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Windows 7: Persuading the Windows 7 animated boot screen to work...

30 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Persuading the Windows 7 animated boot screen to work...

Hi All,

I'm at my wits end trying to get the animated boot screen to work on my home theatre PC, after scouring what feels like the whole of the internet, I can't find a solution to get it to work, and I'm stuck with the Vista scroll bar.

I am using an Asus M4A785D-M Motherboard, however I have disabled the onboard graphics and am using an external card (Radeon 4350). This is plugged into my home theatre receiver which in turn is plugged in to my Sony LCD TV (1080p).

I have tried the following commands:

bcdedit /set {current} locale en-UK
and
bcdboot %WinDir% /l en-US

In the command prompt. I have also tried a repair installation over the original which has not worked. I've also fiddle with a number of different BIOS settings without any luck.

The resolution on the screen seems to be downgraded when the animated boot screen appears (i.e. it was 720p and then goes down to 480p), which seems odd.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!


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30 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

The boot process in windows is done using a generic frame buffer "driver" which is guaranteed to work on all video cards before the real video card driver boots up. So yes, the boot screen will be low resolution till further along in the boot process where is should go back to 720P or whatever you have your video setting set at at the login screen (or desktop if you have no login).

I think I've seen the boot screen at a higher resolution but probably nothing over 800x600 or 1024x768. It would default to 640x480 though unless it KNEW that your monitor could handle more.

So if it's low rez only during boot but then normal when at desktoip then I would say that is expected behavior.
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30 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

The animated boot screen requires a resolution of 1024x768 which is why I mentioned it. On lower resolution screens Windows 7 resorts back to the Vista boot screen. This is what I'm trying to fix - there is lots of cases of people posting about it on the internet, however I haven't found a solution that works.
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30 Dec 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Unfortunately in the dozen or so cases I've come across with this, only a clean reinstall works - if you have the required screen res to run the animation, which many netbooks do not.
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30 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

The resolution is 1920x1080 so should be more than adequate. I've tried what is basically a clean install.

I wondered whether there was something I could do using EasyBCD?
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30 Dec 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

What is "basically" a clean install?

Did you wipe the HD of all code first? re-install windows 7
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30 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

At boot time, Windows may not be able to determine your monitor type or get it's acceptable video modes and reverting to the lower resolution mode I'd guess. Has it worked before at all? or on a different machine? (Maybe a different video card that was able to detect the monitor(TV) correctly?
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