please let me know with some further information about any error messages, etc.

      Thanks.

      • #3 by Dexter on November 28, 2013 - 9:48 am

        awesome! that fixed it, thanks so much.

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