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Windows 7: Bios Screen Decided to change


03 Dec 2010   #1

Win 7 x64
 
 
Bios Screen Decided to change

Hi everyone.

Something happen today that I cannot wrap my head around.

I bought a Gateway Desktop SX-2800 last year - running Windows 7.

Now all of a sudden, when I restarted my computer today, I saw an ACER bios splash screen....

I know that Gateway and Acer are the same company, but that doesn't mean my gateway bios splash should change to an acer on all of a sudden, after one year...

I have not done any updates recently..

Has anyone experienced anything like that?
How would I go about changing it back?

Thank you in advance


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03 Dec 2010   #2

 
 

did you flash your BIOS?
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03 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

A bios flashing could have done it.

Have you installed any kind of software that you were unsure about?
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03 Dec 2010   #4

Win 7 x64
 
 

Hi Thanks for your responses.

I am not sure what "flashing" the bios mean.

I have not done any updates, and I have not installed anything recently (that I can remember anyway..

I have also just noticed that the System Setting (msinfo32) now shows:
"System Manufacture: Acer
System Type: Aspire X3810"
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03 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

did you install any kind of activation hack or allow anyone to use your pc un attended?
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03 Dec 2010   #6

Win 7 x64
 
 

I doubt anyone has accessed it. I always keep my screen locked when I am aways, and I have a persistent bios password when you boot. Haven's installed any hacks.

I checked the "system restore points" to remind me of recently installed software:

There was a windows critical update done on 11/30, and I would be surprised if I haven't restarted my computer since that day.... but would a windows update change any of the bios settings?

Bios info on the system settings shows last update on 4/3/2009.

?
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03 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

The last update was when that bios was released.
Can you look and see if any gateway or acer drivers were installed?
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03 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

The most likely explanation is that an installed automatic updater downloaded and installed an update that changed the splash screen. As for the display in msinfo32, the bios info is derived from this registry subkey.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System

So, theres nothing to get paranoid about, after all Acer does own Gateway. OTOH, if it was an HP splash screen, it would be interesting.....
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03 Dec 2010   #9

Win 7 x64
 
 

I just checked the windows update history and the only item installed was a windows defender definition... so no, no drivers were installed.

Bill2, regarding the registry address you gave me, that's interesting... According to the entry, the last bios update was in August of the year 32 AC....
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/5358/biosinfo.jpg

In all honesty, I don't care to much that I now have an Acer splash screen, but it pisses me off not knowing how or why it happened... I like to think I have control over what happens in my computer..
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03 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

See this.

first screen picture on boot up has gone back to default picture

Wonder if its our own Brianzion.
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