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Windows 7: Start-up BIOS/POST Screen Message(s) Too Fast to Read

27 Apr 2014   #1
sonomaman

W7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Start-up BIOS/POST Screen Message(s) Too Fast to Read

ASUS M5A88-V EVO mobo
AMD FX4130 CPU
W7 Pro 64-bit
AMI BIOS

On boot-up, the AMI POST screen flashes by so fast there's no way to read it.

I have tried various BIOS Quick-Boot, Full Screen Logo, Force BIOS settings, together with mashing the keyboard's Pause/Break key. The 'del' key only takes me into the BIOS itself!

None of these work. I see the red and blue (I think?) AMI boot screen for about 1-second then it's gone followed by a normal W7 boot.

How can I read those start-up POST messages? I know this is a common problem, but has anyone ever solved it? Taking a video of the monitor screen during boot-up doesn't count as a solution!


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27 Apr 2014   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Is there a newer BIOS update? Try setting to defaults after taking note of SATA settings. Then see if disabling quick boot helps. What other settings choices?
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27 Apr 2014   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Go into the bios, look for the diagnostic screen timeout, set it to as long as it will go. 5, 6, 7 seconds etc.
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28 Apr 2014   #4
sonomaman

W7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Is there a newer BIOS update? Try setting to defaults after taking note of SATA settings. Then see if disabling quick boot helps. What other settings choices?
Yes, there is a newer BIOS version available. Considering a too fast start-up screen message is the only problem I've have right now, I don't want to take the risk of a BIOS update.

What do you mean by "taking note of SATA" settings?

There are other BIOS settings, and I've tried changing all that pertain to BIOS. The too fast fleeting startup message always appears. I even tried rebooting with a keyboard key constantly down during boot (to simulate a stuck key) in hopes the boot message would halt to inform of a stuck key condition. The start up message still flew by too fast to read.

Seems like I'll just have to live with this.
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28 Apr 2014   #5
sonomaman

W7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Go into the bios, look for the diagnostic screen timeout, set it to as long as it will go. 5, 6, 7 seconds etc.
Unfortunately, my AMI BIOS version 0707 does not have this feature.
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28 Apr 2014   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Waiting for reply to the steps I gave you which you appear to have skipped.

Once you reply there will be more steps if necessary. This is how we work here.
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28 Apr 2014   #7
sonomaman

W7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Waiting for reply to the steps I gave you which you appear to have skipped.

Once you reply there will be more steps if necessary. This is how we work here.
See thread post #4 for my reply.
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28 Apr 2014   #8
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Strange I didn't see that reply earlier.

The SATA controller setting would be IDE or AHCI. If you installed as is best in AHCI mode and the default it IDE it would need to be changed after resetting BIOS to defaults.

You can download the latest BIOS update and read in its ReadME or Info file what changes it offers. These may also be on the download page.

Sometimes a BIOS reset or update will resolve anomalies like this. Other times its a hidden BIOS setting that isn't quite obvious. But your one-time BIOS boot menu key should always work or needs an adjustment similar to what is suggested. On Asus that's F8 which must be triggered before BIOS passes to the OS when it becomes instead the key for Advanced Boot Options
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28 Apr 2014   #9
sonomaman

W7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Strange I didn't see that reply earlier.

The SATA controller setting would be IDE or AHCI. If you installed as is best in AHCI mode and the default it IDE it would need to be changed after resetting BIOS to defaults.

You can download the latest BIOS update and read in its ReadME or Info file what changes it offers. These may also be on the download page.

Sometimes a BIOS reset or update will resolve anomalies like this. Other times its a hidden BIOS setting that isn't quite obvious. But your one-time BIOS boot menu key should always work or needs an adjustment similar to what is suggested. On Asus that's F8 which must be triggered before BIOS passes to the OS when it becomes instead the key for Advanced Boot Options
I'll see if there is a ReadMe for for AMI's 1801 BIOS.

I'm not familiar with a "one-time BIOS boot menu key". Please explain what this does. How does it differ from using the delete key to get into the BIOS setup? On this ASUS mobo, the delete key pressed before transition to OS has worked to get me into the BIOS setup, but does NOT allow me to read the AMI POST screen(s) which is what I'm after.
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28 Apr 2014   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Almost all OEM's have a one-time BIOS Boot menu key, aka BIOS interrupt key:

Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer - F12
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button
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