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    boot flash screen

    How do I repair/replace a corrupted boot flash screen? It was probably created by one of the many spy programs i recently deleted. They are all gone and I have run current virus check but still get this strange boot screen.
    Sam

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    Re: boot flash screen

    Fastest way--System Restore. Try a few restore points if need be. You can always undo it with a mouse click if the result doesn't do the trick. You can also try "scanreg /restore" in the run box in Windows ME. It defaults to 5 restore points, and system restore defaults to 90 days plus the five criteria of restore points it normally sets.

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    Re: boot flash screen

    Can you describe "strange"? Is it the Windows ME logo with a white background that you are referring to?
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    Re: boot flash screen

    I have tried several system restores wit no success. The screen appears to be a poor resolution( jagged edged letters) of the windows screen inquiring about acceptiong a questionalble signature.

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    Re: boot flash screen

    As you've discovered, System Restore is not a panacea. It only restores certain items but fails to fix other problems. However, it is a simple thing to try, so now you can rule it out as a solution.

    There are still too many details missing to pinpoint the exact nature of this problem. It would help immensely if you could post the text that you are seeing. As it stands, without seeing it we are limited to guessing while trying to help you. I suspect you are seeing something that is stating that you are running an unsigned driver, and given that the screen appearance is jagged, it would indicate that it is the driver for your video card.

    Where does this screen appear? During the process of system startup? Does it appear before the desktop is drawn, with start menu and icons? Is it the white background with the Windows ME logo (I do not believe this to be the case but you did not answer this question yet)? Describe in detail what you see - your normal background after booting, with no icons and a prompt? What does this prompt say? You must be our eyes so that we can get you back to a working state.

    Something that you can try in the meantime is to download the most recent driver for whatever video card is installed in your computer. If you are not sure of what that is, right-click on your Windows desktop, select Properties and click on the Settings tab in the resulting box. You should see which monitor type and display adapter Windows is using there.
    -Mark

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    Re: boot flash screen

    System restore is an imperfect tool, far from a panacea, not even appropriate to try in some situations, and of course only monitors a certain number of specified files as Mark points out.

    When it works, so much the better. The most common thing I see when it comes up in a newgroups is that it is attributed to "lose" a number of things running it doesn't touch. But I was unclear if you tried to run it several times and no success means it failed to restore or run rather than it ran succesfully with poor results.

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    Re: boot flash screen

    When did Windows ME acquire the BOOT.INI file? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: boot flash screen

    You also didn't mention if you tried scanreg /restore which sometimes works in ME when SR doesn't. It's not a panacea either, but worth a try to rule out it won't work. One of the concerns I had about both of these is that the screen may be tied files prior to where system restore or scan reg/restore might work if the screen function occurs in the boot process before they are monitoring.

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    Re: boot flash screen

    Yes--so it didn't--it's an NT phenomenon. Much I have to learn about the history and function of Windows not to mention plenty about the boot.ini file and ways to work with it.

    99743: Purpose of the BOOT.INI File in Windows 2000 or Windows NT

    Overview of the boot.ini file

    But what I was getting at and should have said was and this is a good opportunity for you to clear me up here--the boot screen occurs before Windows--you can see it before you learn you have a BSOD and/or a problem booting up. So what I was worried about and it could be said better, I'm sure, could System Restore have an effect on a screen whose appearance is before you boot up to Windows? I don't know all the factors that have to come into play to make the boot screen happen. It happens before Windows, but access to some of the files necessary for it may be in Windows.

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    Re: boot flash screen

    The biggest problem here is comparing apples to oranges. On the surface all versions of Windows share some common characteristics but under the hood, they may nothing alike.

    Under the NT based operating systems the boot splash screen is controlled by a protected system executable. Hacking it is a way of changing it, but I just cannot see why you would go to the effort for something you see for 30 seconds. You're should at the desktop longer (hopefully), change that instead.

    The splash screen that appears during the boot sequence of all Win9x operating systems is simply a bitmap image named LOGO.SYS that lives in the root of the boot drive. You can change it to whatever you like within certain parameters (size and color depth matter). Custom boot screens were once a cottage industry and were all over the place. In this case, if System Restore did anything at all it would just be replacing a corrupted bitmap file. A heavy-duty fix for a simple problem (hence my comment on SR not being a panacea).

    So, could it have an impact? Certainly it could have, but it is usually better to determine the exact nature of the problem first, and then search for applicable solutions. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    HTH,
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    Re: boot flash screen

    Good stuff for me in understanding changes here with the NT kernel vs. Win 9X. I can see now why there are so many boot screen changes offerred for Win 9X. I don't know if this information would have been easy to find at all. I'm in line if you ever write a book on the Windows operating system or anything else that has to do with a PC hardware or software.

    Thanks,

    SMBP

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