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Windows 7: Extremely Annoying Boot Problem

16 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Extremely Annoying Boot Problem

Hi again. I've got this annoying problem.
Everytime my computer boots the screen/display driver always gets activated last, which results in the screen being black until it turns on when windows has come to the logon screen.
The problem is that I want to get into my BIOS, but I can't.
If i press the BIOS button it works, but the screen/display never goes on because the driver isn't activated
Anyway tips on how to get the screen to boot up faster so I can access the BIOS?

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16 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

The drivers aren't the issue if the screen doesn't come on during the bios post. The ATI drivers you have installed are not used at all during this. Has it always been like this, or only since you OCed the video card? Are you using a laptop or a desktop. Your specs say you have a XPS studio, which I thought were all laptops, but some of your other specs suggest other wise.
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17 Jul 2010   #3

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

As Petey7 points out: set your video card to factory defaults and retest.

All video cards must operate at the very basic BIOS level and they can usually do this without a hard drive attached to the system. The video card is the 4th device to initiate when you turn on your computer (PS - CPU - RAM - Video). It is supposed to initiate before the hard drive. Your card is not initiating and sending any signal until the OS begins to load and the drivers initiate it.

If it can't initiate at factory settings then it may be a defective card. However your BIOS settings could also cause a problem if you have done any changes or overclocking there.

You should be able to get into the BIOS by pressing the correct F key (usually F2 on a Dell) repeatedly right after you hear the POST beep, or if no beep, 1 or 2 seconds after you hear the fans spin up.

If the problem is that you can't see the BIOS even if you get in, then (after you have tried resetting the video card to defaults and testing) you will need to reset the BIOS defaults by (w/Computer shut down) either pressing the reset button on the motherboard, moving the BIOS jumper from pins 1-2 to pins 2-3 and then back, or removing the CMOS battery for 10 to 15 seconds (it's different for different motherboards).

Good Luck.
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17 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hey thanks for answers. The problem was in the ati config, i had to set my computer screen as the main one. I use a HDMI connection to my tv which was set as the priority screen :)
Problem fixed!
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