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BIOS and PC Dissociative identity disorder

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 pro Windows 8 pro Windows 7 Home


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    OK, just for clarification, is it running Windows 7 or Windows 8? I originally thought it was 8 (Windows 8 Forum) but in your last post you say its running 7?
    Also want to confirm which LOGO has changed. Is it the PC's BIOS POST splash screen LOGO, or the Windows Boot Screen LOGO, or something else?
    I'm confused?
    Hi alphanumeric, it's running windows 7,
    and the logo is the first thing showing up when i turn on the PC,
    i think is a BIOS logo or pre BIOS logo if this can make sense ..
    absolutely nothing to do with the windows logo which is OK

    thanks, Roy.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    OK, that changes things, for me anyway. Is this your personal PC or a friends? If its yours, did you install Windows 7? If its not yours you may want to take the side cover off and look at what motherboard is installed. Lots of people reuse old cases and mix and match hardware.

    For a test try this. Power down the PC and unplug all the hard drives. Now power up and see what logo shows up. Post back what you see. Then plug the drives back in and boot up. An expanded view screen shoot of your disk management screen may help also.
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    OK - I see it now - I didn't know Packard Bell rose from the Dead.

    Thank you for clarifying, I can tell you now, Acer is who made your Packard Bell. So it is OK for it to say "Acer" in the BIOS boot screen and anywhere else in Windows 8/8.1.

    My Gateway laptop under Windows 7, showed a Gateway BIOS screen, but in the OS it said "Acer" as manufacturer, when checking into it, Acer indeed made my Laptop. A Gateway with a 17" Screen and HDMI out, it was a nice machine, but my Motherboard went out.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 56
    Windows 8.1 pro Windows 8 pro Windows 7 Home


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    OK, that changes things, for me anyway. Is this your personal PC or a friends? If its yours, did you install Windows 7? If its not yours you may want to take the side cover off and look at what motherboard is installed. Lots of people reuse old cases and mix and match hardware.

    For a test try this. Power down the PC and unplug all the hard drives. Now power up and see what logo shows up. Post back what you see. Then plug the drives back in and boot up. An expanded view screen shoot of your disk management screen may help also.
    The PC is mine and motherboard original, i removed the DVD drive
    and installed an SSD drive some time ago ...
    Anyway the PC is working fine despite the Acer logo, i really think i somehow trigged
    a BIOS reset, or the motherboard is failing ... i'll keep backup.

    here the screenshots but i'll consider this "solved"

    Click image for larger version
    Click image for larger version



    Packard bell identity display Aspire (ACER )and no S/N:



    Click image for larger version

    thanks, Roy.
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    There is likely a "Show Full Screen Logo" option in the BIOS that was off but is now turned on. I guess I misread your original post because it sounded to me like the LOGO changed to an Acer logo, versus now its there and I didn't see it before.
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  6. #16


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Now I know Acer made it - Aspire is one of their Brands:

    Acer | Aspire One

    When you installed Window 8, it took the info from the MB and used it to activate somehow. If you downloaded any BIOS revisions, the new revisions will be Acer not PB.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    He's running Windows 7. The screen shot looks to me to be the BIOS full screen logo. I'm thinking it was turned off and then got turned on. I'm waiting for the OP to confirm.
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  8. #18


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It would not matter 7 or 8 - Thats the BIOS screen, so it's on the machine, not the OS. He posted that image that ID'd the machine as "Aspire" which is a make by Acer. So Acer is making some new Packard-Bell boxes for some reason.

    HP does much the same thing for Compaq machines.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    It would not matter 7 or 8 - Thats the BIOS screen, so it's on the machine, not the OS. He posted that image that ID'd the machine as "Aspire" which is a make by Acer. So Acer is making some new Packard-Bell boxes for some reason.

    HP does much the same thing for Compaq machines.
    I agree completely. My "he's running 7 comment" was in response to your "When you installed Window 8, it took the info from the MB and used it to activate somehow", that's all. The "Del:Enter Setup, F12 Boot Menu" shown in the screen shot tells you its a BIOS screen.
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  10. #20


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ah I see - I have had Windows 7 pull Bios info from systems before, and the system would activate. I never knew why it did this, never argued with it. I havent seen Windows 8 do this. One of my Programs I use, "Windows Manager" used to allow me to set Branding in XP and Vistpoop, but they took it out for Windows 7 and 8.
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