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1. Basic System Board Hacks > 5. Display a Boot-Time Graphic

Display a Boot-Time Graphic

Many computers will display a graphic at boot time. Make it one of your own.

Intel and most of the PC OEMs want to remind you who made the system, so they have built in a boot-time graphic as seen in Figure 1-6. Boot-time graphics are an alternative to the technical bits and bytes that have traditionally appeared on PC boot screens. Displaying the graphic takes extra time in order to load up the graphic image stored in the BIOS memory chip and configure the video to display graphics. As techies are interested in faster performance, product logos are not of much interest.

An Intel boot-time graphic hides the technical details of P.O.S.T.
Figure 1-6. An Intel boot-time graphic hides the technical details of P.O.S.T.

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