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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Thanks it did the trick
    Last edited by Dark Star; January 18th, 2008 at 08:45 AM.

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Sine I didn't get an answer I like to ask again:

    Does anyone now how to create your own theme with gfxboot?
    Although they seem to be cpio archives just repacking doesn't work. The grafiks get messed up.

    And secondly, is it possible to disable Grub's textoutput?
    At least the quiet option doesn't disable all of them.

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    using gutsy and just gone through the whole guide (uninstall grub, install grub-gfx.., copy message.X to /boot/gurb, edit menu.lst for correct message, grub find root setup) but still have the basic black n white default grub screen.

    only things that differed from the guide were find /boot/grub/stage1 spat out:
    (hd0,2)
    (hd0,4)
    which isn't too suprising as partition 5 contains my old ubuntu install with a few grub files so i guess it's just seeing them, anyway....

    > root (hd0,2)
    Filesystem type is jfs, partition type 0x83

    > setup (hd0)
    Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
    Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
    Checking if "/boot/grub/jfs_stage1_5" exists... yes
    Running "embed /boot/grub/jfs_stage1_5 (hd0)"... 18 sectors are embedded.
    succeeded
    Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+18 p (hd0,2)/boot/grub/stage2
    /boot/grub/menu.lst"... succeeded
    Done.


    which also looks good, so i don't get why it's not working. do i actually have to use "sudo grub-install /dev/hda" (hd0)? or any other commands after setup (like "quit")?


    EDIT: ohh you've gotta love half complete howtos...

    here's the full, correct and working version for gutsy, no wonder so many are having trouble with the original. after downloading files,

    First remove your old grub
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove grub
    Then Install the gfxboot-grub
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i grub-gfxboot_0.97-5_i386.deb
    then we're going to move the message
    Code:
    sudo cp message.suse /boot/grub/
    replace .suse with the .whatever you downloaded.

    THE MESSAGE FILE MUST BE OWNED BY ROOT USER/GROUP WITH CORRECT PERMISSIONS
    Code:
    sudo chown root:root /boot/grub/message.suse
    sudo chmod 644 /boot/grub/message.suse
    replace .suse with the .whatever you downloaded.

    Then edit your menu.lst
    Code:
    sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst_backup
    sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    and make it use gfxboot, write this as the very first line of the file and save it.
    Code:
    gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.suse
    replace .suse with the .whatever you downloaded.

    Then do :
    Code:
    sudo grub
     find /boot/grub/stage1
    it'll print out (hdx,y), so following that type:

    Code:
    root (hdx,y)
    setup (hdx)
    quit
    if you have multiple (hdx,y) entries, work out which one is your current OS partition and use that (note: grub counts from 0 onwards, eg. hd0,0 is first harddrive, first partition, and it includes extended partitions in it's count).


    NOW REBOOT. technically the above should have installed grub correctly, if so then you can stop here. but for whatever reason for quite a few people here it's not, so on we go...


    find out your hard drive names:
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    this helps with both the above and below. if you don't know if your OS's partition is on hda, hdb, sda or anything else, then find out using the above.

    Install grub to MBR but CHANGE HDA to your OS's drive, so if it's on hdb use /dev/hdb:
    Code:
    sudo grub-install /dev/hda
    DO NOT use any numbering in this, using hda1 will install grub to the first partition not the mbr. if you do this, follow this guide tellingly titled Oh crap, I just typed 'grub-install /dev/hda1'.
    you could use grub-install hd0 as with the grub setup command but this is bios dependent and i dunno if you could mess it up by altering bios settings inbetween things (and i don't wanna find out either...).


    and that should be it. restart and pray you didn't mess up

    more on grub-install at: http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/man...2dinstall.html

    and thanks to kvonb for the tips.
    Last edited by pepsi_max2k; January 24th, 2008 at 01:56 AM.

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    In order to get gfxboot working on my laptop I had to run grub-install as setup (hd0) despite indicating that it had worked had no effect.

    I'm now trying to get gfxboot working on my desktop, however I have a dmraid setup, again grub output suggests that it has worked:

    Code:
    grub> device (hd0) /dev/mapper/nvidia_dbibefbi
    device (hd0) /dev/mapper/nvidia_dbibefbi
    grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
    find /boot/grub/stage1
     (hd0,1)
    grub> root (hd0,1)
    root (hd0,1)
     Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
    grub> setup (hd0)
    setup (hd0)
     Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
     Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
     Checking if "/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
     Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)"...  17 sectors are embedded.
    succeeded
     Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+17 p (hd0,1)/boot/grub/stage2 /boot/grub/menu.lst"... succeeded
    Done.
    However as with my laptop this had no effect.

    Anyone know how to fix this?

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    I've fixed it, had to copy the /usr/lib/grub/ARCH/* files over to /boot/grub again as I had done the first time round installing Grub.

    Noticed as this is a Debian package, not modified by Ubuntu that update-grub creates menu items as 'Debian GNU/Linux' not as 'Ubuntu x.xx'. I fixed this by extracting the Ubuntu grub package and comparing the contents of the two update-grub files, can be fixed by doing the following:

    sudo gedit /usr/sbin/update-grub.real

    Seach for: title="Debian GNU/`uname -s | sed -e s,GNU/,,g`"
    Replace with: title=$(lsb_release --short --description 2>/dev/null) || title="Ubuntu"

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    helow. i am new to ubuntu and i hope you can help me. i want to install bootspalsh, so i followed all the steps written above. i came to the point where it says:

    Then do :
    Code:

    sudo grub

    grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
    (hdx,y) # this will be the output
    grub> root (hdx,y)
    grub> setup (hdx)

    i don`t know where to write this.in terminal?in menu.lst that opens up before this action? please help.
    tnx

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Quote Originally Posted by leeon182 View Post
    helow. i am new to ubuntu and i hope you can help me. i want to install bootspalsh, so i followed all the steps written above. i came to the point where it says:

    Then do :
    Code:

    sudo grub

    grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
    (hdx,y) # this will be the output
    grub> root (hdx,y)
    grub> setup (hdx)

    i don`t know where to write this.in terminal?in menu.lst that opens up before this action? please help.
    tnx
    In terminal.

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Quote Originally Posted by fantan View Post
    I figured out what was the problem with my system!
    On my HDD I have several partitions and for the boot I have a separate partition, hda1.
    This partition is mounted to the /boot directory of the Dapper system.
    On this partition there isn't /boot directory, just /grub.
    If in the menu.lst file I change the first line from
    "gfxmenu /boot/grub/message.gobo" to "gfxmenu /grub/message.gobo" then grub finds the graphics file message.gobo....
    fantan
    Thx, fantan, for this post, it helped me alot (had the same problem)

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    Unhappy Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Has there been an update to the grub-gfxboot package? I have installed Gutsy and every time I try to update the kernel and the initrdimage file, it fails. I would have to install the current grub, update and then switch back to grub-gfxboot. This has become too much of a hassle.

    Any information on this will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Howto : GfxBoot ( Grub like suse )

    Is there a howto for doing your own theme? The instructions in the first post of this thread were a little scant for me...
    repartitioning your installation / forever noob / Desktop on Debian Lenny / IBM T41 purring along on bog Kubuntu

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