My winders box is an HP Pavillion a1350n. I just rebooted it to have a look at the BIOS setup menus. In the BIOS setup, there's a "Boot" menu with a "Boot-time diagnostics screen" selection. If this item is enabled, I get a white on blue HP splash screen. If this item is disabled, I get the hardware information I suspect you are looking for. Of course, I have no idea what your BIOS setup menu looks like, but this may give you a clue.
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