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I have setup an MDT Deployment Share at work that we use to image our Windows 7 workstations. We are using HP Compaq Elite ultra-slim desktops (primarily the 8000, 8200 & 8300 models).

Everything works well, except I have noticed that when the imaged systems boot without a display plugged in, they will default to 1280 x 1024 resolution. This poses a challenge, as I am using a Samsung SyncMaster through a KVM when I image multiple systems. The Samsung doesn't support this resolution, and so often I am unable to see the system's screen to verify that MDT has finished running.

Does anyone know of a way to keep this from happening? FYI, I have set the unattend.xml on my Task Sequences to default to 1024x768, 32-bit, 60Hz. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

  • Don't know how to fix it. But maybe you could have a startup script or something use a command line to to set the proper screen resolution? superuser.com/questions/89302/… – Zoredache Mar 18 '13 at 19:12
  • Thanks @MattBear. Unfortunately according to Scriptimus's blog (which is an amazing resource), my monitors should be defaulting to 1024x768, which is what is confusing to me. – bispymusic Mar 18 '13 at 19:20
  • is this only an issue during the imaging process? – Matt Bear Mar 18 '13 at 19:24
  • No, it will continue to happen anytime the system boots up again with no display plugged. Luckily once deployed it is extremely rare for a system to boot up without a monitor plugged in and turned on. – bispymusic Mar 18 '13 at 19:34
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Easiest way seems like it be to use a run once or GPO logon/startup script to set the resolution to the desired value, or least a resolution your monitor can display.

(Although, having thought about it for a moment, this isn't a normal problem, in my experience. Are you missing a monitor or video driver, or perhaps applying the wrong one to your images?)

  • We don't apply any display drivers through MDT. After deploying the system Windows 7 seems to grab the correct driver from Microsoft directly (mostly the Samsung display driver). And if a monitor is plugged in upon boot-up it always defaults to the appropriate 1920x1080. – bispymusic Mar 18 '13 at 19:35
  • For a few reasons specific to our environment we don't bind directly through MDT. However, a run-once script of some sort might be a good last resort if I can't figure it out. – bispymusic Mar 18 '13 at 19:36
  • @bispymusic Doesn't seem to be working too well, at least not to me. What happens if you do deploy a driver with MDT? – HopelessN00b Mar 18 '13 at 19:37
  • I will give that a try and report back. – bispymusic Mar 18 '13 at 19:37

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