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Boot screen is stretched on almost every display

Submitted by tino on November 9, 2008 to Aesthetics

It is a minor issue but why is the new boot screen still in 4:3? Almost every display out there is 16:9 or 16:10.

Make the new boot screen 16:9 so that it will only be stretched on legacy displays.




Discussion (18 comments)

Antonio wrote on November 10, 2008, 12:08am

It would be better to have two version of it.

GRiNSER wrote on November 10, 2008, 12:39am

There should be no stretching regardless of the display aspect ratio (don't want to compare with competitor no. one again)...

icecone wrote on November 10, 2008, 7:57am

This annoyed me a lot
There are some OS there that doesn't stretch it

Ensign Joe wrote on November 10, 2008, 12:39pm

Mine is 5:4
But Windows finally got the ability to render the START screen with full resolution and color depth, shouldn't be that hard getting the aspect ration in order to display it correctly

tino wrote on November 10, 2008, 4:37pm

@Urvabara: Maybe this is not absolutely correct with so many legacy displays out there (especially in large companies) BUT Windows 7 is still one year away from release and it is for newer PCs and notebooks.

Jote wrote on November 10, 2008, 5:20pm

There should be no stretching at all, just center the progress bar without altering its size.

alphanerd wrote on November 10, 2008, 6:24pm

Why not both? After all, some new monitors are 4:3.

knoeki wrote on November 14, 2008, 5:52pm

it's bullshit that everyone has 16:9 or 16:10. still use a 5:4 screen and don't really see the need to get a widescreen yet.

Mackinator wrote on November 15, 2008, 4:01am

I have a 5:4 also >.>

I would suggest having a more dynamic one that fits any (common) aspect ratio, instead of just 16:9 or 16:10.

fanta2 wrote on November 20, 2008, 10:06pm

Might not be a good idea, I think that when Windows displays the boot screen it still hasn't initialized the graphics drivers; so it defaults to using VGA to set up the display. I suppose they could use VBE, but then there's always the chance the monitor can't display it properly or something.

keff wrote on November 23, 2008, 9:12pm

thanks fanta2 for being the only reasonable voice in this bunch of tech morons :)

eikonoklastes2 wrote on November 24, 2008, 12:30pm

So what about initializing the graphics driver first then?

.Chris wrote on December 1, 2008, 8:13pm

5:4 screens? what?

011160cs wrote on December 7, 2008, 3:26pm


tino wrote on December 22, 2008, 12:28pm

Yes, this hasn't been solved. The new bootscreen has just a larger resolution (at least on my machine)

litemininyuszika wrote on January 31, 2009, 9:02am

Initialize VGA driver first, and then there is no problem with 4:3, 5:4, 16:9 or 16:10.

dabski wrote on February 6, 2009, 11:58am

A better way would be to detect the LCD's native resolution and just center the animation.

bananaphone wrote on March 6, 2009, 4:10pm

dabski, agreed centering could work. 4:3 displays are not "legacy". there are many different screen ratios out there.

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