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Windows 7: removing "press any key to continue"?

15 Jun 2012   #161
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Thank you Duzzy for refocusing us on the BIOS - we could have spent years trying to figure out something that would not solve the issue.
I also agree that spending money, even a few dollars/euros/yen, on a few second delay with obvious limited future use might not be worth it. I offered it as a solution if ptbg simply could not live with the prompt.

I also thought a bit more about it. Will a new IDE controller actually solve the issue or will it just be a different controller displaying a similar message?

So, here's the scoop on IDE detect timeout courtesy of Techarp. You're basically stuck with the message, although I think you might be able to limit the detect time somewhere in BIOS. I think ptbg's BIOS detect time is 5 seconds (based on a post stating a 10 second 'delay' - 2 drives, 5 seconds each). In the case of JMicron, it is 5 second increments, not 1 second. Also note that I could only find a definitive setting for AMI BIOS, not Award, so maybe there is no setting in Award.
Cite Techarp: IDE Detect Time Out
Common Options : 0 to 15 or 0 to 30, in 1 second steps

Motherboards are capable of booting up much faster these days, with the initialization of IDE devices now take place much earlier. Unfortunately, this also means that some older IDE drives will not be able to spin up in time to be initialized! When this happens, the BIOS will not be able to detect those IDE drives and make them available to the operating system even though there's nothing wrong with them.

This is where the IDE Detect Time Out BIOS feature comes in. It allows you to force the BIOS to delay the initialization of IDE devices for up to 30 seconds (although some BIOSes allow for even longer delays). The delay gives your IDE devices more time to spin up before the BIOS initializes them.

If you do not use old IDE drives and the BIOS has no problem initializing your IDE devices, it is recommended that you leave the delay at the default value of 0 for the shortest possible boot time. IDE devices manufactured in the last few years will have no problem spinning up in time for initialization. Only older IDE devices may have slower spin-up times.

However, if one or more of your IDE devices fail to initialize during the boot up process, start with a delay of 1 second. If that doesn't help, gradually increase the delay until all your IDE devices initialize properly during the boot up process.
I have to agree - this has been a great collaborative effort. Thanks all around (I can't afford drinks all around)


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15 Jun 2012   #162
Bongo

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Was a pleasure watching everyone help in this thread. Rep all around

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I could not agree more Bill, a lot of good cooperation!
Jerry
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15 Jun 2012   #163
Anak

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Gonna be around,maybe help is needed,resizing my taskbar...

αυτο ειναι ενα ανεκδοτο

I hope you're not joking about resizing your taskbar - ROTFLMAO
No joke, there is a tutorial for that: Taskbar - Resize

And, others: Windows 7 - Tutorial Index
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15 Jun 2012   #164
Duzzy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
Thank you duzzy for refocusing us on the BIOS - we could have spent years trying to figure out something that would not solve the issue.
No problems.
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I also agree that spending money, even a few dollars/euros/yen, on a few second delay with obvious limited future use might not be worth it. I offered it as a solution if ptbg simply could not live with the prompt.
It's always worth giving any available solutions.
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I also thought a bit more about it. Will a new IDE controller actually solve the issue or will it just be a different controller displaying a similar message?
It would depend on the new controller. I believe many probably would have there own detection screen but I'm not really sure as I have never used one.
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So, here's the scoop on IDE detect timeout. You're basically stuck with the message, although I think you might be able to limit the detect time somewhere in BIOS.
Good info and tips for those that do have the detect timeout options in their BIOS. I have a AMI BIOS and it has "IDE Detect Timeout" and "AHCI CD\DVD Boot Timeout" in 5 sec steps from 0-35 sec and I also have a "USB Mass Storage Reset Delay" that can be set from 10-40 sec in 10 sec steps. If your wondering what the USB one is it's description is,

"Number of seconds POST waits for USB Mass Storage device after start unit command".

I presume it's the same as "IDE Detect Timeout" for USB devices, most likly for USB Hard drives that also have to spin up.

While writing this post I found a setting in my BIOS that I had forgot about under the Boot menu named "Addon ROM Display Mode" with the settings "Force BIOS" and "Keep Current" but neither setting seems to make a difference to my POST screens.

I had a quick look in PTBG's manual but could not find anything similar.

I too have to say great work everyone especially PTGB (the OP) for sticking with it.
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