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unwanted screen

by mken2 / June 15, 2009 1:13 AM PDT

when my computor boots up an advertising screen (packard bell) comes on to be followed by the windows xp (home edition) generating screen. how can i remove this advertising screen or if not replace it with something more pleasing? comp is Packard bell ALTCL02

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standard
by jeff_windows_team / June 15, 2009 2:16 AM PDT
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That is pretty standard across all computers. Everyone I have ever turned on has the hardware manufacturers logo and the OS logo at one point. I'm not sure that you can remove those images upon boot up.

Jeff
Windows Outreach Team

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unwanted screen
by mken2 / June 17, 2009 4:55 AM PDT
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Thanks for the reply Jeff. however i have resently come across a laptop where the manufacturers screen has been changed to a picture of 2 hearts on a bed of roses (nice?). I think i agree with you about removal, but what about a possible picture change? any ideas?

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Don't do it!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2009 7:04 AM PDT
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Unless the BIOS offers an option the change to the BIOS "code", "image" or such tinkering is well known to convert a laptop into an fine door stop.
Bob

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unwanted screen
by mken2 / June 24, 2009 4:31 AM PDT
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thanks for the input Bob, think I will heed your reply.

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Might be a BIOS setting
by ChuckT / June 24, 2009 5:25 AM PDT
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A lot of PCs that have the manufacturer's logo at startup have a setting in the BIOS that allows you to disable, or at least alternate the logo to a more useful info screen (memory test, quick peripheral check, etc.) as it starts up.

Changing the setting to not display the logo is not going to "brick" your computer. There is almost no danger of changing the settings, as long as you write down what the settings were before you started to try out different things. Even if you did lose that info, every BIOS, I have seen, has one selection to revert all the settings to the default, and usually the base correct settings for your computer.

One more point, you might see a setting in the BIOS for using the "Fast Startup" that is where the memory test is a brief quick test, and takes a very few seconds (if that much) just to see if the memory is there, basically. If you use the alternate startup (slow startup, for lack of a better name) then that logo display may be on the screen for the time you seem to dislike. Using the Fast Startup may show the logo, but so briefly that it won't be objectionable.

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